Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Republicans and Gas Prices

As we face a summer of $2.00+ prices at the pump, let's pause a moment and thank those who helped contribute to such high prices. The Republicans passed special tax breaks for their small business contributors making it cheaper for them to buy massive SUVs than to buy fuel efficient automobiles. The Hummer Deduction is just another example how Republican stupidity harms everyone in this country.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, Dan ... we can almost agree on something (and, you said never ... sheesh)

You do realize that more individuals own SUVs than small businesses, right? Maybe if we allowed the government to take even MORE of our hard-earned money, fewer of us could afford such luxury as an SUV, eh?

Tony Rosen

6/03/2004 1:14 PM  
Blogger lj said...

[wagging finger]
shame shame, Dan. You know that is misinformation. Perhaps you should clarify that little phrase, "who HELPED contribute and 'special' tax breaks?"
That's like blaming property taxes on big houses. Should we stop using electricity or water because of energy concerns? Maybe we should go back to what it was like at the turn of the century and use candles. No wait, that would deplete the ozone and cause the "Day after tomorrow."
Sure we use gas and admittedly, I hate hummers. But to say their motive for small business tax breaks is SUV driven sounds like an obtuse, conspiracy theory.

Not that it's not believable, just unoriginal.

6/03/2004 6:19 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

LJ and Anonymous:

The Republicans REALLY DID pass a tax break specifically encouraging small businesses to buy SUVs - not just a general tax break, but one they could only get if they bought a big vehicle. I know it sounds crazy, but they did. Check out the information at the linked post.

6/04/2004 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I know they did, but that didn't artificially raise gas prices ... that's just nonsense.

Tony Rosen

6/04/2004 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, the effect of the Republican tax break for SUVs on gas prices is tiny, tiny, tiny. Sure, it increases demand ever so slightly, but not enough to cause the problems we're facing at the pump.

That doesn't change the fact that the Republicans are resource-wasting chumps, though, with complete disdain for our environment.

6/04/2004 4:40 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Oh, geeze, I didn't mean that the tax break was a significant factor in gas prices. I can see how you'd think that was what I meant, though - I should have been more clear. All I really meant was that the idiot republicans have lived in an environmental and energy spendthrift world, and we are all beginning to pay the price.

6/04/2004 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, it's not a good time to tell you that the Chinese are buying 80,000 new cars a month? Hello? Supply and demand .... and, artificially inflated gas prices.

6/04/2004 11:52 PM  

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