Gas Tax Relief
Hillary's for it, Obama's against it.
I'm talking about the suspension of the 18 cent federal tax on gas for the summer driving season.
Opponents of the plan say the savings, "will only amount to $30."
Not in Texas it won't.
Add our 20 cent per gallon state tax to that 18 cent federal tax and you see a 38 cent per gallon savings. On a 15-gallon tank, that amounts to a savings of $5.70 per tank.
Based on one tank a week over a three month period, I'd save about $70.
Opponents bawl that it's a gimmick; that the tax revenues are essential for highway infrastructure, blah, blah, blah.
Hillary said the oil companies should pay for it by means of a windfall profit tax.
Obama said they'd just raise prices.
So? Tax them on that, too.
Since when does the legislature lack the ability to levy new taxes on corporations?
Has it been so long since Americans heard the term "windfall profit tax" that we've forgotten it exists as an option?
Saving $70 might not seem like much to some, but it's enough to pay my water bill for 2.5 months.
It's enough to pay for a weeks' worth of groceries.
It's enough to add seven new CD's to my collection.
It's enough to pay for baby Jake's neutering.
It's enough to pay for 25 car washes and vacuums at the local do-it-yourself place.
Some of you may be behind Obama on rejecting the summer relief on gas taxes. That's fine with me--that's your prerogative.
But since that $70 savings means something to me, would you mind stuffing an envelope with a 50 and a 20 and mailing it to me?