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Ass of the Day: John Dingell

AssThe Ass of the Day is John Dingell, Fox News: [1]

A Michigan congressman wants to put a 50-cent tax on every gallon of gasoline to try to cut back on Americans’ consumption.

Polls show that a majority of Americans support policies that would reduce greenhouse gases. But when it comes to paying for it, it’s a different story.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., wants to help cut consumption with a gas tax but some don’t agree with the idea, according to a new poll by the National Center for Public Policy Research.

Blog reax:

RCP: [2]

That’s good news for those already paying $5.00 a gallon in Big Sur [3]–as well as for those doubting the utility of a gas tax.

Even if Americans abandoned their cars, global emissions would fall by less than one percent.

G.F. Stop the ACLU: [4]

So, it’s OK for the government to “gouge” Americans of their “hard-earned tax dollars” (notice the language – it’s not YOUR dollars, it’s TAX dollars). First off, this guy is an economic ignoramus. Second off, even IF the oil companies had been “price gouging” for their “windfall” profits (which is a lie), isn’t that better than the government putting to paper a policy that would purposely cripple the economy?

JammieWearingFool: [5]

An Idea So Stupid Only a Democrat Could Come Up With It

Congress should be working to reduce the price of a fill-up and not to increase it.  I put in close to forty dollars worth of gasoline today and have utterly no desire to see some idiot push the cost up even higher yet.  If Dingells want to do something about global warming, let him ride a bicycle to work.  Till then, he should just shut-up.  Dingell has a profound case of the dumb ass.  Anybody who thinks they aren’t already paying enough for gasoline, feel free to vote for the ‘rats.

Addendum: (Bithead) Just in case you’ve forgotten, there’s a bit of irony here… John Dingell (Badly) represents constituents from the 15st district of Michigan, which is south and west of Detroit.  (Basically, the district runs from the Ohio border along US23, east to Lake Erie and the river, and as far north as Ann Arbor.) Lots of Auto workers (used to be) there. Dingell is part of the reason they’re not there anymore.

But to put the big nail in this turkey, let’s put some context around all this: according to CNN Money, [6] today, Exxon total “profits” if you don’t count exploration costs, were $40BUSD, in 2007. Their taxes, however, were $100BUSD. Gee, you think this affects the at the pump price? And that’s not even counting the at the direct, at- the- pump taxes we’re already paying, often amount to nearly a buck a gallon, already. And this bozo wants to ADD to this? Perhaps it’s time Dingell got his pink slip, huh?