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Nightly Ramble:tax And Spend, More

It’s been a while since I’ve done any single issue Nightly Ramble. A couple months, I believe. This won’t be one of them, but… let’s try it this way, just once and see how the format works. A longer subject at the lead, followed by some shorter ones. I just want to see how this looks.

I noticed something a couple of days ago that I think labels the Democrat attitude on taxes very well indeed. Gasoline taxes.

* I note with interest the continuing argument between the presidential candidates, as regards the question of whether or not we should suspend the federal gasoline tax, for the duration of this high price period. The Democrats, of course, being a tax-and-spend types they are, are totally against the idea of giving the little guy a break on taxes, with prices being so high at the pump. Families are struggling to make it by to keep both gasoline and the tank and food on the table just now. The Democrats, the party of the little guy, supposedly, aren’t interested in giving said little guy a break. To her credit, while she didn’t come up with the idea herself, at least Hillary Clinton has visibly been open to the idea, though the truth of that little ploy is that she plans to tax the oil companies to make up the difference, (Calling it windfall profits) instead of encouraging them to use the money to find and drill more oil, which in reality is the only way to solve the issue.  It figures … a typical Clintonian move.  Claim you’re doing something for the little guy, while you’re reaching around for his wallet.  Where does she think those taxes on the oil companies are going to come from?

One of the stated objections I’ve seen floating around on the web the last 48 hours is that gas consumption will go up as prices drop.I’ll grant you that it might have a tendency to raise the amount of gasoline consumption some when the price goes down. However, since we are only talking about $.20 or so per gallon. I for one cannot imagine there being that great a difference in gasoline consumption on a price difference of that amount. I can’t help but think that that’s a rather fragile argument to be offering in support of a tax.

One of the other arguments I’ve seen floating about all of this, is the idea that those taxes are supposed to be used to maintain the roads. While that is technically true, let’s be honest enough to point out that those taxes a been used for everything but, particularly of that bridge up on 35W in Minneapolis is any indication.

Bruce McQuain [1] notes that Robert Byrd calls such a tax relief plan dangerous. He notes correctly that what’s really dangerous in Byrd’s view is the idea of actually being able to step away from a tax and having the public noting that the government doesn’t fall in on itself under those conditions. I should also make note of the fact that Obama is basically echoing Robert Byrd.

(An aside; personally, I would be very happy if Obama was out of the running utterly for several reasons… one of them just now is the idea that there isn’t a speech to text program around that can properly handle his name!…. at least, not without screwing up other parts of the vocabulary on record. Sigh)

Let’s remember too that Mr. Obama has been running rather loudly on one of his first priorities been to rescind the Bush tax cuts, thereby creating the largest tax hike in history. this seems to me of a piece with his insistence that gasoline taxes not be cut just now.

I’ll also point out that similar proposals have been floated up here in the vampire state. The reactions are similar; The State Democrats are dead set against it, saying it’ll throw their budget out of whack. Of course the possibility of spending less on govenmental largess to people who never pay into the system, never enters their heads.  Like, it’s STARTED out of whack, which is exactly why the New York Budgets are famous for being months late, every stinking year.

If this affection for a tax-and-spend doesn’t label the Democrats as what they are, and cause some serious repercussions for them at the polls, I do not know what will.

Does it strike anybody is strange that we never hear any presidential candidate offer no new governmental program, no new level of tax-and-spend, no new 20 point plan, and no reaching into our pockets? Wherever such a candidate comes from, it clearly isn’t going to be coming from the Democrats anytime soon. Nor, alas, is it going to be coming from the Republicans in this cycle.

Speaking of which let’s deal with other matters.