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Raising gas taxes?

Two former transportation secretaries who recently co-chaired a panel that proposes gas tax hikes and user fees to pay for government transportation projects joined President Obama Monday as he called for a $50 billion immediate investment in roads, rails and runways.
This is ludicrous and once again the wool is being pulled over the eyes of the American people.

Every time they want to raise taxes, it’s because of infrastructure. Why is that? Because Americans can relate to the roads falling apart but what these liars don’t tell the people is what all the money that we have thrown towards infrastructure improvement really goes to and every year, people forget the previous year’s promise.


Asked by tnmomofive at 7:46 AM on Oct. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Infrastructure=Union payback

    Answer by jewjewbee at 7:51 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • They tore up and repaved very small sections (less than a mile) of perfectly good roads around here using stimulus money to pay for them. Meanwhile the roads that really needed work were left untouched.

    Um, no. This is ridiculous.

    Answer by May-20 at 8:15 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • 3 more weeks...... It's not gonna happen LOL

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 7:54 AM on Oct. 12, 2010


    The truth is, federal spending on highways is about 41 Billion a year.  That’s after taking in anywhere between 50-60 billion on gasoline taxes.  Last year, Obama sent an additional 31 billion from the stimulus bill to infrastructure improvement but where did it get spent?  This shows that solving problems like congestion received a few million but 7 billion went to reducing car pollution.  Another several billion went to the rail system.


    Comment by tnmomofive (original poster) at 7:47 AM on Oct. 12, 2010


    Aviation saw basically none:

    Even back in 2009, fact check nailed him on his lies:


    Comment by tnmomofive (original poster) at 7:48 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • Obama said 10,000 infrastructure projects — the ones we were once told were "shovel ready" — have been "funded."
    Obama: Already, more than 10,000 of these [infrastructure] projects have been funded through the Recovery Act. And by design, Recovery Act work on roads, bridges, water systems, Superfund sites, broadband networks, and clean energy projects will all be ramping up in the months ahead.


    Comment by tnmomofive (original poster) at 7:50 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • That’s true in a bureaucratic sense. The Department of Transportation reports that $31.77 billion in stimulus bill funds have been made "available" as of Nov. 27. But "funded" is not the same thing as "underway." DOT also reports that only $6.52 billion had actually been paid out, more than eight months after Obama signed the stimulus measure.


    Comment by tnmomofive (original poster) at 7:50 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • How can these liberals get away with this year after year and nobody calls them on it?  They take money for transportation projects and then spend it on left wing agenda items.  Meantime, the money from the pumps which is supposed to go to roads and bridges, is getting skimmed.


    Comment by tnmomofive (original poster) at 7:51 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • I don't get it. I have lived in Idaho for 15 years and there has not been one day where there has not been highway road work being done on the highway between Nampa, ID and Mountain Home, ID. You can't tell me that the roads cannot last more than a couple of years. As for the gas tax, these government officials seem to think that if they raise taxes on anything other than income, it really isn't a tax increase. Do they think we are stupid???

    Answer by Bagofwind at 11:39 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • i agree

    Answer by san78 at 12:40 PM on Oct. 12, 2010