Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Daily Rant

Who thought gas prices were too high in 2005? Well it seems the answer is not everyone. In 2005, ExxonMobil saw a 36 billion dollar profit which was a 43% increase from 2004; thirty-six billion dollars. Let’s write that out, that is $36,000,000,000. I thought gas prices were higher because of the war in Iraq, or insatiability in the Middle East, or even because of Hurricane Katrina, but no. Gas prices were exorbitantly high because the oil industry is a cartel that has a stranglehold on our economy, our lives, and our government. But, before we hang the ExxonMobile Tiger in effigy let’s also think about the gas tax. Virginia has a 17.5 cent per gallon gas tax, Maryland charges 23.5 cents a gallon, and the District's tax is 20 cents a gallon. The federal government then adds an additional 18.4 cent gas tax, which pays for much of its contribution to transportation projects; remember the Alaskan bridge to nowhere, well this is how is gets paid for. So in Maryland when they were paying $3.00 a gallon for gas, 41.9 cents of that three dollars was going towards taxes.
When we purchase a gallon of gas we are getting hit by not only the oil cartel but by our own government. Now, do you understand why the government does not advocate Hybrids, biodiesel, alternative fuels, or more gas efficient vehicles? In a year, the U.S. consumes about 146 billion gallons of gasoline! Now, let’s look at these numbers, the federal government alone receives an 18.4 cent gas tax for every gallon purchased and 146 billion times 18.4 cents is…$26,864,000,000. The federal government makes almost twenty-seven billion dollars a year on the gas tax alone. It is not a Republican or Democrats issue on why this country is not encouraging a more fuel-efficient economy, it is a money issue. This $27 billion goes to pay for government pork and it is this pork that keeps politicians elected. For those who think it is the Republican’s fault that we have high gas prices, think again. Once again it is the politicians who profit while the average American suffers.
-Publius

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