GM CEO Wants Gas Tax Hike

The national average for gas prices is currently $3.76 a gallon. How would you like to pay $4.26 to $4.76 a gallon? Well, if General Motors CEO Dan Akerson had his way, those prices would be a reality. While talking about a government push for more fuel efficient vehicles by certain dates, Akerson told reporters:

“There ought to be a discussion on the cost versus the benefits. What we are going to do is tax production here, and that will cost us jobs. You know what I’d rather have them do…as gas is going to go down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas.”

“Just Slap?”

So he wants to “just slap” 50-cents or a dollar to each gallon of gas. That is no small change. Akerson believes that this will help the environment by “prompting” – forcing – Americans to buy smaller cars. “People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans,” he said.

I’m wondering why he didn’t plug his company’s failed Volt, instead of the Cruze, but that’s neither here nor there. What he seems to fail to realize is the devastating effect this will have on our economy. He claims to be conservative, but this sounds more like classic liberal dreaming. The country is already hurting; we can’t afford to force Americans to pay more for a new car or more on gas just to push a future agenda. It’s counter-intuitive, and illogical.

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