Fuel taxes and Global Governence
House Democrats pass bill to raise taxes on gas
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H.R. 3534, a bill to give our land away to the U.N., passed by a narrow margin. On July 30, 2010, 207 Democrats and two Republicans voted in favor of the bill, and 39 Democrats and 154 Republicans voted against it.
Among many things, this bill exemplifies that bipartisan support in Congress only exists with the Republicans. The other news is that it raises fuel taxes an estimated 5 cents per gallon on gasoline and diesel.
“Section 802 (b) Amount- The amount of the fee shall be, for each barrel or barrel equivalent produced from land that is subject to a lease from which oil or natural gas is produced in a calendar year, $2 per barrel of oil and 20 cents per million BTU of natural gas in 2010 dollars.”
Most Americans are unaware of the amount of taxes included in each gallon of gasoline. According to the American Petroleum Institute, as of July 2010, the national average fuel tax was 47.7 cents per gallon (cpg).
Given that the average vehicle in the United States holds 16 gallons of gasoline, this equates to $7.63 in federal, state, and local taxes paid each and every time you fill up your tank.
If you live in New York, California, Connecticut, or Hawaii, you will pay an average of $10.16 per tank in taxes. This is, of course, what they keep voting for, so they deserve a higher gasoline tax than the rest of us.
If you drive a diesel-drinking machine, then your representatives really love you. The national average weighs in at 52.5 cpg, with California having the highest diesel tax in the nation at 73.4 cpg.
Now here comes HR 3534 with its 282 pages that will, among many things, create global governance over our sovereign lands and waterways. To pay for this Democrat giveaway of our nation’s heritage, we must create $900 million in annual revenue (I remind you that we are still in the midst of an economic crises).
To help come up with this money, 207 Democrats and 2 Republicans want to increase taxes on gasoline by an estimated 5 cents per gallon. That comes out to 80 cents per fill up for a 16-gallon vehicle. Doesn’t sound like much, but you are already paying $7.63 per tank, so add the 80 cents, and you are now topping off with $8.43 each and every time you fill up.
Remember when the Democrats hauled in the CEO’s of our nation’s fuel manufacturing companies and grilled them on the cost of gasoline? My favorite was Sen. Durbin (D-Ill.) who said: “Does it trouble any of you when you see what you are doing to us, the profits that you are taking, the costs that you are imposing on working families, small businesses, truckers, farmers?”
Does it bother Sen. Durbin that his state charges an average of 58.0 cpg in taxes on families, small businesses, truckers, and farmers in his state? Does it bother Sen. Durbin when it is now known that the federal government makes more in taxes from the Petroleum industry than these companies make in profit?
When Sen. Durbin, along with the other Democrats, lambasted the petroleum producers of America, did they know that the U.S. takes more from these families in profit than any company executive he was grilling?
Am I the only one who hates hypocrisy?
This bill also puts American oil producers at a disadvantage to their foreign counterparts. By imposing this fee on those that lease our lands of $2 per barrel means that all foreign oil is guaranteed to be cheaper until the bill expires. Another stake into the heart of American industry.
In our booklet, “No More Secrets,” we provide you with a map that illustrates in detail how much tax your representatives like Sen. Durbin charge you for every gallon of gasoline and diesel purchased. Until we as citizens become educated about what good government policy is, we will not be able to see through the lies coming from those in power.
“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government;… whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”
–Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789