McCain’s Gas-Tax Plan May Be a Clunker and could cost tens of thousands of US jobs


The Arizona Republican and presumptive presidential nominee today urged Congress to institute a “gas-tax holiday” by suspending the 18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4 cent diesel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day....

Relief — or fewer jobs? According to a white paper circulated on Capitol Hill last week by the U.S. Transportation Department, every $1 billion of federal highway investment supports 34,779 jobs.

Many economists have also questioned the wisdom of suspending or cutting gas taxes; doing so, they say, simply stimulates more consumption of gasoline.

Seriously – Gas prices have risen over $2.00 per gallon since Bush took office and now McCain or should I say McBush thinks that reducing the price of gas by 18 cents will stimulate the economy and help out average Americans?

He’s been in the Senate for over twenty years and has done nothing while Bush, his Big Oil cronies and doctorate best friends have gotten away with raping the American people, and now he thinks that 18 cents will fix everything. What an asshole…

On top of this, the money colleted by this tax is used to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure. I’m sure we have enough perfect roads and bridges…

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Ironically, when (not IF) McCain becomes President, his attack upon Iran will send the price of oil soaring even further.

Are you complaining about the price of gas...and also complaining about a period of time in which the tax on it would be removed? So, what exactly will make you happy?

Guest Zero...It doesn't matter who the president is....we are going to end up at war with Iran....Many nations acknowledge that Iran is defiant and close to enriching uranium for nuke weapons. constantly being warned by many nations to stop....but they won't...hence, someone will end up attacking them.

I suppose you think they're really pursuing a nuke program for energy. Nevermind they are publically open about wanting to destroy Israel.

I'm bitching about a guy whose direct actions and inactions have contributed to gas prices being from $3.50 - $4.00 per gallon thinking that an 18 cent reduction in the price of gas will some how make it alright for the average America.

And attacking Iran is not inevitable. It’s only inevitable if a McBush gets into the Whitehouse. As for any country developing nuclear weapons, trying to stop countries from building something that we built in 1945 seems futile in the long run.

I wasn't complaining about the price of gasoline. I was complaining about the purely political ploy of revoking a tax just prior to the elections. I'm complaining about using the tax and revenue structure of the US government for personal use (i.e. McCain's campaign).

As for Iran, whoever decides to attack that nation, it should not be us since there's nothing Iran is doing that we haven't done. Is Iran a nation of the world with EQUAL RIGHTS to our own, or not? I say yes. They have every right to have a nuclear industry. As a nation with thousands of nuclear missiles and other such weapons pointed who-knows-where, we have no business deciding that other nations constitute some sort of nuclear threat. WE are the largest nuclear threat in the world. WE are the only nation to have used nuclear weapons. If there's any rational movement to disarm a nation of its nuclear weaponry, it should be the rest of the world disarming US.

As for Israel, they are responsible for their own defense. Israel is not the 51st state of our own nation. Ironically, Israel is the nation in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons, and Israel is a violent culture prone to invading neighbors on specious grounds of home security. (Oh, but they're JEWS ... so it seems that we can't criticize that. Nationalistic criticism around here is only reserved for ARABS.)

Nevermind they are publically open about wanting to destroy Israel.

Come on. First of all, Israel can defend themselves just fine. Secondly, if another country tried what you're suggesting---that would be the end of that country.

John W. McCheney has openly promised to "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran". So if we apply your thinking Kooz, other countries should attack us?

rather, what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is suggesting. Here are some references regarding the Iranian president's desire to destroy Israel. Are you guys saying the leaders of Iran have never stated they want to destroy Israel? They want and probably will try to destroy Israel...then, like you say..."That will be the end of that country [Iran]"...only...if its the United States ending that country...then you will complain that we are war mongers instead of Iran.

Also, I can think of about 50 nations that I have no problem having nuclear power. Why does Iran...who is sitting on billions and billions of barrels of oil...need another form of energy? See Iran's threats to Israel on links below.,7340,L-3509095,00.html,1518,484958,00.html

Iranian casts doubts on Sept. 11 attack, ground zero deaths

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer Wed Apr 16, 11:24 AM ET

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cast doubt Wednesday over the U.S. version of the Sept. 11 attacks, calling it a pretext used to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.

Although Iran has condemned the 2001 al-Qaida attacks on New York and Washington in the past, this was the third time in a week that Ahmadinejad questioned the death toll, who was behind the attacks and how it happened.

"Four or five years ago, a suspicious event occurred in New York. A building collapsed and they said that 3,000 people had been killed but never published their names," Ahmadinejad told Iranians in the holy city of Qom.

This guys' just asking for it. Additionally, I had an occasion at work to investigate counterfeit money (we were deciding whether or not our co' wanted to sell counterfeit bill detectors).

I learned quite a bit about the intaglio printing presses we make our money with and that Iran had purchased the same presses and was pumping counterfeits into circulation to weaken our economy. For a really, really long time - here's a '92 link.


Just google Iran and counterfeit or currency- there is a ton of stuff out there. This is the set of circumstance that started the whole ever changing look of our currency - to try to stay ahead of these guys and avoid our economy being destabilized by devaluing our currency. It's a great attack tactic - even the Romans used it......

So - make no mistake about it - I think this is really bad - and I think we're definitely having trouble with this country. But does this, even if they do have nuclear arms, mean we're allowed to invade? I want to hear a clear argument for that and I haven't. No one can argue that Iran wants anything good for the US or Israel for that matter - but what's propelling the discussion of the US attacking Iran?

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

avoid our economy being destabilized by devaluing our currency.

Too funny...McCain and Bush have done a fine job destablizing our currency.

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