Wednesday, April 26, 2006

    Good Gas - Tank You Very Much!

    Sometimes I feel it's the same old boring political crap - blame President Bush for everything, including the gas you think is expensive. Yes, it is more expensive than it was 40 years ago, but there are hundreds of millions that are demanding more of a finite resource. Then you add China on top of that, who thinks oil is for stockpiling - well, they might be right someday, especially if humans refuse to find alternatives.

    Then you have the radical groups that we successful in keeping the USA from exploring for oil within our own territories, making us more dependent on foreign sources - something liberals should add to their "be proud" list.

    People are still paying much more for water when they buy a bottle at their local convenience store. Both sides of our government want us to believe the oil companies are getting rich off of the poor - like in Los Angeles, where gangs of illegal Mexicans are angered at the price to fill their coochie-mobiles and low-riders. In reality, gas companies make a pittance when compared to the take government gets.

    The Federal government gets 18.4 cents for every gallon you buy. So if your 8 cylinder SUV takes 20 gallons you just gave your Uncle Sam $3.68. Oh - I forgot to add in that state tax on your gallons. If you live in Oregon, you're paying an additional 24.4 cents - even more depending on the county you live in. Based on the base state tax rate plus the cut for the Feds, here are a few examples of what some states rape you for (Fed. + State) when you buy 20 gallons:
    • Oregon: ($3.68 + $4.88) = $8.56

    • Illinois: ($3.68 + $3.80) = $7.48 (Plus 6.25% sales tax and .3 % tax for underground storage tank fund, and other local sales and gasoline taxes. Diesel fuel taxes are 27.5 cpg for commercial highway users.)

    • New York: ($3.68 + $6.38) = $10.06 (Does not include an estimated 7.9 cents per gallon for gasoline and 6.7 cents per gallon for diesel from weighted county average sales taxes that range from 3.25% to 4.75%.)

    • California: (($3.68 + $3.60) = $7.28 (Other taxes include a 6% state sales tax and 1.25% county, plus additional local sales taxes and 1.2 cents per gallon state UST fee.)
    Turns out the state you live in is getting rich off your misery, and government overall is sucking lots more from your gas-guzzl'n needs than any oil company is. Now Democrats aren't going to let some potential political leverage go unused - so they plan to trick consumers into thinking they care about us with a scheme to temporarily (60 day) remove the Federal tax - just long enough for state elections to take place - then boom - they will slap that tax back on so fast!

    In Ann Coulter's words:
    I would be more interested in what the Democrats had to say about high gas prices if these were not the same people who refused to let us drill for oil in Alaska, imposed massive restrictions on building new refineries, and who shut down the development of nuclear power in this country decades ago.
    Drink up!

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