“Read Their Lips”

SENATE GOP WANTS GAS TAX HIKE … || By ROBERT ROMANO ||“Somehow, Senate Republicans in their push to reclaim the majority in 2014 failed to inform voters of their apparent intention to raise taxes on gasoline by 12 cents, a 65 percent increase from the current 18.4 cent federal gas…


|| By ROBERT ROMANO ||“Somehow, Senate Republicans in their push to reclaim the majority in 2014 failed to inform voters of their apparent intention to raise taxes on gasoline by 12 cents, a 65 percent increase from the current 18.4 cent federal gas tax.”

That was Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens’ take on a push by the incoming Senate majority to enact the largest nominal gasoline tax hike in U.S. history, and the largest percent increase since 1983.

The statement came in response to comments from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) appearing on Fox News Sunday on January 4, saying, “yes, we have proposed raising the gasoline tax-user fee by 12 cents.”

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), appearing in the same segment, told host Chris Wallace that “I don’t think we take anything off the table at this point,” including a gas tax hike.

Read their lips.

Readers will recall that it was the five-cent gas tax hike in 1990 that proved false George H.W. Bush’s “read my lips” pledge against tax increases, and ultimately cost him his presidency in 1992.

The catastrophe cuts across both parties, lest anyone forget the 1993 4.4 cent per gallon hike that sealed Democrats’ fate, consigning them to minority status in both chambers of Congress in 1994 for the first time since 1954.

Now, Senate Republicans are lining up to be guillotined in 2016.

Those who forget history invariably are doomed to repeat its mistakes.

Despite the predictable political calamity that might ensue should Republicans vote to increase taxes they appear more concerned with making certain “there are a lot of areas where we can work together [with Obama],” to quote Sen. Thune.

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Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.  This piece (reprinted with permission) originally appeared on NetRightDaily.com.


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not bad idea! January 7, 2015 at 8:31 am

Not a bad idea to rebuild infrastructure. Everybody would have skin in the game, not just those that pay all the taxes. Democrats are typically welfare leeches and pay no taxes while enjoying free health insurance, food stamps and Section 8 housing.

Also since some states are giving illegals taxpayer funded DL’s why not recoup some of that money when they fill their vans up transporting other illegals and moving their drugs around.

12% on booze,dope and lottery tickets and Obama voters will be paying their ‘fair share’.

Rakkasan January 7, 2015 at 8:59 am

How bout we cut off corporate welfare and let your “free market” have a go. Wait…what? You don’t hate ALL welfare leeches? That’s like the CIA supporting corrupt regimes—“we hate corrupt regimes–except the ones that are OUR corrupt regimes”

Rocky January 7, 2015 at 9:15 am

Well considering that the entire state of South Carolina is a giant federal leech – that probably should be cut off. Unfortunately Bahamas won’t take it.

Mr. Speaker January 7, 2015 at 8:32 am

Hello Darling, nice to see you, it’s been a long time (Conway Twitty)…..

It’s been a long time since Republicans have actually had to to run the Federal Government. Reality has now set in. Republicans after several years have to make things work. No more of the irregular Tea Nuts throwing obstacles in the gears.

The Tri-fold hat coalition is at the extreme left side of the IQ bell curve and yesterday’s antics prove it. Business will now get done and Regular Order will prevail.

By the way, Jeff Duncan, only Louis Gohmert’s bulb is dimmer than yours.

:-) January 7, 2015 at 8:35 am

“The Tri-fold hat coalition…” :-)

Mr. Speaker January 7, 2015 at 8:54 am

How about “The Tri-fold Hat Coalition.”


I was in a hurrry!

:-) January 7, 2015 at 9:02 am

No critique. Just laughing. Good one.

bye bye dems! January 7, 2015 at 8:37 am

We will clean the mess up you liberal, American hating dem socialists left in congress and across this great nation.

Now get the fuck out of the way and get my coffee and newspaper. We got work to do. Clyburn can still shine my shoes!

Rocky January 7, 2015 at 9:10 am

Yeah, can’t wait to see you you fix 5% unemployment, $1.90 gas and an 18,000 DOW. Guess 10% unemployment, $4.00 gas and destroy our 401Ks with your great stewardship – idiot.

Smirks January 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

Don’t worry, they’ll “fix” it soon enough.

Smirks January 7, 2015 at 9:46 am

Cleaning up Democrats’ mess by… raising taxes.


Rocky January 7, 2015 at 9:11 am

Wow! Tax increases, amnesty and Obamacare funded for the future – certainly exactly what the Tea Party conservatives were looking for when they entered the polling booth.

Smirks January 7, 2015 at 9:50 am

They piled into the booth for a token ACA repeal through reconciliation that will be vetoed. It’s coming. I hope it makes them feel better.

Supposing Republicans have complete control in 2017, I’m calling it now. No repeal. Just one or two changes and then suddenly the GOP forgets the word “Obamacare” entirely. Hell, after the changes I’m willing to bet the Medicaid expansion will be adopted in nearly all 50 states.

liberals surrender!! January 7, 2015 at 10:03 am

lol lol!!! I love it when a socialist starts drinking when they get out of bed!!!
Let us Republicans handle the hard stuff on jobs,national security etc…
You fucking liberals do better when you work on queer marriage and legalizing drugs.

grandtangosuglydog January 7, 2015 at 10:43 am

yeah look how great a job you guys did when you controlled all three branches for 6 years..fucking idiot.

let the good times roll!!! January 7, 2015 at 10:59 am


Correctomundo! January 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

“No repeal. Just one or two changes and then suddenly the GOP forgets the word “Obamacare” entirely.”

That is exactly true. There is very little that seperates the two parties when it comes down to voting/actions & tossing rhetoric out the window.

judge roberts reads paper! January 7, 2015 at 10:40 am

The expanded Medicad will bankrupt states as the federal government refuses to help states and the reimbursement to doctors have been cut-they are dropping patients and not accepting new ones.

SCOTUS will finish Obamacare off.

Correctomundo! January 7, 2015 at 10:44 am

Economics will eventually win the day over both parties. I’ve long suspected that Obamacare will solve all of our national financial problems(via default) since it’s inception.

Time will tell. A pox on both parties & gov’t in general.

2 scoops of sugar please! January 7, 2015 at 10:00 am

Bye bye Obamcare-NO amnesty-liberals pay their fair share!!!
God is good!!!

Moderate and Rasing Your Taxes January 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm

You do realize Conseratives had their asses handed to them yesterday.

Smirks January 7, 2015 at 9:38 am

The gas tax is one of the most acceptable forms of taxation, you are only charged when you pump gas, ideally into your car, which means you pay for roads as you consume the gas that your car requires.

Willie can point to some dumbass boondoggles SCDOT is engaging in, which is why I agree that DOT needs to axe those programs when it proposed hiking the tax, but I feel this effort against raising the national gas tax is just another “ERMAGERD WE HATE ALL TAX INCREASES NO MATTER HOW JUSTIFIED OR BADLY NEEDED THEY ARE!!!!!!!” Tea Party tirade.

The duty of government is to provide evidence that yes, additional tax revenue is needed, and to put forth a request to obtain just that. It is the duty of the people to judge whether the government’s request has merit. If it has merit, it should pass.

This dumbass goes on to tell us that revenues haven’t gone up because consumption hasn’t recovered to 2008 levels (most would think this is a good think, for both the environment and our disturbing addiction to foreign oil). Supposing that even in 2008 we had enough money to fund the roads properly, why can’t we make a modest increase with an expiration date? You know, like we did with other programs that required additional funding during the recession? And just pass extensions as long as it is necessary, and let it die when it no longer is?


PCAlum January 7, 2015 at 9:56 am

Taxes are a necessity, but in this case its more likely oportunistic. remember when gas was under a dollar, then it went up to 4, now its back around 2 and they are going to increase gas taxes while its still “low” because they wont be able to increase it again once it goes back up. it is going back up because the external forces that caused opec to lower oil prices (fracking) is going to come to an end in the next couple years because its extremely unsafe

Fantasy Island January 7, 2015 at 9:58 am

So you’re saying taxation isn’t theft?

Good to know.

Rocky January 7, 2015 at 11:15 am

You have to love the likes of GT, Sandi, Flip Crisco: They represent the classic Tea Pee Party folks. Aging baby boomers who think they’re all about “conservative” ideas. The reality is they are the aging representatives of the Me generation. They call themselves Patriots, but care only for themselves. They say they defeated the Soviet Union when Reagan exploded the national debt with military spending. Said they’d pay it back. Then after the budget was balanced by a Democrat, and we had a surplus, they screamed they needed a tax cut, and decided instead to force their grand kids to carry the water for them. They call moderate Republicans and Democrats moochers and welfare recipients, when the fact is most of those two groups are college educated making three or four times what they make – and again – carry the tax burden. It’s always about them. Born in the 50s, spoiled in the 60s and 70s, mooching off everyone else in the 80s and 90s, crying about protecting their own entitlements that the live off of for the last 15 years. Their parents must be puking in their graves. They think they’re part of some great cause, when in fact they’re about to get steam-rolled by the Establishment. Inherently racist, living primarily in Red States that suck off the Federal Government tit, and claim they’re all that and a bag of chips. A bag of cow chips maybe.


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