Larry Grooms Blasted For Gas Tax Hike

FORMER “REFORMER” SLAMMED …  || By FITSNEWS ||  This website endorsed S.C. Senator Larry Grooms in his failed 2013 bid for the U.S. Congress – believing him to be the most pro-free market candidate in the race.  Turns out that was a terrible mistake … which we realized a few…


|| By FITSNEWS ||  This website endorsed S.C. Senator Larry Grooms in his failed 2013 bid for the U.S. Congress – believing him to be the most pro-free market candidate in the race.  Turns out that was a terrible mistake … which we realized a few months after the election when Grooms stabbed fiscal conservatives in the back by advancing a totally unnecessary highway project.

Well guess what … Grooms is screwing limited government supporters over again, helping to advance a gas tax hike that would penalize the Palmetto State’s motorists for his own failure to adequately prioritize spending.

We wrote on the proposal that cleared Grooms’ Senate committee last week, but this week a prominent national advocacy group is laying into him for his treachery.

“With big government politicians and lobbyists clamoring for gas tax hikes, South Carolinians needed a fiscal champion,” the narrator of the ad states.  “Instead we got Larry Grooms.”


Produced by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the spot assails Grooms for being a hypocrite – one who brands himself as a taxpayer advocate but then sells taxpayers out when they “need him most.”

“After nearly twenty years in the Senate, Grooms wants us to believe he stands up for taxpayers,” the narrator continues. “But when we needed him most he let us down.  Grooms want to pass a 120 percent gas tax hike – just when we started to feel some relief at the pump he wants more of our money for mass transit and bicycle trails.”

The ad closes by encouraging taxpayers to contact Grooms, and “tell him to oppose all gas tax hikes.”

Here’s the spot (entitled “Let Us Down“) …

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(Pic: Via)

Good for AFP …

South Carolina politicians who accommodate the status quo on this issue deserve to be blasted … and we’re glad to see Grooms taking one squarely in the grundle (especially in light of his prior sellouts on infrastructure-related issues).

More to the point: We keep hearing the fiction that South Carolinians support gas tax hikes.  This ad is yet another reminder that they most assuredly do not.


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Try Again March 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm

You really know how to pick em Fits

Some Gomer,like this guy Grooms, spouts off a few slogans and you declare him the second coming!

Good God!Anyone who has met this fellow and talked to him for a few minutes will rapidly see that he isn’t the brightest bulb around and will say or do anything.

Jack frontal cortex March 19, 2015 at 4:33 pm

God forbid a legislator – one with strong conservative credentials – decides to make some tough decisions to help this damn state. Rather than play flipping politics and offer no solutions.

AFP comes in and makes a mess. Then they are gone and our roads still suck.

It costs you more now because of roads and traffic than it would to raise the gas tax. Makes no sense.

Sen Grooms, keep doing what is right. Just because SC conservative are so dumbe they get led around by the nose by every out of state interest group doesn’t make them right.

Have you ever heard anyone have a plan besides “No” rhetoric doesn’t fill potholes.

What?! March 19, 2015 at 7:58 pm

“decides to make some tough decisions to help this damn state.”

You call handing more money to an agency that has yet to issue a full accounting of how it spends the money it gets “help”?

Seriously, are you deranged? Maybe you should change your name to “Jack’s frontal lobotomy”.

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Probably because SC has one of the lowest gas taxes? We should have seen it coming.

HAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!~ March 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Lowest wages that are not in line with inflation nor the cost of housing. Get a clue, dumbass.

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm

What in the world are you talking about? I thought the topic was Gax Tax Hike?

FastEddy23 March 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm

“All inflation is caused by government, government prints the money and government can too easily print too much.”

If you folks believe that a “gas tax” will fix the roads … LOL … then I got a Taxifornia Bay Area $100 Billion Dollar bridge for sale.

BTW: Your Big Mac and fries costs what? $4.99? In Taxifornia it now costs $8.99 … and in New York is costs $8.99, too.

If you all want to keep up with the big cities, go ahead and punish your selves with higher taxes.

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 5:58 pm

The basic rule of economics would imply what goes up must come down, but that does not seem to be the case when they increase the prices of basic needs. I don’t ever recall a time groceries went down? Heck, I still remember nickel candy bars….

FastEddy23 March 19, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Well, that rule certainly does not apply with central planning Gruberment projects and the taxes to “pay” for them. Duh!

That nickel candy bar? Taxifornia and New York they now cost $1.50 plus tax. What is it in SC?

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm

l’d have to ask my husband how much a candy bar is, but I am guessing around $1 each.

The government, at every level, always finds new ways to tax and spend and continues to expand.

I don’t think we are at the point of tax exile yet (Rolling Stones), but I am opposed to tax increases.

I can’t say I blame companies like Boeing/GE or any other company/individual that can find a way to lower their taxes. I only wish we find a way to lower ours.

I typically like Sen. Grooms, but I am not in favor of any new taxes.

FastEddy23 March 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm

We have a chance here: Abolish BummerCare and the IRS falls apart. Abolish the IRS and congress will absolutely have to simplify the tax codes. …

“… It’s the Labour Government that have brought us record peace-time taxation. They’ve got the usual Socialist disease – they’ve run out of other people’s money. …” Margaret Thatcher / WikiQuote.

Tangerine March 20, 2015 at 10:20 am

The point of the posting above, SC finally ranks above average even good at #3 in one area, and they are quick to “fix” it (sarcasm)

OldFogey March 19, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Whatever they need to do to FIX THESE DAMNED ROADS needs to be done. Why not add a dime/gallon to the gas tax PLUS add the sales tax (the counties with the extra 2% should be overjoyed to get their cut of the pie) PLUS do away with the stupid sales tax cap on cars (I drive a 1986 Isuzu – my wife has a 2011 Lexus).

Drive north on I-77 and lose a windshield to the loose gravel from the crappy pavement at Blythewood, and again at SC-34; same in several places on I-26 above Newberry (and a small place at the Newberry-Richland county line). While the insurance fixes it free, your premiums still go up, and even if they come to your home to fix it, you never get the time back. Even the concrete part of 77 is not in good shape (after all, sand is cheaper than portland cement) and they already had to rebuild the part of 77 above the Shell station at the Winnsboro-Great Falls Hwy.

Might use some of those “newly appropriated funds” to reinstate the “independent engineers” (now all fired for finding fraud) that used to inspect individual batches of asphalt and concrete.

FIX THE DAMNED ROADS! I don’t mind paying my part.

FastEddy23 March 19, 2015 at 5:42 pm

All one needs is an accurate head count in SC:

How much has the population of SC increased in the last twenty years …

… and how much has the number of SC government employees increased in the last twenty years.

Now you know why they want a tax increase. ‘Cause I’m betting it ain’t to buy more asphalt … and you don’t need a common core education to figure that out.

Jeb For President March 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm

And all of this is why YOU will be voting for Jeb Bush for President next year.

FastEddy23 March 19, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Nope, not me.

I’ll be voting for a genuine fiscal conservative … or the Libertarian, which ever has the most hair.

Jeb For President March 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Since whatever failed Republican the Libertarians nominate(see Paul,Barr, and Johnson) stands NO CHANCE of winning ,his ONLY effect is to draw votes away from the GOP.

So,good for you Ed!Thats the ticket ,Libertarian

Jack March 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm

You will paying your three parts by the time the fraud waste and abuse takes hold. I don’t want my money wasted. No taxes till reform!

Rakkasan March 20, 2015 at 10:16 am

Show me the fraud waster and abuse or STFU. Over and over, inaction is rationalized by sloganeering like “we shouldn’t do this until the waste, fraud, and abuse, are eliminated”, or “until misplaced priorities are sorted out”…Once again, Brownback in KS commissioned a task force to find waste etc in the KS budget because this was his mantra too. As much as they wanted to find to make their boss look god, they came back with peanuts. You can’t fix real problems with these approaches. Besides, the waste, fraud, and abuse crowd talks about it forever. So why, if it significant, is someone not going into budgets with fine toothed combs and red pens and coming back with findings and specific recommendations? Maybe because the Club for Growth or other anti-tax group tell folks to say it

Soft Sigh from Hell March 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Unfortunately, the same crummy politically connected contractors that installed the shabby–but uninspected–pavement in the first place will get selected and paid to do it (poorly) again. And a bunch of the rest of the money will go to unneeded and widely unwanted “pork”-project new roads.

I would without complaint pay higher gas taxes if I had even the mere real hope that the money would be spent well. But what are the chances?

FastEddy23 March 19, 2015 at 7:32 pm

But that IS the issue. High gas taxes will automatically put those same good old boys back in the roadgrader seats.

Without a gas (or other) tax increase, SC DOT may actually have to put some of the jobs out to bid …

euwe max March 20, 2015 at 12:56 am

Do they build concrete roads, or are they still using asphalt… or chat.. in the South?

New roads-yes Fix roads-No March 20, 2015 at 8:15 am

No concrete here….and having lived in Detroit prior to the “big fall”, I can tell you the initial extra cost of concrete far outweighs the savings on asphalt in the long haul….(at lest in Northern climates)

Paul Bunion March 20, 2015 at 10:56 am


Soft Sigh from Hell March 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Cobble, not corduroy.

Soft Sigh from Hell March 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Here they repave the concrete roads with asphalt. true.

euwe max March 20, 2015 at 5:56 pm

From what I have heard about that place, there’s no place that you need a car to get to.

Matt March 19, 2015 at 7:38 pm

I agree, the roads have to be fixed. Eventually money has to be raised to pay for this!

You Will Please Take Notice March 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

They pass a gasoline tax increase, I guarantee you that they will have tens of thousands of South Carolinians wanting to get right in their faces and punching them in the mouth. These douche bags are inciting the citizens of this state to resort to paying them visits at their homes and places of business – even in public places where they like to dine or have drinks.

FastEddy23 March 19, 2015 at 5:40 pm

… justifiably … Anyone need to borrow my baseball bat?

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 5:42 pm

LOL! This pure unthought out speculation, but one of the big costs consideration for those Dreamliners is gasoline. I wonder if that has any impact.

Hal March 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm


and they buy 80,000 pound of jet fuel every week!

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Are you telling me they are exempt from ALL taxes?

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Yep, they do have an exemption from fuel. Arrrgh!

shifty henry March 19, 2015 at 5:59 pm


Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Ouch!!!! I hope you are never cross with me!

shifty henry March 19, 2015 at 6:07 pm

For you (only) — pine tar and gosling feathers. But it must be enacted as law. Then we should graduate to the stocks, and then on to dueling. What fun! (might stop a lot of fussin’…). But you would never reach any of those levels.

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Yes, it “might stop a lot of fussin'”

Hmmm….I would never reach any of those levels? Due to short attn. span? Ha!

shifty henry March 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm

just keep doing whatever you’ve been doing, you’re all right…..

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

You are kind. I wish I had more time to spend researching some of the topics, but that thing called life gets in the way.

Rakkasan March 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

That’s right. You should have whatever you want, when you want, on your terms all the way. Anything else is tyranny–or an attack on your freedom, or a gun grab, or socialism, or communism, or a job killer. And what will all the citizens with guns at home do when you show up to punch them in the face? Wow, a circular firing squad!! If you see Goober, tell him Duh-Huh. He’ll know what you mean!

Larry's former friend! March 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Larry talks like a conservative, but has his nose s far up Leatherman’s backside no one can understand what he say.
Leatherman wants a tax and Grooms is right there to make it happen.

Conservatives in SC are liberals elsewhere!

mick March 19, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Larry, Boss Hog, Grooms. He likes to raise taxes while talking about God.

euwe max March 19, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Is it just me, or is that chick incredibly hot?

Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Now I remember you….LOL

euwe max March 19, 2015 at 6:33 pm Reply
Tangerine March 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Great advice!

FastEddy23 March 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Even hotter with boxing gloves on, I’m bettin’.

ScrewedNSC March 19, 2015 at 6:37 pm

It is my understanding that the Senate bill brought fourth by Senate Clary increases the Gas User Fee. That is not a tax.

FastEddy23 March 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

That Rose by any other name still stinks.

M326 March 19, 2015 at 6:41 pm

I would happily pay a higher gas tax to get our roads fixed. They are a disgrace. I broke a spring on a trailer after it bounced through a pothole. I could have paid a lot of gas tax for the price of fixing that trailer!

Tangerine March 20, 2015 at 11:15 am

“It’s not just the gas tax lawmakers want to raise – though that seems to be at the top of everyone’s list. It’s also the scores of fees: an increase to the $25 fee we currently pay for a ten-year driver’s license to $50, for example, or an increase of the cap on motor vehicle sales tax from $300 to $600. Lawmakers are even contemplating an internet sales tax.”


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