Democrats Propose Gas Stamps. No, Really.

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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democrats propose gas stamps no really reveals the startling news that the Democrats are considering adding “gas stamps” to the pre-election last minute pork for votes economic stimulus package. “It’s certainly under consideration,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told The Hill on Thursday afternoon. “It would be like food stamps for those people who need help.” We’re talking $500 for unleaded (not ethanol?) for any documented American (I hope) earning up to $31,200, or a family of four earning up to $63,600. Nancy Pelosi is kinda sorta maybe lining-up behind the idea, in case it gains political traction. “McDermott [(D-Wash.), chairman of the House Income Security and Family Support subcommittee] who introduced the idea before the August recess, said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made favorable mention of gas stamps Wednesday during an afternoon caucus meeting on a pending energy bill.” Republicans scoffed. ““We don’t need a top-down government program, we need to unleash the potential of the American people by allowing increased production of American energy,” said Michael Steel, spokesman to House Republican leader John Boehner (Ohio). “This is a classic example of top-down, centralized bureaucracy that Washington represents.” Over to you Barack and John… [thanks to Ms. X for the link]

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  • BuzzDog BuzzDog on Sep 14, 2008

    Yeah, I know about the Mena thing...ironically, I've lived in Northwest Arkansas for a few years, due to a transfer. Nice roads, by the way, with very clean shoulders and medians. LOL

  • Luscious Luscious on Sep 14, 2008

    You've all heard of Blackwater...the private mercenary firm making money hand over fist in Iraq at this very moment. Well, maybe you should research "Wakenhut". Let me tell you something which should (SHOULD) be quite obvious....if you are a for-profit prison is in your BEST INTEREST to incarcerate people for possessing or smoking a joint! It's GOOD to toss someone in prison and throw away the key. Just ask Tommy Chong, who spent 8-9 months in Federal Prison for shipping a bong to I think it was Pennsylvania...and was made an "example of" under A.G. Ashcroft. No lie... So, in a profit-driven society such as ours, if there is a way to make a profit, it will be found. I suggest something quite the opposite of what you suggest...why not keep the Govt out of our business. You have the right to succeed on your own, and you have the "right" to drive 8mpg trashers if you so desire...but it is your choice. It certainly isn't any of the taxpayers business what you drive, so why should they be penalized if you can't pay for its operation? This is just another excuse to expand government ...and to justify govt employees jobs. Why, we just may need to hire 8000 more Federal "Administrators" to manage all of this, right?

  • Ihatetrees Ihatetrees on Sep 14, 2008
    joeaverage: The only problem is that despite my conservative driving style, I’m still paying higher prices for other people’s driving styles and choices. Is there any product's price that isn't affected by other people's choices? We live in a market economy. The price of everything from dish soap to Durangos is based on other people's market choices. Is there another way to price things?!? (that doesn't involve wearing a foil hat??)
  • TonyTiger TonyTiger on Sep 15, 2008

    Interesting that some of the readers and posters here do not follow thru to understand what's going on. 1) Regardless of your opinion of the source cited originally, several people posted a link to the actual congressman who proposed this idea. Yet posters here continued to attack the source. 2) Someone (AH? I think) suggested that I be told that gas prices keep rising. Well, that's not my experience. Here in California, the price of premium has dropped from around $4.40 to under $4.00 (yesterday $3.89) -SINCE BUSH RESCINDED the presidential order against off-shore drilling. 3) A few posters heep harping on "Republicans lying about getting immediate relief at the pump if we start drilling." I'd like just one of those posters to point to ANY republican or anyone at all who has ever said that. You people are just repeating democrat talking points. NO ONE EXPECTS IMMEDIATE RELIEF just because drilling starts. Now, it is POSSIBLE that oil future prices will drop, it's not assured. Although this SEEMS to be what happened when Bush made his announcement. THe speculators panicked and the price of oil and oil futures dropped. 4) Democrats refuse to allow us to drill for oil in the ocean, offshore where there is LOTS of it. I really dont know WHY. I guess one reason is that they're afraid of environmental damage. Yet, while we sit around in a circle-jerk, THE CUBANS AND RED CHINESE are drilling OUR oil off OUR coast. Do the dems think they will be more responsible environmentally that US firms would?