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Here is a letter I received just this week from American Solutions. This goes to show you that it doesn't matter what party you are for, Congress as a whole is royally screwing up our country...no..wait...not just screwing up our country...they have in the past and continue to do so. This proposed bill by Senator Graham....is definitely scary....  

Mary -  

If you made a call to Senator Graham’s office earlier this week urging him not to introduce legislation that has new gas taxes, thank you.

Many have reported back that Senator Graham’s staff responded to such calls by saying that Senator Graham does not support new gas taxes and doesn’t have any plans to introduce new gas taxes.

We hope that is true and that Senator Graham has indeed changed his mind. If so, it would likely be due in large part to your many calls.  

But before you let down your guard, we want to share with you some of the things that Senator Graham has said about his proposed legislation that led us to believe he supports new gas taxes and why we remain concerned that the legislation Senator Graham is set to unveil next week will nevertheless contain new gas taxes.

On March 26, 2010, the newspaper The Hill published a story describing “the carbon fee on gasoline that his [Senator Graham’s] brewing climate bill would establish.”  The article went on to describe how the Senator’s plan would “assess a fee on oil companies.”

In describing the impact of the fee, Senator Graham said this:  “Some of it will be passed on, some of it will be absorbed, but the money we collect from them gets passed back to the consumer, which holds them harmless...Bill Gates may not get it, but most people in my state will, and any money not going back to the consumer from this linked fee has to go to something that the country needs, like retiring the debt, or I won’t support it.”

From the above statement, Senator Graham was quite clear that in his draft plan a fee would be imposed on oil companies, and some of it will be “passed on” - meaning passed on in the form of higher gas prices paid by motorists.  

Robert Puentes of the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington, DC, characterized this measure as “a gasoline carbon tax” and that such a fee is equivalent to “taxing gasoline.”

The Senator also said that this should be not be a problem for consumers since most people will get some money back.  The Senator added that if there is money left over, then the Congress shall be able to spend it on something “the country needs“.  

If consumers pay higher fuel prices due to a requirement of government, we at American Solutions consider it a tax, whether it is imposed indirectly at the wholesale level of the oil company, or directly at the retail level of the average American buying gas at the local gas station. We oppose new taxes on gas, diesel and other transportation fuels, which we believe will kill jobs and stagnate economic growth.

For his part, Senator Graham has called this tax a “linked fee,” although the bill may ultimately call the gas tax something different.

Now, in all fairness, perhaps since March 26, 2010, the Senator has decided to abandon this linked fee gas tax altogether.

However, if we see any provision in Senator Graham’s legislation next week that increases the price of gasoline, then you now know why American Solutions considers it a new gas tax and thus will vigorously oppose it.

It will then be up to you whether you will be happy to pay higher prices at the gas pump simply because Senator Graham has decided to describe the cause for these higher prices as something other than a new gas tax.

We will report back after the introduction of the legislation next week.  

In the meantime, I ask you to consider what you think is the best way to describe the higher gasoline prices you would pay as a result of any new costs imposed on oil companies by the federal government.

We would call it a new gas tax. Senator Graham wants to call it something else.

What about you?

Sincerely,

Vince Haley
Vice President for Policy
American Solutions




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      UK Girl wrote Apr 24, 2010
    • Mary is this a tax on your gas in for your car ?

      In the UK we have very heavy duty on petrol (gas) and fuel - your petrol (gas) has always been much cheaper than Europe and the UK .........



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      Mary Clark wrote Apr 24, 2010
    • Yes Vicki...it is for the gas we use in our cars.  I have always known your gas price was higher than ours..and I admit Americans are “gas hogs“.  We are.
      But...as everything else does...raising gas prices only hurts everything else.  People start cutting other things out because they have to buy “gas” for work...etc.  

      I think if we as Americans as a whole would start curbing that usage....quit giving into the demand...start walking more when we can...we could stop some of this...but in reference to this article...this is just how our nutty Congress works.  They are sly...they are sleek...and before you know it...they have stuff into law that we never knew about it....that is if  you don’t do your homework.  

      I hate that if you have a bill for something major...such as the healthcare...you should NOT BE ABLE TO include other stuff in that bill that has nothing to do with the main part of the bill.  This is just another way of sneaking crap into law.



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      Mary Clark wrote Apr 24, 2010
    • Yes Vicki...it is for the gas we use in our cars.  I have always known your gas price was higher than ours..and I admit Americans are “gas hogs“.  We are.
      But...as everything else does...raising gas prices only hurts everything else.  People start cutting other things out because they have to buy “gas” for work...etc.  

      I think if we as Americans as a whole would start curbing that usage....quit giving into the demand...start walking more when we can...we could stop some of this...but in reference to this article...this is just how our nutty Congress works.  They are sly...they are sleek...and before you know it...they have stuff into law that we never knew about it....that is if  you don’t do your homework.  

      I hate that if you have a bill for something major...such as the healthcare...you should NOT BE ABLE TO include other stuff in that bill that has nothing to do with the main part of the bill.  This is just another way of sneaking crap into law.



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      UK Girl wrote Apr 24, 2010
    • Every April we have a Government Budget and in the last thirteen years we have had more stealth taxes than in the last thirty. We have a hike in petrol prices at every budget and it mainly affects road fuel so all the trucks delivery food etc; so we end up paying twice !
      But May the 6th is the day of the revolution and new Government and this mob out the door with a huge kick from us .........On Thursday we had a TV debate with the three leaders (we have three parties) and the goon in charge at the moment he mentioned a tax on air freight which will mean another hike in food prices as we import so much food.
      We have aviation fuel tax called a "holiday tax" so we pay an additional tax on our flights .......



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      Mary Clark wrote Apr 24, 2010
    • It’s all ridiculous isn’t it Vicki!  I know we have to have taxes...I know that...but I think we need to cut out some unnecessary spending (that senator that traveled the globe on my dollar ...stayed at the best hotels and ate the best food)....as far as I’m concern...he could have stayed at a Motel 6 and ate at the local cafeteria.  I’m tired of them wasting my money and then asking for more.  

      THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE SICK OF.....and it doesn’t matter what party you are from...if you do it...you are guilty.



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      Mary Clark wrote Apr 25, 2010
    • *Here is a update letter I received just today (Sunday). Good news for now....but our guard cannot be let down...here's the letter:

      Mary -

      We have great news from Washington: Senator Lindsey Graham is backing away from introducing a new gas tax.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the many American Solutions members in South Carolina who called Senator Graham and asked him not to support new gas taxes. Your request has been granted.  

      Yesterday, Senator Graham sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicating that he would abandon his support for global warming energy tax legislation if the Senate leadership decided to move ahead first with comprehensive immigration legislation. Here is an excerpt from that letter:

      “I want to bring to your attention what appears to be a decision by the Obama Administration and Senate Democratic leadership to move immigration instead of energy. Unless their plan substantially changes this weekend, I will be unable to move forward on energy independence legislation at this time. I will not allow our hard work to be rolled out in a manner that has no chance of success.

      "Recent press reports indicating that immigration - not energy - is their priority have not been repudiated. This has destroyed my confidence that there will be a serious commitment and focus to move energy legislation this year..."

      Whatever the reason for his decision, every South Carolinian should be grateful that Senator Graham appears to be abandoning his support for a global warming bill that was widely reported to contain new gas, diesel, and other transportation fuel taxes.  New gas taxes will kill jobs, hurt small business, and make it more expensive to drive and fly.  Americans need more jobs, not more gas taxes.  

      As a result of Senator Graham’s letter, Senators Kerry and Lieberman have temporarily postponed the introduction of their global warming energy tax bill, which was originally scheduled to be presented tomorrow.  While Senator Graham’s abandonment of the energy tax bill appears today to be a major obstacle to the bill moving forward, we remain alert to the possibility that a new gas tax could be introduced sometime this summer. We will update you on any new future developments.

      Thank you once again for your tireless efforts opposing new gas taxes.  

      Sincerely,

      Vince Haley
      Vice President for Policy
      American Solutions



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