Raise the gas tax?
posted at 6/12/2011 12:47 PM EDT
The 2008 taxpayer bailout of General Motors saved them from extinction. Their CEO thinks that the best way to pay back the public is to raise the gas tax, for their own good of course.
According to an interview in the Detroit News, GM CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax increased as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars. He said that this would do more good for the environment than forcing automakers to comply with higher gas-mileage standards.
"You know what I'd rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puuke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas," Akerson said.
"People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans."
This must be the kind of arrogance that comes with being the CEO of a company that had to rely on the private property of taxpayers to stay in business.