Here’s something I never thought I’d hear, and something that probably won’t fly given the Kamikaze Caucus isn’t about flying, it’s about crashing: while speaking on Fox News Sunday, GOP Senators John Thune and bob Corker were asked about the possibility of a gas tax to pay for our infrastructure. Surprisingly, both of the GOP officials were willing to entertain the idea.
In fact, Corker drafted a similar bill last year.
Libertarians will plug their ears and pretend that our infrastructure isn’t failing. I suppose if you never leave your gilded, gated communities in Neverland, Silicon Valley, you don’t see it. I, however, am from Michigan. And I can tell you about our crumbling infrastructure — and so can the shocks on my car:
Our infrastructure hasn’t seen a major overhaul in decades, receiving a D+ from the American Society of Civic Engineers (frankly, I think there was some grade inflation involved). But you know we can’t just run around fixing our infrastructure willy-nilly without giving some rich cat a tax break and driving ourselves further into debt as a result.
The notion of a “gas tax” is going to give many Americans the vapors; some will fight even a one-cent gas tax, because there are Americans who will fight you tooth and nail if you’re from the government and you declare that people shouldn’t be allowed to put Ebola in food.
For the rest of us who have IQs larger than Meleagris gallopavo, we can hope that they’ll finally put money into the Highway Trust Fund. Even if it is a gas tax, because God forbid we cut into Big Oil’s profits and tax them, instead.
Of course, this is the Republicans we’re talking about here. Hope flies into the future; kamikaze pilots don’t.
Watch the video below:
h/t Crooks and Liars