WASHINGTON -- Blair County Republican Bill Shuster greeted reporters with a broad smile Wednesday in his first roundtable with journalists since his caucus selected him as chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
What a jackass! First of all, the Republicans always lose the "Big Oil" argument with Democrats because they never use the proper weapon. Each time a Democrat whines about the profits raked in by the Exxon-Mobile's and the British Petroleum's, one only need point out that those entities pull in about 2 or 3 cents on each gallon of fuel sold, while the Federal government pulls in six times that amount per gallon.Then he got down to business, telling reporters he would consider increasing the 18.4 cents per gallon gasoline tax as part of a wide-ranging package of measures being explored as a means of avoiding $600 billion in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect in January.
Incidentally, not only is Bill Shuster a jackass, he is giving the Democrats ammunition for the next election already. Here's how it will sound:
Yeah...we democrats raised taxes on those nasty rich folks...but that Shuster guy...the Republican...presented a plan to tax everyone who uses gasoline. He (and the Republicans) taxed the poor and middle class... Vote for me...I'd never do that.
What a jerk.