Gut Rumbles

May 21, 2005

you will pay

Most people who bitch about the price of gas at the pump today don't understand the real reasons why that gasoline is so expensive. Here's just one example of what's sucking the cash out of your wallet.

Taxes, government regulation (especially the different blends required to please the environmentalists) and a lack of refineries in this country are the main source of your woes at the pump. Where I live, I pay a federal tax, a state tax, and a county tax on a gallon of gas. Take that tax-leech away and gasoline is as cheap as it was when I was in high school.

And I don't have to wait in line to buy it, either. I just have to shell out more than $2 per gallon to get it, thanks to the goverment demanding its slice of the pie. We don't have an "energy crisis" today. We've got a "taxation crisis" and THAT is the one that really threatens MY standard of living.

Use your imagination. Name ONE THING that the government DOESN'T tax today.


My weed, maybe?
And, the only reason for that is that they're too scared and stupid to legalize it and tax it and thereby pay off the deficit in, like... a half an hour, tops.

But, know what?
They'd probably just screw it up, like they do everything else, and make it so weak and useless, just like they all are, and much like the Canadian gov't.'s shit was, that this is probably a bad idea anyway.

So, yeah.
They don't tax weed, thank God.

*puff, puff, pass*
(Except I'm the only one here, so "passing" it is only from my right hand to my left. *grin*)

Posted by: Stevie on May 21, 2005 11:34 AM


Posted by: The Wizard on May 21, 2005 11:43 AM

Something that puts a wrinkle in my boxers is that the government makes more money off tobacco sales than the tobacco companies yet the companies are portrayed, especially in those idiotic tv ads, as EEEEEEVIL.

What's worse than smokers? Children with money extorted from industries lecturing us about how bad those industries are.

Posted by: BlogDog on May 21, 2005 11:51 AM

In the UK we pay 80% gas tax. 86pence a litre. (Go figure)

Posted by: niconoclast on May 21, 2005 12:47 PM

you know, I have a high performance car that demands high performance gasoline (which means Sunoco 94 usually) and I paid $2.40/gal. to fill it today. But I don't care, I like driving the car and don't get to do it that often.

But I've been thinking (there's my trouble) that my next purchase will be an E-85 FFV (flexible fuel vehicle) that can run on 85% grain alcohol (ethanol)...which is totally renewable fuel derived from corn. It's nothing more than what a moonshiner makes (but de-natured) and gets all kinds of government subsidies. It's way cheaper than gasoline right now, is much higher in octane and it completely helps the farmers around here (I live in corn country).

Fuck Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: marcl on May 21, 2005 01:08 PM


Posted by: Adam Lawson on May 21, 2005 01:16 PM

Pussy. Women have taxed that for years, and are far more ruthless than the government when it comes time to collect.

And before anyone gets on my ass, the few dozen women in the world who don't are the exception, not the rule.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on May 21, 2005 01:27 PM

Like hiccups, many people (usually the overschooled) think a new or increased tax is the answer to every woe. It never occurs to them that they are adding to everyone's woe by doing so.

They're so foolish that when the last straw shatters the dromedary's spine, their solution will be more taxes.


Posted by: Brett on May 21, 2005 02:08 PM

My 1st "real" job was working at a gas
station when the price went to 99 cents!
People hated me and the owner, but I
learned 25 years ago that those pricks in
the Middle East are the ones to blame...

Posted by: BJK on May 21, 2005 02:25 PM

My personal pet peeve is bicyclers. Pompous fucks donít pay shit in taxes that supposedly go towards the maintenance of roads. Yet they act they own the fucking roads and now local jurisdictions are giving them more rights to the roads than us gas buying, tax paying fools who bought and paid for the roads

But the environazis lobby to quell our refinement capabilities and discourage the consumption of evil fossil fuels.

In regards to taxes of any kind Iím a bitter man.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on May 21, 2005 02:42 PM

Thank you, Mr. Lion.


Posted by: Stevie on May 21, 2005 02:43 PM

And, bitter or not, I still love ya, Dan...


Posted by: Stevie on May 21, 2005 02:59 PM


Posted by: Bane on May 21, 2005 03:10 PM

Yea... you want the best road system, plausibly in the world, you pay the price. Don't blame the taxes, blame the car companies whose vehicles mileages have remained constant the last 15 years, or the oil companies who are sucking in the money but not using it to develop any alternatives, or God for not giving us an endless amount of oil, perhaps the government for letting society develop its unsustainable car addiction.... But not taxes

Posted by: William on May 21, 2005 03:27 PM

I can name one thing the government doesn't tax: Jesus. How is it humanly possible for churches to be tax exempt? You want something unfair, look at these churches encouraging people who to vote for and holding political rallies in their sanctums and then not paying the "political entry fee" like everyone else who wants to have a say in how this country is run.. Tax those motherfuckers, and I bet your gas prices will go down.

Posted by: Moss on May 21, 2005 03:32 PM

Uh, William, the better mileage gets, the less revenue is collected for the roads, unless the tax is raised.

If the automobile was invented today, the baby boomers wouldn't allow private citizens to own them. What? 100 million free wills guiding tons of steel at 60+ miles per hour? Someone might get killed!

Posted by: Brett on May 21, 2005 04:20 PM

"Name ONE THING that the government DOESN'T tax today."


Posted by: Noel on May 21, 2005 05:35 PM


If someone let me know way back that I was sitting on a fortune, I could have been married five times by now and rolling in the dough. ;-)

Posted by: Juliette on May 21, 2005 08:29 PM

What, you mean they don't take girls aside in school and teach them the finer points of the barter system?

Hmm, I need to track down the point of origin on that. It'll make identifying the good ones so very much easier. ;)

Posted by: Mr. Lion on May 21, 2005 10:19 PM

A friend in another state asked me the other day how much I pay for gas. I told her I don't really know. Why? Because it doesn't MATTER how much it costs, just like it doesn't matter how much toilet paper costs. I need them and can't or won't do without them. So it's a non-issue. (I did notice today, however, that Plus is back down to $2.11.)

Posted by: Joni on May 21, 2005 10:34 PM

At least we ain't up to 4 bucks a gallon, like they are in Germany (Via Rube at

One possible solution while we're throwing around this subject; increase the driving age. Too many of the 16-18 year-old morons in my area can't drive worth shit, some of them gunning the engine upon starting like they're in the Indie 500. Bring it up to at least 18 to start with, although I'd like to see it higher, because a good number of these fuckers just can't be trusted with a vehicle capable of going faster than 10MPH.

Posted by: JG22 on May 21, 2005 11:19 PM
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