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Rep. Peter DeFazio: Replace federal gas tax with per-barrel tax on oil companies

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jeff Mapes,, June 12, 2014

Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio on Wednesday unveiled his latest proposal for ending the long deadlock over federal transportation spending: replacing the 18.4-cent-per-gallon federal gas tax with a per-barrel levy on the oil companies…

A key part of his proposal is that the per-barrel oil tax, which would be initially set at $6.75, would increase every year to account for inflation and improvements in vehicle mileage.  He would also raise the diesel fee, used primarily by truckers, by an equivalent amount…

Our Response & Your Comments

Attaboy, Pete – You sure do know how to raise taxes. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Pick a target that people already dislike – “Big, evil, dirty Oil;”
  2. Tell Oregonians they won’t pay any more gas tax;
  3. Make sure the tax on oil goes up every year by indexing it to inflation, vehicle miles, the cost of ice cream bars and anything else you throw in;
  4. When the price of gas goes up, blame “Big, evil, dirty Oil;”
  5. When the price of food goes up because truckers are paying more for diesel every year, accuse “Big Food” of being “greedy;”
  6. Tell everybody you’ve cut their taxes and get re-elected.

Let’s hear it for Pete! His Momma didn’t raise no dummies!


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