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Thursday, August 06, 2009

As a cyber-Congressman from the State of Nevada I would like to propose some new energy initiative, designed to help the overwhelming majority of Americans who own cars powered by gasoline-combustion engines. Under my proposal, the government would make available funds to purchase fuel for needy/desirous Americans. Lesseee...let's do some math. About $2.75 a gallon for regular nowadays. Let's grant each American driver, two gallons of gas per day. With a lot of vehicles, a couple gallons isn't going to get you to the Grand Canyon for that next family vacation but it will allow about 30 miles of travel. Sufficient for puttering around town and a good many daily commutes. That's $5.50 per day, or $165.00 a month. That would allow payments to 330million Americans for gas for a month. Oh wait, there aren't that many Americans much less drivers, unless our estimates of illegal aliens with licenses is off, a distinct possibility.

Let's say that half those Americans drive. With my program, which we would strategically enact during the summer months to encourage driving, vacationing and most importantly to the economy, spending, we provide an immediate economic boost to both the travel and energy sectors. The only qualification for the funding would be providing proof of citizenship, no motor voter ID's accepted. This would disqualify the current President but hey, he can afford his own gas. Now let's call this program something spiffy, like Gas for Guzzlers, (I know, I know...unoriginal but no thanks are needed) Does anyone out there see a problem with this? How do you administer the program? Who decides who receives the checks? How do you ensure the checks are actually used for gas? Finally, if you are able to come up with answers to those questions, inevitably you'll need an entirely new gub'mint department to oversee the program. This of course will result in higher taxes to fund said department.

Legitimate Americans recognize that the latest economic offering from the Obama Administration, the so-called "Cash for Clunkers" is nothing more than another redistribution of American wealth. Certainly many Americans think they are getting a great deal, incentivized new cars to replace their older vehicles. The problem is that no matter how you slice it, not all American motorists are beneficiaries of this program yet all of them will pay taxes to the benefit of a few. The Administration promise of a much needed shot in the arm to the ailing auto industry may be correct, but whose industry? The latest reports show that only 45% of the vehicles purchased under this program are actually American made. So the American taxpayer is essentially subsidizing new car loans, the majority of which are made to finance vehicles of foreign manufacture. Whatever happened to the principle of "charity begins at home"? If we are going to own the auto industry, and now we are in the auto loan bidness, couldn't we at least ensure that American manufacturers benefitted more than their Asian counterparts?

Of course the current administration is gambling on the well known proclivity of many Americans to expect something for nothing. If you happen to be in the market for a new, eco-friendly green car and you can afford the payments and you happen to be driving an evil SUV, sure a rebate of up to $4500 samolians sounds great. Now stop and think for a moment. Where does money for those rebates come from? Like my mythical "Gas for Guzzlers" program, it comes from the Federal Government, which in turn gets its revenue from you, me and yes the drives of those trendy, new, earth saving automobiles, the cash strapped American taxpayer. So we the people end up subsidizing vehicles for people who can probably already make the payments on their own and all in the name of what? Extending government control to every corner of the economy. More and more we crawl towards socialism, the furthest possible political condition from that envisioned by our Founders.

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2010
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family


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