The following was e-mailed to me with along with permission to post it.
By Sovereign Dave
I have a solution to the gas price situation. Since both sides are arguing about the outlandish profits made by the oil companies, I say “Nationalize Them” “¦and all the Gas stations too. In this way all the stations will be the same”¦.no more Speedway and no more BP”¦all of them would just say “Internal Gas Service”. They could be staffed by federal government workers thus satisfying the need for employment. [Just like airport security of late]. The government could negotiate and buy oil in vast quantities thus eliminating those outlandish profits. And since they are nationalized, the station’s workers could track illegal Mexicans buying gas to boot. Of course all this could be justified by our leaders by declaring another war””namely “The War on Gas”. This follows the other long list of wars on pronouns signed-off under War Powers such as, “The War on Drugs”, “The War on Poverty”, and the infamous but now losing its nationalistic appeal, “The War on Terror”. In addition the War on Gas would go hand-in-hand with the War on Illegals as you will soon see. And of course those non-Art III “courts” called Federal District Courts would justify same under Interstate Commerce by black-robe Legislators creating decisions favorable to the IGS and DOJ.
Now here is how this would work. Your car VIN number would be keyed into the gas-allocation system for all the gas stations along with your SSN. Only people with papers would be permitted to buy gas [aka ID]. Along with your deduction of your paycheck for federal, state and FICA would be a “Gas Withholding Tax”. Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, you would have a certain amount of money withheld from your paycheck for gas. When you pulled into the station you would be debit-ed from that amount you had withheld. If you consumed more gas than was withheld you would have to file quarterly “Estimated Gas Taxes”. Not to worry—every gas station would house an HR Block to help you file and pay for your Gas Tax. No longer would the poor have to worry about the high price of gas for they would get an “Earned-gas-credit”. Of course you would file a W-GAS withholding statement with your employer indicating the type of vehicle, the number of vehicles, and whether you want any extra gas withholding exemptions.
Let’s give a practical example: Phil makes $50,000 per year, drives an SUV getting about 15mpg and he drives 15,000 miles per year. His Gas Tax would be about $3600 per year. Every two weeks only $150 would be deducted from his pay check as Gas Withholding Tax. Not much, right?
Now for the BEST part. If Phil drove much less, he would actually get Gas Tax back. So in other words, when Phil computed his gas taxes at the end of the year he would actually get Gas back [or money back] at the end of the year. Let’s say Phil only drove 7500 miles per year. He would get back $200 in gas withholding back! People would get very excited over this program for at the end of the year they would proudly proclaim, “HR Block computed my Gas taxes and I actually got Gas money back from the Government! ”
This is of course a humorous look at the Gas situation”¦.along with the present state of regular withholding tax. My point is simple: While politicians point the finger at the oil companies making “outlandish” profits they distract you from the federal government taking the REALLY outlandish profit of near 40% directly from your wallet. I’m amazed ! People scream at the amount they pay at the pump because they see the money slip through their hands”¦.yet they don’t notice the 20-fold amount slipping from their paycheck every month. And if they do, they “forgive” same under the apologist excuse of, “Oh well”¦that’s just government!” We really need to focus on the bigger thief and stop forgiving that thief simply because we are Stockholm Syndrome victims.
[After Thoughts: When I put out the piece above it was meant to be a little bit of a shocker as it appears socialist or communist. I must say, something unexpected happened: many people never read this in its entirety and never got to the portion that identifies it as humorous. Hence I received comments such as, "That communistic!". Unto itself this is an ironic revelation for as the piece points out, they already accept something of worse communism (or socialism). In order to get the point, one really has to read the story in its entirety. My hope was to wake-up a target audience with an analogy that on initial face value seems almost plausible"¦.and almost seems too good to be true"¦.but when one reads between the lines and does the mental math"¦one realizes that the Phil character in the piece is really getting screwed. He gets screwed four ways: (1) The amount taken from his paycheck looks small taken on a bi-weekly basis but in reality is at a cost to Phil of $3.60 per gallon--far more than what a nationalized no-profit gallon would cost. (2) The amount is withheld so in essence government is getting to "work-on" Phil's money before Phil gets same (3) Notice that if Phil drove Â½ as many miles less the only money he got back was $200"¦..a token"¦.yet because he gets it back, and because he never saw it actually leave, it seems like a gift (4) He no longer has as much personal freedom--as he now has to file and track his Gas Tax. Folks"¦.isn't this the same point about the Federal Income Tax system? ]