I don’t mean to be mean, I really don’t, and I don’t mean to toss around pejoratives in place of reasoned argument. But there comes a time when about all one can do is to use words like “buffoonery” to describe ideas so preposterous that ordinary language fails us. It’s hard not to think of Congress as a massive collection of buffoons, period, given that they’re concerning themselves, as I said a few weeks ago, with Roger Clemens’ posterior and the like while there are real-life issues that plague the Union. But in the spirit of “no bad idea shall be left unsuggested”, we get the following buffoonery:

Michigan Congressman Wants 50-Cent Tax Hike on Every Gallon of Gas

This courtesy of John Dingell, who’s been proposing buffoonery for better than a half-century. It’s infuriating that this (dare I say “buffoon”?) gentleman has been in Congress so long that he has completely lost touch with reality, and with his constituency. To add 50 cents a gallon now to what we are paying for gas, which is causing the price of everything to go up, is beyond ridiculous; it strains credulity that an individual, theoretically charged with helping move America forward (and as a Democrat, supposedly sympathetic to the plight of the poor–try saying that with a straight face!) would propose something so breathtakingly…buffoonish.

This would seem to be exceeded in its buffoonery only by those who would give this man their vote to return him to D.C. to continue such buffoonery…

6 responses »

  1. Eddie says:

    Well Said Byron, not only buffoonery but down right unreasonable.

  2. Byron says:

    Exactly, totally, undeniably correct. But when politicians like Mr. Dingell hold onto power as long as he has, common sense and actual evidence don’t generally matter all that much.

    Thankfully, hardly anybody in Congress is likely to go for an idea this insane…

  3. Graham says:

    The other point is that these don’t work! We have had the “fuel duty escalator” (or whatever it’s called these days) for over 10 years, ostensibly to encourage people to go by train instead of road (which coincides with train fares going up much faster than inflation, to discourage people from going by train as there’s too much overcrowding!).

    People don’t see these things as “helping the environment”, instead as simply a way for the Government to get more in its coffers.

    And taxing people more is no way of persuading people to take public transport that isn’t there…

  4. Don says:

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  5. Byron says:

    Yeah, like I said, buffoonery.

  6. Don says:


    Apparently you’ve overlooked the Democrat party overall strategy. Dingell is not the first to propose massive tax increases on gasoline. It’s all part of a political agenda to put America on a gasoline diet. That’s why they continually pass legislation to block drilling in oil rich places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That’s why they inhibit the development of new oil refineries at every turn. They want prices to skyrocket to the point that Americans are forced to substantially decrease their usage of oil. Haven’t you heard? “Human-induced, catastrophic global warming is an undeniable fact.” The sky is falling and it’s up to congress to save us from ourselves.

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