Andrea Mitchell has NBC’s gas tax fever

What the heck is in the water at NBC anyway? First it’s Tom Brokaw, now it’s Andrea Mitchell. Both now out of the closet as pro higher gas taxes to ,,, you know … make us energy independent. My guess is they won’t be driving less, just you.

This afternoon Andrea Mitchell is discussing Paul Ryan’s proposal that would cut the budget by $6.2 trillion over 10 years, with Republican Vin Webber & Democrat Martin Frost. The clip begins withFrost’s silly statement that Ryan punted on taxes and concentrated on spending. Ridiculous!  Ryan is the first politician to take on reform of the budget busters Medicare and Medicaid. And his guy, Obama has punted on the entire fiscal mess, that, by the way, he and Washington Democrats blew up in two years, turning a bleeding open wound into a gaping gash.

But what really makes this worth watching is Andrea Mitchell’s out of the blue suggestion to make us energy independant.


Clearly NBC is paying these folks too much. Higher gas taxes would clobber the very hard working people these libs purport to care about. And my guess is these folks won’y be cutting their travel. Just for kicks, here’s the Brokaw interview with Obama, December of 2008.


11 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    What a great idea: European style fuel prices!   What next, austerity budgets and riots in the streets?


    We deride detached professorial types as living in "ivory towers".  How do we deride detached, overpaid newsreaders with an "I got mine" attitude?


    Living in TV towers, perhaps?

  2. Marilyn
    Marilyn says:

    Andera, here's a news flash for you.  Most people don't have a limo. pick them up and take them to work, most people don't make 1mill +.  Were just folks, getting the kids off to school, driving a 15 year old car that most days get's us to our job and picking up some hamburger on our way home to go with that helper for dinner.   All we ask is that people like you don't saddle us with the cost of your feel good politics.

  3. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    If a higher tax limits something, how do higher taxes not limit others?  If we tax gasoline to limit it's impact, how do higher taxes on businesses not limit their ability to function (and hire more workers)?  Where did our elites and the ruling class learn selective perception and cognitive dissonance?  Or is it "Screw you, I got mine"?

  4. JollyRoger
    JollyRoger says:

    If you're ever involved in something which is covered by the media, you realize how stupid, biased and inaccurate the media are.   It's amazing the media caterwauling on Big Oil's profits while the government makes more on a gallon of gas than the actual oil company that did all of the work…   And now smart little newsreaders think the price of oil should be doubled?  Is that money bound for Obama's stash?

  5. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    Won't higher gas taxes make it harder to buy gasoline refined from all that Brazilian crude oil, the drilling of which we're subsidizing?

  6. BEA
    BEA says:

    Seriously Andrea? Higher gas taxes?

    I went to fill up my minivan yesterday (it was low, but not empty). It cost me $65 to "fill er up" ($3.84/gal)!

    I wondered what piece of that price was taxes so I did a little investigating (senaterepublicans and a US tax map on gas prices from API).

    So, we have a fed tax of $0.18, a fixed st tax of $0.25 (which Malloy wants to increase to $0.28), and a st variable 7% tax on the wholesale cost of gas of approx $0.20…for a grand total of $0.63+ (combined fed, st and local) cents/gallon. CT (63.6)…highest on the east coast, third only to CA (66.1) and HA (64.2).

    And that's just one tiny area of my life your talking about Andrea…not a big deal to you, but add it all together with all the other increases, taking, and "sacrifices"…it is to me!

  7. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    I liked one caller's "progressive" approach: if Andrea makes 100 times as much money as I do, she pays accordingly for gasoline, i.e. $384.99 per gallon.


    It is all about being "fair" after all, right Andrea?

  8. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Thank you< Thank you, I've been too tied up with State politics, it's fun to be back! Great comments all!

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