Do you own a car or a truck? If you do, consider doing yourself a favor today — sign a petition to stop “Big Oil” from grabbing more and more of your money, automatically, each year.
Surely you’ve heard of “Big Oil” — those rapacious energy companies that reap “unconscionable” profits. But Exxon Mobil, BP, et al., are price-gouging pikers. They make eight cents per gallon. Eight cents! Big Bottled Water makes way more than that.
No, the real “Big Oil” is the state and federal governments. Talk about “windfall” profits.
The feds grab 18.5 cents per gallon of gasoline.
The state hacks in Massachusetts rob you of another 26.4 cents per gallon.
And the tax-fattened hyenas don’t have to find the oil, pump it out of the ground, then ship it across the continent or the ocean to be refined before it reaches the gas pumps. What the government grabs is a skim, protection money.
And now the state of Massachusetts has come up with a new racket to relieve the taxpayers of still more money — the Democrat Legislature last summer passed a bill to peg future increases in the gas tax to the notoriously inaccurate Consumer Price Index.
Beginning in 2015, the state gas tax will go up (but never down) automatically every Jan. 1. Happy New Year. And the Legislature will never have to vote on it again.
When you call your solon to complain, he’ll shrug and say, “There’s nothing I could do about it.”
It will be “settled law,” to coin a phrase.