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April 16, 2010

Sen. Graham Is a Useful Idiot for the White House

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-Dingusville) proposed a bump in the federal gasoline tax of 15 cents as part of global warming legislation.

Right there, before anything else happens, there are at least three errors: The clown just proposed a tax increase. The clown wants to raise gasoline prices to combat a planet-wide natural phenomenon that scientists don't understand and that the U.S. only marginally affects, even under the most outlandish projections of global warming alarmists that Graham apparently believes in. And the clown doesn't realize that a 15 cent bump isn't going to change gasoline consumption behaviors enough to make any difference, again even under the global warming assumptions he believes in.

But then there's the MEGA WHOPPER of an unforced error: the White House is now trumpeting that the President opposes Graham's tax increase because it will force higher prices on consumers still struggling through the Great Recession.

The dolt just let the President pretend to oppose tax increases on gasoline. The same President that once said he supported raising the price of gas to combat global warming. Now the President gets to prance and preen while Graham looks like a tax-happy fat-cat disconnected from the plight of Americans.

Meanwhile, the GOP is saying, "Dude, you're on your own."

The Senate GOP leadership today took pains to say this tax idea is Graham's and Graham's alone. It's not the first time Graham has been out on a policy limb. Graham insists his approach is better than one-size-fits-all federal regulations.

Oh, and Graham is in retreat too:

Graham's office, via spokesman Kevin Bishop, described the senator's efforts this way:

"Senator Graham does not support a gas tax. And the bill he is working on does not include a gas tax. He is working with the energy industry to protect consumers from a cap-and-trade system which would do great damage to our economy and national security by driving our refiners overseas."


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