They are apparently recalibrating gas pumps in California to register double digit gas prices. Not the total price of what you pump but rather the double digit cost of a single gallon of gas. The expectation being it will soar to more than $10 per gallon in the near future – and not Because Putin, though the Biden Thing continues to say it’s so, hoping you’ll believe it and blame Putin Rearing rather than him, enserfing.
But it is because of the other things in California that gasoline sold there is currently the most expensive sold anywhere within the boundaries of the United States. In part, because of the extortionate taxes levied by the things which control California – which is or ought to be regarded by the people of California as a joke in very poor taste, given California’s “progressive” – i.e., socialist – policies.
Well, that’s how socialists talk. How they walk – and tax – is another matter.
Haven’t you heard? C’mon, man!
In addition to the federal gas tax of 18 cents per gallon that all Americans pay whenever they buy gas – which was supposed to be used to maintain the roads people drive upon and so unobjectionable, when it was used solely to maintain the roads upon which people drove upon – California drivers also pay other taxes, as follows:
State Excise Tax: 51 cents per gallon (about three times as much as the federal tax gas).
Sales Tax: 10 cents per gallon.
Low Carbon Gas Tax: 22 cents per gallon.
Greenhouse Gas Tax: 15 cents per gallon.
Underground Tank Storage Tax: 2 cents per gallon.
That’s about $1 in taxes in addition to federal taxes on a gallon of gas that actually cost about $1.50 (less taxes) just two short years ago, before the Biden Thing gait-ataxia’d its way into the White House.
Gas s also made more costly by making it more expensive to refine and distribute; by imposing requirements at gas stations that pumps have “vapor recovery” systems – and so on. Someone gets to pay for all of this.
There are several angles from which to gaze upon this concatenation of regressivity – the term used to describe taxes that are disproportionate in themselves and which also disproportionately hurt people of modest means the most as they lack the means to pay them.
And haven’t got much in the way of viable alternatives to paying them.
Taking the bus in lieu of the car doesn’t work when it doesn’t go where you work, exactly – or pick up/drop off in time to get to work on time and then home in reasonable time. It is why most working people cannot afford to take the bus. Walking is great exercise but you show up sweaty and late, usually.
Most working Californians therefore rely upon their cars to get to work and back. They bought them expecting to be able to use them for that purpose. But it is becoming too expensive to use them, courtesy of all these taxes. In effect they are being forced to stop using what they bought in good faith by people of very bad faith – who now expect them to just suck it up.
The combined cost of a gallon of regular in the state that birthed car culture already approaches $7 per gallon. This is about two-plus dollars higher than the current national average and three times the national average was when Orange Man Bad.
This means the average working stiff who drives a paid-for 12-year-old economy car with a 15 gallon tank is currently paying close to $100 for a fill-up.
And is likely to soon be paying more.
The Biden Thing’s thing – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg – counsels people who cannot afford to pay more in taxes than the gas, itself, ought to cost (and did, before the Biden Thing was propped up behind the podium) to go out and buy electric cars that cost twice as much as other cars.
The effrontery of “progressives” is stupendous. They tell the working class what’s wrong – and then make them pay for it. And then make the working class pay for them. For their exorbitant salaries, for instance. The slick-haired governor of California, Gavin Newsome, is remunerated to the tune of $209,747 – making him the most-remunerated governor in the United States. Not counting the remuneration he probably receives via various grift-graft schemes. In any event, he can afford an electric car – because you’re paying for it, if you’re a California taxpayer. And also the cost of filling up the government cars he is ferried around in, which he doesn’t have to spend a cent on – for the cars or the fuel. And which he doesn’t have to wait for, either.
The question is rapidly becoming more than speculative as there is a limit to what people can pay – and $10 per gallon is probably in the ballpark. Sudden enserfment ensues – and not just in California, either. The national cost of diesel fuel – upon which truckers rely – approaches the cost of gas in California. If it gets to $10 per gallon, there will be very few truckers on the road – and very little in stores, too.
What there is will cost even more than it cost to get it there.
All courtesy of these things that have insinuated themselves into positions of power by promising lots of free stuff to people who get to pay for it all.
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