Republican John McCain & Democrat Rob Teilhet Find Common Ground On Gas Tax

They both are in favor of providing some tax relief at the pump for the American motorist.

In a political story that slipped under the radar, the Chief Deputy Whip for Georgia House Democrats compared the looming gas tax increase in July to “getting punched in the stomach.” State Rep. Rob Teihlet (D – Smyrna) told 11Alive’s Denis O’Hayer that he was renewing his Party’s call to end the automatic, 6-month adjustments that sometimes results in an increase of the state’s gas tax.

“For Georgians this year, filling up at the pump is sort of like getting punched in the stomach. And now, with the sales tax going up as well, they’re getting a good, stiff slap in the face with it. We ought to roll some of that back.”

Source: 4/25/2008 11Alive/Denis O’Hayer blog “Gas On The Political Fire”

Teilhet’s comments came in response to the State Revenue Commissioner’s Office projection that Georgia’s motor fuel sales tax will go up the next time it’s adjusted in June.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, has signaled his support for a proposal that Georgia Democrats endorsed in 2005; suspending the gas tax.

Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday called for a summer-long suspension of the federal gasoline tax and several tax cuts as the likely presidential nominee sought to stem the public’s pain from a troubled economy.

To help people weather the downturn immediately, McCain urged Congress to institute a “gas-tax holiday” by suspending the 18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4 cent diesel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

4/15/2008 MSNBC article “McCain calls for a summer ‘gas-tax holiday'”

In the 2005 special session that ratified Gov. Perdue’s executive order suspending the gas tax, House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter said, “The Democratic caucus is in support of this bill.” Perdue’s gas tax suspension eventually won passage receiving unanimous support [9/10/2005 Georgia House Vote #534].

Legislation by Sen. McCain at the federal level should receive the same level of bipartisan support so that Americans and Georgians can get some tax relief at the gas pump this summer.


  1. MSBassSinger says:

    So where is the suspension? Why hasn’t Perdue suspended it again? Why hasn’t McCain’s Washington staff not drawn up fast-track legislation so he could submit it? What else have they got to do since by law they cannot work on the campaign?

    Politicians talk, but I am not seeing action. Whether Perdue or McCain, more RINO hot air.

  2. So when we suspend the National gas tax which BTW generates between 150 Million to 200 million dollars per day in revenues to fix roads and bridges, where does the replacement money come from? Do we just borrow it from China or do we increase taxes somewhere else?

    If we opened up existing fields, if we strengthened the dollar, if we had a comprehensive energy plan that would….. Oh, I must have been dreaming again.

  3. CHelf says:

    What’s the point? A nice drop in the prices means a substantial run on the pumps, especially at the end of the suspension. They better make sure that the supply will match the likely outcome of a price drop. If there is a run of everyone filling up boats, jet skis, lawn mowers, etc. and a supply doesn’t allow for it, you get a spike in prices that makes no difference.

  4. MSBassSinger says:

    Removing taxes means the price is more responsive to the free market. Removing taxes last time didn’t seem to bring any undesired results.

  5. Dave Bearse says:

    Gas prices aren’t going down, and the faster we adapt to that fact the better off we’ll be.

  6. CHelf says:

    Yes, and last time prices were not over $3.50/gal either. Once adjusted to go up and adding to the summer price surge with the new grade of fuel, will it really have any effect?

  7. Goldwater Conservative says:

    All suspending the gas tax will do is allow the gas and oil companies to pocket the additional cash.

  8. MSBassSinger says:

    So-called Goldwater Conservative:

    The federal and state government make far more per gallon that the gas and oil companies. And the government does nothing to earn it. If we get government regulation to stop interfering with competition in selling gas, the market will put a downward pressure on prices.

    Can we pick the top 100 left-wingnut-type people who have stood in the way of domestic oil drilling and building new refineries and put them on trial for treason?

  9. MSBassSinger says:


    The government requirements for “summer” gas are also a hoax. They do nothing to really affect air pollution. But, by requiring refineries to make so many different grades of gas, instead of leaving it to consumer choice, the cost of refining gas is much more expensive.

    Botton line – the government makes far more money off gasoline than anyone, and their unnecessary regulations drive the cost up even more. Too bad both the Democrats and Republicans have been too cowardly over the past 20 years to do anything about it.

  10. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Be intelligent basssinger.

    Those are strategic reserves.

    Taxes pay for infrastructure. Furthermore, classical economics does not work…particularly with traded commodities.

    Take any advance economics course. That highschool, supply and demand b/s has been obsolete in many markets for decades.

    Cowardly? Start a group and begin contributing large sums of money and see how disappointed you are then. They are not cowardly…they have been playing by the rules established since corporations became people.

    This is precisely why “summer grade” gasoline costs so much. Ethanol. You are absolutely correct: it is a hoax…but not one perpetrated by environmentalists with the promise of clean fuel technologies. It was sold as a clean technology…but by the agribusiness lobby.

    There is no room in this country for hyperpartisanship basssinger. You will continue to look like a moron if you keep it up.

  11. MSBassSinger says:

    So-called Goldwater Conservative:

    We disagree that the enviromentalists have sold people a bill of goods. Government mandates and subsidies led the way for agribusiness to divert food to fuel that is anything but clean.

    You sound like a Keynesian. My college economics was filled with that tripe.

    Yes, many of those elected are cowards because they know the truth and sell out for political power. It is not “hyperpartisanship” to point out the failings of politicians regardless of party.

    You can masquerade as a “Goldwater conservative”, but your posts point out a clear liberalism and an unwillingness to face facts.

  12. John Konop says:


    Fight Back Against Big Oil

    A very intereting article by Bill O!

    TH-So now we have the presidential candidates running around telling voters that they will help solve the problem of high gas prices. Well, if you believe that, you’ll believe that Hugo Chavez drives a Yugo. It’s just bull.

    Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are calling for “investigations” into “price gouging” by American oil companies. Good. There’s plenty of price manipulation going on and, under Presidents Bush and Clinton, little federal oversight. If a big oil company wants to tighten supply, for example, it’s a snap. Just slow down the refinery process by ordering extra “maintenance” or something.

    But who is going to investigate Sens. Obama and Clinton on their opposition to oil drilling? The Democratic Party has consistently opposed new drilling and nuclear energy, as well. Even the dedicated liberal governments in France and Sweden bought into nuclear. But not the American left, no way.

    On the Republican side, President Bush has done absolutely nothing about rising gas prices, which is part of the reason his approval rating is approaching 20 percent. He blames the Democrats. Fine. But the president should be telling all Americans to cut back their gas consumption by 15 percent. He should be urging us to use less gas. That would at least cut into big oil’s record profit margins.

    Sen. John McCain proposes a gas tax “holiday” this summer. True, that would save the folks a few bucks, but it would also add to the massive spending deficit. The government better start balancing the budget soon, before Haagen-Dazs becomes more valuable than the U.S. currency.

  13. Goldwater Conservative says:


    liberalism…yes. The foundation of this nation. I faced the facts long ago. Your “conservative” ideology is nothing but a piecemeal of conflicting ideas with no underlying foundation of principles.

    The oil industry is essentially a conglomeration. They set the prices and they do not set them according to the demands in the market.

    You, like those radio hosts you probably listen to, fear monger. You spread your gospel of hate and fear to try and get your way. I doubt you even benefit (economically) from your ideology. Most Radical Right-wingers do not benefit from their ideology. The see that they got a tax credit from Bush’s tax cuts…it is visible. They are chronically unable to calculate the fact that those policies proposed and championed by your radical agenda have lead to gross market inefficiencies and instability. Unemployment will continue to rise, pensions will be lost, the American Dream will be further from reach for a growing number of people, prices will rise…and who does all of this hurt? The wealthy? No. It has not hurt me one bit. My peers and I have prospered over the past several years.

    Go cling onto your guns and religion to justify your support for an agenda that uses you for political legitimacy. That, by definition, makes you a whore.

  14. Goldwater Conservative says:

    On another note, I am not calling you a whore. Namecalling is not becoming of me.

    This behavior in the right-wing of the GOP is becoming much more common place though. It does exist on the left as well…the roles are reversed though. George Soros and Warren Buffet do not benefit from the ideals that they finance. From their end, however, their actions fit the definition of philanthropy.

    On the right side of the political spectrum in the U.S., the actions taken by those that set policy befits misanthropy more than anything else.

  15. I don’t believe Rep Teihlet was suggesting that the Governor suspend the collection of motor fuel taxes but rather he wants the Governor to suspend the automatic increase. The State of Georgia bi-annually adjusts the taxation rate for the prepaid sales tax on motor fuel based on the average cost of a gallon of gas. The current rate of 26.8 cents is collected on every gallon of gas not including the Federal motor fuel tax. In this amount are the motor fuel excise tax (7.5 cents), the 3% local prepaid sales tax (8.3 cents), and the 4% State prepaid sales tax on motor fuel (11 cents). With the increase in gas prices the State is already collecting millions more than just last year. This will adjust even higher automatically on July 1 of this year to my estimation of 29.5 cents while contrasted with last year’s rate of only 20.9 cents.

    The curious part of this is that the Democratic House Caucus supported across the board the increase to the motor fuel tax during the session, while the Governor opposed it. Please see Rep Teihlet and Rep Porter’s votes on SR845 which included an increase to the motor fuel tax percentage on both gasoline and diesel!

  16. Just the Facts Please says:

    Georgia will have the highest diesel taxes in the Southeast (sorry all you Mercedes drivers) and one of the highest taxes on gasoline (just under Florida) when the next adjustment goes into place. While Georgia used to be the place for interstate drivers to get motor fuel, after 7/1 expect SC to be 10-12 cpg cheaper on gasoline and 16 cpg cheaper on diesel. This continues to have financial impact on Georgia based truck stops and other retailers who depend on the interstate drivers.

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