VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's march to socialism.
GLENN: Well, you know that a socialist idea is unpopular when just a couple of days after his transportation secretary proposed the idea, the president is coming out now and saying he is not even considering it. The idea was the federal gas mileage tax. That setback is not shopping the socialist ideas from running wild, however, on the state level. Massachusetts governor did very well, Patrick said he is looking at the Hummer tax, adding that higher registration fees for gas-guzzling cars and offering discounts for those who do less harm to the environment, it would be the first such fee in the nation on the state level. Oh, I love, it's change we can hope for or we can count on or -- it's change. I love it. Environmentalists applauded the registration proposal saying it would encourage people to buy smaller and more fuel efficient cars which are increasingly seen as key to curbing global warming. No, actually if you agree in all that garbage, what's key is going vegan. How many of these environmentalists are vegan. It's almost when you read the story, it's almost like they want you to focus on the environmental part of this proposal in the hopes that you don't realize this is, you know, for the environment, yet it does nothing to actually stop global warming. If you are buying a Hummer, it's going to cost you, what, about $800 a month? So if you can afford the $800 a month car, it's highly unlikely that the increased registration cost is going to make you reconsider the purchase, you know? So what are you left with? Just another tax that takes money from the rich and gives it to the poor. And after that money is changed hands, you know, then what? Hummers are still gas guzzling at the same rate that they were before. Quote, the social costs of larger vehicles -- the social costs -- of larger vehicles include not only the additional pollution but also higher crash risks to other vehicles. This is a Democrat who is cosponsoring the bill in the legislature that would penalize expensive and heavy cars with higher taxes or fees. I'm sorry. Crash risks? Who's the one that's making it unsafe for drivers? The giant SUV built with lots of armor? Or the tiny hybrid made out of tinfoil? Don't blame the big evil SUV for your poor crash safety results. I mean, what are we going to do? You know, if we could just get all those semi trucks off the road. "Oh, gee, Glenn, if all the cars on the road were tiny tinfoil hybrids, less people would die in car crashes. Yes, but more people would die from suicide because we would all want to kill ourselves because we would be forced to drive a Prius. "Oh, Priuses are nice." Shut up. Seriously, SUVs are the safer car. It's the Smart cars that aren't so smart and safe. Governor Patrick also said that he was continuing to look at raising the state's gas tax but didn't commit to it. When asked about the gas tax during the chamber event, he threw the question back at the audience, asking by a show of hands whether the crowd favored a gas tax increase or a toll hike. The crowd chose a gas tax, which has generally been more popular proposal than the business community. Oh, oh, so they chose the gas tax increase. It's generally more popular. Oh. So like electrocution? Or a firing squad? They chose the firing squad. Jeez, I wonder what the audience would have said if you would have said, "Higher gas or higher tolls or we cut spending." I wonder what that hand count would have been? Which would have been more popular? But Patrick cautioned that even if lawmakers raise the gas tax rate, the state would probably collect less money in the future as drivers buy more fuel-efficient cars and need less gas. Because of that he's also considering a replacement that would charge drivers a fee for every mile they drive. Oh, boy, so it's for pollution, yet it's not. There's that gas mileage tax thing. These guys are full of ideas. Another then they support the Hummer tax, if the gas tax is eventually fazed out, a new fee would keep the pressure on consumers to buy more f uel-efficient cars. Well, thank goodness. We wouldn't want that fee to go away without a brand-new fee ready to go.
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