The American driving & taxpaying public bailed them out, and this is how their CEO proposes saying “thank you”?

General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he’s confident the government will soon shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker.
“You know what I’d rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas,” Akerson said.

“People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans.”

No, people will start buying more Ramen noodles and won’t be able to afford to drive to work, Einstein.

Hey, I have an idea — if he wants to get people into more fuel efficient cars, why doesn’t he lower the price of his fuel efficient cars?

The “solution” for all problems now is for you to pay more for everything. That attitude obviously rubbed off from Obama and landed at the top of Government Motors.

And these pinheads wonder why the economy is in a shambles?


23 Responses to “GM CEO: Raise the Gas Tax!”

  1. Joe Redfield on June 8th, 2011 3:39 pm

    If the big domes in DC raised the gas tax by ten dollar a gallon I bet those Volts would start flying off the showroom floors.

  2. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2011 3:47 pm

    First off, what an arrogant bastard ! The is the land of the free and we will buy what we WANT or do without, for the most part. Who the hell does he think he is telling us we should buy his gas-sipping tin cans even if we have to be forced to? Like the rest of the enviro-weenie great ideas; if they`re so dadburn great, why do we have to be forced to buy in to them ?!


  3. Dexter_Alarius on June 8th, 2011 3:59 pm

    Duh, this is the guy the regime installed after Obama fire the previous GM CEO.
    Of course, they're going to be fellow travellers (Marxist/Socialist/Cloward-Piven-ists).

  4. Granny55 on June 8th, 2011 4:13 pm

    Get ready people – here is the other part of the equation that is not being reported. In his remarks he noted that GM is going to start "phasing out certain truck production". Seems he is completely under the spell of the greeny weenie president. How sad that a once great company has fallen so far.

  5. Granny55 on June 8th, 2011 5:17 pm

    But Doug that is what happened to US manufacturing they started building expensive crappy cars and things that people stopped buying. Unions came in demanded everything under the sun, companies collapsed under the pressure of strikes and gave them what they wanted, raised prices, union workers made crappy stuff and eventually these guys were losing money. So they sent it overseas, where it is still crappily made but much cheaper. Add to that the regulations and corporate taxes and it doesn't take a genius to move your operations off shore.

    One of our manufacturers did the same thing. They shut down the manufacturing plant because wages and benefits being demanded were so high. Units and parts are made in India or China then are sent to Mexico to be put together – they come back here and nothing works. The units are then sent to the repairs outlet in Colorado (non-union) and they are adjusted and sent back to us for sales to our customers. They send a couple techs to Mexico to retrain the workers and the bugs get worked out. It is still cheaper than manufacturing in the US.

  6. Marshall_Will on June 8th, 2011 7:44 pm

    Hardly a day goes by where I don't think about Tucker and the amazing cars he built. Driven out by crony capitalism and crushing regulatory mandates no start-up could ever work their way around.

    Anyone remember Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycles? Made them up in MN. Some say, the finest bikes ever made. Well Harley doesn't like competition so they raised a ruckus, said there wasn't enough accident research ( dude, it's a bike! ) and promptly drove them out of business!

    Delorian, the list goes on. Harley ( who whines about "their signature exhaust tone" in COURT ) made BigX file as an "experimental" bike ( and who wants to buy a "death trap"!? )

  7. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2011 9:02 pm

    I`ve often wondered what models we`d have now if the many auto / motorcycle cos. weren`t put out of biz by bigger, more powerful, better connected cos thru buyouts or oppressive regs, etc. !

    Harley`s "exhaust tone" court action was actually about "rhythm", not tone. The original engine was 2 connected airplane radial engine cylinders where one piston connecting rod is attached to the rod of the other piston, not individually to the crankshaft. Hence, the thump-thump, pause, thump-thump rhythm. They are built "out of balance" and tradition and true-blood owners will not allow them to modernize !

    (……… a "death trap"?) theme……
    Bumper sticker : "If H/D had as many engineers as they do lawyers, they`d build a decent motorcycle !"
    Another : "If H/D built an airplane, would you fly in it ?"

  8. Marshall_Will on June 8th, 2011 9:38 pm

    "Harley`s "exhaust tone" court action was actually about "rhythm", not tone."

    I staaaand corrected! I knew it was something to that effect? On the Amtrak ride back from So. Oregon I was seated next to this VERY nice young Jewish gal orig. from NY. ( Think Heather Graham )

    Very sharp, in marketing. Freelance no less. We discussed "The Museum Of Failed Products" and why some things ( deservedly ) die on the vine! These young folks aren't fooled. They realize the dangers of crony capitalism.

  9. SignPainterGuy on June 9th, 2011 1:26 am

    I think the actual legal term for the copyright action is "the sound" ! That can cover note, tone and rhythm.

    Yes, many young people are opening / having their eyes opened ? Think, Zero ain`t cool no mo ! Encouraging !

    I`d love to see that museum; saw something on tv about the subject a while back. Have you seen the History Ch. series, "How the states got their shapes" ? Tonight`s show incl. NC-SC division as well as Idaho-Montana`s. And then Texas, specifically BARBEQUE…..I`m so wanting bbq now !

  10. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2011 6:54 pm

    Doug, I`m getting "internal server error" notices sometimes, not always, when I click "go back / previous page". Some of the "Un-smoothness" you were hoping to avoid, but doubted you would ?

  11. Doug on June 8th, 2011 9:56 pm

    We're still on the old server! The change hasn't happened yet. Sorry, shoulda mentioned that!

  12. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2011 10:54 pm

    No biggy ! A little gentle rocking back and forth (previous- / next-page clicking) and it`s un-stuck !

  13. Scott B on June 8th, 2011 9:07 pm

    …but wouldn't that cause a "windfall profit" for one of those Evil Corporations?

    By the way, how much does THAT CEO make per year?! Better not be more than $250k! …or he'll have to pay that tax, too.

  14. Jim T. on June 8th, 2011 11:40 pm

    "…but wouldn't that cause a "windfall profit" for one of those Evil Corporations?"

    They obviously don't get hung up on that kind of logic.

    Remember that we were told that the health insurance companies are GREEDY and EVIL…and the regime's solution is to force everyone to purchase a plan from these same greedy companies…thereby increasing their profits?!??!

    Now Big Oil is going crazy with their own greed with these outrageous gas prices. Let's apply the same solution: Everyone, regardless if they don't even own as much as a gas-powered lawnmower, MUST purchase gasoline or be fined and/or jailed.

    That'll fix it!!

    Also I must say, the biggest problem I have here with Mr. GM and the O Regime is that I do not believe taxes are to be used to influence behavior or to "punish" someone (e.g., 'sin taxes'). Taxes are only intended for us to pay to govern the land according to the federal and each respective state's constitution. The fact that we let them control the narrative this way without calling them to the carpet on it is why they get away with the premise of taxation to change behavior.

  15. SignPainterGuy on June 9th, 2011 1:10 am

    Can`t argue with that !

  16. Marshall_Will on June 9th, 2011 12:11 pm

    Jim T,

    Or as Michelle Malkin is fond of saying.., "Picking Winners & Losers!" ( and of course going so far as passing out Tax Credits for breast pumps to DO it! )

    There's a few last tweaks that need to be done to the Code and then we need a Hands OFF period for at least a decade to allow the economy to heal. Zero and Co. realize this moving target has paralyzed the small business community.

    Again, No Coincidences In Obamaland because they know most independent biz people vote Republican ANYWAY! This is Genocide, not an "unintended consequence".

  17. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2011 9:51 pm

    Perhaps the greatest misconception the lefty libs hold , or fail to understand : CUSTOMERS pay ALL business expenses.

    Urkel has said some truly stupid things, but when he expressed his bewilderment at businesses not just hiring more employees, as though they`re just being stingy, he told the world he has no business sense !

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    Meh, I never buy union made junk anyway.

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