Higher gas prices vs the tax cuts – page 2 q gas station

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Maybe they’ll be building some brand-spanking new yacht factories, creating good new low-paying jobs for the rest of us!I think what Trump and the Republicans hope is that Joe Sixpack never thinks to contrast the tiny increase in his take-home pay to the large increase in his expenses.

It’s not gas prices that trouble me the most, in this regard. It’s the various back-door flat taxes the Republicans are talking about. For example, consider the idea of paying for desperately needed infrastructure investment by way of "public-private partnerships." That would take the form of things like having roads fixed on a private company’s dime, with the private company then allowed to recoup its investment (plus a hefty profit) with tolls. This has two issues:

(2) For most Americans, this two-step will be a net tax hike. If Joe Sixpack gets a $500 tax cut in exchange for paying an extra $750 in tolls and use fees, he’s much worse off, whereas if Montgomery Moneybags gets a $1 million tax cut in exchange for paying the same extra $750 in tolls and use fees, it’s a giant windfall for him.

It’s not gas prices that trouble me the most, in this regard. It’s the various back-door flat taxes the Republicans are talking about. For example, consider the idea of paying for desperately needed infrastructure investment by way of "public-private partnerships." That would take the form of things like having roads fixed on a private company’s dime, with the private company then allowed to recoup its investment (plus a hefty profit) with tolls. This has two issues:

(2) For most Americans, this two-step will be a net tax hike. If Joe Sixpack gets a $500 tax cut in exchange for paying an extra $750 in tolls and use fees, he’s much worse off, whereas if Montgomery Moneybags gets a $1 million tax cut in exchange for paying the same extra $750 in tolls and use fees, it’s a giant windfall for him.

So, the question is whether most Americans will be smart enough to recognize what the Republicans did to them. Sadly, when a sentence starts with "will most Americans be smart enough," the answer is generally no.Yes, and most Americans are going to get HAMMERED with huge increases in their health insurance premiums, now that the individual mandate is gone. I spent several pages in another thread trying to explain that to some dimwits here. Wasted time.

It’s not gas prices that trouble me the most, in this regard. It’s the various back-door flat taxes the Republicans are talking about. For example, consider the idea of paying for desperately needed infrastructure investment by way of "public-private partnerships." That would take the form of things like having roads fixed on a private company’s dime, with the private company then allowed to recoup its investment (plus a hefty profit) with tolls. This has two issues:

(2) For most Americans, this two-step will be a net tax hike. If Joe Sixpack gets a $500 tax cut in exchange for paying an extra $750 in tolls and use fees, he’s much worse off, whereas if Montgomery Moneybags gets a $1 million tax cut in exchange for paying the same extra $750 in tolls and use fees, it’s a giant windfall for him.

So, the question is whether most Americans will be smart enough to recognize what the Republicans did to them. Sadly, when a sentence starts with "will most Americans be smart enough," the answer is generally no.Well, I’m sure if they continue to rise, Trump will answer any questions about it by blaming the EPA and going back to the "drill, baby, drill" mantra.