Biden’s Own Party Rejects Gas Tax Gimmick

An increasingly desperate President Joe Biden on Wednesday called for a gas tax holiday along with a series of other measures to lower pump prices by up to $1 a gallon. But even some Democrats know a stunt when they see one.

The president called on Congress to drop federal gas taxes for the next 90 days. Unleaded gasoline is taxed 18 cents a gallon while diesel is taxed 24 cents a gallon. The revenue is used for the Highway Trust Fund.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, never confused with the voice of reason, expressed skepticism over the move. She merely responded with ‘we will see where the consensus lies.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) quickly declared his opposition. He instead favored windfall profits taxes on oil companies.

Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, Biden’s home territory, called the tax holiday proposal by his party colleague “shortsighted” and “inefficient.” And Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said there’s no guarantee gas prices would drop even if the tax went away.

Ignoring the easily verifiable fact that gas prices spiked the very week he took office, Biden once again hurled blame at Russia. Is Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine partly responsible? Of course. And perhaps before the internet, the White House could have gotten away with this fabrication.

No more. Any voter interested in the truth knows Biden’s energy policy — or lack of — pushed gas prices higher long before Ukraine was on anyone’s mind.

In a new strategy, Biden tried to pressure states to rescind their own taxes or offer rebates to drivers. States call these unfunded mandates, or at least suggestions, and do not have the same ability as the federal government to simply print the funds they need.

Former President Barack Obama said in his memoir that nothing fires up voters faster than high gas prices. And even he called the gas tax holiday a “gimmick” that lets politicians claim to have done something.

As for the oil industry, the American Petroleum Institute said a “serious” White House would support increasing domestic production. It would focus its energy on the global mismatch of supply and demand. And, of course, not resort to tricks.