By MANIFESTO JOE
In its latest folly, now scrapped, America's self-proclaimed party of fiscal responsibility tried yet another insulting hustle on prospective voters: a $100 gasoline tax rebate.
With this sleazy solicitation, the Republican "johns" in Congress apparently regard voters as they would whores -- and cheap, dumb ones at that.
Maybe they're right about some voters. Plenty fell for that $300-per-taxpayer cut enacted in 2001, which provided cover for those bonanza breaks for the rich. But $300 is at least what a midgrade escort would expect. A lousy $100 is for streetwalkers, crack whores.
This year, many voters won't be bribed, or fooled, I'll bet.
Which political party has it been that, over many decades, scuttled projects to develop alternative energy sources? Gave the oil companies huge tax breaks and subsidies? Repealed windfall profits taxes? Balked at fuel economy standards? Had Big Oil in the White House, practically writing energy policy? Ridiculed a Democratic president (Carter) who tried, perhaps in all innocent sincerity, to set a personal example for energy conservation? Have had a revolving-door relationship with Big Oil so incestuous that our current "president and vice president" and the party's previous president, all had very close ties to an industry notorious for profiteering and campaign largesse?
Hey, congressional Republicans: Some of us have memories. And even the ones who don't are likely to vote against whomever seems to be making them uncomfortable at the moment. Gas at $3 a gallon isn't going over well with naive swing voters.
It will be such a pleasure to see you get the beating you deserve this November.
MANIFESTO JOE IS AN UNDERGROUND WRITER LIVING IN TEXAS.