• Jun 21, 2006

One would not expect someone with a vested interest in selling cars to suggest a proposal that would cause people to drive less, but that's exactly what Mike Jackson is doing - again. This time around, the Autonation CEO wants to see an additional dollar tacked onto the price of each gallon of gasoline, as a means to shift consumer behavior and force a move towards vehicles with better fuel economy.

In an interesting twist, Jackson proposes that the amount collected from each consumer be returned on a yearly basis in the form of a rebate. In this way, the regressive effect of such a tax is said to be mitigated, but consumer behavior would still be altered. Upon first glance at the proposal, it would seem that giving an interest-free loan to a government entity would still cause more than a bit of pain for those at the lower end of the economic spectrum, especially considering that those consumers are often the least able to change their driving habits. Maybe we're missing something, though.

[Source: CNN/Money]



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      • 8 Years Ago
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      Must be a Democrat!
      • 8 Years Ago
      He is an idiot. Someone making $25-30K/year household income cannot afford a $1/gallon gas tax increase when he, himself, is probably making 100X more--and as such probably expenses his transportation costs as well.

      What a hypocrite. Why not increase federal income tax by 1% across the board and see how he likes it.
      DriftPunch
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm, the CEO of a dealership chain supporting a plan that would cause an artifical rush to dispose of 'gas guzzlers' in lieu of sippers? Say it ain't so! His profit is made during the transfer...

      Besides there is no way in hell FEDGOV would ever give it back. Hell, it would probably cost every bit of that dollar per gallon to create the structures, bureaucracies, and logistical networks to track a return of the 'tax'.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What idiocy. The last thing we need is more money burned to the federal government, who repaves roads and make em even worse. Nor do "rebates" sound particularly appealing in a bureaucratic infrastructure that can't get anything done right.

      So who would mail out the rebates? Another bunch of public employees getting paid $50k a year plus benefits, thus sucking more money down the drain for no good reason.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #18: You're joking, right?

      First, it's easily circumvented. I sell hacked Prius chips to Hummer drivers and now they pay even less to spew shit everywhere.

      Second, it should be the people's responsibility to take care of themselves, I don't want to pay a slap-on-the-hand tax because some whackjob thought it'd make me stop driving my car. It'll make me fill up my Focus 8 times a week and siphon the gas into the El Camino.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here's this AssHat's list of dealers. If you want to advance this guy, then by all means, shop at one of these stores. If not, then scratch these dealers off your list:

      http://www.autonation.com/Corporate/StateDealers.asp

      Another Limosine Liberal trying to stick it to the average Joe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The government should mandate that manufacturers by 2010 must include a sensor that allows the fuel pump to detect the relative economy of the vehicle you're driving. If you drive a hybrid your fuel is dirt cheap. If you drive an H2 you pay through the nose for every gallon. Commercial vehicles that are penalized would continue to be allowed the business tax writeoffs they currently receive and that might have to be adjusted a bit. This rewards those willing to drive efficient vehicles and makes those who **choose** to drive extreme gas guzzlers finance downsides of petroleum use in the U.S.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yet another millionaire with a plan that costs the average guy more money. Get a life Mikey.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHAAAAAT!!!!!!??????

      THIS GUY DOESN'T THINK STRIGHT!
      We don't live is Europe where every lives close to public transport! And I have to drive to work every day like what 30 miles! ANd I know TONS of others that do! And no to even talk about Lanscapers, Builder, Farmers, and Even Public Transport! THIS GUY NEEDS TO GET A REAL JOB AND THEN DECIDE THAT! YOU F'ER! DAMN YOU AND YOUR F'EN MOUTH! Is your name dick for short? WHat kinda car does he drive? How much money does he make? And does he drive a Hibrid!? DAMN YOU! DAMN YOU STRIGHT TO HELL!
      • 8 Years Ago
      He gave up this great idea on CNN, who I'm sure was most agreeable to his "plan".
      • 8 Years Ago
      This guy sucks
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's all about the money.
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