I will never buy a GM product. GM CEO Dan Ankerson on higher gas taxes:

And while he is eager to say goodbye to the government as a part owner of GM, Akerson would like to see it step up to the challenge of setting a higher gas tax, as part of a comprehensive energy policy.

A government-imposed tax hike, Akerson believes, will prompt more people to buy small cars and do more good for the environment than forcing automakers to comply with higher gas-mileage standards.

“There ought to be a discussion on the cost versus the benefits,” he said. “What we are going to do is tax production here, and that will cost us jobs.”

And taxing gas does … what? Oh, that won’t affect the economy at all. Nope.

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.

Or, more Hondas.

But he agrees with those who say the country has been spending money it can’t afford.

“Now, we need practical decisions,” Akerson said. “I think you need to cut the hell out of the budget and you’ve got to increase taxes … on everybody — including the middle class and the rich people.”

Akerson, who describes himself as “a Colin Powell Republican — not a Sarah Palin Republican” — said President Barack Obama has “done a pretty good job on the economy,” which, he said, was “a nightmare.

“I don’t think he can fix it in four years and I think we just have to stay the course,” he said.

As I mentioned a few days ago, that’s going to be Obambi’s campaign slogan. WE HAVE TO SEE THESE THINGS THROUGH.

And GM’s CEO is right on board.

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6 Comments on “FFUUUU”

  1. Hotspur Says:

    …buying less Suburbans


    From the CEO of a major corporation????


  2. Svenster Says:

    I predict Mr. Ankerson will have the opportunity to build fewer Suburbans… and Cruzes. If you dislike what your company does but can’t profitably change it, maybe you should get the hell out.

  3. Car in Says:

    I think it’s a bit more complicated than that. It’s not that he doesn’t like what he does, but he’d like the government to force changes on US so that his company could benefit.

    Imposing MPG standards would be harmful you see, because it would cost them. Forcing us instead to pay higher gas taxes would allow them to slowly change what type of cars they built, no fuss, no muss for them.

  4. Steve B Says:

    So, uh, in the middle of a huge economic slump, millions out of work, houses in foreclosure, the answer, according to these freakin’ MENSA applicants, is to go out and drop a cool $17,000 on a car. That’s right. In order to force you to pay a good $20k, we’re going to slap a $ a gallon on gas. Which, by the way, YOU WILL STILL HAVE TO FKING PAY AFTER YOU BUY YOUR SNAZZY NEW CAR.

    We are sitting on oceans of oil, but no, really, let’s force people to buy cars they don’t need or want by imposing another tax.

    I’m reminded of a certain Stamp Act and it’s associated results.

  5. Car in Says:

    Not to mention that fuel costs (and this new tax ) affect the cost of EVERYTHING.

    We’ve got to add $600 to fuel costs per run for our big trucks.

  6. MJ Says:

    Here’s an idea: Make shit people want to buy.

    I get into a lot of rental cars, and whereas the Cruze and a few others appear to be nice, they are basically made of plastic and feel…cheap.

    I can’t wait to get home to my made in the USA, German car.

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