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Chuck Schumer Right on Taxes for Once

Written by Joe Scudder

Why is liberal Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer right on taxes? Because he opposes raising them!

Conservatives don’t often find Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer right about taxes, but even he can sometimes come through for the American people. Some people associated with the White House have been floating the idea of raising the federal gasoline tax to help pay for an infrastructure project. It was an idea unlikely to attract many Republicans in Congress, but Schumer made clear that he and other Democrats oppose the idea as well.

The Washington Examiner reports, “Chuck Schumer opposes gas tax hike.

In need of a revenue source for its ambitious infrastructure proposal, top officials in the Trump administration have floated the idea of a hike in the gas tax to help prop up a depleted highway trust fund.

The proposal was always a long shot, with Republicans running both chambers of Congress. This month, however, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) provided the formal death blow when he told The Daily Beast that he too was opposed to the idea.

“The bottom line is that we don’t want to raise taxes on working people right now,” Schumer said. “As it stands now that is where we are at. Income distribution is so bad, I would rather pay for infrastructure by taking the money that comes from overseas [repatriation] and putting it into infrastructure.”

Read the entire Washington Examiner story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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