WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, his popularity sinking while gas prices soar, hopes to stave off a potential election-year problem for fellow Republicans with a drive to stop price gouging and push alternative fuels.
In a 10:05 a.m. EDT speech on Tuesday, the president will push a four-part plan to ensure fair treatment for motorists, promote fuel efficiency and alternative fuels, and boost U.S. gas supply, his spokesman said.
"We have a strong economy, but high gas prices are like an additional tax on families that are trying to live within a budget," spokesman Scott McClellan said. "It puts a strain on working families, farmers and small businesses."
No, Scotty, you idiot, it ISN'T "like a tax." A tax paves roads, builds schools, helps the homeless, and is returned to community in a concrete benefit. This takes money out of people's pockets, and stuff it into the pocket of some CEO.
But I don't expect you to grasp the distinction.