Denver Post: Dems hypocritical on gas taxes

posted at 1:22 pm on July 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Denver Post’s editorial board scolds the city and the Democratic convention committee for its tax-free gas habits, as revealed more or less accidentally at a city council meeting this week.  They also wonder aloud how much the city and state will have to shoulder of the costs, as the financial footing of the convention seems very weak — and some contracts haven’t even been signed:

So, let’s get this straight: While the rest of us poor schlubs have been grimacing as we put $4 a gallon gas into our cars, local organizers of the Democratic National Convention have been pumping tax-free gas into theirs?

That’s just wrong. The local committee hosting the DNC ought to pay the same state and federal taxes — which amount to 40 cents a gallon — that the rest of us pay.

The disclosure came at a regular Denver City Council meeting Tuesday, and by the end of the day it seemed that everyone involved was quickly backpedaling and promising that local organizers indeed would be paying taxes on gas.

Good. But the larger issue, of course, is whether and how taxpayers might find themselves subsidizing the DNC. We’ve hit this before, but it merits another visit as the DNC bears down on Denver.

The Post doesn’t mention this, but it’s also hypocritical on another level.  Democrats in Congress want to raise the federal gas tax on the rest of America,  but at the same time actively evade paying it.  And the excuses are pretty rich, as the Post does note.  Hickenlooper tried telling the press that the DNC needed “secure” gas pumps for fill-ups when transporting VIPs, but would anyone fill the tank while transporting them through the city?  Of course not; they’d do it before or after, not during.

This was no mere error, either.  The city actually contracted out for the fuel service, with a contract that supposedly pays the city almost a half-million dollars.  That suggests a deliberate evasion on the part of the city as well as the DNC.  Even more curious, the contract has not yet been signed — so technically the city can’t collect anything at the moment.  Is Hickenlooper using city funds to subsidize the DNC’s efforts?


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Effing shady

The Race Card on July 24, 2008 at 1:28 PM

Its just like Animal Farm.

The pigs get to sleep in the farmers house, in the farmers bed and wear the farmers clothes. Don’t misunderstand, we are all equal, just some of us are more equal than others.

RobertInAustin on July 24, 2008 at 1:28 PM

And I still want to know who is funding the Stadium rental…

Sent emails to the mayor and city trying to find out… no responce.

Romeo13 on July 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

All things to a liberal are a one way street.

jukin on July 24, 2008 at 1:33 PM

This will be good for Michelle’s children. She’ll be able to pay for a new pair of earrings.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 24, 2008 at 1:35 PM

This needs to be hammered home to all Coloradian’s, that this is the way we will be treated by an Obama adminstration. Our state is a key to victory for either candidate this year, and we CANNOT let it slip to the “blue” side. I for one am sick of the way liberalism is infecting our state, and if we do not fight back soon, the battle could be lost. Really wonderful to see the Senate Conservative Fund’s endorsement of Bob Schaffer posted today. We cannot let our seat currently held by Wayne Allard be taken by Udall this fall. One democrat senator from the state is already one too many!

djtnt on July 24, 2008 at 1:37 PM

And I still want to know who is funding the Stadium rental…

Sent emails to the mayor and city trying to find out… no responce.

Romeo13 on July 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

A great example of right reporting on Hot Air. A little follow-up and you have a story.

The Race Card on July 24, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Let me see, if I am not mistaken their is a certain Dem Senator in California who owns some wineries. None of those workers are unionized, however she supports the unionization of other farm workers…her reason? If she unionized her farm workers, her wineries would not be competitive.
Then there was the California non-profit group who was working to raise the minimum wage…they were caught not even paying the minimum wage…the reason? They were non-profit and could not afford the increase in wages.
Such is the mentality of the left…

right2bright on July 24, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Its just like Animal Farm.

The pigs get to sleep in the farmers house, in the farmers bed and wear the farmers clothes. Don’t misunderstand, we are all equal, just some of us are more equal than others.

RobertInAustin on July 24, 2008 at 1:28 PM

Some things are just so brilliant, so right, that they stand the test of time.

right2bright on July 24, 2008 at 1:48 PM

The Dems are the party of bigger and bigger government, aren’t they?

So why would they not make a deal so the mayor of Denver gets more play money and they get cut-rate fuel because they are so poor and needy…not like the rest of us who are just rolling in bucks.

See what happens if RNC tried this…

Is the anything the Dems do that isn’t tainted somehow with their elitist night soil?

Harry Schell on July 24, 2008 at 1:50 PM

GOP needs to make this a nationwide commercial right now.

“While we are all paying $4 a gallon for gas, the Democrats don’t want to drill on American soil for more oil, preferring we send our gasoline dollars overseas. And now that Democrats in Congress want to raise the tax you pay on that $4 a gallon gas, they evade paying any tax during their national convention. The only change you’ll see if the Democrats stay in power is the few pennies you’ll have left after paying for their folly.”

See, it really isn’t hard to do RNC.

rbj on July 24, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Everyday there is another unbelievable story involving the liberal democrats.

I agree the GOP needs to use this for a commercial!

becki51758 on July 24, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Dems hypocritical? As the party of the oppressed it’s impossible for them to be hypocritical. Didn’t you get the talking points memo?

TooTall on July 24, 2008 at 2:04 PM

I am SHOCKED I tell ya.

HawaiiLwyr on July 24, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Its just like Animal Farm.

The pigs get to sleep in the farmers house, in the farmers bed and wear the farmers clothes. Don’t misunderstand, we are all equal, just some of us are more equal than others.

RobertInAustin on July 24, 2008 at 1:28 PM

Some things are just so brilliant, so right, that they stand the test of time.

right2bright on July 24, 2008 at 1:48 PM

The more time passes, the more visionary George Orwell truly seems.

coyoterex on July 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM

pelosi is an idiot. SPR is for emergencies not for elections.

unseen on July 24, 2008 at 2:11 PM

The more time passes, the more visionary George Orwell truly seems.

coyoterex on July 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM

All Obama needs is an anthem that sings of unity, hope, change and a bright tomorrow through collective sacrifice for the common good.

Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland,
Beasts of every land and clime,
Hearken to my joyful tidings
Of the golden future time.

Soon or late the day is coming,
Tyrant Man shall be o’erthrown,
And the fruitful fields of England
Shall be trod by beasts alone.

Rings shall vanish from our noses,
And the harness from our back,
Bit and spur shall rust forever,
Cruel whips no more shall crack.

Riches more than mind can picture,
Wheat and barley, oats and hay,
Clover, beans, and mangel-wurzels
Shall be ours upon that day.

Bright will shine the fields of England,
Purer shall its waters be,
Sweeter yet shall blow its breezes
On the day that sets us free.

For that day we all must labour,
Though we die before it break;
Cows and horses, geese and turkeys,
All must toil for freedom’s sake.

Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland,
Beasts of every land and clime,
Hearken well and spread my tidings
Of the golden future time.

RobertInAustin on July 24, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Oh, it gets more entertaining than that. The excuses given for the tax-free treatment included that the gas supplies were secure and there would be no concern about tainted gas.

Denver’s mayor wanted people to think that the GOP was getting the same deal for their convention, but that was nothing more than a bald-faced lie.

Denver has been getting shafted by the DNC, and this move was shafting Denver and Colorado taxpayers who were footing the bill for the DNC’s own driving habits.

lawhawk on July 24, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Thinking on it a bit…

The city Pumps are for Government vehicles.

Does this not show how the Dems are blurring the lines between the actual Government, and their party?

And an even bigger question, why were they allowed to get gas BEFORE the contract was signed? Providing a service without a contract??? How stupid is that, ESPECIALY when the group is KNOWN to be underfunded.

Romeo13 on July 24, 2008 at 2:43 PM

If the Dems were just concerned with gas security, then of course they will report their gas purchases to the IRS and the State of Colorado, and include checks for the appropriate amounts.

Just in case they “forget”, it would be fun to “help” them report…

landlines on July 24, 2008 at 2:49 PM

I hope the RNC will make an ad about this…while the democrats were criticzing McCain’s plans for everybody to get a break on the gas tax, they were in effect enjoying it themselves.

I wish McCain would go to town on this. This is a HUGE story, and i don’t know why they are not running with it. This is a big deal…cus obama is in charge of this thing. It doesn’t matter what happens, it’s the symbolism.

Chudi on July 24, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Denver Post: Dems hypocritical on gas taxes

The Al Gore disease…”Don’t do as do, just do as I say.”

byteshredder on July 24, 2008 at 2:59 PM

Denver Post: Dems hypocritical on gas taxes

Better: Hypocritical Dems pump each other again.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 24, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Disgracefully typical.

awake on July 24, 2008 at 3:28 PM

It is all speculation at this point, but if this had never come to light, IMHO the DNC would have never signed the contract and reimbursed the city for the gas, much less the taxes. This was intended to be just another way to funnel public money to the DNC.

gridlock2 on July 24, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Gasp! You don’t think Hickenlooper is screwing his own city in the HOPE of CHANGING jobs do you?

GarandFan on July 24, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Democrats in Congress want to raise the federal gas tax on the rest of America, but at the same time actively evade paying it.

Thanks, Ed. Words do matter and calling tax evasion, tax avoidance is letting Dems get away living in their personal rose-colored world. The City of Denver ought to be held liable and compensate both the State and the Feds for the taxes evaded. If they were, this kind of corruption would be far less prevalent.

Dusty on July 24, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Let them eat cake. And the heads rolled.

Johan Klaus on July 24, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Glenn Beck beat the ‘bat snot’ out of them about this last night — video here.
David

LifeTrek on July 24, 2008 at 6:40 PM