GM Chief Pushes for Higher Gas Taxes So He Can Sell More Cars

Here’s another reason to boycott General Motors. After receiving a huge taxpayer funded bailout, and losing a boatload of our money, the head of the company is pushing for increased gas taxes so they can sell more cars. The Detroit News reported:

General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he’s confident the government will soon shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker.

“I actually think the government will be out this year β€” within the next 12 months, hopefully within the next six months,” Akerson said in a two-hour interview with The Detroit News last week.

He is grateful for the government’s rescue of GM β€” “I have nothing but good things to say about them” β€” but Akerson said the time for that relationship to end is coming because it’s wearing on GM.

“It’s kind of like your in-laws: It was a nice long weekend. We didn’t say a week,” Akerson said with a laugh.

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. …

He went on to say that complying with the mileage standards could cost jobs. What about a massive tax on gasoline?

Good grief. He wants to impose economic hardship on all of us to increase sales.