In reference to the news story “State's new tax on gas wholesalers already hits the pump” : In his bizarro world, PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said the 9.5-cents-per-gallon wholesale gas tax increase effective Jan. 1 wouldn't necessarily be passed on to customers at the pump. In my opinion, Secretary Schoch is a liar or an idiot. He obviously thought consumers who rightfully believed the gas tax increase would be passed on at the pumps were dimwits. It's now obvious who the real idiot is here.
And, to add another layer of lunacy, reflect on PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirkpatrick. The story reports that this “Baghdad Bob” said Schoch's statements “reflected what the industry told the department.” Really? “The industry” told “the department” that “the industry” would gleefully accept the loss of profit?
Apparently nobody spoke to Donald Bowers, manager of petroleum and transportation for distributor Superior Petroleum Co. in Ross. He would have foretold that any tax on wholesalers is going to “pass through.”
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