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The gas tax's 'toll on America' is already too heavy [Letter]

Martin O'MalleyConsumer Confidence

I read with astonishment your editorial calling for a 15-cent increase in the federal gas tax, to 33.4 cents per gallon ("The toll on America," Dec. 5).

This is on the heels of Gov. Martin O'Malley's hike in the state gas tax, which will go up every year because it's tied into the Consumer Price Index. By the end of this decade, Maryland's gas tax could be pushing 50 cents per gallon.

The Sun trots out all the usual reasons for supporting this new tax: "The federal gas tax hasn't been raised since 1993," and an increase is needed to build and maintain new roads and bridges, it will help the economy and, the best one, other industrial nations tax their people more — so we should too.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but has The Sun ever seen a tax it didn't support?

How about having the federal government stop sending billions of our tax dollars to prop up foreign countries — especially the ones that hate us? How about a little relief right here, in our own country? Imagine how many roads and bridges we could build and maintain if we reduced foreign aid spending by just 25 percent.

I am so sick of the liberal, progressive, socialist rulers of this state bleeding us dry little by little, while The Sun keeps preaching that it's all for our own good.

Mark Wilson, Fallston

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