That Congress is now controlled by Republicans in both chambers should be a shining moment for conservatives and their agenda. But then someone like Sen. Jim Inhofe – usually a staunch ally of the movement – comes along and does something like advocate for higher taxes.
Indeed, Sen. Inhofe recently went on the record to say that raising the gas tax in order to pay for things like roads and bridges should be on the table. What’s more, he went on to deny a gas tax increase would be a tax increase at all, but rather a “user fee.” It’s the kind of twisted explanation any contortionist would be proud of! And that, is why Sen. Inhofe is being recognized as our Coward of the Week.
Thankfully, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) had the common sense to knock this ludicrous idea off its newly-found Republican pedestal, telling reporters his committee won’t be passing any kind of gas tax. But it doesn’t alleviate our profound disappointment in Inhofe. As ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell put it earlier this week, “Senator Inhofe, this is the same kind of dishonesty we’ve heard from Democrats for years. You’ve been in the majority less than a month and you’re now playing those wordsmith games too. You should be ashamed of yourself.”