Rush Limbaugh Blames Highway Fund Shortfall on ‘Environmentalist Wackos’
The Highway Trust Fund is about to go broke. The Congressional Budget Office said the fund will need about $8.1 billion to meet it’s obligations through the end of 2014.
The Highway Trust Fund is financed through gas taxes. An excise tax of 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline or 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel generates about $35 Billion in revenue for road construction and other transportation projects.
The problem? The federal government spends about $53 billion on highway and transit projects a year. The shortfall is accounted for by the rate of inflation in the more than 20 years since Congress last raised the gas tax.
Not according to Rush Limbaugh though. He puts the blame squarely on the environmental movement.
“”Why is the trust fund running dry? What kind of incompetence is leading to this? Is this because of the gas tax? Well,” asks Limbaugh, “who’s responsible for gas tax revenues plummeting? I’ll tell you who. The environmentalist wackos. They’re demanding everybody go out and drive these little cheap cars that don’t get any gas mileage so people are buying less gasoline.”
So the next time you are choking on a coal runner’s fumes, according to Limbaugh, you should take a moment to thank the driver for funding the roads on which you drive your Prius.