The following response from Corker was written in response to a citizen concerned about the gas tax increase our Republcians are so eager to pass now that the people have some repreive from the high cost of fuel.... I will deconstruct this nonsense in parenthesis....
Dear Mr. Citizen,
Thank you for taking the time to contact my office regarding my proposal to create a long-term, stable funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts. (ALL GARBAGE! He doesn't appreciate your input but must say this to make you think he gives an HTF about your thoughts. And "a long-term, stable funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). "??? We the people are on to your games. The names of your so-called policies are exactly the opposite of what they created for so let's call this what it is... "a short-term, unstable TAXING mechanism for the Highway Crack Fund (HCF)."
In the last few years, Congress has allowed the HTF to become one of the largest budget gimmicks in the federal government. (Budget Gimmicks??? Do you know why your nickname is Bailout Bob Corker?) Spending from the HTF has far outpaced revenues in recent years, taking us away from our traditional user fee, pay-as-you-go transportation financing model. (Ummmm this is because you guys have used crack money from the HTF for green projects like bike paths. There's a reason revenue's have "far outpaced revenues in recent years" and it's YOUR fault for spending from this fund on causes that were never meant to be paid for from transportation taxes) A user fee is one of the most conservative ways to fund our transportation program (Hahahaha...a user fee is the most conservative ways to fund"??? Surely you jest! It's a TAX. Come on Bailout Bob Corker...say it with me...a USER FEE IS NOTHING BUT A TAX and is called a user fee because it SOUNDS better than a TAX!) because those who benefit from the system are the ones who pay for it. (Ummm so what user fee's are the few biker's using the bike paths paid for with transportation taxes paying?) The federal gas and diesel taxes, which are used to fund the HTF, have not been updated in over 20 years – despite the desperate need for road and bridge improvements. As a result, the purchasing power of the gas tax is approximately 63 percent of what it was in 1993, and continues to decline. (Oh my! Poor dears only have over 600 MILLION dollars for roads and bridges repairs and THAT'S just not enough....Hand that money over to the private sector Bailout Bob Corker and I PROMISE you the roads and bridges will be repaired!) A change to the federal gas tax would not only strengthen purchasing power, it would allow states to invest in long-term highway and bridge projects. (Wrong, Wrong, wrong...strenghten purchasing power...yeah, anything gains strength when you give it more money. Kind of like your buddies on Wall Street who got bailed out by the tax payers. They got strengthened by our money. No thank you! Been there, done that!)
However, instead of enacting a fiscally conservative solution to this problem, we have transferred more than $50 billion of general fund money into the HTF to maintain funding levels, making a mockery of having a self-sustaining "trust fund."(Let's talking about the more than 40% of the HTF have has been transferred to green projects. You wouldn't need a TAX INCREASE if you would just stop this!) These transfers are also causing highway program spending to look more and more like an appropriated discretionary program but without any of the budget oversight Congress can exercise over other spending bills. (Oversight from Congress!!! ROFLMAO!!! Who are you kidding? Not US! BUDGET OVERSIGHT??? It's over 18 TRILLION DOLLARS!!! DON'T EVER TALK TO ME AGAIN ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF THE BUDGET)
What is worse, most of this $50 billion has not been offset. And where it was offset, the claimed pay-fors accrue over ten years while the transferred money was spent in one or two years. As a result, Congress is showing that it is willing to spend more money than it told the American people it would, violate our bipartisan spending agreements, and increase the deficit, all while taking us further away from a desperately needed long-term solution for highway program financing. (Ummmm Poppycock! You all use the budget gimmicks when it suits you. Like when you earned your nickname BAILOUT BOB CORKER!)
If Congress believes these transportation projects are important, then Congress should have the courage to pay for them rather than throw future generations under the bus.(I can't believe you just wrote that. You guys have thrown future generations under the bus by running up debts of over 18 trillion dollars and over 200 trillion dollars of unfunded liabilities. Get back with me when you fix that) It's shameful for a nation of our greatness to be handling infrastructure funding the way that we are. (No it's shameful that we have such lame politicians such as yourself) Spending from the HTF is projected to outpace revenues by over $160 billion in the next decade. It is both impractical and dishonest ( DISHONEST??? YU ARE PROJECTING HERE) to continue to deficit finance an increasingly large share of our infrastructure spending. There are two potential solutions to restoring integrity to the HTF: (1) increasing dedicated HTF user fees to match spending levels, or (2) reducing HTF spending to match dedicated HTF revenues. It is unlikely that Congress will reduce spending to current HTF revenue levels. If that is the case, it is better that dedicated user fees pay for the infrastructure spending. (It is "unlikely that Congress will reduce spending levels" AND THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM IN A NUTSHELL....CONGRESS WILL NOT REDUCE SPENDING LEVELS!!!)
As you know, I have put forth a proposal that would create a long-term, stable funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund and enact at least an equal amount of tax relief for American families and businesses. (DON'T TELL ME YOU ARE PROVIDING TAX RELIEF WHILE RAISING MY TAXES! YOU HAVE PUT FORTH A PROPOSAL TO RAISE TAXES! THAT IS ALL!) With the combination of more money in the HTF coming from a user fee offset with tax relief and less money in the general revenue fund at Treasury, we are more likely to do away with wasteful spending in lower priority programs that are funded out of the general fund. (OH geez...There you go again Bailout Bob Corker...more money for the Highway Crack Fund coming from a TAX that wil somehow gives us TAX RELIEF??? That would require the "willing suspension of disbelief" )
Please know, I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Congress passes legislation that lives up to the promises made to the American people and protects the prosperity of our nation for generations to come. (Please know, that we know you will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Congress passes legislation that will never live up to the promises made to the American people and will not protect the prosperity of our nation and will enslave generations for years to come. I fixed that for you, your welcome!)
Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me as I serve you in the United States Senate.
United States Senator