Pumping Up Taxes?

by Chris Bodenner
McCain and Clinton's pander-rific gas-tax holiday dies in Congress.  But now lawmakers are talking about raising the price of fuel by 10 cents, in order to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.  Regardless of the policy merits, do Democrats really want to hand the GOP that political bludgeon for the fall?

Ed Morrissey notes that in the transportation bill last year, "over $8 billion got spent on earmarks the same amount that Congress says will be the shortfall this year for transportation needs, and the deficit they need to erase by raising the gas tax." Pork-busting McCain couldn't ask for a better talking point.