Hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat.
While the rest of the country is depositing pop bottles, donating blood, and pimping children on the black market to fill up their cars, our brave and intrepid friends from the Democratic National Committee were getting a very generous gift from the city of Denver. Apparently, city officials were allowing DNC committee members to use its city gas stations; thus allowing them to forgo paying up to 40 cents per gallon in state and federal taxes. Got that? We, John and Jane Q. Taxpayer are paying for DNC members to fill up their rides while our gas tanks are hovering slightly above the “E”.
According to sources:
The committee hosting the Democratic National Convention has used the city’s gas pumps to fill up and apparently avoided paying state and federal fuel taxes.
The practice, which began four months ago, may have ended hours after its disclosure. An aide to Mayor John Hickenlooper released a statement Tuesday evening saying that Denver 2008 Host Committee members would pay market prices for fuel and would also be liable for all applicable taxes.
The story doesn’t end there. Instead of owning up to this clear example of political favortism, Denver mayor John Hickenlooper (yeah, I’m sorry for that name too) does his best impression of a five-year-old caught with his hand in the cookie jar. His response: “Well, they’re doing it too”:
“I do know for a fact that they’re doing the same exact thing in Minneapolis,” Hickenlooper said, referring to the city that along with St. Paul is hosting the Republican National Convention.
Oh, this gets better still:
The host committee, which is responsible for raising money to put on the convention, is using the city’s pumps “for safety and security reasons,” Lopez said.
“We know the [city’s] gas is not tainted,” he said. “We use it as a safety and security measure.”
Security reasons, eh? I guess I’m supposed to believe that the people of Denver are somehow tainting gas stations that they themselves use; just to attack DNC members. Oh, OK. That would’ve been my first guess too. Fortunately for the DNC, they can rest in knowing that — as far as I can tell — there hasn’t been a single incident of “tainted” gas reported in the entire Denver, CO area. Sheesh.