Gavin Newsom Suggests Gas Cards Over High Gas Prices

( To combat the high cost of gas in California, Governor Gavin Newsom last week unveiled a “tax relief plan” that would include sending every registered car owner in the state a $400 debit card they could use to pay for gas.

According to Governor Newsom’s office, Californians spend about $300 a year in excise gas taxes. So why not waive the excise gas tax for six months? Wouldn’t that be easier than sending these stupid debit cards?

In a statement touting the plan, Newsom boasted that his $400 debit card would put money “directly into the pockets of Californians” whom he claimed are paying more at the pump “as a direct result of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.”

What a knob.

The debit card boondoggle will cost California taxpayers $9 billion. The other $2 billion of Newsom’s $11 billion plan would be used for broader transportation relief, including a one-year pause on diesel sale tax, projects emphasizing the importance of walking and biking, and free public transportation for three months.

The three months of free public transportation was tossed in so non-car-owning California residents didn’t feel left out of the state’s taxpayer-funded giveaway.

Democrats aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer. Despite the current 40-year-high inflation, these guys still can’t figure out that the government pouring money into the economy will only fuel inflation.

So while Newsom’s $400 debit card giveaway may provide brief, immediate relief at the pump, in the long run, it’s only going to make the long-term situation worse.

But with California boasting the highest gas prices in the country, Newsom has to look like he’s doing something about it.

The governor’s ludicrous plan still has to be approved by both the state Assembly and Senate. California Senate President Democrat Toni Atkins and Democrat Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon have cooked up their own plan that includes $200 rebates for every California taxpayer and dependent except for those in the top 10% of earners.

If Newsom’s free taxpayer money scheme is passed, the debit cards would not be sent out to registered car owners until July at the earliest.