Unfortunately, Dingell isn't some two-bit back-bencher with no influence in Washington, he's the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The mile-high price of gasoline is already working its way into almost everything Americans buy. That cost is driving inflation fears and threatening the already slowing economy. Adding 50 cents to the price of gasoline now should be the last thing on anybody's mind.
But this liberal Democrat apparently thinks that the time is right to raise taxes. (Although as a liberal, he probably thinks any time is the right time to raise taxes.) Dingell couldn't be further from the truth. It amazes me how little regard for the economy this "respected" congressman is showing.