Meet Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY28), 12 term representative, native of Kentucky (with the accent to match), and arguably the second most powerful woman in Congress, as chairman of the Rules Committee.
In the best New York Tammany Hall style politics, She represents a gerrymandered district shaped like an old school telephone receiver, incorporating the City of Rochester, a tiny sliver of land running along Lake Ontario to The Cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
What’s got ‘Puter fired up? The Congresswoman is incompetent. That’s a given, you rejoin. Ah, but read this article discussing Rep. Slaughter’s letter to several large oil companies, bemoaning the high price of gasoline Upstate. The problem (aside from Congress dictating the price of commodities)? Incompetent Rep. Slaughter and/or her incompetent staff can’t do math.
Rep. Slaughter complains that gas in Rochester costs an average of $1.78 per gallon, compared with $1.63 in Massachusetts and $1.51 in New Jersey. The article goes on to note that gas taxes (state and federal combined are $0.61 in New York, $0.42 in Massachusetts and $0.32 in New Jersey. ‘Puter’s no math whiz, but that means the average cost net of taxes in each location is as follows: (1) Rochester, $1.17; (2) New Jersey $1.19; and (3) Massachusetts, $1.21.
Gas in Rochester is cheaper than in any of the surrounding areas of which Rep. Slaughter complains. ‘Puter thinks Rep. Slaughter (and/or her staff) owes the oil companies an apology. ‘Puter looks forward to the retraction of Rep. Slaughter’s ill-conceived complaint.