"First of all, I do think that, given the preference, I and probably many others would like to see the gasoline tax raised. As you know, that has been talked about for decades. And, unfortunately, Americans have become so accustomed to the low gas prices," Cleaver said in an interview with FOX News host Neil Cavuto.
"Even though I would challenge anybody, if they go -- leave, wherever they are right now, looking at this -- at your show, to go out and ask 10 people how much they pay in federal gasoline taxes, they can't tell you," the Congressman argued. "They won't be able to tell you until a number is put out there, when somebody says, we're going to raise the taxes in order to pay our infrastructure costs or the rebuilding of our infrastructure."
"And then, all of a sudden, somebody will start waging a war: They're trying to raise your taxes. You won't be able to drive anyplace. It's going to cost too much money and so forth," Cleaver warned.
"So, you have got to come up with a system, I think, that the majority of the American public will go along with," he said. "And I think everybody realizes that we have got to make sure the corporate folk are healthy, but, at the same time, we have a tremendous imbalance between the average American and those who are making a million dollars a year in corporate America sometimes."