My Hyperbole Confusion

Tony HuppertBy Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc.

I recently read an article about raising the federal gas tax by 15 cents a gallon. 

The article goes on to say that by doing so it would more than double the current federal gas tax.  Federal gas tax is currently at 18.4 cents a gallon. I questioned the source the article, on the math.

I was informed the misinformation was a hyperbole, the over exaggeration to stress a point.  I rely on various associations’ news articles, to give me accurate information.  Information I use for decision making, discussing issues with politicians, and informing interested customers.

When informative articles contain hyperboles, the credibility of the source’s information is greatly jeopardized. 

I understand when one is exaggerating about a fish one caught, or the one that got away, using a hyperbole, but when it comes to facts that can be disputed at others expense, that’s a different story.  Facts are facts and fiction is fiction but hyperboles are confusing and misleading.  If you like to use hyperboles for the affect, that’s fine, but if using hyperboles could affect the credibility of others, then that is not fine.

Tony Huppert is a Wisconsin businessman of 40 years and CEO of Team Oil Inc., the family-owned and operated Team Oil Travel Center, and Subway in Spring Valley, Wis.

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