I don’t think that’s even allowed…

Last night I posted on a proposal to increase the federal gasoline tax by about 50%, and it seems to be a popular topic of discussion.

I’d like to add that roads are government spending that I actually support, though I’m sure there is more than enough waste and bad decision-making involved to infuriate anyone. Still, the benefit of the spending should be apparent to nearly anyone, and it should also be clear to most folks in most places that most roads are not in the greatest shape.

Finally, AW1 Tim wrote this in the comments:

You all are missing the boat. There should be no need to raise taxes at all. Simply shift the available funds from one area that is doing fine to the areas that are not, and cut whatever needs cutting to complete the zero-sum balance.

“Cut?” Did someone say “cut”? Can they even do that?

Tim, my friend, I’ve been waiting for someone to suggest that needed road money could come from something that’s not needed quite so much.

When gas goes up, do I just get a raise at work to cover the increase? Or do I have to juggle my spending a bit to make sure I get the gas I need?

This commission is proposing that since roads aren’t getting the money they need, the federal government needs more income to spend more on roads.

Not true.

Comments

  1. Yes, it IS allowed. And it COULD happen.

    But we have to be realistic. With Dems in charge for the foreseeable future, I’m sorry, but there is no way itโ€™s going to happen.

    Even in the heyday of Reagan, we never really got close to the ideal.

    But the change in direction was still a major positive.

    So we should keep aiming high!

  2. I live in California, so I’m about fifteen years ahead of all of you when it comes to American style socialism. Remember, people always say that California is the trend setter, leading the country and all that rot.

    Just two years ago, our state legislature was debating a 103 or 105 billion dollar budget. Thats billion. Keep in mind that this is only with the minority Republicans fighting tooth and nail to keep it that LOW. Of that budget, which finally got signed into law, from the top of my head something like thirty or forty percent was education, something similar was “social programs” of various sorts (read “vote buying”), fifteen or so was state employees salaries and pension and whatnot. And of the remaining few percent, just over one percent was dedicated to transportation. One of the biggest, and the most populous state in the union could only afford 1.3 billion or so for all the roads, trains, etc. in the whole state.

    Since then, the budget has ballooned up even more, and taxes are pretty much guaranteed to go up as well. Even though we have the highest state taxes in the country, we get the least bang for our buck out of all the states, I’m willing to bet.

    This will be the way our country goes for the foreseeable future. I’m not a pessimist, I just know how the left does things. The only good thing about this recession is that it is going to necessitate the Democrats slow or pause their plans for expanded federal services and programs, at least for a while.

    The saddest part is that the Republicans just presided over the biggest increase in Federal spending ever, so who the hell is going to bring some sanity to all of this?

  3. Roger that, on the Republicans (aka new socialists), Naderbus. I swear it’s getting more difficult all the time to tell the Republicrats, or is it Democans apart. Guess it gets back to the proven techniques of vote buying, you noted. ๐Ÿ™

  4. the problem isn’t they don’t have enough money in the highway trust fund, it’s that they raid it for other purposes like mass transit, bike trail and other thing not related to roads. don’t forget the states also collect money from gas so they have money to raid.

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