Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Cause I'm the Taxman"

"If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
if you try and sit, I'll tax your seat,
if you get too cold, I'll tax the heat,
if you take a walk, I'll tax your feet..."

...and, if you live in Washington State...
"if you drive an electric car, I'll tax you anyway..."

Sorry, I'm not that good at finding a rhyme.  Hot Air says it the best, so I'll use their quote.  Link here.

"Somewhere in this tale, a lesson awaits to be learned--by legislators about the laws of unintended consequences, and by taxpayers about government interventions.  The state of Washington, which has pushed its citizens to buy electric vehicles through tax breaks and public-relations efforts, not to mention a tax on gasoline that is among the highest in the country, may slap owners of electric cars with an annual fee.

'Electric vehicles put just as much wear and tear on our roads as gas vehicles,' said Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the bill's lead sponsor. 'This simply ensures that they contribute their fair share to the upkeep of our roads.'

Ah, their fair share.  Perhaps that would have been less had the state legislature not set up tax breaks for people to buy those cars in the first place, nor spent money on PR campaigns to do so....

...Now taxpayers in Washington who bought the government's line about electric cars being a better deal will have to pay the state a unique penalty for complying."

Yup, the government has lost its ability to generate any new ideas other than to create new taxes.  When government intervenes, it usually does so with a very short vision.  Long term consequences are generally not thought of, and if they are, they are often disregarded for political expediency.

There are so many examples of this that the post would be too long.  But what is important to understand is this:

Government is failing to reduce spending.  It only knows how to tax, not reduce.  Secondary and tertiary effects from economic and social programs are very rarely discussed and almost never compensated for.

What should the voter do?  Do not use rational ignorance as an excuse anymore.

1 comment:

  1. I wish I could be surprised by this,but unfortunately, it's just business as usual by our state and federal officials.