Re: "America's Epidemic of Youth Obesity"--NYT article
- If we had a whopping gas tax, we'd be able to lower property and sales
taxes used for roads.
If someone running for an elected office proposed lowering sales and
property taxes in favor of a gas tax, they'd lose. The only way to win
an office is to lie like a rug, saying that you'll eliminate all taxes
and lower gas prices to 70 cents--which is, more or less,
impossible--unless road money grows on trees. However, American voters
are morons and think that road money *does* grow on trees. The roads
were already there when the suburbs were built, and the excuse of a
transit system in the city is the reason taxes are through the roof,
> What we need is a whopping gas tax, even higher than in Europe.
> Let's say we increase the gas tax a nickle a month, forever.
> In ten years, the tax would be $6.00, which would have a useful
> effect. By introducing it gradually and on a predictable
> schedule, you minimize the economic and social dislocations.
> This is political suicide in the USA, of course, but then so
> is practically ever other approach to reducing driving. :-(
- --- In email@example.com, "J.H. Crawford" <mailbox@c...>
> I see a window of opportunity here. The next year or two are goingShould we be targeting the transportation departments as well as ,
> to be years of budget crises in the USA, especially at the state
> level. ....................
> Are we ready? Can we organize to take adantage of this opportunity?
> Can we start a massive program of writing to legislators and news
> media? Can anyone take responsibilty for coming up with the best
> numbers we've got and working them into some generalized press
> releases? Can others tailor these for local environments and get
> them into the right hands? Lots of work, but some real chance of
> a payback.
maybe even preceding lobbying the legislators? These guys are are the
ones under presure; there's all that federal money, waiting to be
matched, because we are still driving and paying those federal gas tax
dollars, so the federal pile keeps getting bigger, and unused. Won't
the state folks know that as the DIRECT gas taxes go up, the gas usage
goes down. Which I think, if this is in fact so, can be properly
countered with, sure, now you'll have all the money you need to do
what ever people want to pay for.... so trtansit, and most central,
dense building and rebuilding, wil get a fare shake.
To me this is the thing we have to discuss, besides the numbers, and
were it comes from now stuff; that is we need to diccuss what we think
the very astute sense of the xportation administrators to know that if
they raise the gas taxes, revinue, especially in a recovered economy
will be down from what it could be in the current methodology. I
think that the game has in fact changed in that toll roads are now
the previlent building mode.... discussion by more informed