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Don’t Pave Our Potholes with Corporate Tax Cuts


#1

Don’t Pave Our Potholes with Corporate Tax Cuts

Scott Klinger

Life was different in the 1990s. Back in ‘93, a lucky few used dial-up Internet to access one of 800 websites available worldwide. Smart phones were a distant dream. The TV dinosaur Barney had just started “edutaining” America’s children.

And gas cost about $1.30 a gallon — including 18.4 cents in federal taxes to build and maintain our roads, bridges, and transit systems.

Now, 22 years later, the Internet is all-encompassing, smartphones are ubiquitous, and Barney’s been dormant for years. Gas for $1.30 is a distant dream, even in these oil boom days.


#2

Cheap gas is gas that gets used a lot. Gas should be far more expensive and when it is then people will see that other alternatives will be created. Electric cars may be expensive now but everything is expensive in the beginning. A computer that once cost thousands now is carried in your pocket and is called a cell phone. Electric cars with flash recharge, solar roof parking lots that charge while you are at work etc. Home solar roofs charge at home, maybe even solar charge parking spaces using a charge meter (by induction) like where a parking meter use to be. Maybe even solar charge roads that charge your car as you drive over them.

But not while gas is cheap. Then there is not a pressing need to save the planet and stop global warming. While gas is cheap it is used a lot and then we all await that sudden climate catastrophe (sudden being a relative term) to make us change our minds about using fossil fuels so much.

We await that killer storm as big as Sandy but with high gale force winds of 90 to 150 miles per hour instead of Sandy's relatively benign if wet 60 to 80 miles per. We await that ten foot sea level rise that convinces a helluva lot of people that they shouldn't buy any beachfront property ever again. That drought that never ended and wrecked a nation's agricultural breadbasket and sent it up north beyond the border.

That is what cheap gas does... oh and yeah it doesn't fix potholes but maybe there are better reasons to raise the price of gas.


#3

Progressive taxation is not possible when the regressives make the tax laws. Better to cap personal wealth/power by yearly referendum and share the rest equally.


#4

While your intentions are likely good, Mr. Klinger... it's not cost-effective economically or ecologically to continue investing in roads. This is a future promise to fossil fuels. What's needed is a whole new rethink on transportation, itself; and investing in the Inventors of Tomorrow. Whether developing "cars" that fly using magnetics or conveyor belts that people bike to (that take them to location hubs from which they can walk to their preferred destination), something other than asphalt roads, endless cars and trucks, and Mother Nature burning up.... are overdue.

THAT is the alternative that transcends this boxed-in-view:

"Closing the funding gap would only require drivers to pay a dime more per gallon in gas taxes today. Other options include stopping companies from shifting U.S. profits to offshore tax havens in the first place, and using the $90 billion a year in revenue that would result to make a down payment on roads and other infrastructure needs."