Please Send a Note of Appreciation to Grover Norquist!

This is what happens when you cut and cut and cut taxes, and infrastructure (like highways) starts falling apart. It’™s a damn good thing that Ike proposed and funded the Interstate Highway System, back when the U.S. government actually had a commitment to furthering the public good. People didn’™t necessarily look at taxes [...]

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This is what happens when you cut and cut and cut taxes, and infrastructure (like highways) starts falling apart. It’™s a damn good thing that Ike proposed and funded the Interstate Highway System, back when the U.S. government actually had a commitment to furthering the public good. People didn’™t necessarily look at taxes as a bad thing.

But after 30 years of GOP caterwauling about ‘œsmaller government’ (when actually, government has expanded significantly under all recent GOP administrations), the chickens are finally coming home to roost.

Can you imagine trying to push such a project through in 2005? You’™d be driving on Rt. 66 for the rest of your natural life (while you waited for the long-promised flying cars, anyway).

Congress seen paving way for private toll roads

‘œSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The next road you travel ‘” and pay a toll to use ‘” could be privately owned.

Looking for ways to finance highway projects without hitting the public trough, the U.S. Congress appears set to pass a proposal to encourage private ownership of new toll roads.

The provision, part of the highway spending bill now being hammered out by a Senate and House conference committee, would allow private companies to raise up to $15 billion for highway projects with bonds that are exempt from federal income taxes’¦

So, what we’™re actually looking at is a hidden tax – what the GOP likes to call a ‘user tax’œ or ‘sin tax’ – like you have a choice about driving on the roads’¦

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

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