Re: Should you get a Free (Bicycle) Ride?This is so silly as to be hardly worth a response but...
We pay a lot in taxes of all kinds, often getting little or nothing in
return and what we do get is of at least questionable cost-effectiveness as
any look at government contracts can confirm. I don't use the schools, the
welfare system, medical, the police or fire, the courts, or the correctional
system, but still pay for them - who else would? I am at least able to use
the parks and libraries on occasion - some small benefit for all my tax
dollars, but at least I get something that benefits me.
For my federal income tax dollar I get a grotesquely overspending
military that is driving our country to financial ruin (look at the drop of
the value of the dollar - a hidden tax!) while the parks I use are
neglected. I'm already paying for them once through taxes, why on earth
should we have to pay for them again in increased "user fees"???
Gas taxes and weight-based license fees seem a reasonable way to pay for
roads as those who wear out the roads pay more for their maintainance. How
much do bikes wear out roadways (maybe include bikes in weight-based fees?)?
Silly to consider taxing bikes for road use when we ought to somehow reward
their use for reducing road wear and tear, to say nothing of reducing the
air pollution that is gradually strangling us all!
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those
who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing"
"HardwareLust" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Propose something absurd, make sure nothing is ever done about it.
> We live in a society and must be some things that make life
> pleasurable: arts, parks, bike routes... Or you want people to pay for
> their own parks too?
Yes. The money used to build/maintain those types of things ("art", parks,
bike routes) should come directly from the people that most use them and
benefit from them, not from 'everyone'. If we do this, then it takes the
decision on how to disburse general funds away from the politicians, and
puts it back into the hands of the very people that want them. In case you
haven't noticed, allowing politicians to decided when and how money is spent
is usually a Very Bad Thing (tm).
Make the users pay. That way, who benefits from it, pays for it. Artists
pay for art, park goers pay for parks, bicyclists pay for bike routes.
Takes the politics completely out of those decisions, and that's always a
good thing. If there aren't enough users to support a particular
activity/thing, than so be it. That way, the majority of the people will
decide what's worth paying for and what's not by the direct application of
their dollars, not the lobbys or the political parties deciding for us.