So, is it too much to put another miracle atop the list of a new year's resolutions/wishes?
Gasoline is now below $1.60 a gallon? Should we wish for $5-a-gallon gas instead? With prices this low, isn't it time to find an alternative to the inflexible 14.5-cent-a-gallon motor fuel and petroleum product taxes now used to fund our highway, bridge and rail projects? Wouldn't a sales tax — based on some reasonable percentage — make more sense? As the economy grows, so would the revenue from this tax, as it does with the purchase of cars and fast food. Without reform, the transportation trust fund will continue to erode, as will our roads, bridges and rails. No one wants that, but where will the money come from? So why hasn't the Governator taken a look at this for California to set the precedence for the nation. Congress put together an advisory group called The National Commission on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing. The purpose of this Commission is to determine if there will be enough tax money to keep American public roads in good condition. It determined that the deficit between revenue and expense was about $107 billion last year. (If you can't sleep, this is a great website to visit.)
The time is now for new taxes.. yes you heard that right, I the great republican govenator would see like to see the following legislation help ease the pain of the state checkbook.
Drive-Thru tax on hamburgers and shakes. If you want to enjoy them you will be paying dearly. They fatten you first of all and second of all, if you eat in your car you will be polluting the environment. "Idling eaters" would be ticketed with double fines.
Double tax for the farmers too...we already know how much pollution those darn cows make. For farmers belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if the federal proposal to charge fees for air-polluting animals becomes law. The EPA and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that greenhouse gases emitted by belching and flatulence amounts to air pollution. Really.
I wish I could remember the rest of the dream, but alas it's gone. Give some thought to it the next time you fill up the Yukon XL.