Mark Grasser wrote:
> So you want me to pay for the joy of second hand smoke? I don't get
To try to steer this back toward on-topic...
In America, many people think "fair" taxes means no taxes for me, and
big taxes for someone else. You can't build a society that way.
There's an interesting article on taxes in the Feb 2011 issue of INC
Magazine. Norway has some of the highest taxes in the world. Yes,
Norwegians complain about their taxes, but much less than most other
countries. The big difference is that Norwegians consider a tax as a
purchase. You pay them to get something in return.
We don't all pay the same price for a meal, or a coat, or a car;
instead, we decide if what we're getting is worth what we're spending
for it, regardless of what anyone else pays.
For this to work, you need to have a clear connection between what you
pay, and what you get for it. A tax on cigarettes makes sense if the
money goes towards health care and lung cancer research, for example.
If Oregon wants to impose a $100 tax for driving an EV, then they should
designate the money collected to go toward some related purpose, like
installing public charging stations. Then I think the opposition to it
would largely vanish.
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