Any revenue raised through taxes or licenses that raise the costs of fossil fuels should be used in two ways. One is that some other tax should be reduced to offset the revenue. A second is that the additional revenue should be re-distributed to working Vermonters and small Vermont businesses.
Bill Schubart perfectly encapsulated the elitist, totally-out-of-touch mindset of Vermont’s carbon taxers in his latest column in which he congratulates himself for heroically purchasing an electric car and supporting Vermont’s participation in the TCI.
Sen. Tim Ashe’s decision [to run for lieutenant governor] illustrates the deep divide between the prison guards of the past and our forward-looking “Small Towns, Big Hearts” campaign.
Even a casual look at the regional plan to make Vermont drivers pay 5-20 cents per gallon more at the pump for gasoline and diesel would tell you TCI really should stand for “tax carbon incessantly.” This session, most Vermonters would be happy if TCI stood for “tax cut instead.”
We need to keep in mind the big picture by looking at the issues from all sides. Screaming, hollering and marching in protest does nothing but stir up emotions. It does not develop solutions.
Worse, if Congress bails out private union pension plans, how will it say no to teachers, police and firefighters who come to the federal government asking for a bailout of their state and local pensions that have an estimated $4 trillion to $6 trillion in unfunded pension promises?
The Soviet Union did not free the world of tyranny in World War II. It merely helped defeat one evil while ruthlessly attempting to supplant it with another one.
Proponents of TCI have been traveling the state in advance of the legislative session to peddle the notion that TCI is not a tax because the money raised will be “invested” in government programs, with the full expectation that we dumb citizens will actually buy it.
We the people have just about had enough of political BS — politicians work for us, we do not work for them. It is time to hold them accountable at the voting booth for violating their oath of office to protect the people.
A man nearly died at the hands of one of his coworkers, families nearly lost husbands and fathers, and the focus is instead on the contents of the load and the time of day they work? We should be applauding the efforts of the agencies that responded to clean up the spill and mitigate its impacts.
The U.S. must stop pouring more tax dollars into a failing education system without improving the system itself. Taking a cue from international leaders in encouraging vocational training through the use of education savings accounts would help us do just that.