I’ve noticed two things about gas tax. Most of the people who want them don’t drive cars, for instance those who live in New York city. Also, many people like using the revenues received from the tax on things that have nothing to do with cars, such as trains and subways. Now that’s just not right.
Consider the commuter. Until I retired, I drove eighty miles a day. Some drive a hundred a fifty miles to work, one way. I suspect they have something to say about the way the tax money is squandered, such as on the train that is being built in California.
…but, of course, when the roads become riddled with potholes as such, the first thing those idiots like to yell is, “Increase the gas tax!” Why not? It is nothing to them. Many don’t drive. Many have so much money they don’t care. Then too, some just like the idea of controlling just a little more money. It’s what politicians like to do. They have two main jobs, make laws and spend money.
I don’t like it when people call for a gas tax. As far as I am concerned, anyone who has a brain should object too. In the end, everyone pays those taxes. If not directly, then indirectly. Besides, it is a bad thing to squander tax money, wherever it comes from.
By the way, one reason they think it is a good idea to tax gas is because the price is going down. I think that works one way. They would never remove the tax should the price go up.
Finally, if they used the gas tax they get now on the roads, they would have plenty for the highways, that is, if it doesn’t line some polititian’s pocket… or his friend’s.