Comment 99105

By JustinJones (registered) - website | Posted March 25, 2014 at 08:38:27

On a similar train of thought from Thompson et al, we collect a lot of taxes from the sale of cigarettes, so we should really be charging people that don't smoke, since they aren't paying those taxes by buying smokes.

We should also be charging people not to gamble, especially problem gamblers that put millions into the system, but have now quit. That's a lost revenue source.

Every kid that walks or bikes to school should be tolled - that's one less child we can charge school bus fees!

This is the mad, mad logic of charging cyclists. We all know, as a society, that excessive reliance on automotive transportation is bad for our health, our economy, our healthcare system etc, but the response is to charge those that are doing something to try and change their own habits for the better. Yes, cars and roads and driving contribute to the economy. But they don't come close to putting in what they take out, so to charge someone for choosing a mode of transportation that doesn't draw those resources out of the tax base and society is absolute insanity.

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