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Terri Lynn Land doesn't understand why federal taxation is a good idea

by: Eric B.

Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 13:00:00 PM EDT

Terri Lynn Land's column wrote a column today on how to fix roads. She wants to fund road repairs ... by cutting taxes.

First, let’s gradually reduce the federal gas tax. Under the current broken system, we are taxed 37 cents per gallon of gasoline—just over 18 cents a gallon from Washington, D.C., and 19 cents a gallon from Lansing. Rates for diesel are even higher.

Over the next several years, we should reduce the federal gas tax to around 4 cents per gallon and allow Michigan to decide how to best fund our infrastructure needs.

When most people say that Terri Lynn Land has turned out to be an awful candidate, they're talking about her ability to run a campaign. When I say that she's a terrible candidate, it's because it is the single most painful campaign I've ever had to watch. It's not the gaffes or her unwillingness to debate, it's just the avalanche of terrible, stupid, unworkable, ignorant things that her campaign says: Attacking Gary Peters for being rich and then saying that he is beholden over investments of $19,000, her "Really" ad and now this.

This is just beyond stupid. It's as if she doesn't understand how road repairs get funded or even who has responsibility for repairing what roads, or that the idea that if you cut revenue you don't get more money. It's also as if she is entirely unaware of the role that our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect has in funding road repairs or how their intransigence on fixing how Michigan funds its own road repairs is really what's causing our roads to fall apart. It's just awful, and they keep doing it because our political press has given up on the job of telling people what ideas will work and which ones are just silly.

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Obviously Land believes in the "supply-side fairy"
If you cut taxes enough, the supply-side fairy will top up bank accounts, magically put people to work, and yes, fill the potholes.

Most of us stop believing in such creatures long before graduating middle school.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

This kind of crushingly stupid shit is not a serious policy proposal--it's meant to play to the slack-jawed, zero attention span morons who make up the Republican base. Even Land, clueless though she might be, certainly knows it's unworkable and ignorant, but that doesn't matter. Everything she says is just a means to an end.

The formula is really simple. Taxes bad. Gummint bad. Democrats bad. Lather, rinse, repeat.

National Highway System funding?
Does she also plan to abolish the 161,000 mile National Highway System, which the federal gas tax provides the vast majority of funds for? I guess it would be just like the Republican Party to have a nationwide network of roads, but eliminate the funding apparatus for them.

Now if the idea were to eliminate the gas tax and increase the progressivity of the federal income tax, maybe they would be onto something. But that would involve an increase in taxes and, of course, it would crush the economy if the wealthy had to pay more. This would prevent them from using those dollars to be 'job creators' by investing it overseas or by buying a new yacht.

Just ask Jerry Brown how increasing taxes has gone for California. Oh wait, they got their budget balanced without crushing public schools, eliminating tax credits for low income and elderly people or taxing retirees and their economy is growing faster than ours...

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." - Shakespeare  

The Tpers
Seem to be determined to refight all sorts of battles from the 19th century, including secession and nullification, so why not internal improvements? I actually heard a TP-oriented acquaintance of mine argue with a straight face that the Interstate highway system is unconstitutional, since building highways isn't one of the enumerated powers listed in the constitution.

I have two words for them, "Postal Clause"
From Wikipedia:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress "To establish Post Offices and post Roads".
Even the Heritage Foundation appears to agree that building roads is a valid application of that clause.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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Must Cut Taxes
If the government cuts taxes, that means we will have more money! Simple. Obvious. We, meaning TLL, and anyone she has ever known or cared about will have more money.

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