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originally posted by: randomtangentsrme
Working in a bike heavy college town I'm of two minds about this.
Part of me really likes this idea and $15 per bike is not a lot of money (less than 1% of the bike's cost).
However part of me would rather not have the $15 tax, but would rather see the local law enforcement ticket bicyclists who break traffic laws.
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: burdman30ott6
Thats an amazing insight. I hadnt thought of that. But your right. The more lanes they get, the fewer lanes for autos, reducing the governments take on taxes while increasing government expenditure.
originally posted by: LadyGreenEyes
a reply to: seasonal
What whiners! They want to tax those who drive a car, but not themselves? Hypocrites!! Deal with it. Seems fair to me.
Oregon’s bike tax seems designed to address a familiar straw-man argument: that cyclists use streets without paying for them. Such a belief ignores the fact that all U.S. taxpayers pay for roads, whether or not they own cars—which most cyclists do. Furthermore, bikes’ physical impact on roads is close to nil. Some argue that bikes represent an infrastructure cost savings, in that they take heavy-bearing cars off the road.
Legislators pushing the tax—an idea that’s swirled in Oregon, Washington, and other statehouses for years—“felt that bicycles ought to contribute to the system, bicycle owners ought to contribute to the system, irrespective of the fact that most of them also own a car,” Senator Lee Beyer, who helped write the bill, told Oregon Public Broadcasting in May.
originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck
I think that in my region there is some small increase in hard core bicyclists, but IMO most people here have an attitude about it. Anyone who is riding a bicycle is either a youngster that can't drive a car, or they are some low life alcoholic with DUIs. There is little to no respect for cyclists, who ever they may be. In Michigan, licenses, registrations and insurance is only on "motor vehicles" everything else is a pedestrian, be they on foot, a bicycle, on horse back or in an Amish buggy.
The constitution is supposed to ensure free travel, of course with the lack of responsible taxation and out of control government expenses, the system is eating itself form the inside out. Naturally they will make you pay for any and every thing you do. Land of the free, sure, home of the brave, right.
I agree with Zimnydran. They aren't creating taxes and fees to help engineer a healthier or less wasteful society, it's all about making people pay for their God given right to exist. Parasites on the people who are just trying to do the right thing, all while letting the big polluters and resource exploiters go on getting rich by destroying the only planet we have to live on. Not a problem because a corporation is a person with rights, and yet are not a citizen, or even a human being for that matter. There's a hell of a loop hole for you.
As far as taxing toilet paper, they already do that along with the turds you flush down the toilet. Taxes will fix everything (yea right), like the so called sin taxes. I guess trying to live healthy and helping to save the environment is a sin now. It isn't adding any revenue to the government or the health system if you live a healthy less consumer driven lifestyle, so you are a bad person for not supporting the system like the rest of the lazy, unhealthy and irresponsible masses. And lets punish the poor folk who ride a bicycle year in and out in all weather, because that is the only transportation they can afford or are allowed to have.
More and more I'm driven to the idea that whatever you can do that is illegal and get away with it, is the only real freedom we can experience. Even if you are caught and have to pay your debt to the system, that is the consequence of living your life freely while not having the resources and connections to skirt the laws meant for the common sucker citizen.
I wish there was a middle finger emoji because I'd give one to the government.
( ) There, that's pretty close.