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Taxing Us for Breathing
Real Clear Politics
Monday, March 12, 2007
Last week, the New York Times published an extraordinary editorial complaining that "Right now, everyone is using the atmosphere like a municipal dump, depositing carbon dioxide free." The Times editors suggested that the government "start charging for the privilege" by imposing a "carbon tax."
We all knew it would eventually come to this: the New York Times thinks the government should tax us for breathing.
Of course, the editorial was supposed to be aimed at big corporations who build coal-fired power plants--but why should the logic stop there? Right now, eight million people are walking around on the streets of New York City heedlessly inhaling precious oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, treating the skies over their fair city "like a municipal dump, depositing carbon dioxide free." Shouldn't they be forced to pay for the "privilege," too?
And the connection is a logical one, because the generation of power by industrial-scale power plants is as much a vital activity as breathing.
Originally posted by tormentor
Carbon tax?Seems quite extreme!
That reminds me,does New York have many trees & plants around?If yes then greed is really on the rise,not to mention making people exhausted physically.