posted on Nov, 3 2008 @ 11:22 AM
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Good! Maybe people will stop being so wasteful, lower their carbon footprints and help us become more independent as regards our energy use.
If people want to drive their Hummers and waste our resources, then they should be allowed to. But they should pay more.
Some people are environmentally conscious, and take great care to make their footprint as small as possible for the good of the country and the
planet. For those who aren't willing to, let them pay for it. I'm paying voluntarily, but not everyone is willing to do that. So, since they can
afford it and aren't concerned about the future they're leaving to their children, let them pay cash for it now. Maybe they'll start turning off
some lights, trade in their Hummer for a RAV and recycle something now and then.
If it helps us get a little "greener" I'm all for it.
1 - If he hikes taxes on things doesn't that stand to reason that the industries will raise prices to compensate? And if people use those things
less, don't you see jobs being lost as a result? How is that productive to the economy?
2 - You say that now because it hasn't affected you, personally. What if Obama decided that feeding pets, say particularly dogs, was wasteful because
we're taking resources away from poor people by doing it, so he's going to double the price of dog food? How would YOU respond?
Not well, I would assume.
What happens when he decides that trips to Las Vegas or other such cities are equally wasteful as people would be just going to waste their hard
earned money, so he's going to increase airline fares and taxes to that city, hotel taxes in Nevada and Casino tax rates?
Or what about if he decides there are too many fat people in America and since fast food is a leading contributor, he's going to increase taxes on
all fast food restaurants to make them less affordable?
I see this as being the first step in telling us how to live, morally. Next he will be telling us when we can and cannot watch TV, what we can and
cannot drive, etc.