rmay635703 wrote:Don’t know why people are so hung up on directly charging individuals fees that are labeled “road tax” when that is both inefficient, has an element of fraud, and is regressive to the poor.
The idea is good, and comes from Adam Smith, the 18th century economist, or perhaps before.
By taxing the people that use something to build and/or maintain that something, the tax is sustainable and generally seen as fair.
If you tax someone that does not use the something, they will feel aggrieved and not want to pay. And the people that are using the something are not motivated to use it wisely. Both are important.
You use a bridge, you pay a toll, or in some similar way pay for the infrastructure you use. As long as bridges are expensive to build, it can make sense to charge the people using the bridge to pay for the bridge. That keeps the usage wise, as people see the cost directly.
We should also tax people that use the atmosphere as a dumping ground for CO2, nitrogen oxide, and more. Same general principal.