The United States Citizenry, and specifically the Republican Party, seems to have this perspective that roads equate to freedom and car usage increases liberty. But both in the United States are massively subsidized through wealth redistribution, or more commonly known throughout history as socialism and subsidy by the masses.
So why do they so heavily support road, oil, and automobile bail outs and subsidies but stop cold when it comes to anything else?
Well, since I like to really understand the arguments of both sides I really started digging into this more. One blog entry that was interesting was. In that blog entry the writer, Dom Nozzi linked a report. This report has some really good facts, that most Republicans need to learn and realize they are facts (and don’t worry Republicans, I’ve got the stupid Democrats blog entry coming too). In this report some of the data the writer puts together includes a $28 cent per mile external cost for motor vehicle usage. Remember that’s in addition to the $0.56 per mile cost the Government accepts as a write off (yes, write off for expenses and business expenses – one more subsidy).
He also points out two other facts, that in Canada:
- 19.7% of roadway costs are covered with vehicle licensing, tags, etc.
- Fuel taxes cover about 34.8% of roadway costs.