More Tea (Party)
CCTGirl might be upset with me since I am writing something about the Tea Party being against TSPLOST, but hopefully she will forgive me. She made a great point as to why are news organizations covering their stance on TSPLOST as if it were some recently discovered revelation. She is right, it’s not. But the problem with the Tea Party is they are like that bratty kid in the shopping mall that didn’t get want they want. They are wrong, they know their reasoning is wrong, but they figure if they kick and scream loud enough, someone will think they are right or their parents will give into them. And sadly enough, their screaming has gotten so loud, that there are plenty of people who do think they are right. So here I am. I won’t kick and scream though, I will attempt to be that reasonable parent who sternly says you are wrong here is why, and your behavior is embarrassing.
And that is exactly what it is. The Tea Party behavior is embarrassing, contradictory, and horribly misguided. I would like to believe CCTGirl’s statement that the Tea Party is against TSPLOST on the basis that it is a tax, and that regardless how the tax is used they would be against it. But I can’t. I have tried, but the more of their garbage that I read it is clear that it is transit related and it’s more than just a scapegoat. Why else would they lead off with how they are against it because it is a tax, but use every inch of supporting argument as anti transit? If they were really trying to make a case and a fiscally responsible, anti-tax awakening to the region they would protest the excessive tax money used to support roads and airports. But the fact of the matter is, for all of the foundations of the Tea Party (some of which overlap into conservative territory) that are not transit related: lower or no taxes, limited government involvement, fiscal responsibility; they are a contradictory group of people that protest what is convenient for them.
Less government, government should be as limited as possible.
Sure, unless it comes to telling people who they can and cannot marry, what women should do with their own bodies, and supporting a presidential candidate who thinks she can use government strong arming and intervention to provide $2.00 a gallon gas. But hey other than the things that they specifically want the government better stay out of the way and focus more on…..
I am all about a balanced budget, but please find me something that is less fiscally responsible then the expenditures wasted on personal transportation. Someone give me an example of what can be more fiscally irresponsible then the constant dumping of money into roadways and interstates that provides not a single drop of revenue in return. What can be more fiscally irresponsible and inefficient than the 25% of personal income that most people waste for an object that spends more than 90% of its time not doing what it was invented for? Don’t believe me, even if you spend 4 hours of your day in your car that is still only 83% of the day and given all the Range and Land Rovers in this city it’s probably more than 25% of most Atlantan’s income. If those same incomes weren’t dedicated in great amounts to personal transportation they would have more money to buy second iPads, iPhones, and other life essential items. Or maybe they could save their money and utilize it in a financially responsible manner which would have helped us stay away from over extending ourselves on second mortgages and “recreational” vehicles (god forbid I drove the same car to work and for the night out). Fiscally responsible? Check with any school district and they will tell you the number one inefficiency and one of their largest expenses is the bussing of children. But that’s right, education is on the chopping block anyways. So just keep on…..
Lowering and Eliminating Taxes
Being that this is their main argument behind their party you would think they would have an understanding greater than that of high school economics student. None of them seem to understand the consequences of their tax requests. Cut revenue but I am sure they would be furious if they had no fire, police, or schools at their disposal. I find it hard to believe that if we ended the gas taxes and their freeways went to crap that they commute on, they would just shrug their shoulders and be happy that they are paying less in taxes. Sure, but they will be paying more to fix their cars that keep breaking on the road that would be crumbling beneath them. But I am sure that their response is that the…..
Free Market Should Rule Everything
Great idea. Let’s try that. Let’s stop the gas tax, and stop funneling tax money into the upkeep in roads. Then we can wait for a private company to come take over the building and maintaining of roads. I am sure there would be thousands of businesses looking to get into the market of a service that produces no revenue. Enron did it. But being that it would be a free market, those private companies could charge the users for utilizing their privately run roads. It would be like a toll, which no Tea Party member has ever oppos……..ohh wait that’s right, they threw a fit earlier in the year about the GA-400 toll. The toll should have been stopped, that way GA-400 could start consuming a larger piece of road funding. See fiscal responsibility.
The fact of the matter is that they argue what is convenient for them. Such as rail makes us a terrorist target and if they attacked the system it would bring it to a halt. No other mode of transportation has ever been shut down from a terrorist attack has there? Well except for that 9/11 thing (never forget right?) and the last time I checked Hartsfield Jackson was adding new runways (ditto Charlotte Douglas, JFK, and Boston’s Logan) and millions of us were still flying with the only additional security being smoke and mirrors. Not to mention that the past few attempts and threats at terrorism have come via car bombs (see this year’s 9/11 threats and the previous Times Square attempt). But according to the Georgia Tea
Bag Party Chairman “if the terrorists blow up a single bus, we can work around that.” Great logic, I feel safer already.
Oh there are a whole host of issues that they love to bring up. But at the end of the day we need to stop letting them dominate the conversation just because they are louder. Maybe there wouldn’t be as many stories frustrating CCTGirl, and blood vessels in my head would stop protruding if we could thwart their ridiculous statements. In the end reason trumps emotion. Those that are pro transit, and when the TSPLOST list is final, pro TSPLOST, need to take a proactive approach by spreading informed, reasonable, and accurate information. I would rather hear someone say they voted against TSPLOST “because it’s a tax” or that they felt the list didn’t make a big enough impact, then someone say “I voted against TSPLOST because it’s a tax in support of terrorist vulnerable, freedom robbing, financially irresponsibly transit” and then jump into their 0 mpg government bailed out Chevy Silverado to
cruise down sit on the 100% subsidized gridlocked freeway.