Thursday, July 13, 2006


"I am sure you can partially offset an increase in gas taxes with a cut in income taxes."

I think "offset" is the operative word. I think the phrase "cut in income taxes" threw you off.


Ilya said...

My bad. I should have stuck with my impression of you as a good ol' conservative, imbued with a healthy skepticism toward the power of government to do good.

xtrachromosomeconservative said...

i don't think i have said anything to the contrary. Conservatives are not anarchists. Once you have decided on a role for government, it comes to a question of finance and implementation. Some taxes are more efficient than others (i.e. higher compliance, fewer perverse incentives). I view taxes on consumption to be more efficient than taxes on capital or labor. That said, consumption taxes are regressive and hit people at the bottom the hardest. So they are far from perfect. Obviously these are two areas where conservatives clash considerably, the what and the how.

Given that I view transportation infrastructure to be a prominent role of government, a gas tax is sensible. A gas tax is a crude approximation of a user fee, i.e. a fee for service. Those who are most, pardon me, taxing of the infrastructure, are the likeliest then to be taxed. Obviously such a model doesn't work for all services (think public assistance).

I frankly don't know what you are getting at.