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As road fund dries up, drivers must pay up (to fund bike trails and street cars)
Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 3, 2009

Posted on 06/04/2009 10:41:17 AM PDT by Zakeet

The federal kitty used to fix and build highways runs dry in August. It will be the second time in two years that the Highway Trust Fund, which was started in 1956 to build the Interstate system, hasn't collected enough gas-tax revenues to pay for critical needs in transport.

The reasons for the money shortfall are simple: With Americans driving less in a recession and also buying more-fuel-efficient vehicles, revenues from the gas tax are down. And it doesn't help that the federal fee of 18.4 cents per gallon hasn't been raised since 1993, despite inflation and more transport projects.

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama refused to endorse a gas-tax hike – and he still does. He sees it as adding a burden on the middle class and poor who must drive. But his argument weakened in recent days when he reversed himself on another campaign promise of not seeking a tax on employer-paid health benefits.

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Obama's transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, wants to get more Americans out of their cars. "We have to create opportunities for people that do want to use a bicycle or want to walk or want to get on a streetcar or want to ride a light rail," he says.

Such fresh thinking about the future of transport also requires fresh thinking on how to finance it. For now, that includes raising the gas tax as well as indexing it to inflation, although eventually government – both federal and state – will need to find other revenues from transport users.

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In the meantime, Americans are stuck with raising the gas tax, as unpleasant as that might be.

It's time for the president to back it.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: environmentalism; gastax; liberalism; taxation

We need a 40 cent per gallon hike in the gas tax to pay for more of this.

Note: For some mysterious reason, the Christian Science Monitor ceased its print operations a few months ago and is now only available online as a blog.

1 posted on 06/04/2009 10:41:18 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

The rear tire is flat!

He is working more than he needs to be.....and expending more CO2, increasing his carbon footprint.

In the future this will be a felony punishable by death.


2 posted on 06/04/2009 10:45:55 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Blue Jays
Barack Hussein Obama sure picked a bicycle with an ugly rear fender when he photoshopped himself into that picture!
3 posted on 06/04/2009 10:47:04 AM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Zakeet

Billions in Highway Taxes Diverted to General Spending

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/14/1494.asp

Billions of dollars collected from motorists from gasoline taxes, tolls, and registration fees are being diverted by state and local governments into uses that have nothing to do with roads and highways.


4 posted on 06/04/2009 10:49:39 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Blue Jays
“Barack Hussein Obama sure picked a bicycle with an ugly rear fender when he photoshopped himself into that picture!”

He is an Idiot would you expect less?

5 posted on 06/04/2009 10:50:06 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

RE: your post

That right there is the source of a littany of problems.


6 posted on 06/04/2009 10:53:33 AM PDT by RobRoy (This too will pass. But it will hurt like a you know what.)
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To: Blue Jays
Barack Hussein Obama sure picked a bicycle with an ugly rear fender

I believe that is a trailer being towed, not a rear fender.

If they are short of gas tax money now just wait until everyone is riding around in Obamamobiles powered by unicorn flatulence and hamster wheels.


7 posted on 06/04/2009 10:58:34 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were a clueless, idiot, and suppose you were Barack Obama; but I repeat myself)
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To: Zakeet
The government has no business subsidizing "light rail" and "street cars" with gas tax revenues. That should be dedicated to road maintenance in support of the roads traversed by the gas tax payers.
8 posted on 06/04/2009 10:59:36 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Red in Blue PA
He is working more than he needs to be.....and expending more CO2, increasing his carbon footprint.

A human on a bicycle emits more CO2 than a human driving a modern, well tuned car with a standard internal combustion engine over the same distance.

9 posted on 06/04/2009 11:01:19 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Zakeet

10 posted on 06/04/2009 11:07:20 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support The American Tea Party)
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To: Myrddin
Oh y’all haven't heard! We're going to be driving electric cars powered by electricity produced by windmills and you know the wind is FREE and since it's all free we will have money left over to pay for the new roads! Isn't that cool! (sarc. off)
11 posted on 06/04/2009 11:16:30 AM PDT by kempo
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To: Zakeet

***The federal kitty used to fix and build highways runs dry in August.****

Turn the interstates into toll roads and see how fast the money flows in and how fast they CAN be built and maintained. It took over 10 years to build interstate 40 through Oklahoma but only two years to build a toll road.


12 posted on 06/04/2009 11:17:35 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Myrddin

Walking to the shops ‘damages planet more than going by car’

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article2195538.ece


13 posted on 06/04/2009 11:35:26 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Myrddin
A human on a bicycle emits more CO2 than a human driving a modern, well tuned car with a standard internal combustion engine over the same distance.

A 200 pound man bicycling for 2 hours at 15 mph consumes about 1800 Calories. That's the energy in 450 grams of sucrose (table sugar, C12H22O11). Sucrose is 42% carbon by weight, so that amount of sucrose would have 190 grams of carbon.

Pure octane is 84% carbon by weight, so 226 grams of octane would have that same 190 grams of carbon. At 0.703 g/mL, that amount of octane would have a volume of 321 mL, or 10.85 ounces or 0.085 gallons. To be able to go that same 30 miles on 0.085 gallons of gas, the car would have to get 353 mpg. That's a pretty amazing job of tuning the typical car.

14 posted on 06/04/2009 11:42:51 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Chrysler and GM are what Marx meant by the means of production.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Nobody wants toll roads. If the fuel taxes were spent where they were meant to be spent, instead of special pork projects, we would have no difficulty.


15 posted on 06/04/2009 11:53:33 AM PDT by Sarajevo (You jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Zakeet
Note: For some mysterious reason, the Christian Science Monitor ceased its print operations a few months ago and is now only available online as a blog.

No mystery here. Most Freepers are likely to agree that newsprint is a dying distribution medium. Even leaving the political bent of many newspapers aside, the technology of ink on paper is woefully inadequate to distribute information quickly over a vast geographic area. Such distribution is where online media excels. Free Republic itself is an excellent example of why web distribution is superior: It is not as if we get a daily Free Republic broadsheet delivered to our doors or from a newsstand.

The Monitor itself discusses its choice to go online-only here: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1029/p25s01-usgn.html. In discussing the particular needs and direction of the Monitor, the article makes a very good case for abandoning print altogether in favor of the internet.

With particular reference to the Monitor, the online-only format makes perfect sense, especially as the publication goes for broad geographic reach, and has an expanding online readership and shrinking newsprint subscribership. Additionally, the use of an online format does not make a news organizations publication a blog. The Monitor still functions as a newspaper, sans the "paper," as I'm sure many of you would agree is the logical next step for print newsmedia.

There is no mystery about it: just common sense.
16 posted on 06/04/2009 12:06:33 PM PDT by Jagermonster (The 2009 Debt Stimulus: This time, it really is for the children.)
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To: Jagermonster
The CSM long ago traded its conservative Christian viewpoint for the collectivist-socialist-agnostic-"humanist" one. Any science it publishes should be preceded by the word "junk," and instead of serving as a monitor of political affairs across the spectrum, it's now a mouthpiece for the limousine leftist set. That whirring sound you hear is Mrs. Eddy, rotating...
17 posted on 06/04/2009 1:03:56 PM PDT by Tenniel2 (Memo to politicians: Don't worry about "shovel-ready." Worry about "pitchfork-ready.")
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To: Zakeet
The reasons for the money shortfall are simple:

Davis-Bacon

Leave it to the CSM to get it wrong.

18 posted on 06/04/2009 4:13:58 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Zakeet; gubamyster; DoughtyOne; SierraWasp

“Obama’s transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, wants to get more Americans out of their cars. “

BUT they demand illegal aliens get driver’s licenses.

Anyone who can’t see the insanity in that is beyond help.


19 posted on 06/04/2009 4:19:14 PM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: AuntB

I’ve got a few bus/mass transit lines I’d like that jerk to ride before he sentences my wife and others to ride on them.

It’s a little difficult to arrive at work in proper order, when people wet themselves on the bus, then you sit down in a seat not knowing...

Women are haunted on the bus by some guys that have obviously dropped out somewhere along the way, and were probably the one who took a leak in that seat I was talking about. They smell like it. They sit next to them, stick their face in your wife’s face, and can’t for the life of them grasp that your wife doesn’t find them the most eligible bachelor on her list. Of course you’re paying for his monthly pass to harass her too.

You wife has to stand on the street with nobody to protect her, as all sorts of seedy types drive by.

I’ve seen all this. While it’s not a daily occurrence, you’re taking your life in your hands when you enter public transit, and are sentenced to mingle with any psychological nightmare that happens to land in your lap.

If you’re lucky, someone will step in to defend your loved one. And if that person is lucky they’ll live through it.

Like it or not, when you ride mass transit, you are just one nightmare like this away from total disaster.


20 posted on 06/04/2009 4:33:30 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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To: DoughtyOne

“Like it or not, when you ride mass transit, you are just one nightmare like this away from total disaster.”

I believe it. I’ve heard the stories. I have managed to live this long without ever having to ride mass transit, except outside of the country. I hope I never have to. I would die within a month if I had to live in a city. For me, no amount of money was worth raising my kids in a large city.


21 posted on 06/04/2009 4:52:29 PM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: AuntB

Well AuntB, I think that would have served my family better. No doubt about it.


22 posted on 06/04/2009 4:56:52 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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To: DoughtyOne

It’s not an easy decision. It takes a lot of sacrifice. If you have a degree, it’s useless. You’ll never make much money.
Some people are in a position they can’t really get out I’m sure.


23 posted on 06/04/2009 5:01:12 PM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: AuntB

That was pretty much my situation as I saw it then. Who knows...


24 posted on 06/04/2009 5:06:06 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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