A blindness license!
Mitt, Mitt, Mitt. Tone deaf Mitt.
Fees = user pay
Taxes = other people pay
User fees are fiscally conservative — they are usually attacked from the left.
I hear Romney “saved the Olympics”. He supplied the cascade of cash needed......from the US Congress!
taxpayer money = other people’s money
What a guy, that Romney.
This is probably one reason why JimRob and all the Mods zotted so many Romney supporters.
The bottom line is he didn’t close the gap by cutting spending.
If you love freedom, stop engaging in activities that require fees. Become more self-sufficient.
I believe that user fees should be considered neutral up until the point where the fee matches the cost of providing the service (btw, for a lot things government does, the fees don’t cover the cost, like the “entry fees” for a state park usually aren’t nearly enough to cover the cost of running the park).
Other “user fees” are just taxes by another name, especially when the government has no real involvement other than collecting the taxes.
Most are somewhere in the middle, like an “enhanced 911 fee” for example; it doesn’t cover specific users, so it’s not really a fee”, but it also doesn’t cover the full cost of providing the 911 services, so it’s not really a “tax” — more like an insurance policy.
User fees for truly luxury things like visiting national parks are the least onerous of the ways government can raise funds, because they are voluntary (you can choose not to go to a park, and therefore not have to pay), and the costs of a service tend to be carried more by those who benefit from the service.
User fees for things like “licenses” are generally the worst, because you need the various licenses and the cost is much higher than the incremental cost of providing a license. And usually government has no real business forcing people to get licenses to begin with, so they essentially assert a burden against you, and then make you pay for it.
Give me spending cuts. But if there must be some money collected, give me a user fee over an income tax increase.