For one thing, the GOP (correctly) sees this kind of revenue as a palatable alternative to income taxes, corporate taxes, etc. -- mainly because it is targeted to discretionary customers of a certain industry that relies heavily on taxpayer funds to stay in business.
Secondly, the author of the article is disingenuous when he suggests that there is something wrong with directing the revenue from the passenger tax/fee to the general fund instead of the TSA. The airline industry already costs the taxpayers a lot of money from the general treasury that goes way beyond just the TSA (the entire Federal Aviation Administration, for example). These Federal expenditures are hardly a justifiable use of tax revenues that are paid by the general public, most of whom will go through an entire year without even boarding an airplane.
This particular issue was the subject of an interesting radio interview I heard last weekend, and the consensus of the participants was that one of the long-term goals of the GOP is to gradually replace general tax revenues with industry-specific taxes and fees that actually make more sense from the perspective of a user-beneficiary comparison.
Sorry, to disagree, but is the government in the business of taxing businesses out of business now? Where do you suppose a business will take their company when they get tired of taxes?
It also seems the general public has lost sight of one important fact if they are all in favor of taxing industry to raise revenue, or taxing anybody for that matter, and that is this: Some of us want the government to STOP SPENDING; simple fact of life, if you don’t have the money, don’t spend it!
Maybe it’s time to educate the “new” citizens and remind the “old” ones why some of our ancestors left England, and fought the British for Independence.
Sorry, but I disagree with your synopsis of the TSA. I frequent airports often, and they prevent nothing. They are a joke, period.