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Toll Roads and Double Taxation: The Left and Libertarians Converge

McGuffin Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 9:47 AM
Well that was certainly an ignorant piece.
Texas Chris Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 1:58 PM
I agree. Or intentionally misleading.
faoman Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 6:38 PM
McGuffin,

Can you elaborate further as to WHY this is an ignorant piece? Just stating that it is ignorant doe not provide justification for your comment and leaves the impression that you are spouting off just to be heard.
McGuffin Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 7:27 PM
Explained above. Nothing in her piece is what libertarians want. The system she is describing is not free market; it is a public-private partnership. She flat out says that these partnerships are not privatization. Privatization is the libertarian position. She is ignorant of libertarianism, free markets, and road privatization arguments. I suggest she read Walter Block's "Privatization of Roads and Highways." It's free to read.
Texas Chris Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 1:59 PM
I've quit using the word "privatization" because it has come to mean tax funding of government operations by a private business.

The libertarian position on roads would be private ownership, funding and operation. We need a word for that...
Joseph64 Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 12:00 PM
Well that was certainly an ignorant comment.
McGuffin Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 12:11 PM
I don't think you know what the word "ignorant" means.

Toll roads are appealing to many on the right, because the fees don't look like taxes; motorists are charged for the voluntary action of driving on a specific road. Toll roads appear to be run by private entities, not the government. Also known as turnpikes, they are becoming an increasingly popular way to raise money to build roads, instead of increasing gas taxes which have traditionally paid for highways. Gas tax revenues only have about one-third the buying power they did a decade ago, insufficient to build new roads or maintain existing ones. There are now 5,244 miles of toll roads...