Raise Taxes

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005 | Uncategorized

So the voters of San Francisco decided against a 1/4 of a cent sales tax last year, which the city could have spent on anything (assuming that Prop O didn’t pass) and now MUNI wants to raise its fares by $.25, eliminate transfers, raise parking rates and fees. I feel like I’m in a Star Trek episode where I’ve been beamed to an alternate dimension where people have no understanding of basic economics. We want services, yet we consistently vote against small taxes that would tax everyone proportionally, and then the poor always end up paying. If I were a student, with MUNI’s proposed increases, it would cost me $6/day to get to school. After every election, I wait for this to happen, for the hundreds of news accounts of people complaining about this service being cut and that department being closed and these jobs being eliminated… We’ve been brainwashed by the Republicans. The phrases “No big governement” and “No new taxes” are so deeply embedded in our psyches that the consequences of not raising taxes are meaningless. No one makes a connection between costs and revenue. Doesn’t anyone see? Am I crazy to want cheap public transportation? I yearn for a kinder gentler socialism. I say raise taxes, double the price of gasoline which is so cheap compared to what europeans pay and look at their train system, and kill everyone now! Condone first-degree murder! Advocate cannibalism! Eat shit! Filth is my politics, filth is my life! Take whatever you like!… oh wait, I was momentarily taken over by Divine… what was I saying?

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