Editorial: Easy fees instead of hard decisionsThe kind of gimmick, so you know, that this same bunch is totally supportive of when it comes to government-funded middle-class health care coverage. Somehow advocating in favor of increasing the cigarette tax on the poor (while decrying the manufacture, sale, and use of cigarettes) to pay for the expansion of a federal program is just swell but finding a compromise that involved an increase in driver fees is a really bad thing.
Abusive driver fees are the type of leadership voters can continue to expect from a Republican majority.
Candidates hope voters remain hopping mad over abusive driver fees and will vote against those who enacted them. Trouble is both Democrats and Republicans blame the other. Who's really to blame? The people who think it's good public policy to pay for roads this way, that's who.
House Republicans first came up with the idea of abusive driver fees. It wasn't a terribly horrible idea to think of ways to heap an extra dose of punishment on aggressive drivers who repeatedly flout traffic laws and endanger the lives of others.
But those reasons pale in comparison with the greater outrage: This is how the majority party believes fundamental government services should be funded.
"It was an attempt to pave roads with gimmicks and it got figured out," said House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong. (link)
Such principled individuals ...