By Ron Edwards
February 12, 2016
History proves that President Obama’s plan to slap a ten-dollar tax on every barrel of oil imported into America or developed here to use the money for transformation is both is both fool-hearty and wasteful. Once again, one of the big chiefs of overbearing nanny goat government is threatening to use unconstitutional bullying to dictate the activities of “We the People.” This time seeking to increase the tax burden upon business activity and consumption. The president stated, “I will take advantage of low gas prices to accelerate a transition to a clean energy economy.” “We’re going to impose a tax on a barrel of oil imported, exported, so that some of the revenue can be used for the investments in basic research and technology that’s going to be needed for the energy sources of the future.”
Oil industry officials, who are always accused by progressive government types like Obama and their cohorts in the dragon media of being greedy, stated that Obama’s proposed $10.00 per barrel tax on crude oil would harm consumers. “The Obama administration believes that we the American people are not paying enough for gasoline.” That is why he wants to dictate a higher price for us to pay more for gasoline. The proposed tax could increase the cost of gasoline by at least 25 cents per gallon. That development could harm consumers who have ale=ready been hurt by the president’s efforts to “fundamentally change America.”
In addition, more American jobs could be wiped out. Also our republic’s emergence as a global energy leader could be brought to a halt, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Actually, that is a goal of the Alinsky inspired Obama administration.
Now that I think about it, no one is more to blame than the bloated federal government for any problems our republic is facing in regards to energy production or transportation. If you research the mid nineteenth until the early twentieth century, the private sector was providing a vastly superior system of transportation over what has emerged as government transit systems throughout America. For example, Both Cleveland and Detroit had rail transportation throughout both cities and surrounding areas.
All major thoroughfares and many minor streets had streetcar or rail transport that ran often and almost always on time, baring any natural disaster. The service was provided by mostly private companies who competed for customers. The various transportation systems did not overlap and even the quality and cleanliness of the streetcars, or trolleys were well maintained.
In Detroit, among the private companies providing transportation service were the Fort Street and Elmwood Avenue Railway Company, Detroit Railway Company and several others. Streetcar or rail service for public transport began during the 1860s in both Cleveland and Detroit as horse drawn trolleys. By 1895 all were converted to electric power.
The nature of government is to progressively either take over or dismantle and then dominate private entities. That was the case in both Cleveland and Detroit. In Detroit, during the early 20th century, the transit companies raised their adult ridership price by one nickel to a “whopping” ten cents. Soon after, the populist city government bullies who desired to take over the transit business publically railed against the nickel increase and duped Detroit voters into approving the city government takeover of transportation services. City misleaders had convinced city dwellers that they could provide better transportation services at a lower price by using tax dollars to subsidize the trolley services. That false scenario was played out in other cities as well including New York City.
In fact, the original private based companies that oversaw the building of the earlier subway tunnels in the Big Apple constructed them at a much quicker pace than the tax payer funded union trolls who built subway tunnels in the following decades.
What does the story about past government takeovers of private transportation services have to do with Obama’s call for increasing crude oil taxes today? It is simple, if government had not gotten involved and taken over viable private run transportation companies, I believe that cities like Detroit would have maintained great transportation systems it their customers desired to continue utilizing transportation systems.
The problem is big government getting involved, thus killing innovation and in most cases quality of service. How much further ahead regarding energy independence would America be, if only the United States had not been prevented from increasing oil and gas exploration and production by the Obama administration? Before the curse and onslaught of the Obamacare being thrust upon our republic “We the People” were blessed with the best medical care on earth, but now it is in steady decline.
f Obama wants improved transportation options for America, the government tax regulations and tax burdens must be lessened and certain taxes such as on production should be eliminated as soon as possible, which should be now. As a result there would come about increased economic activity would fuel incentives for needed changes that the American people desire, not wasteful unwanted government mandates that only bring about destructive and unnecessary declines in the quality of life and related hardships.
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