I saw this on PolitickerNJ and just shook my head.
Until now, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s plan to boost tolls and fares to travel to New York has been met with almost universal derision from politicians, who say the hikes will wallop taxpayers during tough financial times. [added emphasis]
Taxpayers? Why taxpayers? I mean, I guess anyone driving over the bridge has probably purchased gasoline so has paid state and federal gas taxes, but what the hell do their paying taxes have to do with the cost of traveling over a bridge?
The ubiquity of “taxpayers” when talking about people’s pocketbooks is getting out of hand, and it does real damage to discussions of the economy and how to get it going again.
More people are broke today because of the stock market than because of taxes. More people are broke today because of the bad job market than because of taxes. More people are broke today because of rising energy prices than because of taxes. Etc., etc., etc.
But the GOP “shrink the government until you can drown it in a bathtub” crowd has so poisoned the discussion that the only thing worth talking about are taxes, because the only people we care about are taxpayers.
To that I’ll repeat what I said in a previous post:
(A)anyone who buys a tire for a car, a gallon of gasoline, takes a paycheck from an honest employer, rides an airplane, buys a house, buys a book, goes to the movies, or engages in any other of a billion different actions and transactions is an American Taxpayer.
In fact, you don’t even have to set foot in the United States to be a taxpayer. A Saudi Arabian can own 100% of a company operating the United States, meaning they pay taxes here. A French citizen who never left Paris could export wine, and is now an American Taxpayer. That Mexican coyote sneaking illegal aliens into the United States and gets a hotel room for the people he pays to treat them like shit is an American Taxpayer.