Thursday, June 16, 2011

Subsidizing Transportation

Hop into your car. Get behind the wheel, start 'er up, and pull away.

You're in control. You're the classic (cliched?) free American, out there on the open road, going where you please, alone with your thoughts or whatever radio program/CD/podcast/app you chose. Yeah, you have to obey the speed limit (sort of) and stop at red lights and stop signs. For the most part, though, you're independent, sovereign, autonomous. Right?

Wrong. Actually, what you are is: government-subsidized.

The car owner, driver, or even passenger is as dependent on government largesse as is the Midwestern grain farmer (and quite a few Vermont dairy farmers) or the welfare recipient. No automobile driver or passenger pays the total cost of his or her ride.