NO AIR TAX: France unrest just one example of why a carbon tax is very unwise
We've posted on carbon taxes, what really can be fairly called AIR TAXES, multiple times. We explained that we know people on the pro-carbon tax side of the debate very well. We have also expressed our respect for these people, who in our experince are generally well meaning. (Though not all folks on that side are well meaning.) But we believe a carbon tax is wrong headed. We believe this after looking at the ins and outs of a carbon tax closely over 2 years. The riots in France are a good reminder of why we came to be particularly anti-carbon tax.
Carbon taxes (and fuel taxes such as in France) are highly regressive. The burdeon of such taxes, which are not really about 'climate change' but instead about increased revenue for the state, falls on the heads of the middle class. The well off and poor urbanites generally don't feel the pain. (Directly anyway.) They are stuffed into their little corners of concrete and steel. But the suburbs and the rural areas do feel these kinds of taxes acutely.
Lawmakers are not usually middle class suburbanites. They are usually well off urbanites who live in a different world than MOST people. For them, such taxes are no big deal. So what? It's a few more pennies to the state (which is also good of course for the crony class) plus it helps "save the Earth". What's not to like?
Well, that tax may mean the differnece between some companies staying in business or folding. It may also determine whether a child gets a new pair of sneakers or not. (Not that we think this argument will be compelling in any way to the tax happy cronies.)
The power to tax is the power to destroy. Never forget that.
No, we're not happy people are rioting. But governments must understand they can't just jam things down people's throats, and expect them to like it. No one asked Macron to raise energy taxes. Macron and his government did it because, to them, globalism is more important than satisfying the demands of their own citizens. It's that simple.
Today, among all OECD nations, France has the second-highest rates of taxation. Only Denmark ranks higher. So people are fed up.
Nor is it just a "French thing." Macron is among a growing number of European leftist leaders who want to foist the anti-climate change agenda on their citizens as part of this new globalism. But this isn't kumbaya, feel-good globalism; it's one that will feature few if any individual rights, lots of taxes, shrinking standards of living, no real freedom, and little joy.