Green-Loving Washington State About to Penalize Electric Car Owners

April 26, 2011

by Warner Todd Huston,

Some people think that marriage is the most absurd institution ever invented by man. But those that think so are ignoring what is truly the most idiotic, paradoxically absurd practice in all of human history: government. Yeah, yeah, necessary evil and all, but still there is nothing that exemplifies human folly better than politics and Washington State has uncorked a doozie for us.

From coast to coast and all over the world liberals are mindlessly going gaga for green. Anything that smacks of greenism is, with religious fervor, promoted and revered. The electric automobile, for instance, is one of the left’s dream modes of transportation. Pursuant to that dreamy green dream, liberals have made sure that all sort of tax breaks are lavished upon those citizens who dutifully jump up to their necks into the unprofitable and technologically untested world of electric cars. Washington State is no exception to this mania.

… and hilarity ensues.

The Associated Press is even a bit snarky about the whole mess.

After years of urging residents to buy fuel-efficient cars and giving them tax breaks to do it, Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to charge them a $100 annual fee — what would be the nation’s first electric car fee.

Yes, that’s right. After giving them tax breaks to waste their money on electric cars, now Washington State wants to raise new taxes on those very same buyers. If that isn’t a bait and switch, what is?

The priests of greenism have their hearts go all aflutter when they imagine that driving green cars will rid the earth of that most evilist of all energies, oil. Gasoline would be unnecessary, we are told, if everyone had energizer bunnies under the hood.

But what does that mean, infrastructure fans? Yes, that’s right, with everyone in electric cars no one is buying gasoline and paying that high gas tax so that cities, counties, states and the federal government have more of our money to waste on vital catfish safety programs and other highly important government matters.

Isn’t it just like government to have brilliant ideas like giving away tax money as a faux stimulus to spur people to do something only for government to then turn around and tax the hell out of it later?

The government giveth and the government taketh away. And what is hurt? Everything. People who bought electric cars feel gypped for doing so and then being given a bait and switch tax . Those in the future won’tbuy them to avoid the tax. And, voila, the action the government wanted to spur is DOA, the industry that the government pretended it was helping out goes down the tubes, and the religious tenets of greenism are left unobserved. Oh, the humanities.

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