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Commie Greens Taxing Air Travel

Tue Nov 18, 2003 2:03 pm

Well, looks like the hectoring knows-besters of the Green Party have hit on another winner. They can have my air tickets when they pry them from my cold, dead fingers...

(I'm only quoting a bit in fair use; click on the link for the whole thing).

Article13 November 2003
Taxing flight

by Pete Smith

A cynic might suggest that the government's reported proposal to double air passenger duty is an easy £800million windfall to the Treasury. But the air tax debate goes a lot deeper than this. While New Labour has sought to shake off its image as a 'tax and spend' party, one way of avoiding criticism on tax is to claim its 'green' credentials.

After the failure of a variety of initiatives to convince us to pay a voluntary 'green' levy on airfares, environmentalists have welcomed the idea of making it compulsory. Responding to the proposals, Friends of the Earth aviation campaigner Roger Higman argued: 'Increasing air passenger duty has an unstoppable logic and we would fully support it as an effective way to reduce the demand for flying.' (1)

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RE: Commie Greens Taxing Air Travel

Tue Nov 18, 2003 2:18 pm

No use getting paranoid about it. The Green Party will never win in the USA, plus they have no one in the senate or the congress- lobbyists from both the Repubs and the Dems will make sure it doesn't happen. If the Dems let it happen, then they will make it look like only the "rich" can afford to fly. If the Republicans let it happen it will hurt too many businesses and their lobbies.