Subsidies are the price of failure

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

It appears the Eldorado commuter bus route costs taxpayers $55 for each $1 in fuel saved, which diverts money from police, fire and education. And now it’s going to expand via the North Central Regional Transit District.Gasoline taxes are already a roadway toll. Subsidizing a commuter system is regressive to those who cannot use it.The Thoreau Institute says, “Instead of helping solve local transit problems, subsidies actually encourage governments to squander tax dollars on extravagant and wasteful programs. Subsidized transit systems are a hidden agenda for politicians to look good in seeking votes at the expense of the general public.”Most transit systems in the U.S. would fold overnight if hidden costs were not heavily subsidized. An inefficient business goes broke. But if government owns it, just divert tax dollars from police, fire or education for votes.“Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society. The higher the tax level, the greater the failure” (Whitehead). “Often lawmakers resort to the force of law rather than the power of persuasion to solve a problem and are quick to pass additional regulations rather than dealing with the real cause of the problem” (Skousen).Private companies would provide the service if 1) elimination of prohibitive application costs and government regulation stifling entrepreneurship for such a service and 2) sufficient demand is present.Additional regulations and taxes for subsidies are the continuation of “two wrongs to make a right.”Kerry BoydSanta Fe