by Paul W. Lentz, Jr. – Peachtree City, Ga
The Kingston Trio in 1959 sang about a man named Charlie who lacked a nickel to make the fare necessary to get off the Boston Mass Transit Authority (MTA) subway. Charlie was doomed forever to ride the subway, the “Man Who Never Returned.”
Today, it’s hard to relate to Charlie’s problem: a 15-cent subway fare (the total Charlie needed) is in the far past. On the other hand, the more I learn about the Transportation SPecial Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and the uses for which it is intended, the more I feel like I was trapped in a maze of politics worse than the MTA tunnels under Boston.
The TSPLOST is about everything except transportation.
It is about a bunch of politicians out to make what they perceive as the wealthy people pay what the politicians preach to the masses to be the wealthy’s “fair share” of the cost of wasteful government spending. (Or, should that be “fare share”?)
It’s about politicians who just can’t stand that the people of Fayette County voted down a local TSPLOST in 2010, and who have figured out a way to get their revenge by diluting our votes and forcing the tax down our throats.