Paradox: Green-Loving Washington State About to Penalize Electric Car Owners

April 26, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Energy, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Liberals, Nanny State, Oil, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington | 1 Comment

-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 today.

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 electric car buyers 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, hampering the same activity?

The government giveth and the government taketh away. And what is hurt? Everything. People who bought electric cars feel gypped for doing so after being given a bait and switch tax . Those in the future won’t buy 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.

Now Ed Morrissey also reminds us that Washington State has some of the highest gasoline taxes in the country, too, ranking among the top ten highest gas tax rates at 31 cents a gallon. That coupled with the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents lays a tax of 49.5 cents a gallon on gas for Evergreen Staters.

Worse than all that, by some estimates, electric cars are less green than gas powered vehicles in the first place. For one thing the more electric cars there are the more power from coal, nuclear, or natural gas powered utilities will be needed. These sources can, in many instances, be dirtier than gas engines!

So, in the end if the government gets what it initially wanted — everyone in electric cars — our utilities will be pushed beyond its means, and the environment would be worse off than when officials started it all.

See. Government is the most absurd thing ever invented.

Electric Car Subsidies :Your Tax Dollars Down The Toilet

While we are looking for places to come up with savings in the federal budget, its time that we looked at cutting the federal subsidies for electric cars. Through its loan and subsidy program, the United States is creating a market for a product where the is no demand. The problem with buying demand is that once the payments go, the demand flies away also.

“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
–Samuel Johnson

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

For a full bio, please CLICK HERE.

Leave a Comment

If you would like to make a comment, please register to do so. I hate to do that but there are so many spam-bots out there that deleting spam comments would be a full time job if I were to just open it up for anyone without asking them to jump through a few hoops first.

You must be registered and logged in to post a comment. Anyone can register. No registrant's information is kept, used, or sold. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Social Networking

Help the Soldiers!

American Genius

Our Founding Ideas

"Governments are instituted among men,deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

Enter your Email

Powered by FeedBlitz

Subscribe in a reader

Recently Written

  • A Growing Number of Teen Girls in West Volunteering for Islamist Terror Group ISIS
  • Populist Hillary To Award Clinton Foundation Honors to Leo DiCaprio at Gala
  • Still a Slavish Flack: Carney Blames TV Networks for Fewer Obama Speeches
  • Chicago’s Emanuel May Find His Millions Won’t Save His Re-Election
  • [VIDEO] Hotonomics: Big Gov’t Vs Small Govt Knockout
  • Illinois Worst Again With Highest Home Foreclosure Rate in Nation
  • Illinois Website Beats Attempt to Silence its News Coverage
  • Ted Cruz Does Right–Walks Out on Mid Eastern Scumbags Claiming to be Christians
  • Cities That Have Used Military Equipment for Riot Control Might Owe Feds Millions
  • Many Want to Forget 9/11–But We Must NEVER Forget!

  • What THEY Say:
    Foreign News In English

    Click HERE for information
    on my fedora collection.
    Antique Stetsons, hat history...

    Contact Us

    Email Publius' Forum


  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • September 2009
  • August 2009
  • July 2009
  • June 2009
  • May 2009
  • April 2009
  • March 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2008
  • September 2008
  • August 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2008
  • May 2008
  • April 2008
  • March 2008
  • February 2008
  • January 2008
  • December 2007
  • November 2007
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • August 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007
  • April 2007
  • March 2007
  • February 2007
  • January 2007
  • December 2006
  • January 2006
  • December 2005
  • November 2005
  • October 2005
  • September 2005
  • August 2005
  • July 2005
  • June 2005
  • May 2005
  • April 2005
  • March 2005
  • February 2005
  • January 2005

  • Add to Technorati Favorites

    Clicky Web Analytics