Saturday, May 05, 2007

Congestion Pricing

On April 22, 2007 the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, proposed a plan to charge $8 per day for cars to use the streets of the central business district of lower Manhattan. The policy is really nothing more than an increase to motoring taxes overall. This policy could help ease congestion in the area, but at what cost to the freedom of movement. Some opponents argue on the grounds of individual rights and that the government should not put financial barriers that restrict the freedom of movement.

This concern will likely fall on deaf ears, Bloomberg in the past has shown no concern for individual rights. He has already made New Yorkers live according to govenrment standards. He has previously passed bills prohibiting smoking and trans-fat. Both the smoking and trans-fat policies are based on a paternalisitic framework telling the citizens what is and what isnt good for them. The prohibitions are attrocious attacks on individual liberty, but yet they still were passed. So it should not be surprising if Bloomberg pays little to no attention to the impact that congestion pricing might have on the freedom of movement.

1 comment:

Little Blue PD said...

I think Mayor Nanny Bloomie is a very arrogant man. I also highly doubt he rides the subway that much. He's the mayor, I want someone driving him around so he can work and make calls and stuff. New Yorkers shouldn't want him wasting all that time on the subway.

We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in ‘concern for the environment’, and then people can just demonize those who oppose it.

If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesn’t he do anything about that?

It's true, Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for about 12 hours a day/5 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion and Air Pollution!

But apparently it does not bother NYC’s Nanny-in-Chief Mike “Congestion Pricing Tax” Bloomberg?

It certainly supports his claim that the city is hugely congested.

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Little Blue PD