December 3, 2012
TAX WHAT YOU DON'T WANT...:
Tax Pollution, Not Income: A Winning Issue for Politicians? (David Callahan, 5/08/12, Demos))
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2012 12:52 AM[T]here may be an easy way to sell energy taxes: Which is to promote such taxes as an alternative to other taxes. Yes, you'll pay more in energy taxes, but you'll pay less in income taxes.A new poll by Yale and George Mason Universities offers support for this strategy. Respondents were asked the following question:Would you be more or less likely to vote for a candidate who supports legislation to reduce the federal income tax that Americans pay each year, but increase taxes on coal, oil, and natural gas by an equal amount? This tax shift would be "revenue neutral" (meaning the total amount of taxes collected by the government would stay the same), and would create jobs and decrease pollution?An impressive 61 percent of respondents said they would be more likely, or somewhat more likely, to vote for such a candidate. Only 20 percent said they'd be less likely.