Twenty-One Pilots: “Tear In My Heart” (song)

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Cursing My Government For Not Using My Taxes to Fill Holes With More Cement

The Feehery Theory

“You fell asleep in my car I drove the whole time

But that’s okay I’ll just avoid the holes so you sleep fine

I’m driving here I sit

Cursing my government

For not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement”

My son gets a kick out of that new song, “Tear in My Heart”, by Twenty One Pilots.

I think it’s kind of funny too.

Although the bitter truth is that most of the taxes mentioned in the song are not meant for filling holes with more cement.

Those taxes are used for other things, like defense, welfare, and to subsidize farm spending. Theoretically, money to pay to for fixing potholes and building bridges is supposed to come from the Highway Trust Fund.

That fund was established in 1956, when Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Highways and Defense bill into law, which helped to build the Interstate Highway system. Ike had first been inspired to build our national highway system as a young Lieutenant Colonel who travelled from Washington to San Francisco on the famed Lincoln Highway as part of a publicity stunt to increase support for public funding of roads and bridges in 1919.

He later gained inspiration from the German Autobahn when he oversaw the destruction of the Third Reich in 1944 and 1945.

When it was initially built, the American highway system was explicitly linked to United States Air Force bases and other military installations.   And in fact, some money was diverted from the defense budget to pay for it at first.

The Highway Trust Fund was a smashing success at first, but over time, it has been leaking resources. In 1982, Ronald Reagan signed legislation to increase the gas tax and add some funding for mass transit.

The Budget deal in 1990 raised the gas tax by 14 cents per gallon signed by President George H.W. Bush. If you don’t remember, he was the one who promised “No New Taxes.”

In 1997, the House Transportation Chairman, Bud Shuster, won a showdown with Newt Gingrich and successfully redirected trust fund money that had been earmarked for deficit reduction back to the trust fund.

That was the last time that the gas tax has been tinkered with by Congress.   In fact, what politicians have most learned about user fees on petrol is to no longer raise them.

George Bush lost his election in 1992 because of his efforts to raise the gas tax and Bill Clinton lost the Congress when he raised it shortly afterwards.

Just as Congress decided to stop raising the gas tax, they also demanded that car companies make their automobiles more fuel-efficient.

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