As gas prices rise, Americans are driving less—and fewer dollars are flowing into the gas-tax-fueled Federal Highway Trust Fund. President Bush’s illogical response? To take money out of public transportation and put it in the highway fund—the latest bizarre example of officials intent on promoting and subsidizing the automobile, Daniel Gross writes in Newsweek.
Conservatives hate mass transit, accusing it of undermining America's independent spirit and free-market ethos. But driving is only possible because tax dollars maintain vast road systems—far from a free market approach. Moreover, the system is supported by tax incentives on many cars. Isn't it time to stop subsidizing cars, Gross writes, and start backing alternative transportation?