November 23, 1986 |
The 100th Congress, when it convenes in January, is certain to face renewed proposals for an oil-import tax. Such a tax, we are told, would be a painless source of billions of dollars to reduce the federal deficit and would prevent the American people and American industry from getting "hooked" again on low oil prices. In truth, however, an import fee would not be painless.
December 21, 1986
When discussing the "petroleum problem," all experts seem to make the same error. Senators J. Bennett Johnston and Claiborne D. Pell, in their Nov. 23 Viewpoint pieces ("A Levy on Oil, the Pros and Cons of an Import Tax) show that even those who recommend conflicting solutions to the problem fail to recognize this error. An oil import tax would create a price advantage for domestic production over imported petroleum. This would tend to increase the consumption of our domestic supply (including those reserves not yet developed or even discovered)
April 28, 1985
Maybe I and millions of other Americans are wrong about Japanese cars. Maybe the only thing better about them is the advertising used to sell them. Maybe I don't realize that American cars today are built just as well as Japanese cars. But this is not the point. The point is that as a free individual in a free country I should be able to spend my money on whatever I wish without having to pay any import tax. Economically speaking, if I were allowed to buy a Japanese car at its true price, say $8,000, instead of the government-imposed price of, say $9,000, I would have $1,000 left.
August 12, 2012 |
“Every path hath a puddle.” --George Herbert Ice-cold temperatures. Frequent visits to the dreaded "pit" that masquerades as a toilet and nightmares about still being in the Mongolian border holding pen kept me awake all night. By morning I had been sitting at the border for 36 hours. The border guards were now telling us that, unless money came in to pay for the import tax of the cars, we would have to wait another 48 hours due to the upcoming weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1992
Recently I read a letter in The Times from an Upland resident who was "appalled" at the $300 California EPA fee he had to pay to bring his automobile into California. When I was informed that I had to pay this California "import tax" to bring my car into this state, I was outraged! Even more so after I investigated and found that in the 1980s, a law was passed making the Federal and California EPA requirements the same. It should not be a surprise to the letter writer that his truck passed the smog inspection in California; my Blazer also passed with no problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1986
The article by Edward Kutler and Glenn Sweetman (Editorial Pages, Feb. 7), "Oil Taxes Are a Step Backwards," presented weak arguments against an oil import tax. No tax is imposed without some complicating side effects. The best reason for this tax is that almost every other industrialized country in the world has used this form of taxation successfully for the past 40 years. If most of the world pays $2 to $3 for a gallon of gasoline, why should not Americans be progressively eased toward making the same sacrifice?