Libertarians are divided on many issues. One of them is voting. Some believe it is acceptable. Others reject it altogether.
As for myself, I am wary of voting for any politician. Usually, I just put my name in the write-in section. That way, I can say I never consented to the person having authority over me. Besides, I live in the Seattle area, where it doesn’t matter who is elected. They all conform to the same fundamental beliefs that make it impossible for me to cast a vote in their favor.
But when it comes to votes on tax increases or car tab fee increases, I believe voting is important. It’s how we managed to shut down an attempt to institute a state income tax in Washington. We’re not delegating authority to anyone by voting. We are denying the state the authority on an issue.
One such vote has come up on Proposition 1 in King County where I live. The proposition involves a $60 car tab fee increase to pay for bus services which, among other things, is $75 million in the red – unless, of course, you fit their definition of low-income earner, in which case you can get a $20 rebate.
Of course, I voted no. I will always vote no. Anything that takes money from me or my neighbor without our consent is immoral, regardless of where the money goes.
In a guest column published in the Bellevue Reporter, two politicians wrote the following for why we voters should say yes to the proposition:
Metro transit provides essential mobility connections to jobs, education and health care for thousands who live and work on the Eastside.
That’s the problem. Neither Metro transit nor any government entity should provide transportation. It should run by private companies that are able to compete against one another and offer services that the customers can choose to buy or not buy.
There is also an insidiousness to the manner in which propositions like this are voted on. Government runs a monopoly on the bus system, gets people dependent on it for access to their jobs and schools, and then allows people to vote to raise taxes to pay for them when the business model leads to massive losses – just like Amtrak. Then the proponents of the tax claim those who do not vote for it are harming people by denying them transportation funding.
It is also insidious because it allows people who don’t own cars and ride the bus to vote to increase fees for those who do and don’t take the bus. How is this anything but selfish and greedy?
And we wonder why politics has become so hostile. It’s because the neighbor next door who believes in taxes has the power to force you to do something against your will and pay for things you do not want to pay for so they will benefit – and if you do not they can have an mob enforcer with a badge and a gun come and arrest you or confiscate your property. They are essentially a legally-recognized thief who uses the state as a means of stealing in order to make it seem legitimate.
This may sound harsh, but when people think about it they know it is the reality, and deep down inside they instinctively know this system we have in place turns people against one another.
It’s funny that those who rail against monopolies are the biggest proponents of them when it comes to government running the bus system, the roads, highways, and other essential services.
The free market could do better, if given the chance.