The “user fee” is a new movement in city government that is coming to a town near you, if it hasn’t already.
Starting around the late 1990’s, the user fee was introduced primarily as a justification for recycling. National efforts such as “Pay-As-You-Throw” scammed taxpayers out of money by keeping the tax level at the same rate but adding a user fee per garbage can.
While on the surface this seems like just another technique used by government to steal money, but the idea is far more sinister than just a simple con job.
It’s a fundamental shift in liability and a clear pathway to the terrorizing of citizens.
The current tax model works this way: the higher the taxes, the more government is to blame.
The “user fee” model works this way: the higher the user fee, the more the taxpayer is to blame.
This turns eyes away from uncontrolled spending and puts the focus on manipulating the behavior of citizens.
The very people who subsidize the government are punished for not behaving in a way that is acceptable to government.
This punishment eventually leads to terrorizing people into drastic changes in lifestyle.
Cheeseburgers, wine, beer, coffee, potato chips, speeding in your car, smoking a cigar, playing loud music, anything considered “fun” will be taxed.
While government grows, people are forced into lifestyles that accommodate that government growth.
Even the most basic necessities eventually come under fire.
Red light cameras force people to reconsider riding bicycles, punitive electric fees force people to consider using less heat or air conditioning, and water fees force fewer clothing washes.
Once the blame for bigger government is assigned to essential behavior of citizens, citizens will be so consumed with altering their life to be in compliance there will be little time for protest.
Eventually, the act of protest itself will be subject to a user fee.
So when your friendly neighborhood con-man Democrat suggests that you “pay your fair share” for the services government provides, demand to know how much taxes will be cut in return.