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Don’t be too quick to applaud Brian Mast

Florida’s 18th district Republican Rep, Brian Mast, is getting accolades from the left for his February 23rd opinion piece, “I’m Republican. I Appreciate Assault Weapons. And I Support a Ban,” in the New York Times.

Don’t be fooled, and don’t nod your head in agreement or admiration as if he’s right and totally reasonable.

He’s not.
 
Also, he’s not brave, nor is he courageous for what he’s proposing. His proposition still falls far short of a real solution, and his only real achievement is that he’s simply one of the rare Republicans willing to have a rational conversation.
 
That’s where the bar is now on guns with Republicans; willing to have a rational conversation.
 
What’s wrong with Mr. Mast’s proposal?
 
Without confiscation, there is no real solution to the problem of mass shootings with assault rifles, large capacity magazines, and accessories that amplify the weapon’s ability to kill.
 
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It’s not enough to put the guy pictured with the article and everyone like him out of business. The “products” he sold legally and which are to become illegal under Mr. Mast’s proposals must also be illegal to possess.
 
If it’s going to be illegal to sell them, then it must be illegal to possess them, too.
 
That’s where I think the bar needs to be set.
 
Someone let me know when a politician emerges with the courage to take that stance.
 

Whom to tax for infrastructure?

The fed tax on gas was last raised 25 years ago. Should it be raised now to pay for infrastructure? I don’t know.

Koch network asks Trump not to raise gas tax for roads

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I think it’s a regressive tax that hurts the poor, working poor, and middle class.

Some arguments I’ve heard for it are that it’s fair because it taxes those who use the roads equally regardless of income, but is that really true?

What about businesses like Walmart, Amazon, Apple and so many others and all the other businesses who are part of global supply chains? Wouldn’t they all would be dead without a safe, reliable, and ubiquitous infrastructure of seaports, airports, railways, and highways? Aren’t they reaping benefits – much greater benefits monetarily – from our infrastructure than the average American?

It seems that I actually find myself agreeing with the Kochs that the gas tax shouldn’t be raised; however, I suspect that we have different reasons for opposing it.

Which brings me back to the question of how do we fund the desperately needed repairs – and maybe even expansions – to our infrastructure?

I was thinking that a tax on corporations and a tariff on imports that use our infrastructure they so desperately need to sustain their business would be the more fair and equitable approach.

But, that seems impossible given that Republicans are in charge and doing just the opposite.

If I understand it correctly, their tax changes permanently reduce corporate taxes while only temporarily reducing taxes on average citizens. Business 1; Citizens 0

And that stalwart and defender American business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? Oh, yeah. They like the idea of a gas tax increase. Why wouldn’t they? They work for business – and don’t fool yourself, they work for BIG business, not the fabled “mom & pop”. To believe that what they do that’s good for business is always good for workers is to believe the lie of trickle-down economics.

So, now what?