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Frontiers of Freedom President George Landrith endorses the Fairness for Every Driver Act

Senator Barrasso’s and Representative Jason Smith’s “Fairness for Every Driver Act” is a great idea whose time has come. It is time to drain the swamp and end taxpayer provided payouts for those with high priced lobbyists!

 

This week Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO-08) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the Fairness for Every Driver Act to save billions of taxpayer dollars by eliminating the tax credit for high-end electric vehicles. 

Frontiers of Freedom President, George Landrith made the following statement in support of the Fairness for Every Driver Act:

Who are the big winners when taxpayers are forced to pay up to $7,500 to buyers of expensive electrical cars?  The answer is simple:  billionaire Elon Musk, and big corporations like Tesla and GM.  Elon Musk is the fellow who recently was smacked down by the feds for violating securities fraud laws and fined millions of dollars. I am not all sure why Elon deserves the big bonanza funded by hardworking American taxpayers!

The big losers of this cash payout program are average, everyday Americans who work hard and play by the rules and don’t have high priced lobbyists scamming the system for them. So if you’re working hard to make ends meet, or saving for your children’s future or simply wish you had a little more money at the end of the month, you should be outraged that Congress has been forcing you to help rich guys buy fancy, expensive electric sports cars.

The electric vehicle tax credit is a bad deal for a very simple reason. When someone buys a $70,000 to $140,000 Tesla, there is no good reason to ask lower income workers to help pay for it. If you want a fancy electric car, please feel free to buy one! But don’t ask the rest of us to help you pay for it!  Even if the car were less expensive, why should the rest of America be forced to help them buy it using a corrupt federal tax code to effectively rob the rest of us? 

I am not against electric cars. I am not against expensive electric cars. I believe if you want one and can afford one, you have every right to buy one. But what you don’t have the right to do is to get your congressman or senator to reach into my pocket and take my money to help you pay for it. Yet that is exactly what Congress has been doing. Shame on Congress! 

Additionally, under current law, users of alternative fuel vehicles do not contribute funds to improving the roads and bridges all drivers use. This law would rectify this injustice as well.  Everyone who uses the public roadways should help pay for their construction and maintenance.  It makes no sense to give rich car buyers a pass on helping to pay for the roadways that they also use. 

This is why I am excited about the work that Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Representative Jason Smith (R-MO) are doing with their proposed Fairness for Every Driver Act. This is a big win for working-class Americans and for anyone who believes in fair play and equality before the law.

We call upon Members of Congress to support the Fairness for Every Driver Act. We will be watching how Congress votes and we will make sure that good votes are rewarded and that bad votes are publicized. 


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