The Pankian Metaphor 3081
lets say you have a heavily loaded highway infrastructure that was built for a specific number of heavy truck axle-loads; i.e. the highway design specifications say that highways are designed and have lifetimes based purely on the number of heavy truck axle-loads. futhermore, Consumer Debt vehicle use has no impact on the design, wear and tear, lifetime, etc of the highway. Nominally "use" based pricing involves an buttumption that "use" is proportional to cost-overhead related to the use. The buttumption is not valid if there is strong bi-model distribution of use ... where majority of "use" has nearly zero cost and the other major distribution "use" involves effectively all of the cost.
The Pankian Metaphor 3085
You apparently haven't understood what I wrote. I never claimed that there shouldn't be a healthy trucking opeation or claimed that there shouldn't be...
if longhaul goods appear cheaper than local goods (possibly because of the heavy transportation subsidy), consumers could decide to increase their purchase of distance goods by a factor of 100 (because the heavy subsidy is distorting efficiency of market forces). Increasing the purchase of distance goods by a factor of 100 could increase the number of heavy truck axle-loads by a factor of one hundred. Increasing the number of heavy truck axle-loads by a factor of one hundred can result in the road wearing out 100 times faster (than possibly the original subsidy decision had budgeted for).
in the current subsidy infrastructure, the primary way of increasing the subsidy by 100 times is by encouraging Consumer Debt vehicle traffic to increase 100 times (resulting in Consumer Debt vehicles using 100 times more fuel and paying 100 times more road use fuel tax). since Consumer Debt vehicle use of the highway is stated as having negligable effect on the highway ... nearly all Consumer Debt vehicle use and the related road use fule tax for Consumer Debt vehicle use is pure revenue (having neglible effect on highway lifetime, maintenance, etc costs at all).
Therefor the total amount of the revenue from Consumer Debt vehicle use of the infrastructure (which has no impact on that infrastructure) can be used to offset the cost impact attributed to the number of heavy truck axle-loads (which is the primary factor-thing that affects use-cost for highway design, maintenance, and lifetime).
The Pankian Metaphor 3082
On Tue, 18 Apr 2006 12:16:14 -0600, Anne & Lynn Wheeler My grandfater had a dairy in Meath St. Dublin, near the center...
The Pankian Metaphor 3083
transportation has gotten significantly less expensive than it was many years ago. for a large physically distributed country ... overcoming distance sensitive issues is good policy...