rberq wrote:How about the part that forces me to buy interstate highways
Funded with fuel taxes, don't buy fuel and you don;t pay these taxes. What I do take exception too is those taxes being used for other transportation projects outside the scope of automobile transportation. FYI the Interstate system is necessity for the defense of this country if war were ever to come here. It's one of the reasons it was built in the first place. It has to be done at federal level other wise you would be stuck with a bunch of small systems that were geared towards serving the interests of the state. Nevada and Nebraska for example would have little interest in maintaining Rt. 80.
and TSA screening equipment
If these costs are not are already collected as part of the the tickets purchased by consumers they should be.
Schools are necessary and funded with local and state taxes for the most part. How those taxes are collected and spent is of course debatable but it's a local issue.
and nuclear weapons
It's part of the national defense so not debatable.
and national parks
Should be entirely supported by user fees and/or handed over to private entities with some very strict guidelines in how they can be developed/commercialized.
and new levees on the Mississippi?
This is really a national issue as so many communities are built near the water, kind of hard to go back 300 or 400 years and tell people not to build there. If the federal government was not taking such a huge chunk of taxes perhaps local communities would be able to do this themselves. Having said that we had the recent flooding here in the Wyoming Valley a few years after they raised the dike. They spent about 200 million since Agnes in 1972, 150 million of that was federal funds. Agnes caused nearly 3 billion in damages and at the time was considered the worst natural disaster the US had ever seen, if that levee wasn't in place the costs would have been astronomical.
These projects should be done locally but until the federal government gets their hands out of everyone pockets and let the states and local governments who are better equipped to determine what will benefit them it won't be possible.