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Sir F. A. Rien <jaSP...
In Venezuela, at $0.40 a gallon.
And even if they did buy it in the USA, my impression is that the marine
fuels are free of taxes, since it isn't a highway vehicle and therefore
there isn't a road fuel tax.
> same validity of 'reasoning'!
The same excuse was raised by the Reagan administration for recreational
use of national forest land (not everyone uses the national forests, so
why should everyone pay for their upkeep?), which is why any of the
parking areas in our national forests now have a user fee drop box. It
used to be you could visit national forests in the USA free of charge.
Natioanl wildlife refuges are frequently the same way, though some of
those are still free of charge. Others are $3 to $5 a visit - because
the Reagan administration wanted to charge those who use federal lands
rather than taxing everyone for their upkeep.
So, charging boaters for using federally owned locks and waterways falls
under the same category: not everyone uses the waterways, so those who
do use them should pay for their use.
> perhaps when you get back from your long vacation and return to mons
> olympia, you can propose a new law that will limit the time in US waters for
> such 'foreign registry' - or would that affect -=your=- boat too?
Olympia doesn't listen to anything I say, because I live in Oregon.
Besides, the Lake Washington Ship Canal, like almost all other
navigation projects, are US Army Corps of Engineers. In other words,
federal projects. They don't listen to Olympia or anyone else for that
My preference would be to have anything going through any of the
federally maintained waterways, domestic of foreign registry, pay a
toll. At the very least, have them pay a toll for going through the
locks. Those operations are expensive to maintain, and some of them
have had to be expanded over the years. All of that dredging and
maintenance is quite expensive.
Unfortunately, it is doubtful we will ever get that through congress.
The people who pay their bribes (er, campaign contributions) all have
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