Only once in a while does a political group advocate doing away with some government benefit they themselves injoy.
The majority of my pilot friends are conservatives who dislike government. But, they do not want to pay for the many government services provided airplanes and pilots.
I’ve always been amazed at how most of the American public loves public works projects, also called infrastructure. They often vote for infrastructure projects.
Perhaps most popular are federal highways. When they were two lane winding highways, the federal gas tax was adequte to maintain and replace them.
But, when interstate highways came along, costs outran the revenue. User fees now pay for less than 60% of maintanence of current interstates.
Today, much of the interstate highway system needs replacement. There is not a source of money to pay for it. A liberatarian group has proposed the interstates become toll roads to finance needed replacement. It would be 3.5 cents/mile for cars, 14 cents for trucks. Every 1,000 miles, $35.00. Current gas taxes would remain.
Tolls are a rational idea. Neither conservative nor liberal people, however, want to pay for what they use, like streets, roads and highways. We all want others to pay.
There is another problem with tolls. Cars and driving are becoming less popular with young people. The $0.035 might not be enough.
The solution is to eliminate the interstates. Destroy them and replace with smaller roads that fit into current gasoline tax collections.
Slower traffic, yes. But, government would be smaller.