March 22, 2010


Watching Rep. Mike Burgess (R TX) on CSPAN as he nitpicks the healthcare reform bill.

He has made point after point about fees embedded within the bill, most of which are charged to the supplier or provider. His point is that each of these fees will be paid by the consumer as the supplier or provider passes the cost down the line. Rep. Burgess calls this “taxing.”

Perhaps this is true, but it makes me wonder why the gentleman from Texas has never complained about red light cameras in his district. The 26th district includes the Cities of Denton and Lewisville, most of Denton County, a strip of Tarrant County that includes Fort Worth, Hurst, North Richland Hills and Keller, and a strip of Cooke County including the City of Gainesville. All of these cities have red light traps fleecing their citizens of millions in direct “taxing.”.

So maybe since the cameras impact the little guy directly, and don’t get passed through the big guy’s pockets first, Rep. Burgess can’t see any reason to get his shorts in a wad.

Just saying...