One of the main points of contention about the proposed carbon tax is the amount of money it will cost individuals once those big-business expenses are passed on to consumers. Few people are enthusiastic about paying even a cent more in tax, but the reactions to this week's announcement do sometimes seem out of proportion to the amounts involved.
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Blogger Heathen Scripture makes that point with respect to a potential rise in the cost of airfares:
Qantas “said it would need to fully pass on the carbon price to customers, with the price of a single domestic flight ticket to increase on average by about $3.50.” Three dollars. Fifty cents. They currently charge you more than that for a bottle of water. They charge $7.50 to buy a ticket online, $8 for a cup of noodles, $25 to use their check-in counter, and $6 to board the plane first.
In the general context of rising airline charges, $3.50 is indeed pretty much small change, and I honestly can't imagine anyone rejecting a flight because the price went up by that amount. What extra amount of additional tax would actually prove detrimental to you, as distinct from being an unwelcome inconvenience? Share your thoughts in the comments.
You shut your goddamn carbon-taxin’ mouth [Heathen Prophet]