A Seattle lawmaker is defending his proposed bike tax by saying that bikes are a) unhealthy; and b) bad for the environment. Demonstrating a lack of understanding of bicycles that suggests he may not actually know what they are, Republican Rep. Ed Orcutt says bikes are bad for the environment because they cause cyclists to have "an increased heart rate and respiration." "You would be giving off more carbon dioxide if you are riding a bike than driving in a car," he said, before admitting that he had not "done any analysis" of the difference between carbon dioxide emissions of bikes and cars. Of course not.
Gotta love it when Republican legislators make authoritative comments on a subject only to remind people moments later that they don't have any actual knowledge on said subject whatsoever.
Now, while it's definitely important to highlight Orcutt's utterly embarrassing understanding of carbon emissions, I don't want to ignore the other another angle to this story, that Republicans once again prove that contrary to popular belief, they are not against taxes, provided they're directed at people Republicans don't care about/despise. When the government tries to tax the wealthy, it's a despotic attack against freedom itself! But if the government tries to tax the non-wealthy, especially if it's lefty non-wealthy, well that's just fine and dandy like sour candy.