“…Air travelers, federal workers, military retirees, wealthier Medicare beneficiaries and people taking out new mortgages are among those who would pay more than $130 billion in new government revenues raised through new or increased fees. These fees are advertised as "savings" in administration budget documents.
Airline passengers, for instance, would see their federal security fees double from $5 to $10 for a nonstop round-trip and triple to $15 by 2017, raising $25 billion over the coming decade. Federal employees would contribute $21 billion more to their pensions over the same period. Military retirees would pay a $200 fee upon turning 65 to have the government pay their out-of-pocket Medicare expenses. They'd also pay more for non-generic prescription drugs.
And it'll cost corporate jet owners a new $100 fee for each flight.
The fees aren't taxes. They're charged to people who use government services or receive benefits like taxpayer-subsidized health care, and the fees typically defray the government's cost of providing a service. The fee on corporate jets and other private passenger planes, for example, would raise about $1 billion a year to help finance the cost of air traffic control. Recreational flyers won't have to pay….”
“…The fees aren't taxes….” Yeah right, clearly the author of this article is a Progressive hand puppet. Fees aka government revenues aka TAXES equal TAX INCREASES.
Message to Barack Hussein Obama: GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WALLET!
Vote these damned Progressives out in 2012 from Obama down. They are only interested in raising taxes, correction, PICKING OUR POCKETS DRY.