* Jobs are lost as the middle class continues to bump along the path of
downward mobility, as it turns out re-training a wheel-wiggler to
some high-education computing job isn't as easy a transition as the
move from horse reigns to wiggling that wheel was back in the day.
And how many computing jobs does one exactly need? And how much does
automation contribute to the rather low labor participation rate?
Can't raise revenue if folks aren't working.
* An hour drive? Ouch, car sitting. Hope you got a gym membership or
something to help undo that damage. Meanwhile, how much do all the
roads, sewer, electricity, and other services cost for those
sprawling suburbs? They'll have to build up, or fall down. The amount
of tax revenue from those sprawling nowheres connected by expensive
car sewers ain't that great.
* Drunk driving can already be solved by not zoning the boozing with
massive, expensive parking lots. Stumbling distance, no car sitting
required. Simple, inexpensive, and no money wasted on parking, roads.
* Speaking of parking, it really is already quite silly. See Donald
Shoup on the high cost of that. Reforms there are badly needed,
though I'm going to imagine that the car sitters will not much like
the results (fewer spots, actual market pricing instead of blindly
following some quasi-religious document from the 1950s, etc).
* How exactly will the roads be maintained? Congress is busy raiding
the General Fund to prop up the quite insolvent Highway Trust Fund,
states are slumped out dead over the "build new!!" lever and how
about maintenance of what is already built? Uh, yeah, hmm. Not at all
a pretty picture. And how many trillions is the American Society for
Civil Engineers asking for in road funding? Can all those Walmart
workers and Detroit mechanics who already cannot afford a car really
afford yet more spending on roads?