(Hmm. Dr. Cauble has not returned my book, The Road More Traveled, which I recommend. I just noticed that.)
Highway lanes that cost more came up in work conversation today. Four people immediately noted how irritating it was that rich people could bypass the ordinary difficulties of life by using them. Mere money shouldn't provide such an entitlement.
Yet all of them understood immediately that I thought it was a great idea. Let 'em pay. They can even give me the finger if they want. Fork over the money and we taxpayers will laugh and wave. In fact, the book above cites that it is not just rich people who use those lanes, but everyone does sometimes. When private toll roads are quicker, even poor people will use them occasionally. At the cost of a few dollars, you can even think of it as an inexpensive luxury. If you have ever comfortably passed a mile or two of stopped traffic, you know what a thrill it is. I'm rich! I'm free!
Our immediate, default position is to resent people who have more than us. We can get over it with a little reasoning, but the initial irritation is hardwired. It is left over from hunter-gatherer days when someone with more really was taking advantage, and needed to be watched and contained. It is part of our lizard brain, not our human brain, to respond like this.
The political implications of this should be sinking into you now.