Now they want to tax and monitor the miles we drive and where we drive?
“…In a March 2011 Senate Budget Committee Hearing, Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) inquired of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about the possibility of a vehicle mileage tax (VMT), “Do we do gas tax? Do we move to some kind of an assessment that is based on how many miles vehicles go, so that we capture revenue from those who are going to be using the roads who aren’t going to be paying any gas tax, or very little, with hybrids and electric cars?”
According to a March 24, 2011 online report by Pete Kasperowicz for The Hill, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report this week suggesting metering the miles driven by every fuel-using vehicle in the United States (I guess that would exclude bicycles and horse-driven buggies) may be a prudent way of paying for highway repairs in times of otherwise dwindling federal highway funds. ..
The report put forward the notion that a larger factor in highway repairs than fuel consumption was miles driven, and that having drivers pay for the real costs of highways “would involve imposing a combination of fuel taxes and per-mile charges,” and that, “If VMT taxes were collected at the pump, each time fuel was purchased, information would be sent from a device in the vehicle to a device at the filling station.”…”
They’ve destroyed our light bulbs.
They’re ruining our health care.
They want to regulate our diet.
Not only is it now illegal to smoke in half the cities in the country, but they are monitoring the intake of salt.
Where does it stop?
“…Conrad requested the report after a congressional hearing earlier this month in which he asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about funding federal transportation projects, according to the Hill.
“Do we do gas tax?” Conrad asked. “Do we move to some kind of an assessment that is based on how many miles vehicles go, so that we capture revenue from those who are going to be using the roads who aren’t going to be paying any gas tax, or very little, with hybrids and electric cars?”
In response, LaHood told Conrad that instituting more tolling on roads was an option in some states. However, he added that “the president has made it clear that he’s not in favor of raising the gas tax when we have 9 percent unemployment in this country.”
In fact, LaHood suggested a mileage tax in 2009, but President Obama promptly rejected the idea. “It is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration,” then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said with respect to the mileage tax.
Fuel taxes and energy policies in general have been a hot topic of debate as high gas prices continue to strain drivers’ budgets….”
Do they even comprehend the realities of live?
Who the heck is going to pay for the intrusive devices that will monitor our every movement?
Do these yahoos in Washington realize that there are places like New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and the west where one must drive miles and miles to get anywhere?
Why the H – E – Double toothpick don’t they just turn roads into toll roads. That’s a heck of a lot fairer.
Oh, they don’t give a rip about fair.
Then again, these people live in Never Never Land. They’re never going to live in reality, that’s for sure.
Ed Morrissey wrote:
They have finally lost their minds.