Who’s Ready for a Mileage Tax?

25 Mar

Hot Air has the story:

“Dumb ideas never die in Washington, DC.  They just get stuck in committee.  Proving that once again is outgoing Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), attempting to revive an idea for a new tax that was so intrusive and unwieldy that even Barack Obama had to disavow it two years ago when his Transportation Secretary starting pushing the notion.  Conrad points to a new CBO study saying that taxing Americans on their car mileage will provide a windfall for the federal government:”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released a report that said taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues and that these taxes could be used to offset the costs of highway maintenance at a time when federal funds are short.

Psst…hey, liberals…that is what the gasoline tax is for.  So, the government wants an additional tax to pay for the same thing.  Perfect!  I’m sure all of the hard-working members of the middle class, who are out of work or struggling to keep their heads above water right now would really benefit from this tax.

Senator Conrad makes a very revealing point (emphasis mine):

Conrad said in response that federal funds are tight, and in asking for recommendations on how to raise that money, he noted the possibility of a VMT tax as a way to solve the problem of collecting less in taxes as people move to more fuel-efficient vehicles.

“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?”

Get it?  The government wants to reward all of people, who have bought into the notion that they should drive hybrid or electric cars to save the planet, by raising their taxes.  If you drive a car that gets better gas mileage, then you are paying less in gas taxes to the government.  The government can’t live with that, so they have to get creative to find a way to get the money out of you that they would have gotten if you’d been driving a planet-destroying SUV.

Sounds about right.  The government, along with liberal activists, convinces people to do a certain activity, then raises their taxes when that activity ends up reducing revenue to the government.

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One Response to “Who’s Ready for a Mileage Tax?”

  1. Woody McBreairty May 19, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I hope people will resist this Orwellian gesture of further control over their lives This is sick. The government wastes billions of our dollars, gives it away, steals it,etc. The people should not allow the government to enter their cars, god only knows what else they will attach to your car in order to nose in on your life and control it even more. Don’t let this happen, people.

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