Tax insanity to keep the behemoth from dying..

Check out the latest plan by the people that feel gas is too cheap: tax mileage.

The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive. The plan is a part of the administration’s “Transportation Opportunities Act,” an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly. This follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven. Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could be tracked by installing electronic equipment on each car to determine how many miles were driven; payment could take place electronically at filling stations.

So not only are they going to make vehicles more expensive – who do you think will have to pay for this mileage tracking equipment, huh? – they want to milk you for driving around. They may pretend that it’s about raising revenue, but it’s obvious that the end result of this policy is to force people to use public transportation – so all those demcorat friendly & donor corporations that stand to gain billions in tax payer subsidized projects can rake in even more cash – and to control & limit the average serf’s mobility. Oh yeah, this new tax will of course be on top of an already existing federal gas tax and whatever state gas tax there may be as well.

What’s next? They are going to want to tax bowel movements? Breathing? People have to do those sooner than later, and thus, they can make some serious cash from that all. It’s just getting ridiculous what these crooks are doing “for the good of us all”. This nanny state is quickly turning into a real tyrannical and abusive state.

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  1. Screamin

    I’m gonna go ahead and say that even this Constitution abusing administration will fail at trying to force me to install something (mileage tracking device) on MY PROPERTY.

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  2. richtaylor365

    Hal put up a post about this nonsense a few weeks ago.

    I’m gonna go ahead and say that even this Constitution abusing administration will fail at trying to force me to install something (mileage tracking device) on MY PROPERTY.

    They already have this power. Your vehicle is your property, but you can not do with it as you please, hence, the requirement for a catalytic converter (which inhibits fuel efficiency), displaying a proper license plate with proper registration info, and about 6 bajillion other rules and regulations controlling everything from tire tread wear to tinted windows.

    I saw a great (short) video on youtube that boils down in terms even our resident socialist troll could understand (if he could just turn Spongebob off for a few minutes) on why raising taxes is unnecessary:

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  3. AlexInCT *

    When they tell states they will lose highway money like they do with speed limits if they do not pass laws that force insurance companies to deny coverage unless you have the device, you will be left with the option of going without insurance and/or being a criminal, or ponying up the cash for the device so they can fleece you good.

    It’s not hard to think like these people do. After all, all it takes is to treat people like evil morons, and beat them into submission. Comply or become a criminal and a social pariah! Resistance is futile, as Muirgy believes.

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  4. AlexInCT *

    You think passing constitutional muster matters to them? Have you been living under a rock and did you miss Obamacare?

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  5. TxAg94

    So many things…

    Let’s see, we just had a blowup about iPhones tracking users. Will the lefties now fight this simply because there is a tracking device installed?

    Will the ACLU weigh in about abuses, for example, if the police use the devices to determine a suspect’s whereabouts?

    Who will be responsible for even maintaining the equipment? It will no doubt be able to be disconnected by some folks, fooled by others, hacked by yet others.

    As for tying it to insurance, what about the millions of people who don’t bother with insurance, or any of our other laws for that matter? Will I now have to pay a special fee for uninsured, untracked drivers?

    If this comes to pass, my device will be “accidentally” disabled on a backroad four-wheel drive road. Dang rocks.

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    This is fucking depressing.
    Now lets expand on this, if this device is required, why not a capability to disable teh vehicle,or simply turn off the engine, after X mileage is reached or allow police forces to have the ability to check in on you and your whereabouts and past speed,and locations.

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  7. hist_ed

    It’s Constitutional. Driving is a privilege, not a right (you are free to ignore the mandate as long as you only drive your vehicle on private property). And we are long past any chance of reversing the Constitutionality of the federal government using highway funds or other money to bludgeon states into passing laws.

    What it is is stupid. If you want to tax driving more, raise gas taxes. No need spend more money on whiz bang devices. It even encourages the behavior the damn stinky hippies want (buy hybrids now). BUUUUT high gas prices make voters mad, so we’d better try some sneaky, expensive shit to tax driving and hope they don’t notice.

    There is one advantage to this. It would be an entirely visible tax. No W-2 deduction. No paying a tax along with regular purchases. Nope, there will be your tax bill for you to see.

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  8. Anonymous

    Or, here’s the thing… will certain people be allowed to not have these put on their cars because of a “security risk”? If the devices pose a security risk to these people, why would it be okay to risk everyone else’s security? Will getting yourself deemed “high risk” become just another tax dodge because, as usual, taxes are just for the common people? (Because I can guaran-damn-tee you that Michael Moore will be the first to send one of his employees to get in line and get him deemed high risk so that he doesn’t have to have one and doesn’t have to pay the tax.)

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