Tag: The Tax Man

Wringing That Shammy

“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”

How prescient

In liberal land there is no emergency, no need that can’t be fixed with another tax. And the beauty of living in a high tax area, what’s one more log on the fire or straw on the camel? The S.F. Bay Area (I put it up against any city in the country for cumulative numbers of loony liberals per square mile) is mulling over the idea of taxing you per mile you drive, how progressive:

Bay Area drivers could one day be tracked using a GPS-like device in their cars and taxed per miles driven – a scenario which is part of a proposed long-range study aimed at finding ways to reduce traffic and pollution, while also raising revenues.

Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are scheduled to vote on Thursday on whether or not to authorize a study of the proposal. Under the plan, drivers would have to install trackers in their vehicle and officials would tax drivers for every mile they travel.

What is there to study? People drive cars, they need tax revenue to pay public sector union benefits, simple solution, tax people per mile they drive, brilliant.

“But for some folks, that’s a distinction without a difference. Anytime you talk about getting information from people, whenever that conversation comes up, it’s another hurdle you have to overcome.”

Yeah, the nerve, people worrying about privacy issues and all. But don’t fret, Sparky, this is nothing a little authoritarian government can’t manage. Make them do it and criminalize any failure to comply.

We would need a central housing authority, someplace where government workers could monitor the comings and goings of all vehicles on Bay Area roads, nothing sinister about that. And if say the police need to find out about your whereabouts last night, we wouldn’t have any problems them getting print outs of where we were every time we get behind the wheel, we got nothing to hide, right?

It is bad enough that they pile a gas tax on every gallon of gas we buy, and if they wanted to swap the gas tax for this mileage tax instead, I would at least consider it. Consumption taxes are much fairer and equitable, minus the GPS device, of course. But instead of this would be in addition to.

This is what we get for driving more energy efficient (more miles per gallon) vehicles, people don’t buy as much gas (you would think this would be a good thing) so Sacramento loses money in this area, gotta make up for the lost revenue somewhere.

Another prime example that liberals and authority just don’t mix. They are great for controlling the media, Hollywood, and the universities, but when you give them power, the power to tax, watch out, nothing good will come of it.