LC & IB Mike reports on an idea that seems to pop up with depressing regularity here in the no longer free America:
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.
The report discussed the proposal in great detail, including the development of technology that would allow total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to be tracked, reported and taxed, as well as the pros and cons of mandating the installation of this technology in all vehicles.
“In the past, the efficiency costs of implementing a system of VMT charges — particularly the costs of users’ time for slowing and queuing at tollbooths — would clearly have outweighed the potential benefits from more efficient use of highway capacity,” CBO wrote. “Now, electronic metering and billing are making per-mile charges a practical option.”
For comments on Big Brother FedGovCo’s latest reach for full, fascist control go read Mike’s, because we have nothing to add. Other than we think that the Federal Brownshirts will find it hard to install a spy chip in His Majesty’s chariot when they simultaneously need both hands to try keeping their shredded intestines from falling out of the gaping holes in their abdomens.
As to the “need to raise revenues” bullshit, they can go shove it because it is self-evidently and flat-out, bald-faced fucking lie of the first water.
If they want to use the argument that it would be “fair” to charge people taxes based on how much they drive, they already have a way of doing that. A non-intrusive way that isn’t a direct violation of our Constitutional rights:
It’s called “gas taxes” and, considering the amount of loot the parasitical fascists in DC are already extracting from us at gunpoint using that method, they can’t hardly claim that they hadn’t thought about that. You see, the more you drive, the more gas you use. The more gas you use, the more gas taxes you pay. Simple, no?
But that’s not what they really want, obviously, because if you think for a second that the only thing those chips they want to implant, at gunpoint, in your vehicles will report on is your mileage, then we’ve got several plots of prime oceanfront property in Arizona that we’ll give you a really good price on.
Fucking liberal brownshirts. This nation desperately needs a heavy dose of de-Nazification. The old fashioned kind. You know: Ropes, trees, fascists… Some assembly required.
Well, it’s certainly appropriate, since the legislators of this country think that those who disagree with them don’t deserve the rights protected (NOT FUCKING GRANTED TO THEM) by the Constitution. Frank Lautenberg actually thinks he and his odious fucktarded pals in the Senate GIVE the people their rights!!!! No, I’m not even shitting you! I posted a portion of my… Read more »
Let’s see…who would pay more under this scheme? People in rural, flyover America who actually have to drive to go to their jobs that aren’t right next door to where they live, or Obama’s Agitators for America types who live in the city and ride the bus/subway to their Acorn rallies?
And, lets not forget this would lead to a whole new level of ‘soaking the rich’ .. charging more per mile over a certain income level, Unless of course you’re one of the rich who, um, support the Dems. Then you get a pass.
And of course, what constitutes rich keeps going down, income wise ..
Well, well, WELL we have this from the original article at The Hill. 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.… Read more »
I thought this sounded familiar. This VMT extortion scheme is the brainchild of this little puke. When he was a city council member in Portland he was a pain in the ass on the local level only, but now that he’s been thrust onto the national scene everyone gets to suffer his idiocy as he bounces from proposing to close… Read more »
THIS is the time for the hotels, restaurants, and the rest of the travel industry to stand up in protest. If we have to pay more per mile we drive, very few people are going to travel, especially since, if we fly, we get groped or irradiated.
Good point about the unintended consequences, Jackboot. Libs are masters of them.
They can’t simply increase the gas tax? They have to invent a whole new tax?
The big problem with Flynn’s novel “Term Limits” is the fact that the ones taking out Washingturds were the bad guys.
As I recall Lousybug shouldn’t even be in the Senate! Some years ago he supposedly had retired from Corngre$$ when Torridjelly left the race because of some scandal–& the Party seized on Loudbag as a late replacement, despite Noo Joisey law, which seemed to disallow such a move then–till some wise- guy judge said,”Youse don’t have to follow no steenkin’… Read more »
Man I love horses!
I will protest this by buying a couple of nice black draft’s and a wagon that I will use for all my trips into town. It will back traffic up for miles!
If this passes be sure to avoid rt 80 in hendry!
Can’t we just burn more food? After all, it only takes the equivalent of 5 gallons of diesel fuel to bring a gallon of food-based ethanol to the pumps. It’s so…energy efficient! After all, food is cheap and plentiful. We’ll always be able to afford food. Egypt has lots of food. Texans never go hungry. But then, maybe its not… Read more »
Response to Alan K. Henderson @: YES, and especially if it gives them more control and lets them spy on wherever you go! Liberals have NEVER seen an increase in taxes or government control that they didn’t like, but what else is new? I really wonder if this wouldn’t cost more to implement than it would gouge the taxpayers for?… Read more »
And there is the scary bit. For dhimms, this is what it is about. The money is a bonus. Knowing who is going where and when is what they want to know.
You’re not paranoid when they really are out to get you.
It has been said that a modern interpretation of the Third Amendment should prohibit the government from forcing you to host government agents in your home, whether they be human or electronic agents.
Not that most people in power give a femtocrap about the Constitution these days.
Tax by the mile.No new nukes. No new refineries. No drilling in the gulf or ANWR and now he wants to cut oil imports by one-third.
He’s either insane or he wants to annihilate the American economy.
This is all on the 52% who put their blinders on and voted for this joke-of-a-president.
Here’s some wonderful fascism. Brought to you by the Delaware State Police. Why they needed to be out there, I don’t know.
Tax dollars at work!
Where do you get the idea that’s an either/or situation?