Obama Says NO to LaHood's MILEAGE TAX
by Pravin, Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 04:58:21 AM EST
Ray LaHood, the Transportation Secretary wants to enact a mileage tax to make up for the loss of revenue on the gas tax. Hey, here is an idea! Increase the gas taxes instead. Why are we punishing those who drive a lot but use energy efficient cars?
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn _ an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.
Gasoline taxes that for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation's transportation system moving, LaHood said in an interview with The Associated Press.
"We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled," the former Illinois Republican lawmaker said.
Plus, the way they want to implement this sounds intrusive to me. As a liberal libertarian, I feel it is not the government's business to track how many miles I drive a year.
A tentative plan in Massachusetts to use GPS chips in vehicles to charge motorists by the mile has drawn complaints from drivers who say it's an Orwellian intrusion by government into the lives of citizens. Other motorists say it eliminates an incentive to drive more fuel-efficient cars since gas guzzlers will be taxed at the same rate as fuel sippers.
Besides a VMT tax, more tolls for highways and bridges and more government partnerships with business to finance transportation projects are other funding options, LaHood, one of two Republicans in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, said in the interview Thursday.
Great, so much for a Republican in an Obama cabinet. He is more taxhungry than a stereotypical Democrat.
You want to save money - stop bailing out rich companies! Increase gas taxes a little more if you have to. That will collect taxes at the Point of Sale instead of putting a monitoring device in my car. It will force people to look for more energy efficient cars the free market way instead of taxing miles driven. That will generate more revenues.P.S.: For the record, I have an Infiniti G35. I get 20mpg in my regular driving. I like to drive fast and am prepared to pay for my extra gas consumption which a mileage tax doesn't take into account. So this is not about my personal gain. at the same time, I anticipate red lights and rarely have to brake. I turn my car off if I have a lengthy wait in a long drivethru line and move my car only when two cars advance. If I stop at a just turned red light and anticipate a 2 minute wait , sometimes I will turn the engine off, keeping the radio on. A mileage tax won't take such habits into consideration. Update [2009-2-20 13:58:6 by Pravin]: HAIL OBAMA! His adminstration has struck down this ridiculous proposal. He saved the Democrats from becoming a laughable stereotype even if the idea was originated by a Republican. Speaking of Republicans, if Obama is going to cross the aisle to appoint Republicans, why not appoint the brightest? Why settle for these kind of people? Stick with Democrats unless exceptional people from the other side are available. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/02/20/transportation-chief-considers-taxing-miles-driven/