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Bloviating Zeppelin: Tax, Tax, Tax, Remove Your Freedom & Your Rights

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tax, Tax, Tax, Remove Your Freedom & Your Rights

The federal CBO wants to tax your vehicle mileage.

More taxes. Less freedom.

From The Hill:

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.

You'll particularly appreciate this part:

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?"

Any other concerns? Certainly:

On how to implement the idea, CBO said it is unclear how much it would cost to "install metering equipment in all of the nation's cars and trucks."

"Having the devices installed as original equipment under a mandate to vehicle manufacturers would be relatively inexpensive but could lead to a long transition; requiring vehicles to be retrofitted with the devices could be faster but much more costly, and the equipment could be more susceptible to tampering than factory-installed equipment might be," CBO said.

The report added that VMT taxes could be tracked and even collected at filling stations. "If VMT taxes were collected at the pump, each time fuel was purchased, information would be sent from a device in the vehicle to a device at the filling station," it said.

CBO also suggested different VMT tax rates might be assessed to different vehicles because heavier vehicles do more road damage, and rates might change depending on whether miles are driven at peak use times or during less congested hours.

CBO did acknowledge that privacy concerns may be a hurdle to implementing a VMT tax because electronic tracking of miles driven might provide too much personal information to the government. However, CBO noted that some have proposed restricting the information that would be transmitted to the government.

In essence: because we've finally pushed you into hybrids, it's not fair that taxes on gasoline are faltering (even though you already pay 47+ cents per gallon in federal taxes); we need another way to fleece the taxpayer, another strata of taxation. It's not enough that you already pay for roads via other taxes -- now we need to turn you upside down, charge you for mileage and then install intrusive devices on your vehicle.

What's next? GPS on your conveyances, so that the government can know where you are at all times? And then what of insurance companies? You think they're going to sit idly by whilst the government collects mileage fees without them? Oh no, think again. The insurance industry will jump on the mileage issue with both feet and that's how you'll be charged in addition to your deductible, etc.

Fleecing you for more cash, demanding more taxes, losing more of your freedoms, being monitored in terms of time, place and distance by your federal government -- what's not to love about that?



Blogger jinksto said...

A novel idea for the problem of reduced income:
Spend Less.

Wonder if we can maybe sneak that into an email to congress or something?

Fri Mar 25, 05:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Z said...

great post, BZ...sadly, it's only we conservative bloggers who get this......

what's not to like, you ask?


Fri Mar 25, 10:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

Hate the idea. I do give whoever is in charge with putting it out to the public without a lot of B.S.
That's refreshing.

Fri Mar 25, 03:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Leticia said...

Spend less. Excellent idea.

What's not to like, you ask? My response, everything and anything about it. I loathe it.

Fri Mar 25, 03:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Greybeard said...

I think this is one of those things that might be the final straw, BZ. Like prohibition, folks who think a law is unfair will become scofflaws. I foresee a cottage industry to disable or otherwise disrupt any gps's added to vehicles for this purpose springing up and flourishing. And I also foresee enough folks willing to do it that the law will be unenforceable.
(Nor would many L.E. officers WANT to enforce it, if my sense of it is correct.)
We live in interesting times.

Fri Mar 25, 04:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Oh HELL no...

Fri Mar 25, 05:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Clinical, WSF. I suspect the word you're searching for is clinical.

Let's just tax everything. Tax and tax and tax and tax and tax.

There is, then, no limit. Let's continue to pay taxes upon taxes and, further, to acquiesce to our freedoms being further limited.



Fri Mar 25, 07:59:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you guys supported the GOP's tax breaks for the wealthy. This is how we make up for it. Don't like it (or your schools closing and cops laid off)? FIGHT THE REAL ENEMY!

Sat Mar 26, 03:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

One reason that highway funds are running short:

The Obama Administration has been advocating fuel efficiency for going on 3 years … and now that the American public is starting to begrudgingly comply … the folks in DC are upset because gas-tax revenues are down.

The device mentioned here in this post at BZ is so Big Brother that I can hardly stand to think about what such monitoring means as far as violation of privacy goes. Taxes are paid by using a Social Security number; it would be only a matter of time before gas station personnel hacked into those numbers and stole identities.

Sun Mar 27, 02:55:00 AM PDT  

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