We all know that rich people are bad by definition according to the tenets of liberalism.
What also needs to be realized is that people who drive – no matter how poor they are or how much they need to drive – are also bad people by the same tenets of liberalism.
And bad people should be punished.
Obama administration floats draft plan to tax cars by the mile
By Pete Kasperowicz – 05/05/11 07:45 AM ET
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.
The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.
“This is not an administration proposal,” White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. “This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”
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.
The CBO report was requested by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who has proposed taxing cars by the mile as a way to increase federal highway revenues.
The proposal seems to follow up on that idea in section 2218 of the draft bill. That section would create, within the Federal Highway Administration, a Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office. It would be tasked with creating a “study framework that defines the functionality of a mileage-based user fee system and other systems.”
The department seemed to be aware of the need to prepare the public for what would likely be a controversial change to the way highway funds are collected. For example, the office is called on to serve a public-relations function, as the draft says it should “increase public awareness regarding the need for an alternative funding source for surface transportation programs and provide information on possible approaches.”
The draft bill says the “study framework” for the project and a public awareness communications plan should be established within two years of creating the office, and that field tests should begin within four years.
The office would be required to consider four factors in field trials: the capability of states to enforce payment, the reliability of technology, administrative costs and “user acceptance.” The draft does not specify where field trials should begin.
The new office would be funded a total of $300 million through fiscal 2017 for the project.
This story was updated at 10:17 a.m.
The obvious reason liberals give for thinking that people who drive are bad is environmentalism. If you drive, you are guilty of helping to murder the planet. And – as the utterly looney-leftist United Nations wants you to understand – the planet should have more rights than you.
What the left doesn’t say is that the above is a pretense, not their real reason (although it clearly is the primary reason for the useful idiots who make up much of the environmentalist movement). The real reason is control: the left wants to have near total control of how you live your life. And the freedom to drive where you want to is a major obstacle to the type of control the left wants.
Let me remind you this has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 million American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.
- is pretty much to quote them all on pretty much anything. What they really want is “to control the people.”
Right now, you can buy a car, fill it with gas, and drive wherever you want to go. That’s just wrong to Democrats. You shouldn’t be able to do that. You should have to travel the way they want you to travel. To the extent you should even be allowed to drive at all, you should only be able to drive the type of vehicle THEY want you to drive. And there should be a tracking device so they can track where you’ve been. And, of course, ultimately, you shouldn’t BE allowed to drive. It’s too much freedom. You should have to use public transportation.
It’s really not an accusation; it is simply a FACT that fascist Democrats want to take away your freedom, take away your car, monitor where you’ve been by installing tracking equipment and tax you into extinction.
And the easiest way for totalitarians – I mean liberals – to do that is to make gas so expensive that the unwashed masses simply can’t afford it. Which goes along with making the sacred “green” cars too expensive for most families to be able to afford.
You’ve got the man Obama handpicked for his energy secretary on the record saying, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” When of course gas prices in Europe are easily double ours in Amerca.
Meanwhile, Obama’s response to shockingly high gas prices has been to demonize oil companies and decry their profits. When what’s funny about that is that 1) oil companies make about 7 cents per gallon in profit, versus Obama’s government which makes about 44 cents in “profit” per gallon (with state governments gouging for even more “profit”). And 2) by taking away tax breaks that ALL U.S. companies get, what Obama is really demanding is that Americans pay even MORE for their gasoline – because ALL TAXES ON CORPORATIONS SIMPLY GET PASSED ON TO CUSTOMERS IN THE FORM OF HIGHER PRICES.
Obama is not only basically saying, “Screw you, America!” He’s saying that Americans are simply too stupid to even understand that they are getting screwed.