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As the welfare state teeters…

March 24, 2011

get ready for some big brother action to help shore up its coffers:

 

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.”

 

So how are they going to charge you for your driving? Well, the only way they really can probably, by putting a tracking device on your vehicle that will report to the IRS probably. That would be the only way to do so without rampant fraud and evasion.

Oh, and how is this NOT going to affect that much maligned “middle class” by raising their costs on them….. Yeah. That is what I thought…

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4 Comments
  1. March 24, 2011 9:02 pm

    Oh. And get ready for your poop paper to get taxed as well… in order to help states and cities pay for their federally mandated “sewer” upgrades…. as usual, the costs get shoved onto the “poor” and the “middle class”. Strange how that always works…. they, our betters on the Versailles on the Potomac all talk about how they want to protect and help the “middle class” while sticking it to the rich. Yet we see once again an idea being put forth that will hit those being protected right in the butt…. pun intended..

  2. texan2driver permalink
    March 24, 2011 9:19 pm

    Are the detrimental effects to the poor, the middle class, and the economy as a whole not COMPLETELY obvious in this “mileage tax?” It would seem to be obvious, which makes me think it is intentional.

    Wait for it…

  3. March 25, 2011 6:01 am

    I’ve heard this subject come up before, taxing based on miles driven. Why not instead of finding ways to generate revenue they find ways to cut costs. Oh, that would be too logical. Silly me! I’m sure the citizens of this country will have no problem w/ Big Govvernment tracking its miles and where they go. What a bunch of federal crap.

  4. Michael permalink
    March 25, 2011 6:01 am

    Craig, such a thing is NOT going to happen. In fact, I’ll be willing to be a pretty significant sum that it won’t. Big Brother stuff is far more of a Republican thing, but only if it involves what we read and who we sleep with.

    TP? Yeah, right. And no, we do not “stick it” to the rich, unless paying their fair share is sticking it to them. On second thought, that is exactly what you think.

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