A recent article “Good: We use less gas; Bad: Possible new tax” released by the Times wires is a shining example of national and local government’s inability to understand basic economic theory, as well as their continued disregard for the economic or constitutional liberties of this country’s people.
In summation, Americans are traveling less, buying more fuel-efficient cars and saving money as a result. In response to surprisingly responsible consumerism, the federal government and several state governments are looking for ways to tax drivers on the amount of miles they drive instead of how much gas they actually use. According to the article and a certain Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, as cars burn less fuel there won’t be enough revenue raised from the gas tax to maintain roads, bridges and transit programs. How silly we were to think we would actually be allowed to keep those savings.
Some ideas, mostly those coming from the National Commission on Surface Transportation and Infrastructure Financing, have actually included installing GPS monitoring devices on individual vehicles. In Oregon they’ve already tested the idea, but don’t worry, the devices just monitor where you go, for how long you were in the car and at what time you left and arrived at your destination. The kind and caring people from the government would also like to take this opportunity to assure you this information will be used for no purpose other than stealing your money… sure.
Currently the commission is working to convince Congress to raise the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon and 12 to 15 cents on diesel. The federal tax on gasoline is currently 18.4 cents a gallon and 24.4 cents a gallon on diesel.
Congratulations America, you have succeeded in realizing ways to save money and become more responsible drivers, unfortunately your government wants to make sure you never reap the benefits. What a joy it will be when people learn of the new subsidies given to hybrid and fuel efficient automobile producers, only to find out their mileage is being taxed in the same fashion as a 2007 Hummer. As if the current managed auto industry wasn’t enough of a nightmare.Published in