Friday, February 20, 2009

O-day +30: Punishing Economical Drivers

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they buy.
So in order to actually diminish the demand for fuel efficient vehicles and to continue to fill the Gov't coffers that his boss just emptied even more, LaHood wants to punish people for driving. That's all this really is.

I bought a Prius because I couldn't afford to pay $4/gallon on a truck that only got 12mpg. I still drive the same distance but now the cost difference is going to be less depending on how much they make this tax. Beyond the fact that the gas tax most likely will be kept in addition. Hence less incentive to bother w/ the added cost of a fuel-efficient car.

This includes attaching GPS devices to vehicles to monitor them. Hmm, I wonder how long it will take before that plan becomes abused by our ever so trustworthy .gov?

Update: "O" 'spokesthings say "No" but (according to Il State Sen. Dale Righter) Il Democrats are proposing a .21+/gal. gas tax hike.


Anonymous said...

You know, some enetrprising hacker should come up with a way to "Black Box" into the GPS, and tell it you're in your driveway all the time. I'd rather pay a hacker 100$ than the greedy gov a single dime.

kaveman said...

Looks like LaHood got slapped down pretty fast.