Regardless of who proposed this idiotic idea, it is ominous in what it reveals about the Democrats’ view of taxation in general (more, always more). And this really bothers me:
News of the draft follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven.I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a little problem with the government putting a tracking device in my car, even if it’s just a kind of high-tech odometer. I’ve got a problem with creating a new bureaucracy, too:
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.
Obama's 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."Save yourself the trouble, Obamanauts. I’ve created my own, privately-funded bureaucracy – consisting of me – and according to my “study framework”, I have concluded that the future “functionality” of any politician fool enough to try to turn this thing into the law of the land is hovering between “zero” and “none”.