Make Mine Freedom

Make Mine Freedom (A Cartoon from 1948)

H/T to Tom & Jim

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Taxing Situations

CBO: Taxing Mileage A ‘Practical Option’ For Revenue Enhancement

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.

[…] The report added that VMT taxes could be tracked and even collected at filling stations. “If VMT taxes were collected at the pump, each time fuel was purchased, information would be sent from a device in the vehicle to a device at the filling station,” it said.

Another way to offset costs–fire the idiots that came up with this idea.

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Now here’s a proposal that really stinks:

Suttle Unrolls Toilet Paper Tax (Omaha.com)

Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects.

Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.

[…] The mayor says Omaha needs help with the metro area’s $1.7 billion bill for federally mandated sewer improvements. The work must be done by 2024.

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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11 Responses to Make Mine Freedom

  1. AFVET says:

    Air Force 1 goes first.
    The C-17 and Air Force 2 come next, along with his motorcade.
    They pay, after telling US what it costs, then we’ll pay.
    Perhaps, …..maybe.

  2. roxannadanna says:

    This so-called VMT was discussed 2 years ago by that dickhead Ray LaHood and I’d hoped it went dead, but not so. I keep wondering when enough will be enough for American citizens? How much more are they willing to give up and turn over to the government? He says he has the technology now to disable cell phones in cars. Can he disable loud mouthy kids in the back seat too?

    Oh you know… I could give up and just stay in bed all day. Things seem to get worse and worse …

    • Bob Mack says:

      I heard that horse’s ass Maher make the following remark tonight while I was on my way outside to walk the dog:
      “Not all Republicans are racists, but all racists are Republicans.”
      After which he and his panel of born-again liberal war-mongers went into a lengthy defense of Obombya’s great humanitarian (and blatantly unconstitutional) ordnance drops. They then had the unmitigated gall to accuse Republicans & conservatives of hypocrisy.
      I had a hard time keeping the dog from peeing on the television…

  3. roxannadanna says:

    And one more thing: what happened to the Stimulus money? Wasn’t that supposed to PAY for infrastructure needs? So why do they need this VMT and toilet paper tax? where the hell did that stimulus money go?????

    • Bob Mack says:

      Same place it always goes–into the pockets of the pols & their buddies. The Washington Times editorialized on the VMT today: CBO’s toll-road fib

      While officially nonpartisan, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) occasionally lends its credibility to the most fashionable theories emanating from the left. The agency’s green eyeshades issued a report Wednesday that perpetuates one of Washington’s biggest lies: that drivers don’t pay enough in taxes.

      […] There’s no such thing as a “nonuser” of the road network. America has 208 million licensed drivers out of a population of 240 million of driving age. Only a handful of people depend on the bicycles, buses and trolleys that meet with liberal approval. Everyone benefits from having food and other goods delivered by truck. Motorists are one of the most overtaxed groups in America, and the automobile has done more to enable this country’s economic success than any other invention.

  4. samhenry says:

    I am amazed at how dedicated to complication of a simple enterprise the Democrats are. This is a micro example of how they plan federal programs. Always there is some kind of structure needed for reportage – more jobs added to the economy.

    On the one hand you have a movement afoot to take the tracking cookies off the net and you have the government wanting to be its own Facebook. Enough of the tracking. I will not allow such a thing to be put on my car that stays garaged most of the time.

    Raise the gas taxes, stupid.

  5. Matt says:

    They never quit, do they? Always coming up with new and asinine ways to fleece the public, and funnel the proceeds to their supporters.

  6. They can’t get a tax bill past the House so they “mandate” that the states do it. How sweet it is!

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