Some horses, even when dead, continue to be beaten. And our dead horse of the day is back- taxing cars by the mile. As if the government needs to be any more involved in my life, (NOT), they would like to put a ‘tracker’ in my car to estimate how many miles I drive. Uhm, no. Just NO.
From The Blaze:
While CBO admits there are some privacy issues involved, it suggested that the electronic devices would be used to generate information that is only collected by a private entity, not the government, for the purpose of calculating mileage taxes.
The Obama administration seems to like this idea. Back in 2011, the Department of Transportation drew up legislation that would have set up group to study a VMT system, and then start field testing that system after a few ears. The bill provided $300 million for the project.
Once the idea became known, the White House quickly dismissed the idea as something that was included in an early draft of a proposal, but was later dropped.
Still, Democrats in particular have raised the idea of a VMT system over the last few years, as it has become increasingly clear that the highway trust fund is about to run out of money.
I would personally rather pay high taxes and sit in messes like the ones above (That’s a picture of my native Washington, in rush hour) than to let the government place a tracking device in my car. They even admit there are privacy issues. Let your Congress member know today that this is an unacceptable alternative to providing federal highway funding.