Pete Buttigieg, the Incoming Transportation Secretary who has zero experience in transportation, has proposed taxing Americans for the number of miles they drive. Yes, you read that right. He wants to tax you for every mile you drive. This is a policy he pushed when he ran as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020.
The Democrats are saying that Buttigieg has experience for the post because he was a mayor. Again you read that right, because he was a mayor.
The Biden administration is desperately trying to find ways to fund a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Either way, it’s going to come out of your pocket. The government has no money of its own. Every dime the government spends comes from working people in taxes.
Buttigieg recognized that there are privacy concerns that go with implementing a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) program, and declared that it is being considered as a potential replacement for the gas tax. I bet no one in the mainstream media will ask if it is to replace gas tax then how are they going to reach the $1 trillion goal for an infrastructure plan? If they replace the gas tax this VMT then how are they going to fund all the stuff that the gas tax pays for now? This a scam. They are going to implement a VMT tax and keep the gas tax. One of the things that Democrats have always been consistent about is they never give up money that’s already coming to them. The hardest thing to kill is a government program.
Think about it. You are now going to be taxed to drive to work, and to go food shopping for your family. You’re going to be taxed to drive somewhere on vacation, and forget driving across the country just to see it. How can you afford that? The Woke Supremacy of socialism doesn’t care, they want their money.
Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) asked Buttigieg during his confirmation hearing if he supports increasing the federal gas tax, which is how the federal government pays for the Federal Highway Trust Fund.
“I think all options need to be on the table, as you know, the [federal] gas tax has not been increased since 1993, and it has never been pegged to inflation, and it’s one of the reasons why the current state of Highway Trust Fund is that there’s more going out than coming in,” Buttigieg said in response. “In the long term, we need to bear in mind also that as vehicles become more efficient and as we pursue electrification, sooner or later, there will be questions about whether the gas tax can be effective at all.”
Virginia, whose governor is a radical progressive that we still don’t know if he was the guy in the Klan outfit or the guy wearing black face in his high school yearbook, has already begun charging “highway use fee” to drivers who has what the state considers fuel-efficient. This amount of the fee depends on how fuel-efficient the government determines the vehicle is, and the state government can change the tax rate at will.
And that’s not all. The state’s Department of Transportation began looking into starting a system where they are going to tax drivers for the number of miles a person drives. Maybe Buttigieg can get some tyranny pointers from Governor Ralph Northam for his plan.
Not to worry, because Buttigieg thinks tying the gas tax to inflation as well as the VMT model will be considered. We thank God for that, am I right? #SMH I thought they were going to replace the gas tax with the VMT?
“A lot has been suggested recently about the idea of vehicle-miles-traveled-based, so if we’re committed to the idea of user-pays, then part of how you might do that would be based on vehicle miles traveled [VMT],” he said. “But that raises, of course, concerns about privacy and there remains some technological questions too. These are examples of some of the things that could be part of the solution, but I know that’s going to have to be a conversation, not only in the administration but with Congress too.”
One of the ways discussed on how time implement a VMT system is for the federal government to create a tracking device, not unlike an EZ-Pass transponder that you will have to keep in your car so that the tyrants in DC can monitor not only how many miles you drive but where you drive as well. This is a complete violation of privacy and it violates the Fourth Amendment. Where are the civil liberties liberals? Why are they not screaming from the rooftops over this?
I ask this same question every time I write about what the Biden administration is doing: why would an American president do this to the American people? Already one can feel the district difference between the last administration and the Biden administration. Under the Trump administration, Americans felt they were in control of their lives. Whether you raised your standard of living or not was up to each individual, because the government got off your back. Under the current administration, you already feel you have lost control. You are being punished with taxes and regulations that are going to harm your standard of living and the federal government doesn’t seem to care about the consequences of its actions.
This is some real dystopian stuff. Does anyone believe that the American people voted for this? First of all, I still believe that the Democratic Party stole the election from Donald Trump. So things like this just add insult to serious injury as far as I’m concerned. Will the American people put up with this?
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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