Obama wants to eliminate gasoline taxes

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Don’t get excited. He wants to replace them with a tax that will cost you twice a month and will involve a device in your vehicle that tracks you as you drive.

The average driver pays about $96 a year in federal gas taxes, said GAO. Should the administration seek to raise the highway trust fund from $34 billion to the $78 billion needed to fix and maintain roads, that could rise to $248. Translated into a pay-per-mile plan, drivers would face a tax of 2.2 cents per mile compared to the 0.9 cents they pay now. Trucks would pay far more.

“We modeled the average mileage fee rates that would be needed for passenger vehicles and commercial trucks to meet three illustrative Highway Trust Fund revenue targets ranging from about $34 billion to $78.4 billion per year. To meet these targets, a driver of a passenger vehicle with average fuel efficiency would pay from $108 to $248 per year in mileage fees compared to the $96 they currently pay annually in federal gasoline tax,” said GAO.

They will require a GPS tracker retrofitted into every car. It’s to help fairly determine your miles traveled, you see, and to help states apportion those taxes according to which state you drove those mile in. It’s not to track civilian travel, oh my, no, and only a racist would even make such a claim. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Only criminals care if the TSA puts “random” stop-and-frisk checkpoints on the roads. After all, we can’t have people disabling their tracking devices, now can we?

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18 Responses to Obama wants to eliminate gasoline taxes

  1. Bman says:

    Eliminate the gas tax? Ha! I wonder how much of the $248B will be spent on pet projects, like light rail and other transit systems. I wonder how much of the $248B will actually be spent on transportation issues at all.

  2. RUDE JUDE says:

    That’s ok. I know a REALLY good mechanic that’s up on all this new hi tech crap they keep putting in new cars. Easy fix. Oh, and I’m married to him too. BONUS!!

  3. Rockheim says:

    Gosh.. You know.. I don’t think there is an ODBII port on either my motorcycle or my wife’s motorcycle.. Well heck.. that’s just terrible..

  4. RJ says:

    My wife drives minimum 450 miles/week just to work and back, her car gets average 28 mpg so Let me start by saying math is not my strong point.

    Current gasoline tax according to US Energy Info web site is 18.4 cents per gallon.
    So 28 mpg average in her car she drives 450 miles per week consuming 16.07 gal on which $2.95 or $147.5 / yr fed tax.

    Or with the new 2.2 cents per mile rate at $9.90 fed tax per week or $495.00 per yr

    or a extra $347 dollars per yr in taxes just to drive to work and back.

    Two questions> is my math fubard or do they think I am stupid and can’t figure it out.

    • RUDE JUDE says:

      “They” think we all are too stoopid.

    • fubar says:

      “or a extra $347 dollars per yr in taxes just to drive to work and back”.

      penalizing producers to fund the parasites

      • notamobster says:

        I think they are indifferent to stupidity or intelligence. They know that the American people won’t do anything to get organized. They just don’t care. They’ll have there way and they’ll use the Imperial Media to sell it to you. If you don’t accept it, they will force it upon you.

        Our federal government has grown to big for it’s britches. It’s nearing time for individual states to start saying enough, as they are doing with the gun control issue.

  5. fubar says:

    well, this is just what they have already done to commercial drivers –

    is this going to be in addition to IFTA quarterlies?

    are private citizens also going to be required to get CPAP tests like commercial drivers?

  6. Matt says:

    My ODBII port hasn’t functioned properly ever since it started getting all clogged up with smashed ODBII port.

  7. Rockheim says:

    Aside.. I wonder how hard it would be to simply either repin the port to make it useless.. Or run voltage through a couple pins.. “Goodness.. Why is your $25,000 diagnostic and data collection system smoking like that? You know that your electronics don’t function when you let the smoke out of them…”

  8. xiphos says:

    Who’s going to manufacture the devices to be installed in our vehicles? Cost over-runs? Who pays for the installation? How many government ‘workers’ will be added to the payroll to crunch the numbers when April 15th rolls around?
    Hey, I’ve seen the road repairs here in ILL-inois. Helen Keller and her blind dog could do a better job with a turkey baster.

  9. fubar says:

    according to WAPO -
    “But doing so would not be easy. The GAO points out that there are significant privacy concerns in using devices like GPS to track drivers and, in turn, tax them on their travels. Nor would such a system come cheap. In a press release, the GAO states that “implementing a system to collect fees from 230 million U.S. passenger vehicles is likely to greatly exceed the costs of collecting fuel taxes” — at least for the first several years.”

    (not that that would be used in an argument to withdraw this stupid idea)
    —————————————————–
    From the same article:

    “In Virginia, controversy is a-brewin’ over Governor Bob McDonnell’s plan to eliminate the state’s gasoline tax. The funds generated from that tax have traditionally been earmarked for maintenance and construction of Virginia’s roads.

    To replace gas tax revenue, McDonnell plans to do three things: (1) raise the state’s sales tax by about 16%, (2) increase vehicle registration fees, and (3) siphon off money from schools, mental health programs, and public safety initiatives.”
    ___________

    holy crap – a 16% sales tax! and I thought PA was bad with sales, and local taxes.

      • Matt says:

        Fubar–to clarify, I think they’re talking about just raising the existing 5.0% state sales tax by 16%, which would make it a 5.8% sales tax.

        I actually like the idea of increasing certain taxes if it means getting rid of others, because it makes it harder to “boil the frog”. With the current abundance of various kinds of taxes, how many people really know what their total tax burden is? Probably not too many. While most of us think of our tax burden in terms of our federal income tax rate, there’s also state income taxes, social security, medicare, the various components of local property tax, additional sales tax if you’re a smoker or drive an expensive vehicle, gasoline tax, etc. It therefore becomes pretty easy to raise any of these taxes incrementally without prompting too much of an outcry. The fact that most of us have the largest of these taxes automatically deducted from our paychecks makes it even less likely that we’ll really notice small changes in them. But if our taxes were limited to just one large sales tax? We’d probably pay a lot more attention to proposed tax increases.

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