Two years ago, Obama's Secretary for Transportation floated the idea of a "mileage tax" -- in which (and I'm not kidding) citizens are tracked via a GPS system, and then taxed based on their car's mileage.
Now, of course, it seems more attractive. That's the natural result of wasting $1 trillion. Suddenly every revenue idea looks good. Sort of like what I always imagined the Jack in the Box fast food chain slogan should be: "If you're drunk enough, you'll eat it."
If you're broke enough, suddenly it doesn't seem so outlandish to track people in their cars and charge them by the mile. Anything but cut spending.
And now, the idea is back. From The Hill:
The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.
The plan is a part of the administration's Transportation Opportunities Act, anundated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.
The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.
“This is not an administration proposal," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. "This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”
Uh huh. Raising taxes, tracking citizens -- this doesn't sound like him at all. Of course, the Feds can turn everything into a bureaucratic nightmare:
The administration seems to be aware of the need to prepare the public for what would likely be a controversial change to the way highway funds are collected. For example, the office is called on to serve a public-relations function, as the draft says it should "increase public awareness regarding the need for an alternative funding source for surface transportation programs and provide information on possible approaches."
The draft bill says the "study framework" for the project and a public awareness communications plan should be established within two years of creating the office, and that field tests should begin within four years.
There'll be a "study framework" and a "public awareness campaign" and "field tests" and eventually, if they have their way, we'll all be paying more taxes. All of us. And that's the key here, isn't it? Obama needs more money to fund his bloated, expanding, intrusive government. But he's checkmated himself -- he keeps talking about raising taxes on the "millionaires and billionaires," but someone must have shown him the math. There isn't enough money there.
So now he has to go after the "hundred-thousand-aires and thousand-aires" until he hits the near-half of the country that pays no federal tax at all. Which also happens to be his base. So where can he get the money?
New taxes, all over the place. Never mind that we're already taxed by the mile, essentially, when you factor in gas taxes. The plan is to nickel and dime us into penury. Anything to keep the federal beast fat and happy.