Wednesday, November 17, 2004


Travel Distance Tax?

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday appointed a new Department of Motor Vehicles director who has advocated taxing motorists for every mile they drive — by placing tracking devices in their cars.

Welcome to California. Apparently the state isn't making enough money on the gasoline tax, they are wanting to switch to a system where you are taxed for every mile you drive. Instead of taxing the amount of gas you use, they will actually tax the distance you drive. Honestly, I don't know what to think of this. It's a tax, so I hate it, but it's merely replacing another tax, so I guess it depends on whether I save money or not. In a way it makes me laugh. All of these Liberals who love taxes so much have been advocating more fuel efficient vehicles. Now we aren't getting enough money from taxing gasoline, so state officials want to install a GPS tracking device on every vehicle in the state in order to compensate for the effects of the anti-SUV sentiment. It's just like their big push for a ban on cigarrettes which would cut them off of a huge chunk of over-tax revenue. But anyway, I drive alot, but I guess the taxes are paid at the pump anyway. I don't think this is going to lower anyone's taxes. It's just going to prevent their beloved hybrid-car owners from getting any breaks. In other words, the driver of a Toyota Prius has to pay just as much of a travel tax as the guy driving the new International CXT. Hmm, I could actually see myself supporting an idea like this. If only it wasn't a tax. If they switch it from a tax to a fee, and it doesn't cost me as much to drive up and down the state, I might be in on this. I'm not cool with the idea of charging more taxes for freeway use, or for use of busier streets. That would just clog up side streets, and make problem areas out of places that aren't built to handle high-volume traffic.

I have a more time/cost of doing business effective way of revinue generation in CA. Why don't we just give our entire pay check to the state. They can take what they need to fix things, and then they can give back to us what they feel we need to live on. Oh wait. that's socialism. oh wait, that's what they want. *rolls eyes* The liberals dont frigging get it, do they? They want to raise taxes, raise taxes... it sounds like a good idea, pay for this that and the other thing, but you just keep taking a bigger and bigger percentage of people's money away, it's not like the percentages and ratios are going to somehow change. If you keep taking, and never giving back, eventually you have EVERYTHING.
People won't take it for very long. That's why there has been so many people who have opted to move out. It's just one tax after another, and somehow, we are still in an astronomical deficit. It's amazing how such stupid people can ending in such powerful positions.
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