Obama Floating Scheme to Tax Drivers Based on Miles Driven

Thursday, May 5, 2011

If you live in the west or southwest, where distances between home and work are the greatest, get ready to be penalized by Dear Leader.

In an elitist scheme hatched by the Obama administration, drivers would be taxed based on how many miles they drive.

The Hill reports:

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.

Obama’s proposal seems to follow up on that idea in section 2218 of the draft bill. That section would create, within the Federal Highway Administration, a Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office. The plan is a part of the administration’s Transportation Opportunities Act, a draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.

Anticipating outcry from the American public, the administration tried to distance itself from the proposal. The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.

However, a March Congressional Budget Office report supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven. Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could be tracked by installing electronic equipment on each car to determine how many miles were driven; payment could take place electronically at filling stations.

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.”

Such a scheme would penalize American workers least able to afford to live inside densely populated urban cores where home prices are the highest. They’re forced to live in outlaying suburbs where housing is the most affordable. This is especially true in the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles.

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20 Responses to Obama Floating Scheme to Tax Drivers Based on Miles Driven

  1. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Obama should be floating alongside Osama!

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    I drive 22 miles each way. I can’t afford a decent house in Denver so I live in the burbs and I like it. I wonder what 44 miles round trip will be taxed at in Obamaland? You know, in a perfect world we would all drive cheap, electric cars and public transit would be like London or New York but, the reality is very different for much of this nation. I guess Obama doesn’t get it.

  3. Debbie Banuelos says:

    Who wants to live in an Obama-designated city?

    I absolutely love my tidy suburban home, with it’s rose garden out back and place for our dogs to frolic and play. I know this isn’t Obama’s vision for America but he’s in the minority and I’m taking about his skin color.

    Maybe now even the doubters can admit that President Obama is the most radical Chief Executive this nation has ever seen?

  4. Lauren says:

    Yo Christopher (dawg), I heard you liked blog posts, so I posted a blog post about your (very interesting) blog post!

  5. Joe in Colorado,

    If you work in San Francisco, unless you can qualify for a $750,000 mortgage, your options are rent an apartment for $2,000 a month or, move to far-flung suburbs like Vallejo or Concord.

    Same in LA. If you work downtown, and want to buy a house, you must compute 20 and 30 miles to suburbs like Santa Clarita or West Covina.

    This is one of the worst ideas Dear Leader has proposed and if it’s enacted, I hope it is challenged in court. It’s blatant discrimination against middle class and working class Americans.

  6. Woodcliffe says:

    I have a proposal? Let’s tax each of President Obama’s idiotic ideas. This tax alone should cut the Federal deficit by half. I’m not sure what planet our president lives or what country but he’s getting stranger by the day. Could he have Alzheimer disease?

  7. Rachel says:

    I can’t afford any more of this president’s “hope and change.” I’m using a credit card to pay for it and I am very, very displeased with the job he’s doing. I’ll tell you what. Let the Feds even try to install some device in my car to track and tax my mileage. I swear to God, I will take a screwdriver and a pliers and rip the God damned thing out and mail it back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, COD. I’m not playing.

  8. Estacada says:

    Where is all the tax money raised allegedly going for? If it’s electric cars, the proposal is already a fail. DOA and here’s why.

    In huge states like Alaska, California and Texas, it is impossible for current electric car technology to build an adequate number of recharge stations. It might work in tiny states like Rhode Island and inner-city driving (think golf carts) but for most of the country, electric cars aren’t practical. It’s better to think natural gas or even hydrogen.

  9. Mets Fan says:

    Marxist Obama needs to have his head examined.

    The U.S. is already one of the most heavily and unfairly taxed nations on earth. We need to vote this clown out of office in 2012. At point, I don’t really care who replaces him. Just so long as he’s replaced.

  10. Idaho Librul says:

    Hydrogen car technology already exists but it is incredibly expensive.

    I saw an article about it a year or so ago and the cars were all selling for more than $100,000 each! Way out of reach for 95% of the car buying public. Even if I could afford to drop $100,000 on a car, I wouldn’t do it. That’s money I could put into a retirement account.

    But I’m with Rachel. If Obama forces the issue — like making the mileage counter part of car registration, I’ll drive unregistered. I’m too old and too ornery to be backed into a corner like this.

  11. 4angel says:

    We’re already being taxed on our mileage….it’s called the per gallon tax.

  12. retahyajyajav says:

    Each time I get gas at Costco I see the sticker showing the federal, state and sales taxes added to each gallon. The mileage tax would be in addition to the three?

    Ah, I don’t think so, Barry. I’m with Rachel and Idaho Liberal. I’ll drive unregistered and illegal before I accept this stupidity.

  13. Stephen Iversonn says:

    Such a tax would be a burden on the poorest Americans among us.

    The elderly, the disabled and the working poor. This president really loathes the most vulnerable in our country. Perhaps, they’re a reminder of his mother? A struggling, single mother who was abandoned by Obama’s criminal father, who escaped the USA, returning to Kenya, leaving her with two, young children to support.

  14. Pechanga says:

    Does Obama plan to track and tax our car miles only or will he insert himself into our motorcycle and bike mileage too?

    Seriously, I’m starting to think we’re living in China or the USSR.

  15. Jolly Roger says:

    The truth is, this is going to happen. If Obama doesn’t do it, someone else surely will. Oil is a finite resource and we aren’t going to be able to afford to send more kids off to die for it, sooner or later.

    The only answers left are heavy investment in mass transit and a revamping of zoning laws to allow more of a mix of things, like things were before the ‘burbs and NIMBY became all the rage. Out here, grass farming suburbanites are sitting on some of the best farmlands the Earth has. Given the population of the Earth right now, that is suicidal.

  16. Jolly Roger,

    I understand as one of Obama’s Truest Believers, you will always back anything he proposes but once again, you’re wrong.

    The five largest oil companies last week announced first-quarter profits of $32 billion, up a whopping 30% from the first quarter of 2010. Exxon Mobil Corp. alone reported quarterly earnings of $11 billion, nearly 70% percent higher than a year ago, while BP p.l.c., Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips, and Royal Dutch Shell p.l.c. reaped the remaining $21 billion.

    At a time when gas prices exceed $4 a gallon, these profits are coming out of ordinary people’s pockets — like you and me, and not just at the pump. American families are also padding the oil companies’ enormous profits with their tax dollars. In effect, U.S. taxpayers wrote a collective $70 billion bonus check to the oil industry when they filed their taxes last month.

    The tax code is stuffed with a host of subsidies for oil and gas. If alternative fuels are the goal, you underwrite the costs of development by eliminating the tax subsidies to Big Oil and use those savings for such things as electric cars. The American people should not be slapped by a mileage tax.

  17. Nigel Karsten says:

    Is Jolly Roger one of the zombies we saw on Sky news Monday morning outside the White House drunk and chanting “Obama, Obama, Obama”?

    Sure looks like it.

  18. Robyn says:

    Obama should take away Big Oil’s subsidies. That alone would close a budget hole.

    Ahnold tried to float this idea a few years back and we threatened to impeach him. I expect more of the same if any leader tries to do this.

  19. ultragreen says:

    Stephen Iversonn says: “Such a tax would be a burden on the poorest Americans among us. The elderly, the disabled and the working poor. This president really loathes the most vulnerable in our country. ”

    Nah, many of these people live in cities where they use mass-transit. Why do you think so many of them remained in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina hit? I could never understand why people who drive cars always think everyone else drives cars.

    Nor do Americans pay much in the way of transportation-related taxes. If you want to see some real taxes, take a trip to Japan, Israel, or western Europe and compare their gasoline prices with ours.

    The biggest problem with Obama’s “driving tax” is that it doesn’t discriminate between driving a gas-guzzler versus driving a fuel-efficient vehicle. To discourage the use of gas-guzzlers, Federal excise taxes on gasoline should be increased. This hasn’t been done in over 10-20 years — yet another reason why the Federal government is going broke.

  20. ajihani says:

    The “take a trip to Japan, Israel, or western Europe and compare their gasoline prices with ours” argument is one of the lamest of all.

    Frankly, I don’t care what the Japanese or the Brits pay. I care what I pay.

    As long as the US government allows the General Electrics and the Exxon-Mobils to pay zero taxes, this means the American consumer will be forced to make up the shortfall. Be it in the form of gasoline tax or income taxes.

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