The government has been pushing “fuel efficient” cars on the public for decades – and now intends to punish the public for driving them.
By taxing them by the mile. To make up for their fuel efficiency. Ostensibly, to make up for the loss of “revenue” that isn’t being collected – via the tax on fuel. Which, of course, will still be collected, in full – in addition to the tax on driving.
This tells us the object of the exercise isn’t to reduce fuel consumption.
Not just by taxing it by the mile, either.
This tax will inevitably morph into taxing by time – as of day. This is called “congestion pricing” – and it means taxing people for when (and where) they drive – as during “peak” times, such as the morning drive and the evening drive home. So as to discourage people from driving when they need to drive and encourage them to ride . . . government forms of transportation: The ever-unpopular bus or train, which can only become popular by making it too expensive to drive.
This has been the underlying goal all along but now it’s becoming explicit. The recently (s)elected Biden regime’s secretary of transportation recently came out – so to speak – in favor of mulcting-by-the-mile at the federal level and in states such as Oregon, there is legislation afoot to impose the same idea at that level.
The Oregon legislation would impose a tax-by-mile on “fuel efficient” vehicles beginning in 2026.
Which vehicles qualify as “fuel efficient” enough to have their gas mileage advantage become a tax liability? Any car that achieves 30 MPG or more – as well as electric cars and hybrid cars – the irony of which is probably lost on the people who bought them thinking at least in part about how much money they were going to save on gas.
This business being of a piece with the surprise now being enjoyed by people who lined up for the Holy Jab thinking it would mean they’d be allowed to remove the Holy Rag . . . who now find that they must still wear the Rag (in Oregon, legislation is afoot to make Rag Wearing permanent, Holy Jabs notwithstanding).
Supposedly, the mulcting-by-the-mile is merely a necessary to offset the supposedly unforeseen diminution in motor fuels tax receipts – an assertion that relies on an assumption of near-sighted stupidity almost beyond believability, even as regards the government. Could these Wise Central Planners – as they see themselves – truly not see that by forcing (via regulations and mandates) cars to become ever-more “efficient” – and even to be so “efficient” that they use no gas at all – viz, the electric car – that gas tax revenue would decrease?
Notwithstanding the increase in the cost paid by the people who buy these “efficient” cars.
Electric cars aren’t cheap, if you haven’t noticed – and even hybrid cars cost several thousand dollars more than their non-hybrid equivalents. Which many buyers of these cars paid forward, assuming they’d pay less down the road.
Maybe there is a case to be made for a class-action suit directed at the very government that encouraged the purchase of such cars, specifically to “save on gas.”
But you can’t sue Uncle. He has “sovereign immunity” – like the Baron in Ye Olden Days who could have his way with the daughters of the village he lorded over.
Maybe the thing to do is drive the gas-hoggiest SUV or muscle car you can find. Then at least you’ll be exempt from mileage-mulcting. Except of course you won’t be, as this will – per above – become a mulcting for driving, applied to everyone.
OberBefehlsHaber der Transport Buttigieg says – and the same is said in Oregon and other states that are licking their chops to mulct-by-the-mile – there just isn’t enough money for “the roads.” What they do not say is that this is so not because of “fuel efficient” vehicles – which are being driven more, thus paying more gas taxes – but rather because the money collected via gas taxes is being used for things that are not roads – such as bike lanes, in some cases where a road (or travel lane for cars) used to be. Or for random dragnet “safety” checkpoints, where you don’t have to be drunk to be obliged to prove you aren’t.
Which – incidentally – is another disincentive to drive. You can actually be drunk – and not obliged to prove you’re sober – on the government’s bus or train.
Pass the Smirnov, comrade.
Money that is supposed to fund roads is also being diverted to finance what is oilily being styled “infrastructure” – which used to mean things like roads and bridges and such. Just as “emissions” used to mean pollution (it now means carbon dioxide, a “pollutant” in the same way that FICA taxes are “contributions”).
“Infrastructure” – in BidenSpeak – means all kinds of things that have nothing to do with roads and bridges, except as regards the diversion of funds away from them. For example, $10 billion to fund a Civilian Climate Corp. How about another $20 billion to “Advance Racial Equity and Environmental Justice”? There is also an Everest of money – $175 billion – to further subsidize “fuel efficient” electric cars.
Whose sucker owners will then be mulcted-by-the-mile, to make up for it. Plus – almost certainly – further mulctings, as by increases in the taxes applied to electricity.
Plus the gas taxes – which they’ll also still be paying, even if they aren’t driving – via the increased cost of food and other necessaries brought by commercial vehicles that will still be paying it and then making everyone pay for it.
And keep in mind that it’s not just the money that’s on the table. It’s mobility.
They not only aim to make driving more expensive, in order to discourage it, they aim to control it – which they’ll be able to do electronically, remotely, automatically. Whenever they don’t want you to drive, they’ll simply send out the signal – which modern connected cars will receive – to stay parked, even if you can afford to be mulcted by the mile.
No Face Diaper? No “vaccine”?
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