Monday, January 14, 2013

A pay-per-mile fee... isn't that a fancy word for tax?


An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents, according to a new government study.But without a tax increase, said the Government Accountability Office study, the government's highway fund is going to go dry. One reason the fund is going broke: President Obama's push for fuel efficient cars has resulted in better mileage, and fewer stops at the pump.
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.
Excerpted from HERE
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Okay, everybody's been wondering what it's going to take to set the sheeple off. This is going to do it. Why? Because we're a Nation of 'Me Right Now' people. We want everything for ourselves right now. You can say  taxes are going to be raised and motherfuckers will continue to go on about their daily business because they don't see it Right Now. This however, is going to affect them Right Now, the very first time they go to fill their tanks. Suddenly the money they have budgeted for gasoline for the week ain't gonna be enough - I currently figure on 70 bucks a week for my Ranger and Lisa's jap car - and they're going to have to pull that money from somewhere else. Supposedly it's to encourage people to buy more fuel efficient cars, but there's a lot of folks out there that just can't afford a car payment (or two), especially when they're having to pull money from their beer budget to pay that extra tax fee for gas.
Now, let's talk about roads. Here in my county, you can't drive anywhere without having to detour because of road repairs. It didn't use to be that way but when that cocksucker Obama cut loose a bunch of stimulus money for roads a year or so back, it came with a provision - use it or lose it. So they've been using it, but either their planning fucking sucks or it's been wasteful with make-work jobs. Planning first - they tear up a road that's in bad shape and rightfully needs to be redone. They re-level it, lay down the base and then pave it. For about a month, you've got a road that's a pleasure to drive. Then the City or County or Power Company comes along and digs a motherfucking trench right down the middle of one or both lanes for some project that's been in the works for years and then patches the road, doing a piss poor job while they're at it, so now the road's as fucked up if not worse than it was before. Why didn't the State coordinate with the City or County so they could all do their work at the same time? Damned if I know.
Wasteful or Make-Work jobs - Here in my area, there are 2 main arteries running north/south, I-5 and State Highway 99. I don't travel I-5 much but I can tell you 99 is seriously fucked up, especially the slow lane where all the trucks travel. Hwy 99 is being rebuilt but the one wasteful job that immediately comes to mind (because I used to use it almost every day) is the Kansas Ave northbound exit in Modesto. They tore it up, repaved it following the same road bed and re-opened it. Six months later when they realized they needed to spend some money before it gets taken away, the motherfuckers tore up the off-ramp they had just rebuilt and re-did it again, following the exact same roadbed. They didn't make one fucking change to it. It looks exactly the same as it did 6 months earlier.
But now, after all that, they're talking about raising gasoline taxes because our roads are crumbling. Why in the fuck didn't they take some of that fucking free money and use it where it was needed instead of spending millions on 500 yards of an off-ramp that had just been re-done? And not only that, but by keeping that off-ramp closed for a total of 6 months they basically proved they didn't really need it.
Stupid motherfuckers......