Just remember: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is a Republican congressman that President Barack Hussein Obama brought into his Administration to provide the illusion of bipartisanship.
Transportation chief eyes taxing miles driven
LaHood’s says current gasoline tax not enough to fund infrastructure
WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn — an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.
Gasoline taxes that for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation’s transportation system moving, LaHood said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled,” the former Illinois Republican lawmaker said.
But how would they know how many miles we’ve driven? Are we going to have to report our odometer readings every week? Nope, that’s not how they’d do it; George Orwell was prescient!
A tentative plan in Massachusetts to use GPS chips in vehicles to charge motorists by the mile has drawn complaints from drivers who say it’s an Orwellian intrusion by government into the lives of citizens.
Now, if we had to simply report our odometer readings, someone would very quickly come up with a device which would disconnect your odometer every other trip, so you’d show some mileage, but not have to report all of it, and I can guarantee you that I’d install such a device on my vehicles. As for a GPS device, I’d fabricate some sort of quick disconnect, so that I could remove it and reinstall it, to under-report my mileage.
But this is the kind of Big Brother intrusion for which Americans will not stand.
The system expected to be recommended would require all motor vehicles to ne equipped with a GPS system, complete with a transponder and other equipment, to enable Big Brother to record how many miles the vehicle was driven, at what hours, and on what roads.
Rob Atkinson, president of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, which is developing the guidelines, said that privacy fears are based on perceptions, not reality, and that such devices would record the information, not upload it, and the only information uploaded to Big Brother would be the tax owed. No worries, mate, Big Brother wouldn’t dream of using the information to track your movements, send you speeding tickets, or check where you were parked overnight in a divorce case. They’d never try to correlate whether you actually drove to church on Sundays, to see if the $2,675 you claimed as a charitable deduction on your Form 1040 was realistic.
We can trust them. After all, they’re from the government, and they’re here to help us!