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It’s Hard To Tell The Players Without A Program … Or Even With One

Who said:

“We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled.”

Why that would be Ray LaHood, the supposed Republican Secretary of Transportation.

Who said:

“The policy of taxing motorists based on how many miles they have traveled is not and will not be Obama administration policy.”

Well if you guessed Barack Obama, you’re wrong. And if your second guess was Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s Press Secretary, you’re 0-2.

No, it was Lori Irving.

And who is Lori Irving?

Well she’s the department spokeswoman for Secretary Ray LaHood’s Transporation Department.

Which begs the question – who is running Transportation? Or, perhaps, for whom is Lori Irving really the spokeswoman?

And more importantly why is a Republican putting this idea forward in the first place, I mean if its true they’ve finally “found” themselves?


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12 Responses to It’s Hard To Tell The Players Without A Program … Or Even With One

  • LaHood put the idea forward because he’s a moron who frankly was more RINO than GOP.

    Obama’s people put down the word that the per-mile tax was a no-go (for now, give it time), and LaHood couldn’t go back and say “haha fooled you!”, so his spokeswoman had to do it.

  • I wonder if they thought about this when they decided to mandate higher fuel standards and offer tax credits for hybrids.  Maybe the roads will get so bad we will need gas guzzling 4x4s to traverse our highways and they will once again be able to fund highway construction.

  • Wouldn’t taxing miles be less green-friendly than taxing fuel? In other words, if you don’t increase taxes on fuel but instead add a tax for miles driven, then vehicle fuel efficiency becomes meaningless in terms of additional tax costs. The guy driving the Prius 100 miles per day could end up paying more in gas/milage tax than the guy driving his Hummer 20 miles per day.

  • I guess Mac beat me to it!

  • Mac/JWG  are both assuming an “either/or” on this tax…  I can easily see an increased gas tax (Gorebal Warming) and also a “mileage tax” that attempts to re-capture the tax credits offered to hybrid buyers.

  • Cattle tags. At least they will be able to direct us to the nearest boxcar.

  • I’m beginning to notice a pattern.

    Somebody, either in Congress or some Executive agency, puts out some outlandish proposal .. then after it is ridiculed enough in the press and blogs, Obama proclaims it “inoperative” (a Nixonian term).

  • Road pricing. Nothing wrong with it, IMHO, except the privacy issue, and if they are just reading a meter – that’s not exactly monitoring where you go.

    The fuel taxes are supposed to mitigate the externality of pollution, so technicallly, the should split the current tax up, into a pollution segment – which would apply to gas – and a road pricing tax, which would apply to all cars based on the mileage.

    Are people really opposed to such taxes, or just because they know the politicians use them to extract more money, etc.?

    • It’s a deeply philosophical, American issue.  To quote the great American poet, “Give me land, lots of land under starry skies above.  Don’t fence me in.”  To tax movement would be a blow to one of the fundamentally great things about being an American:  Right at this moment, if I wanted to, I could get in my car and drive out to see my old college buddy in Boston.  No guard towers at state borders, no papers to show, no entrance fees, and — if I plan the trip right — no tolls.

  • LaHood, despite being a nominal Republican, has fallen into the trap that seems to catch so many politicians: the idea that their job is to serve the government, not the people.  I much imagine that he’s also one of the idiots who believes in the global warming nonsense.  So, he starts with two propositions:

    1.  Government needs revenue to provide all the (unconstitutional) services it (ineffectively) provides

    2.  Forcing people to burn less fuel is good for the environment

    Given these two propositions, it is perfectly logical that he would suggest taxes on mileage.

    As they say in computer programming, “Garbage in, garbage out.”

  • …if they are just reading a meter – that’s not exactly monitoring where you go.

    I understand they are going to use GPS devices for the monitoring.

  • well, that is an issue, then.