Sec of Transportation Buttigieg ‘Speaks Fondly’ of Vehicle Mileage Tax

Biden from behind.

At the height of their enormous popularity throughout the planet, the Beatles found themselves during the mid-1960s that they were also among Britain’s top earners.

They also found themselves among those who Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s Labour Government imposed a “super-tax” bracket. Those subject to the super-tax found themselves paying up to 95 percent of their income to the government in the form of taxation.

Imagine if you worked a 40-hour workweek, but the government took every cent of the income you earned with the exception of two-hours worth.

It was in 1966 that George Harrison penned “Taxman”, the first Beatles song to take on political issues. An example of Harrison’s prophetic songsmithing;

If you drive a car, car, I’ll tax the street
If you try to sit, sit, I’ll tax your seat
If you get too cold, cold, I’ll tax the heat
If you take a walk, walk, I’ll tax your feet

Fast-forward 55-years, everything old is new again.

Now we have Joe Biden’s Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg singing the praises of a new federal tax aimed directly at how many miles you drive.

Never mind that we pay taxes when we buy a new car. We pay taxes on every drop of gasoline we pump into the tank. We pay taxes when the oil’s changed. We pay taxes on new tires, new windshield wipers and car air fresheners.

Now Sec. Buttigieg wants to tax how many miles you drive.

As reported by CNBC (emphasis mine);

A vehicle mileage tax could be on the table in talks about how to finance the White House’s expected multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

He also weighed in on several potential revenue-generating options to fund the project. He spoke fondly of a mileage levy, which would tax travelers based on the distance of the journey instead of on how much gasoline they consume.

“A so-called vehicle-miles-traveled tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it,” he said.

Democrats have slowly pivoted away from a gasoline tax in favor of a mileage tax amid a simultaneous, climate friendly effort to encourage consumers to drive electric cars.

“I’m hearing a lot of appetite to make sure that there are sustainable funding streams,” the Transportation secretary said. A mileage tax “shows a lot of promise if we believe in that so-called user-pays principle: The idea that part of how we pay for roads is you pay based on how much you drive.”

Can you imagine the cost commercial truckers will pass on to consumers? The cost of everything from diapers to milk to concrete will skyrocket.

It goes without saying that the only people who actually believe this mileage tax won’t effect both the middle-class and working-poor would be either the truly woke or the irreversibly stupid.

Usually one in the same.

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