Friday, February 20, 2009

Trans Sec LaHood contemplates milage tax.

"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."

Sure Ray...not. Think about this..I can almost guarantee that we'll end up paying MORE this way. If you think it'll have a salutory affect on gas prices...I think you're probably wrong. But here's more in the same vein out of the same article

"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. Other motorists say it eliminates an incentive to drive more fuel-efficient cars since gas guzzlers will be taxed at the same rate as fuel sippers."

Oh good all vehicles will be spiderwired and required to be so? Uhhh No Thanx. The State of MassiveChewedShit can go to hell. Does anyone else besides me see where this can lead to? 1984 anyone? V for Vendatta anyone? Demoliton Man anyone? Government control is what any and all proposals like this invariably lead to. Government control leads to less freedom for the average person. Which leads to a permanent ruling class and a permant ruled class of serfs. Do we REALLY want to turn to a form of rule our ancestors shed blood to keep it from enslaving the rest of the world? Worse yet, a form of government that even Vladimir Putin says is a colossal waste of time, people and money? I borrow the following qouted material from a friends blog...and thank dracphelan for posting it.

Vladimir Putin gave a warning to the USA about socialism.

Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise “excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence”.
“In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute,” Putin said during a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”
Sounding more like Barry Goldwater than the former head of the KGB, Putin said, “Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors, and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.”
Putin also cautioned the US against using military Keynesianism to lift its economy out of recession, saying, “in the longer run, militarization won’t solve the problem but will rather quell it temporarily. What it will do is squeeze huge financial and other resources from the economy instead of finding better and wiser uses for them.” Putin’s comments come in sharp contrast to Russia’s own military buildup and expansion.
Time to wake up and smell what our congresscritters are trying shovel and shove it down their throats laced with cyanide

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