Friday, May 6, 2011

Big Brother Gov't Seeks to Tax and Track All Drivers

Dees Illustration
Eric Blair
Activist Post

"Oh, say can you see...the land of the fee, and home of the slave?" Americans really better wake up before it's too late. Perhaps it already is.

Today Pete Kasperowicz of The Hill reported that the Obama administration, following a March Congressional Budget Office report, has "floated" the idea of taxing drivers per mile.  Kasperowicz writes:
The plan is a part of the administration’s 'Transportation Opportunities Act,' an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly. 
...Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could be tracked by installing electronic equipment on each car to determine how many miles were driven; payment could take place electronically at filling stations. (my emphasis) 
If this doesn't alert you to the direction of America, I don't know what will. The government wants to tax Americans for simply leaving their homes, and track their cars via mandatory GPS chips.

According to the bill, a new sub-agency, the Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office, will be funded to the tune of $300 million to "study framework that defines the functionality of a mileage-based user fee system and other systems."

The White House claims they did not create or support the measure because "This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not take into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”

But, why would they need a GPS tracking device to accomplish this goal?  Couldn't they simply raise gas taxes?  After all, it's a consumption-based tax that supposedly goes into road maintenance.

This is a classic case of introducing draconian legislation to float the most extreme path in order get half of what they really expected to get.  They know there will be a loud uproar over mandates for GPS mileage trackers in every car.  Yet, they'll make the argument that it's needed because of our crumbling infrastructure, crippling debt, or to help reduce global warming.  Meanwhile, they'll bloat the government even more with this new well-funded agency to prepare the "public awareness communications plan" -- aka propaganda.  When it's all over, they'll leave the tracking to LoJack and your smart phone to relieve the anxiety about Big Brother intrusions and simply raise the gas taxes nationally.  And once again, citizens will be fleeced by the government but they'll somehow be content with the compromise.

This is a new proposal at the Federal level, but has been proposed in a handful of states aimed at raising revenues.  An active program in Oregon is for electric vehicles which are obviously exempt from paying gas taxes at the pump.  But the proposal for Massachusetts and the nation is reportedly for all cars.

Below is a recent segment on Fox News to have a mock debate about it.  The host apparently got the propaganda talking points already as he subtly sells the idea throughout the segment. While Senator Scott Brown was right to call it Orwellian, he's just playing his role, too.  Get ready to accept more slavery.

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Anonymous said...

Anyone thats being paying attension knows this has been the plan for years all of our vehicles have had a spot to plug the gps in since 2000 who do you think told them to put it in?wake up these people are way ahead of us

Anonymous said...

I hope everyone in the Green party or anyone gullible enough to donated to any of the so called environmental groups understand what is going on. This has NOTHING to do with saving the planet and everything to do with taxing you to death. The big environmental groups are taken over and are out to make Americans poor peasants unable to afford to drive buy food let alone a house. Stop supporting the evils from the Eco Nazi wake up already.

Anonymous said...

That is a brilliant illustration! A sick subject, but it sure made me laugh.

Anonymous said...

They won't force it on us overtly. New cars will be equipped with all the bells and whistles and eventually, it will be impossible to buy a car that doesn't have it all attached.

Toll roads are now doing away with the payment booths and many of them run only on items such as SunPass (Florida). If one wants to use the Turnpike here, they'll need a SunPass.

Anonymous said...

It truly amazes me how much the American people will put up with. This really is a nightmare. I wonder if the German people in the early thirties felt this way?

Anonymous said...

> I wonder if the German people in the early thirties felt this way?

No, they were quite happy in fact, because German government has created lots of jobs, and Hitler very effectively ended the awful crisis and unemployment Germany was after 20's.

Anonymous said...

If the cars come equipped with GPS there is an opportunity to set up shop ( underground ) if necessary to strip all unnecessary " options " including the GPS .
That should be easy , cut the power supply to it , sabotage the antenna and even sabotage the computer manager of the engine . Twenty years ago cars were running without it. Stop cooperating with the criminals in charge , stop obeying stupid orders , don't fight wars for those criminals and if you have to you can always shoot in the back your superiors . You are not slaves !

Anonymous said...

I believe the most logical concern is in regards to the transition away from gasoline to electric vehicles. But, of course, a consumption tax could easily be linked to vehicles or components like tires.

Anonymous said...

The System to implement this "tax by mile" is already in place for all GPS navigation equipped vehicles. All that is needed is an updgrade of the cars computer system and it will wirelessly transit the mileage traveled by the car. New cars will certainly have this but it will be possible to defeat if GPS is not required.
This is not dissimilar to PG&E's "Smartmeters".

Anonymous said...

Shades of the East German Stasi. They get to watch you AND tax you, in one neat little package!

Isn't it about time America had a revolution? Unfortunately, unlike Czechs and Germans, America is full of fat-assed complacent sheeple. After all were not Obama and Bush before him, elected by rigged voting machines, programmed by a shadowy zionist uber-government, that is the New World Order?

Anonymous said...

I get it.....!
They are all absolutly NUTS!
Will this tax reflect on their automobile?
Are their pants pockets going to be redesigned?
.........pretty soon those pockets are going to have a job to do.....sweep the streets!
May 400,000 camels march through their armpits and leave a present on their way!

sforrest said...

Here in Florida, we have something called the Sunpass. It enables one to go through the toll booths without having to stop and pay. It also has a little thing called a GPS tracer in it. Most drivers don't know or care that it is there but for myself, I have opted out of the "convenience" in an effort NOT to be tracked. I'm sure there are other ways to track me like my renewed driver's license or registration tag or even my car's computer but at least I had a choice in that particular method.

Anonymous said...

The idea that this was just a draft and was not circulated to the cabinet level is a complete lie. Ray Lahood, transport secretary, already had plans in the works to push this idea at least 2 years ago. At that time a commercial was run on WLS radio, asking for volunteers to put a gps on their car to track mileage and roads used as well as times driven. They were paying 800 dollars and it was a study run at the university of Iowa.

This is just like the smart grid tracking of electric usage. Smart highways, as they will call them, will track your driving by time of day, roads used and miles. You will be charged for not only miles, but also time of day and type of road. Surface roads will cost less than highways, and if you drive at midnight it will cost less than at 7a.m. or 5p.m. It is a massive new way to tax everything that moves.

I am taxed enought already. I don't want another one. They say they need a new way to tax for roads, but that is bogus. Motor fuel is the way to do it and they have that. What have they done with that money?

Remember one thing. Freedom to move about is what a strong economy thrives upon. When they heavily regulate your ability to move to work or transport goods to market, you will very quickly see the devolution into 3rd world conditions. Same when they restrict and raise the price of energy.

Anonymous said...

Excellent article Eric
Awww I am soooo sooooo irrate!!!
Bad enough that Government planning on Taxing all drivers.
Here's the biggest kicker(I wish soo badly the American People would wake up in the worst way).
What the Taxes really go for is
1. Bailouts of Wall Street,Multi-National Corporations and Off-Shore Companies.
2.WARS!!!Plus the Countries(Iraqi,Afghanistan,NOW LIBYA,NOW LIBYA) America is involved in WARS with didn't even invade America.
For the American Men and Women when is ENOUGH IS ENOUGH???!!!!
Here's the article by Paul Craig Roberts called:
The Greatest Rip-Off

Italics Mine said...

I live in Massachusetts (which we affectionately call Taxachusetts). And you can be sure that if there's a scheme for Beacon Hill to make a buck, it will be enacted.

nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney said...

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.
But it cannot survive treason from within ... Cicero

Remember the USAF 9-11 Stand Down Order.

Anonymous said...

We already pay fuel tax, so what difference would a mileage tax be?

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