Post by Your Name Post by RichA
Expect new taxes on gasoline to pay for "green" initiatives. More Bidenflation.
Already happening in New Zealand. Those buying newly-registered new or
used electric or hybrid cars get a discount, don't pay any road-user
charges, and can use some of the special traffic lanes. To pay for
that, starting 1 January the Government is introducing an new tax for
those buying newly-registered new or used petrol and diesel cars who
will have to pay extra, plus they already pay petrol tax (or road user
charges for diesel) and have to sit in the congested lanes next to
near-empty special lanes. :-\
Of course, once "everyone" has been conned into buying these useless
electric cars, the Government will suddenly realise they've got far
less money coming in, so will then introduce some sort of electricity
tax for charging cars and / or per-km road charges.
Already happened in California. They initially gave electric/hybrid
drivers the privilege of using the carpool lanes, then about two years
ago, they realized that so many people were driving them now, that the
carpool lanes were a clogged mess just like the main lanes, so they
abruptly canceled that privilege and dumped the electric/hybrid drivers
back into regular traffic with everyone else.
And despite an *automatic* statutory increase in the gas tax every July
1, the greedy pigs in Sacramento still want more money and they want to
make sure they dig in the pockets of the electric/hybrid drivers along
with everyone else, so they're proposing a per-mile tax. They'll read
your odometer every year and charge you based on how many miles you've
driven, so it won't matter what kind of fuel your car uses, you'll get
hit no matter what.
I don't actually have a problem with a flat mileage tax-- as long as it
*replaces* the gas tax and isn't just heaped on top of it (which is a
pipe dream). And so long as there's a mechanism to sort out miles driven
out of state. I don't want to be paying CA state taxes on that family
vacation drive to Miami and back, whose miles could easily form the bulk
of my entire year's worth of driving.
There would also have to be some exemption for vehicles that are never
driven on the public roads at all. Many rural farm and ranch owners own
pickups and other vehicles that never leave their private property. Some
of those ranches in Texas are almost the size of Rhode Island-- they
have whole fleets of such vehicles. I'm sure there are similar
situations in California. An owner of a vehicle that is never operated
on public roads is not required to have it insured, nor do they even
need a driver license to drive it, so they shouldn't have to be paying
mileage taxes on them either.
I only start to have major problems when they add in a GPS element so
they can do the social engineering projects they love so much, because
this mileage tax idea has given the 'progressives' an opportunity for
what they want the most: the ability to control people. They want to tie
in your car's GPS and allow the system to detect where you are at all
times so the state can charge you more per mile based on when and where
So that daily commute into downtown? They'll jack the cost of those
miles through the roof to economically force you out of your car and
onto one of the vomit-strewn and gang-infested city buses, which will
take you two to three times as long to get you where you're going,
assuming you even survive the experience.
Some of the other new and exciting ways to make driving your car as
unpleasant as possible that Newsom and his horde of 'progressives' are
cooking up for us in the name of 'battling climate change':
"Road diets" - This is where they take an existing major surface avenue
or boulevard, typically four to six lanes in each direction, and block
off all but one or two lanes, forcing the already-heavy traffic into
half the space. This has the intended effect of creating hopeless
gridlock and tripling or quadrupling commute times. They want driving
your car to suck so bad that even riding a bus with a violent
schizophrenic or a masturbating vagrant is preferable to sitting in
traffic for hours on end. It also has the unintended effect of inducing
more and more people to use navigation apps and pour into the
surrounding residential neighborhoods to avoid the altered roads and the
stalled traffic. The city is working on ways to make that illegal, too.
"Congestion pricing" - They want to setup special zones where people
drive the most-- downtown, the West Side, etc.-- and charge you $4.00
every time your car enters and leaves those zones during peak times of
the day. So if you happen to live in one of those zones, you won't be
able to leave your home (or come back to it) without having to pay a
tithe to the city. This will require putting up cameras with ALPR
readers at every possible entry into those zones at who-knows-how-much
cost to the taxpayer, so we'll get the privilege of funding our own
panopticon. No word yet how this will effect people from out of state
(since these zones will necessarily cover a lot of major tourist
destinations). If you drive into the zone with a Nebraska tag, will the
system be able to access the Nebraska DMV, too, and send a bill waiting
for you when you get home?
Toll roads - they have big plans to convert most of the major freeways
in L.A. to toll roads, roads that we own, that we've already paid for
with our tax dollars, will now be off limits to us unless we pay extra
for the privilege of using what we already own.
What's especially ironic is that most of these schemes impact the poor
hardest of all. The maid who works in some posh Brentwood home can least
afford to pay $4.00 every time she comes and goes, plus the toll on the
freeway to get there, plus the taxes on the miles she drives going back
and forth, plus the hours spent away from her family sitting in
intentionally created road diet traffic. So these 'progressive'
Democrats are slamming the people they supposedly care most about with
these Orwellian behavior control schemes. Shows you how much they really
care, doesn't it?