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AP Interview: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we ...

There are 262 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 20, 2009, titled AP Interview: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we .... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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 ...

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SCARY

United States

#1 Feb 20, 2009
LaHood is nuts. What is next? Microchiping of every citizen?
Art Vandelay

Chatham, NJ

#2 Feb 20, 2009
3000 miles: "Oil change, tune up."
5000 miles: "Dang, my taxes just went up."
Stewie

Buffalo Grove, IL

#3 Feb 20, 2009
Dumb. The more you drive the more gas you use. The more gas you use the more you're paying a gas tax.
What about all the non-car gasoline users. You need gas to run lawnmowers and landscaping equiptment, go-carts, generators, snowblowers, boats, & jet skis. You would be loosing all the Tax revenue from those non-car gas users. Basically you're going to be trying to get more tax revenue from a smaller pool of people.
lucky pierre

La Grange Park, IL

#4 Feb 20, 2009
What LaHood means: let the states take the fall for increased gas taxes. Madigan and his thugs in Springfield, Illinois, proposed raising the state tax by ten cents a gallon. LaHood should know lots about crooked contractors building roads and infrastructure due to his involvement with the wonderful crooks in Illinois/Cook County. Wow, wonder if he has any details on any of the 18 Illinois construction and engineering companies that got slapped with federal subpoenas last week? Another bum.
No thank you

Newington, CT

#5 Feb 20, 2009
For those of us who have gone where the jobs are, which is requiring more miles driven, but can't sell our house cause of the market bottoming-out, this is not the answer! I drive because I have to, not because I enjoy a round trip of 130 miles! Please keep the gas tax. It just makes more sense.
KKV

Mooseheart, IL

#6 Feb 20, 2009
I'll ride my lawn mower to work....
R Johnson

United States

#7 Feb 20, 2009
Is the guy a complete idiot? It should be on what they burn period.
Come on now, one minute you tell us to buy a eletric or hybrib car then you say you are taxing for the miles driven not the useage. Complete Idiot?
rae

Chicago, IL

#8 Feb 20, 2009
Another American Dream shot to HELL. What next pay a Tax to use city sidewalks
PriusLover

Toronto, Canada

#9 Feb 20, 2009
There is only one thing behind this: money. Americans were actually starting to use less gas and the states were taking a hit in the tax revenue.

Is this how we are to be rewarded for listening to the calls to reduce gas consumption? Americans are buying smaller cars, hybrids, carpooling more than ever, using public transportation more than ever, etc? Now, our politicians want me to pay the same tax as the bozo in the Hummer? Amazing!!
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

#10 Feb 20, 2009
It should be based on vehicle weight and miles driven. Weight is an exponential factor in wearing out roads. A 4000 lb vehicle does much more than double the road wear of a 2000 lb vehicle.
James1234567890

Basehor, KS

#11 Feb 20, 2009
I would not mind a mileage tax. That way those who drive a more fuel efficient car would have to pay for the upkeep of the roads too but I will resist anything that tracks where I am going. That is not the business of any government.
My problem with this plan is he says, "The satellite information would be beamed one way to the car and driving information would be contained within the device on the car, with the amount of the tax due the only information that's downloaded."
Until some lawyer gets a judge to subpoena that information for a case that has nothing to do with how many miles you have driven. Or the government decides that you are only allowed to drive so many miles (to "save" the planet" I'm sure) and then uses those devices to control our freedom of movement. Prove to me it will be erased - daily - and I might be comfortable with it but they won't so I won't.
Read it Closer

Lincolnshire, IL

#12 Feb 20, 2009
They won't get rid of the Federal Gas TAx. This is in addition to the federal gas tax. They just don't want to raise the gas tax because it would be going against what they are trying to do, limit your gas usage. By charging for mileage, the person driving the 70 mpg motorcycle will pay the same taxes as the person driving the 18 mpg SUV. Socialism at its finest. Pretty soon Doctors will make the same as a builing engineer(ie Janitor)
Paul Howard

Cincinnati, OH

#13 Feb 20, 2009
To quote my congressman (John Boehner) "OH...MY...GOD..."

This is the stupidest thing I have heard from the transportation department in years. Please, for the love of freedom, DO NOT DO THIS.
dilbert zoolander

Downers Grove, IL

#14 Feb 20, 2009
This is the government elected in November, so no one should be surprised at the insidious proposals being floated. LaHood is RINO (Republican in name only), and a rear-end kisser supreme.

Truth: this is nothing more than another tax scheme aimed at getting more money for the government general fund. The gas tax will not be repealed, and the states may decide to do the same thing in order to increase revenue.

The marketplace has already decreased miles driven and fuel bought. That's what LaHood wants, but that fact has also decreased money into the pockets of the DC elite which, as Obama says, needs to be "redistributed".

Of course, the gravy-sucking pig politicans will find a way to exempt their worthless constituency so the 20% that pay 90% of all taxes can be soaked again.

civil war is going to happen when people get fed up with the cancer that has infected our once-great country.
Stu

Lovettsville, VA

#15 Feb 20, 2009
No thank you wrote:
For those of us who have gone where the jobs are, which is requiring more miles driven, but can't sell our house cause of the market bottoming-out, this is not the answer! I drive because I have to, not because I enjoy a round trip of 130 miles! Please keep the gas tax. It just makes more sense.
I tend to oppose this proposal. However, if you buy an electric car you would not be paying gas taxes but you would be using the public roads. They would get a free ride.
wake up

Gales Ferry, CT

#16 Feb 20, 2009
Its going to happen. All over the world.
2012Cant wait

Chesterfield, MO

#17 Feb 20, 2009
Is there anyone stupid enough to believe that the data won't be subpoenaed by police, divorce lawyers, insurance companies? How long before the government decides which vehicles should be taxed at a higher rate? They may start with semis but how long before they decide that sports cars, SUVs or any other target of the nanny state should be taxed off the road? Any idiot that votes for this should immediately be recalled. This is a blatent attempt to punish people living in the flyover states that didn't support the messiah.
JSIII

Homer Glen, IL

#18 Feb 20, 2009
Yeah in Oregon they want to put a GPS in every car and track your every little movement...guys you voted for Obama and this is what you have, the Obama/Socialist/Big Brother state is here!
sowhat

Northbrook, IL

#19 Feb 20, 2009
lucky pierre wrote:
LaHood should know lots about crooked contractors building roads and infrastructure due to his involvement with the wonderful crooks in Illinois/Cook County. Wow, wonder if he has any details on any of the 18 Illinois construction and engineering companies that got slapped with federal subpoenas last week? Another bum.
Also, I wonder if the GPS people have made contributions.

You could avoid the privacy issue by just making people go in once a year to have their odometers read. I understand that for the past 20 years, laws have been in place to detect odometer tanking. However. LaHood wants to have this vast satellite spy network. You know that someone will be able to hack into or subpoena the records.
JBS

Thermal, CA

#20 Feb 20, 2009
Obama talked about hope and change. He said nothing about freedom. Pay attention, people. What's truly remarkable is that the same people who read a "right to privacy" into the Constitution to justify killing babies are likely to be the same people who will leap for joy at the prospect of the government knowing all the details about everywhere we go. It's wonderful, isn't it?
Oh, and I wonder how many "poor people" will be absolutely hammered by this tax. But that's right: We only care about the poor during elections season, right, Democrats?

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