Forget The Gas Tax; Driving Tax May B...

Forget The Gas Tax; Driving Tax May Be Next

There are 15 comments on the WFMZ story from May 18, 2011, titled Forget The Gas Tax; Driving Tax May Be Next. In it, WFMZ reports that:

Washington lawmakers are kicking around a new idea to help raise funds to fix our highways and infrastructure: a national driving tax charging motorists by the mile.

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WAKE UP PEOPLE

Coopersburg, PA

#1 May 18, 2011
The day the government puts a GPS on my car and monitors it, is the day I buy a horse!

We are losing our rights more and more in this country. Give us 25 years and we will be the new China, Libya, Cuba or any other country we criticize for the "lack of freedom" it's citizens have.

Maybe a better solution would be to end the subsidies for oil companies (more than $4 billion/yr)-- you know the ones that made windfall profits the 1st qtr 2011? Exxon made a $13.2 BILLION PROFIT in the first THREE MONTHS of this year, which is obscene! put a 25% tax on their profits there is another $3.3 billion or $13.2 billion per year. We now have more than $17.2 billion for roads and that's with only 1 oil company.

Big Brother government needs to end.
JackT

Wilmington, DE

#2 May 18, 2011
GPS tracking is easily beat...got an empty foil lined potato chip bag? PA and other states could get away with it because they record your mileage during annual inspections.

While it's another Washington hose job because it would a national tax and we'd still be paying state per gallon gas taxes, at least it would make hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle drivers pay up.

As for further taxation on oil company profits, I don't see how anyone can justify it that when other industries pull those kind of profits on ridiculous price increases...see ArcelorMittal steel pulling billions in profits on the shoulders of a 67% steel price increase and no one seems to care about that.

And seriously, if they would get taxed more on profits, you're only going to pay more at the pump. Stop complaining about it and buy shares of their companies.
The Sab

Macungie, PA

#3 May 18, 2011
People are never going to go for this. They told us we have to cut back on our energy use by driving less and using alternative sources like hybrids. Well it worked. People listened and cut back big time on consumption. Then they realize they are not getting enough fuel tax money because people have cut back. Instead of sticking it to the people, maybe they should take a look at the inflated budgets of those maintaining our roads. Perhaps government should look into getting gas prices down and keep them down. Gas is cheap and there is plenty of it however the price is jacked up so big oil can get rich. Most people I know want to drive their big trucks, vans and SUVs. Not to mention our muscle cars and RVs. Getting gas prices down would fix all of this and the economy would rebound very rapidly. Gas effects every aspect of our economy. Right now it is expensive so anything that needs to be transported by a truck to a store is more expensive. If the President wants to fix the economy, he needs to get gas down to about 1-2 dollars a gallon.
Hmmmmmmm

Lansdale, PA

#4 May 18, 2011
The Sab wrote:
If the President wants to fix the economy, he needs to get gas down to about 1-2 dollars a gallon.
Spot on.

Unfortunately it's never about fixing the economy, it's about allowing free market pricing set inflated gas prices or the environment and forced conservation via high gas prices.
info1

Reading, PA

#5 May 18, 2011
How about corporations & millionaires paying their fair share in taxes? We're spending trillions on military. But the rest of us will keep paying and the rate will continue to rise.
The politician at every level thinks the citizens are a bottomless pit. Don't rally against fellow workers, rally against the politician, the banks, Wall Street and CEOs. Why aren't these people in jail? They've created these huge losses of revenues by outright theft. And now we'll pay even more to use our vehicles to go to work, for recreation, for medical needs, etc. The federal and state politicians won't be paying for their travel to work, they don't now. They get reimbursed.
Drew

Whitehall, PA

#6 May 18, 2011
If you want affordable and stable gas prices you need to support policies that promote a strong dollar. Unfortunately this President is complicit in allowing Bernanke and Geithner to run the show and further debase our money.
mlo

Pottstown, PA

#7 May 18, 2011
This is truely Crazy they want more and more from us we can't give any more ugh.
mlo

Pottstown, PA

#8 May 18, 2011
WAKE UP PEOPLE wrote:
The day the government puts a GPS on my car and monitors it, is the day I buy a horse!
We are losing our rights more and more in this country. Give us 25 years and we will be the new China, Libya, Cuba or any other country we criticize for the "lack of freedom" it's citizens have.
Maybe a better solution would be to end the subsidies for oil companies (more than $4 billion/yr)-- you know the ones that made windfall profits the 1st qtr 2011? Exxon made a $13.2 BILLION PROFIT in the first THREE MONTHS of this year, which is obscene! put a 25% tax on their profits there is another $3.3 billion or $13.2 billion per year. We now have more than $17.2 billion for roads and that's with only 1 oil company.
Big Brother government needs to end.
(( I agree with you.))
Youre Missing The Point

Allentown, PA

#9 May 18, 2011
It's easy to blame Big Oil for all our problems isn't it? How many of you above posters have a 401K or a mutual fund? Sorry to inform you but some of your 401K returns come from those very profits you are complaining about. The problem isn't the price of oil or gas, the problem is the continued effort of the Fed to de-value the dollar. An ounce of silver in 1906 cost 55 cents and that same 55 cents bought you around 9 gallons of gas. Fast forward to today. An ounce of silver costs $37. Figure it out. We don't have a revenue problem in the U.S., we have a spending problem. And don't even get me started on the MILLIONS of Americans that pay ZERO dollars in Federal Income Tax. Or that Big Energy (GE) paid ZERO tax dollars on their obsene profits. If you people are falling for this stuff and blaming the corporations, the government brainwashing is working.

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#10 May 18, 2011
When only half of us (47%) are even paying tax that is a big problem too.
ed g

Emmaus, PA

#11 May 18, 2011
here we go again put more tax on the poor working people maybe it time to tax washington on poor buget issues
popcycle

Bethlehem, PA

#12 May 18, 2011
I thought we the people run the country? Term limits for everyone. Democrats,Republicans,Independ ets who ever.The mighty dollar.
Stewie

Darby, PA

#13 May 18, 2011
Elections have consequences.
JackT

Wilmington, DE

#14 May 18, 2011
I'd rather see gas at $6-$7 / gallon. Whether that means the oil companies are making big money or gas is taxed harder, all I care about is one thing. Get these dip-wads off the road who are now doing 50mph on the highways in the left lane because they can't afford to fill their F250's and are trying to save $2 / week.

“Anthony NYR”

Since: Jun 07

New York

#15 May 18, 2011
Maybe soon we can have a tax on listening to the radio while driving your car. Then a tax on excess Armor-all on one's tires. What is it with these clowns? They want gas at $5-$6 a gallon? Why? How does that help anyone? The French pay ridiculous prices for gas, but it's offset by their nuclear powered heat/electric bills. We don't have that luxury. Enough already.

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