Evidently, state governments are concerned that people moving to more fuel-efficient vehicles is going to reduce the amount of gasoline purchased, thus reducing gas tax revenues and the funds available for road construction and repair. In a sane world, you'd assume that they'd simply adjust the gas tax to cope with the new reality, right?
Wrong. People are seriously arguing that we ought to monitor how many miles each vehicle is driven instead with an electronic device that would allow the state to tell where your vehicle is at any given time.
This is incredibly stupid on so many fronts, it's hardly even funny anymore. First off, gasoline usage does correlate rather well to road wear & tear, and it's a fairly noninvasive excise. On the other hand, electronic devices are prone to breaking down, and mileage driven doesn't correlate nearly as well to road wear as gasoline usage does.
Second, we have here an example of a tax that is doing exactly what it's supposed to do. It penalizes gasoline consumption, and is driving people (pun intended) to choose lighter, more fuel efficient cars and live closer to their workplace. It cleans up the air, maintains older neighborhoods, reduces road wear--liberals should be happy, right?
Nope. Moving to abandon a system that works reveals the real goal of the left; state control.
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