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Bad way to raise revenue

Posted Friday, January 2, 2009, at 2:29 PM

Oregon officials are considering a proposal to tax drivers based on how many miles they travel -- an attempt to raise more money as Americans cut their driving and expenditures.

I can see their point, but can also see problems ahead if such a proposal passes.

Officials told the Associated Press that all new cars would carry GPS transponders which would transmit only minimal information such as time (rush hour vs. other periods) and if drivers left the state, not detailed information on travels.

They also claim that driving history wouldn't be stored and couldn't be accessed by law enforcement agencies. Considering recent history in Tennessee, I find that hard to believe.

I don't know the best way to increase road tax revenue. But what amounts to tracking Americans' movements is going too far.


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Oregon officials are considering a proposal to tax drivers based on how many miles they travel

Posted by David Melson on Friday, January 2, 2009, at 2:29 PM

David ,

They are already taxing them based on how many miles they drive. The price of each gallon of gas already has a significant tax on it.

Perhaps they feel the people would be outraged by adding even more taxes to the gasoline and they are trying to craft a new tax in a different way that will be accepted and allowed to sneak in.

One of the reasons we will never see a simple flat rate type tax structure is the government knows a revolt would start after everyone understood just how much the government is requiring of us. If we paid only one single tax in would be over 75% of our income.

Instead of revealing exactly what percentage of our earning are going to the government they craftily have devised all the misc. and varying little taxes to confuse us and lessen the feel of the impact.

All taxes are income taxes. Even property taxes are income tax. You diffinitely give up part of your income to pay them. So is the sales tax.

We should actually all be supplied with work uniforms from Uncle Sam with a name tag that says "employee of U.S. Government". We really are nothing much less than their employee.

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Sun, Jan 11, 2009, at 4:59 PM

This is what happens when you allow the government to start thinking for you. It snowballs until your only freedom is allowing them to do the thinking.

We have allowed to the govenrment to tell us what we should do in our own cars, our own yards, our own homes, what businesses can and can not do on their own property, who they can and can not have on their property, what our children wear in Public School systems. It will never end the government always makes the excuse it is for our own good but excuse me, I think I am the one who should be in control of "For my Own Good"

Home of the Free isn't quite as Free as we once thought it was.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 4:51 PM

I'm glad you can see their point. I can't.

In a time when we're moving to more efficient vehicles and driving less overall, these knuckleheads decide to try to further drive down consumption. I swear there aren't two neurons firing in sequence at any level of government. Did any of these yahoos ever even crack an economics book in college?

How long do you think it will take to find a software override for such a system? Or just pull the thing out completely? Hey if it's on the workbench in the garage I didn't drive right? This would do wonders for the used car market, not so much for the manufacturers of new cars. Those same manufacturers we just loaned billions to.

Geez you'd think we've never had a recession before. Government needs to quit leaning on the panic button already.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 4:22 PM

What a horrible idea! I don't think anyone should have their movements tracked by the government, unless they're on parole!

I hope the taxpayers there have the good sense to stand up against this.

-- Posted by Nobody'sFool on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 4:17 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.