The tax cuts in the “stimulus” package that Benito Obama signed on Tuesday will supposedly amount to around $13 a week per family, but the Obama Administration is already figuring out how to get that back in Washington:
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 it has been proposed.
Gasoline taxes that for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation’s transportation system moving, LaHood said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Pretty soon most of us won’t be able to afford cars anyway, so I wouldn’t sweat this tax too much.
The proposal LaHood is floating is under the guise that it would be a replacement for the current way gas is taxed, and not an “additional” tax. Uh-huh. And if you buy that, they’ll throw in the Brooklyn Bridge for free!
Update: Sensing a P.R. disaster, the White House shot this idea from the sky quickly Friday afternoon.