posted on Dec, 26 2012 @ 08:09 PM
Oh fellow floppy eared one.... I agree with you but not in the way you may think. This highlights the absurdity of the situation but it's a whole
different absurdity it's putting light on, IMO. (Puts trucker hat on for a moment)
I almost did a board on this for my budget thread and in fact, someone requested that specifically. I really should have and ..I can always do
something modern I suppose (Hmmm...
) .... The fact is though that the Fuel tax system is a scam and a sham and one fine example of the Feds take
and give little back in far too many cases more than anything. (Interstate Highways...Federal control..means states can't stop collecting this
entirely even if they wanted to)
Your state example HAS to levy SOMETHING, because idiots have based the entire maintenance of the highway system on the purchase of consumable fuels.
Figure the economy is in the tank and is literally used that way as the explanation for depressed demand and lower prices right now and you are faced
with the truth behind that ....fewer gallons means fewer pennies on each of them. Lower demand hits states even harder where there is no room left for
those who can't print their own money.
The solution, in my humble opinion, is to scrap the fuel tax entirely and completely where it applies anywhere but the point of import or the point it
clears the ground by an active pump here. That makes sense to tax...but not play like it's for the highways.
The replacement would be what I spent 15 years either watching my company truck pay out ..or for a couple years, paying out myself when I owned mine.
Replace gallon taxes with a mileage/distance tax
. Everyone knows where everyone stands .....can control far better than gas consumption is paid
attention to for impact ....and it's fair. You pay what you drive....and EVERYONE pays what they drive.
Electric Cars too.
(Now...about how much Washington steals the states blind and gives back as they feel like it...err...'nother thread.
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