First, they came for the cars: By-the-mile road tax could replace by-the-gallon federal fuel tax
The year is 2020 and the gasoline tax is history. In its place you get a monthly tax bill based on each mile you drove — tracked by a Global Positioning System device in your car and uploaded to a billing center.
What once was science fiction is being field-tested by the University of Iowa to iron out the wrinkles should a by-the-mile road tax ever be enacted.
Besides the technological advances making such a tax possible, the idea is getting a hard push from a growing number of transportation experts and officials. That is because the traditional by-the-gallon fuel tax, struggling to keep up with road building and maintenance demands, could fall even farther behind as vehicles’ gas mileage rises and more alternative-fuel vehicles come on line.
…The commission pegged 2020 as the year for the federal fuel tax, currently 18.5 cents a gallon, to be phased out and replaced by a road tax. One estimate of a road tax that would cover the current federal and state fuel taxes is 1 to 2 cents per mile for cars and light trucks.
Note that this is for Federal fuel taxes. You still get to pay state and local taxes the old-fashioned way, at the pump.
It’s another example of big government forcing its way into individual lives. The database this would create could be used to track where anyone goes, and when they go there, and who knows what else. Are you comfortable knowing any government snoop with vendetta on his mind won’t use that information against someone? The privacy issues with this proposal are countless.
This made the news in February, and it will keep on going, behind the scenes. The political class is hell-bent on controlling us, and, Terminator-like, they will not stop. Unless we stop them.