Big Brother Wants to Tax You for Every Mile You Drive

MTC and ABAG are contemplating putting an electronic device on your car so that they can charge you for every mile you drive.

Will wonders never cease or should I say will taxes never cease?

Not content to simply be one of the highest taxed states in America, our ever diligent and revenue-hungry public officials contemplate new sources of revenue and more creative solutions on how to soak the rich -- rich car owners that is.  In fact, everyone who owns and drives a car is the new rich and is due to pay their fair share.

Last Thursday, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) had a discussion about putting an electronic device on all cars in the Bay Area. Then once this device is installed, you will be taxed for every mile you drive in the nine Bay Area counties. Initial estimates are that you will be charged 10 cents per mile driven. However, we all know that once these devices are installed, the MTC and ABAG will quickly find that it is not enough money and they will increase this tax.

Obviously MTC does not have enough money to build their Taj Mahal in San Francisco so new and creative revenues must be pursued. The thing about this tax is that it is going to tax the working class right out of their cars because they will no longer be able to afford to drive their car in the Bay Area. The rich who can afford to pay the tax will continue to drive when and where they want while the poor and middle classes suffer and find themselves dependent upon public transportation.

Some might argue that this is not an attempt by Big Brother to watch your every move, but is just a way to find more tax revenues for our roads and bridges. However, we must remember that our fuel is already being taxed for those same roads and bridges. If this was only about obtaining more money to repair our failing infrastructure, it would be logical for MTC and ABAG to propose an increase in the fuel tax. However, merely raising the fuel tax does not satisfy MTC and ABAG. It is clear that they want to monitor your driving in the Bay Area by installing an electronic device in your car.

Since our government thinks that bad economic times calls for new ways to tax us out of our freedoms and liberties, a sarcastic illustration can show just how ridiculous this car tax is. (Note: this illustration is NOT to be taken literally.)

With the MTC and ABAG watching our every move through our rear view mirrors, maybe we should just copy this brilliant maneuver in the area of fighting obesity.  Surely everyone can see that obesity is a nationwide problem and that we should tax every bite of food that everyone eats. To be thin, is to be healthy or so the mantra goes. Therefore, each person above the age of 16 should have an electronic chip implanted to record each bite of food, each gulp of soda, each sip of wine, and every swallow of beer. Water will not be taxed because it has no calories and is good for you.

At the end of each month, your bank account will automatically be deducted and you will be sent a receipt from the state of California.  This innovation will serve two purposes:  the bottomless pit of tax revenues will be temporarily filled (until new needs to spend it are discovered) and people will be both healthier and thinner.

As a side benefit, this new tax will stimulate the economy. First, the government will have to pay the doctors to implant this chip in you, so the government will be creating jobs. Second, the clothing industry will experience a huge spike in demand for clothing since all our old clothing will now be too large thanks to the new tax.

I would ask the readers to join the fun and think of other new and creative taxes, but I am afraid "powers that be" would take them seriously.

I believe it is time to hold our government agencies accountable. We do not need new commissions to monitor government agencies, instead, our legislature needs to be the watch dogs for the citizens of California to make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely.

Mark Meuser is a candidate for State Senate District 7. You can follow him on Facebook.

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CJ July 31, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I would have to take a second job to pay taxes on a "methane produced" basis.
CJ July 31, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I can clearly see a flat 'Hybrid/Electric Vehicle" tax being necessary since they aren't paying their share of the load for our infrastructure. While we are at it. We will be needing a new tax for solar systems as well since they are not contributing to the grid that feeds them the 75% of the time their system doesn't work. This fits in nicely with the same logic that EBMUD uses to raise the rates when we conserve water.
Chris Nicholson July 31, 2012 at 07:08 PM
The first order subsidies to electric cars and solar power are massive compared to the incremental compared to these ancillary "subsidies" from free riding. PLus, it will be many many years before electric cars or solar power make much of a dent. For utilities, don't feel bad for them. Perversely, PG&E is an eager cheerleader for solar power. In most of he country, power costs about $0.11/Kwh, making PV Solar uneconomic, even with current subsidies. Here, PG&E is allowed to charge $0.34/Kwh, which makes solar viable as an alternative. The reduced usage from punitive pricing plus a bit of solar PV handling some peak load allows PG&E to earn high profits without spending billions on new generation....
Trader Lu July 31, 2012 at 08:22 PM
So, CJ, you're the one!
Grandma7 August 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Voters don't need to approve this tax. It is part of the "OneBayArea" plan. July 11 was the last time citizen's were allowed input. July 13 the mileage tax was on the newly printed plan. It's not about the Tax - it's about no longer being able to govern ourselves. ABAG & MTC have shut down communications AND input from the citizens. Now, only the cities and "Stakeholder" input counts. According to these Appointed people, citizens are NOT stakeholders. The only people allowed to vote (in April 2013) on this plan are the SELF APPOINTED regional committees. If we want to stop this regional takeover, cities must stop their membership to ICLEI and ABAG.


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