Another bad idea on gas tax

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    Gas tax on miles, not gallons, tested

    PORTLAND, Ore., March 25 (UPI) -- Oregon is testing the idea of collecting highway funds through a tax on miles driven, rather than gasoline consumed.

    Eighty percent of Oregon's highway money comes from its 24-cents-per-gallon gas tax. If the state promotes reducing gasoline consumption and consumers tend to buy the fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrids, highway revenues would take a hit, The New York Times reported.

    The test program uses a global positioning system to track miles driven, using a black box to calculate how many miles are clocked in-state, out of state and during rush hour.

    The experiment is designed to increase state revenue for road maintenance without raising gasoline taxes, but critics say collecting GPS records poses new privacy issues.

    "The existence of such a database, which would, for the first time in history, allow for the creation of detailed daily itineraries of every driver, raises obvious privacy concerns," said David L. Sobel, general counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a civil liberties group in Washington.

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    OH, BIG BROTHER!

    Is watching YOU
     
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    Psst, Oregon...want to end your road funding problems forever? Want to end traffic jams forever? Wantt to do good politically correct things like curb suburban sprawl, limit the dominance of big-box stores, and encourage mass transit?

    Auction off all your roads, and let private companies run them from now on. Let them charge what the market will bear. Sadly, this is probably the least likely solution that you will consider. You'll probably add another layer of government and/or taxes to "solve" these problems.
     
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    Why should people pay to use a road?
     
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    So they can go from point A to point B while traveling in a car.
     
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    Didn't you know roads are a free gift from heaven? :bang3:
     
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    No thanks.

    I already get fucked in the ass at the pump.

    I don't need a 2nd helping on the road.

    Also look at GBs formaly public now private railways. Yeah, things are sooo much better for them now.

    Listen, some things are just not designed to make money, period. The solution then is not to put a private busniess (whose only goal is higher quartly profits) in charge of it.
     
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    Why is the governments solution raise taxes?

    here is a crazy idea. You want to fix gas prices? STOP TAXING THEM AND LET US FREAKING DRILL FOR OIL AND BUILD OIL REFINERIES IN THE UNITED STATES.

    The entire reason gas prices are so high is because the governments been freaking squeezing the industry into the ground for the last 30 years. Stop doing that and maybe we will see some relief.
     
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    So, the government gives tax incentives for fuel efficient cars, then changes the gas tax to stop favoring people who use less gas. Can you say "Give with one hand and take with the other."
     

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