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Obama administration: We should tax cars by the mile, oops did we say that out loud???


Obama thinks driving your car is too cheap. His administration floated a plan on capitol hill today to tax every American based on how many miles they drive. To do this every car in the nation would be plugged into an Orwellian system of satellites costing tens of billions. The satellites would track every car and send you a tax bill based on how many miles you drove.

Americans already spend around $.50 in taxes per gallon of gas purchased. However, demand for gas has decreased as the price has skyrocketed. The Obama administration is looking for new ways to boost tax revenue.

THEN…

Immediate public outrage prompted an oopsy statement from the White House, claiming they didn’t really mean it.

From TheHill.com…

The White House on Thursday walked back a proposal to tax people based on how many miles they drive.

The proposal was included in a draft of the administration’s Transportation Opportunities Act, but a White House spokesman said it “was not an administration proposal.”

“This is not a bill supported by the administration,” White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. “This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not take into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”

The legislation the White House is distancing itself from calls for creating a Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office within the Federal Highway Administration. It would be tasked with creating a “study framework that defines the functionality of a mileage-based user fee system and other systems.”