THIS is Biden’s America.
An America where he wants US to pay per mile to drive our vehicles.
Never mind that we are already over-taxed to death, Joe Biden is thinking up new and improved ways to rob you and me—THIS is what he is competent at.
Forget that we have an unprecedented crisis at the border, forget that massive inflation has gripped the country, forget that we have a broken election system—what’s important is that the government be able to nickel and dime you for every mile you drive.
If ever there were a single thought or sentence which could characterize government priority, it’s the one you just read above.
What’s worse is the fact that these measures weren’t considered in a separate bill—nope! These measures were buried in a bloated 2700 page infrastructure bill:
Buried in the 2700 page infrastructure bill: pic.twitter.com/9IOPlXRQ1k
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) August 4, 2021
One very interesting provision of the bipartisan infrastructure deal, as pointed out by @billscher, is that Sinema & Portman have included a Vehicle Mileage Tax pilot program in the bill. While only being $10m over 3 years it’s a pretty significant policy trial balloon
— Blake Allen (@Blake_Allen13) August 2, 2021
Just The News reports:
A pilot program to create a system for taxing drivers based on their vehicle mileage was slipped into Section 13002 of the legislation entitled, “National motor vehicle per-mile user fee pilot.”
Senators could change the language as they try to get a final version of the bill that can secure enough votes for passage.
Earlier this year, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg floated the creation of such a system during his confirmation process as a way to fund an infrastructure bill. The idea was later abandoned by the Biden administration.
RT @PoliticalShort: Buried on page 508 of the 2,702 page infrastructure bill is a pilot program for a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee (MBUF) which is basically a long-term plan to make it too expensive to drive a car. https://t.co/syilGBzAxJ pic.twitter.com/L7ATjbAEDu
— Shawn Perry (@superkat77) August 3, 2021
Everything Democrats do has the goal of taxing us into compliance and restricting our ability to freely travel. / Infrastructure bill floats national mileage fee despite Biden's $400,000 tax hike 'red line' https://t.co/wx8agPNYYF
— Rachel (@esqcapades) August 4, 2021
Washington Examiner explained:
Yet, the new per-mile user fee pilot, outlined in section 13002 of the bill, does leave those people open to tax vulnerabilities pegged to personal vehicle mileage. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen are directed to provide recommendations to Congress three years into the pilot’s life cycle, at which time Congress could choose to pass new legislation implementing national per-mile fees fully as an established funding source for infrastructure improvements.
Still, White House officials disputed the idea that the inclusion of the pilot program in the infrastructure bill guarantees the establishment of a future, nationalized mileage fee and suggested that, depending on how Buttigieg and Yellen’s recommendations shake out, the White House could oppose legislation implementing the tax.
“There is literally nothing in the bill that is counter to the president’s pledge. This refers to two provisions about research. One gives grants to states if they want to apply to do their own research.
The second involves a federal pilot program based on individual volunteers, who receive full refunds, for studies that would then only be the basis for recommendations about future legislation,” one White House official elaborated. “The administration will evaluate all legislation, including any bills relevant to these pilot programs, against the $400,000 pledge.