Obama Mulls Replacing Gas Tax With Hefty Mileage Tax

One reason gas prices are so high is that the Feds impose a tax of 18.4 cents per gallon on gas. It’s 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel. We’ve had federal gas taxes since the 50’s to pay for highways and bridges, but since 1983, they started diverting about 20% of gas taxes to go to a Mass Transit Account that is supposed to pay for public transportation like buses and railways. So, those of us who don’t use mass transit are paying for those that do in the form of gas taxes. That’s socialism for you.

We’ve had the 18.4-cent per gallon tax since 1993 under the Clinton administration. Nowadays, with the further destruction of the dollar, that 18.4 cents just doesn’t buy what it used to. Now, the Highway Trust Fund (which includes the Mass Transit Account) is facing insolvency.

Some credit the loss of revenue to the fact that many are using more fuel-efficient cars and therefore not spending as much on gas. Isn’t that what Obama wanted? For people to use more “green” energy? And now, the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

That could be part of it, but billions of the gas tax revenues are used to fund pet mass transit projects, which those who drive cars generally don’t even use.

Whatever the cause, the Obama administration is thinking of scrapping the gas tax altogether. Sounds good so far, but they’re wanting to replace the gas tax with a pay-per-mile scheme. The Washington Examiner reported:

 “The average driver pays about $96 a year in federal gas taxes, said GAO. Should the administration seek to raise the highway trust fund from $34 billion to the $78 billion needed to fix and maintain roads, that could rise to $248. Translated into a pay-per-mile plan, drivers would face a tax of 2.2 cents per mile compared to the 0.9 cents they pay now. Trucks would pay far more.”

 In the past when the Highway Trust Fund ran out of money, they would just take money from the General Revenue Fund. If the federal government has to pay for highways and bridges, maybe they should just cut spending elsewhere and use the General Revenue instead of levying such heavy taxes on Americans, a fifth of which is used to pay for things that drivers don’t even use. With the economy the way it is, and with people’s paychecks going down, now is not the time to raise even more taxes on drivers.

The federal government could at least eliminate the Mass Transit Account, which is funded by our gas taxes. Writing for Reason magazine, Tim Cavanaugh pointed out that the Mass Transit Account hasn’t convinced more people to ride public transportation even in the past 30 years:

 “According to American Public Transportation Association, Americans in 1983 took 8.2 billion transit rides. In 2008, the last year with complete statistics, we rode the bus, commuter rail, paratransit, heavy rail, light rail, trolley-bus, or “other” 10.5 billion times. The Census Bureau has 1983 U.S. population at 234 million and 2008 U.S. population at 304 million. That comes to 35 rides per American in 1983 and 34.6 rides per American in 2008. “

 If states want to have public transportation, they should raise their own revenue and pay for it themselves instead of taking federal highway funds to build it. As for paying for highways and roads, we could cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Obama’s foreign policy expenditures and put those funds toward domestic infrastructure and not have to impose one penny of gas taxes to fund it.







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  • Patrick Henry

    No taxes would be needed if those who like to tax others for redistribution to the Demoncrats were to be the only one to pay taxes including taking all of Obama’s assets along with all Democratic politicians around the country. This law mandated by the Congress of the United States (majority Republicans) would be the way to solve the nation’s debt crisis.

    • Nottakenyan

      The price that ignorant, uneducated, freeloading voters will again penalize taxpaying Americans.
      Stupidity never stops and it continues to breed!!!

      • http://twitter.com/southerngirl561 Tracie Smith

        And, be paid to breed!!!

  • DiploBear

    Is it Africa YET ???

    • Michael

      No, but is surely on the way to being at least Kenya.

      • DiploBear

        Kenya is not run by a dictator; try Zimbabwe, if Obama had a father he’d look like Mugabe, who would call him a mongrel.

        • http://www.facebook.com/winona.wacker.1 Winona Wacker

          Kenya isn’t run by a dictator—yet! But, from what I have been reading on the subject, it is only a matter of time before the Communists take over there!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004665243358 Joe Black

          with obamas help!

        • fort9erdon

          No, but the US is run by a dictator, …. Obammie

        • AZWarrior

          Or Obama returns home to be named king…….

        • fridihem

          I can just see you, a big obese ugly pig

        • disgusted demacrat

          Is’nt fridihem just a obese fat ugly frided Swedish hog? just asking!!

        • Elaine Bruemer

          fridihem: You’re showing your intelligence. You should get a place on obummers cabinet.

        • Paul Brown

          If this idiot had a father, then his kids would have a grand daddy, but odummer was hatched in a test tube in a filthy lab somewhere, and look at what mutated out of that. This pig will not be happy until he has all of our money and then he will still be looking for more. You know, something like NYC, always crying for more money and never satisfied. To much corruption from blumberger on down. Let Bloomberg fund his cities woes with his own money, he already takes any rebate checks that come from the Feds to the people.

        • gracemarie

          Do you mean Mogwi the jungle boy?

        • AZWarrior

          Mowgli

      • PASSTHEWORD

        Let’s give them back their IDIOT>

        • http://twitter.com/debraraes debra steinman

          I see only 1 problem. They don’t want him back.

    • Patty

      What do you guys smoke or ingest….have acid left over from Vietnam. Heard that stuff can be dangerous. It’s very hallucination enduring. For sure.

      • DiploBear

        you must surely know.
        been to Africa, been to Viet Nam, been to the USSR and it’s allies.
        I know a commie mob when I see one, at the rate we’re going, save
        your money, they’re establishing the paradise right around you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/winona.wacker.1 Winona Wacker

        Patty, you must be using that stuff yourself if you think this country is happy and doing well! We are in trouble, we are in a fight for our very existence, and people like you are not doing yourselves or us any good!
        Wake up!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Dunn/100000108092512 Pamela Dunn

        Sniffing your own gas leakage can cause brain damage and a bad case of the smugs. How sad for you.

      • Kent2012

        what a twit

      • spidermike

        Patty:

        “It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
        ~ Patrick Henry

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004665243358 Joe Black

        patty must be eating food stamps

        • disgusted demacrat

          Nah .. just licking the backs to get the glue!!

      • undunder

        Stupidity can be pretty dangerous too.

        • DiploBear

          PRAVDA, the communist JEWORK TIMES, SAYS THAT THE STUPID IN THIS COUNTRY ELECTED A COMMUNIST.
          cHECK IT OUT ON THE WEB: PRAVDA ON US ELECTS A COMMUNIST
          I think they use the word stupid when they refer to the 98% booner supporters. Who would know btter than PRAVDA.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerald-Scott/100002227796670 Gerald Scott

        Ya know Patty ignorance is curable but stupidity is terminal.

        • disgusted demacrat

          Zoom right over it’? head

      • PassTheWord

        PAtty, it is called a dose of reality. Try it and you’ll see what motivates us. Of course you must put down the obama kool aid first. Otherwise, there is no hope for you.

      • John Hunter

        Voting for the dictator the first time was due to willful

        ignorance. Voting for him a second time was due to being
        intoxicated by licking his Filthy Muslim butt.

      • Bobseeks

        Sounds like you are another liberal parasite who lives off of our taxes.

      • Ann

        I hope you’re not referring to the Vietnam vets who went over there and fought for freedom, even though it really wasn’t our war. Remember, it was a Democratic President who got us into that. Don’t make fun of people who did their duty for their country. America is in more trouble economically and racially than it has been since the Civil War, and if we’re not careful, we’re going to find ourselves in another one. Only this time, it will be races pitted against each other. If you knew anything about history, you would see that Obama is doing to the U.S. what Hitler did to Germany in the 1930’s, and he’s taking his plays straight out of Marx’s and Lenin’s teachings. We’ve raised a generation of people who think they’re entitled to “free” everything, and someone has to pay for it. Guess who it is–people who work and pay taxes.

      • RGH

        Where have you been? Wake up!
        We are like the frog in the boiling pot, get out and fight back before you’re fully cooked. You are blind: the worst blind is the one that refuses to see

    • midas2800

      Maby some one should start selling their flags a**holes would by them

    • hedy

      no it is rusha

    • Remington 870

      The more taxes Obama imposes..the more freebies his African voter base receive. While each of us are trying to make ends meet…Obama’s Africans sleep most of the day, eat steak & crablegs (EBT cards make this possible), fornicate, play cards, and did I mention fornicate. Who is having a better time….the Africans or the working taxpayer?

      • SIRWIZARD

        You are right on, sir.

        I can see next week’s headline now…OBAMA proposes new travel tax on food as it moves through the human intestine. There is an average of 11 feet of intestine involved here, and a food digestion tax, by the foot, would generate significant revenue to give to those that hate working. Sources close to the Whitehouse report that Mr. Obama’s response to objectors was, “Well, they don’t HAVE to eat”. So, Americans, get ready to pay for your food as it travels that 11 feet on its way to becoming a new DEMOCRAT.

        • Remington 870

          Thanks for the mental image. From now on when I do a Number two, I am going to say out loud…Going to make a new democrap. You should do same. Think of the fun we can have. And I do hate Democraps.

      • 1950semperfi

        you left out the Obama Phone, I pay $90 for what they get for $20 No matter what anyone says he is going to make whites pay for the slaver of the past.

        • http://www.facebook.com/sandy.nelson.311 Sandy Nelson

          Everything we pay big bucks for they get for almost nothing. Or it comes from our taxes. yet we pay high taxes for everything they say and they still end up with it. Our two pacels of land that we (own are going up 21% per parcel) Do you think the government pays for taxes? They said it was because of the roads that were recovered last year. The congressmen, make so much money, they don’t have to worry about anything like we do.

        • http://twitter.com/debraraes debra steinman

          And now his voters are whining because the minutes they get to use that phone are so limited. HAHAHA!

    • jamgus24

      it’s more like hitler’s take over of germany, lenin’s take over of russia, catro’s take over of cuba and mao’s take over of china. the three branches of government were designed to make government balanced. obama has changed that. we now have a communist muslim president who is becoming a dictator.

      • DiploBear

        As a genetic survivor of Stalins massacre and gulag exiles, (commies executed most of the family, survivors were sent to Siberia, after their wealth was confiscated and “ditributed’) voluntered for Viet Nam while still an alien (legal)
        and served fighting communists for 35 years, in and out of uniform. Meanwhile
        Democrats arranged to install a commie right at the head of Government.
        I keep thinking this is just a nightmare from which we will wake up.
        Four years is a long nightmare. PRAVDA said it best; the illiterate elected a communist; 98% of them. WOW !!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/sandy.nelson.311 Sandy Nelson

        He has proven already that he is a dictator. We really don’t have our freedom anymore. Sad isn’t it? A Muslim on the news said last night that they love our president.

    • Badkarma060

      Seems like it’s coming very soon pal. I drive 110 miles round trip to work daily, this seems like such a great idea (NOT). I not only have to pay for my gas, my car repairs, my insurance, my tolls, and now if this passes a tax on miles traveled. This to fund mass transit, which I don’t use. I have so much skin in the game, my bones are showing…

  • DockyWocky

    Its always, “OBAMA MULLS, or Obama thinks, or Obama decides, or Obama wants.”

    How come its never Congress mulls, or Congress thinks (Oxymoron) or Congress decides,m or Congress wants?

    Looks like we are already in the clutches of a big schmuck.

    • metheoldsarge

      It is what Congress mulls, thinks and wants because, like any good lap dog they want what the boss wants.

      • HappyClinger

        He’s not their boss – we are!

        • Independentrd

          No, we are supposed to be. like everything else, he just took over and no one stopped him.

        • John Hunter

          We are the boss, but we haven’t enforced it.

        • metheoldsarge

          “He’s not their boss – we are!”
          You know that and I know that. The problem is that it seems to be the first thing the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the Federal Government has forgotten.

      • fed up[ big time

        And there is a lot of the problem, “Boss”. The POS is a fraud. Executive branch is not the boss but just one third of the government, as designed and that worked well for a long time.

    • Mike Tanco

      Obama wants to be dictator not President. What about this? 1) whatever tax the people pay, Congress and the President pay 2) whatever healthcare plan the people are to use is to be used by Congress and the President 3) Whatever retirement plan the people use(Social Security), Congress and the President use. Let them pay what the people they are supposed to represent pay. While we are reforming these sections of our system, let’s pass an amendment limiting the terms a Congressman can serve. We don’t need professional politicians like Biden and the Kennedy’s. You jerks that elected this Muslim to a second term should be pissed off too.

      • John Spencer

        “What about this? 1) whatever tax the people pay, Congress and the President pay 2) whatever healthcare plan the people are to use is to be used by Congress and the President 3) Whatever retirement plan the people use(Social Security), Congress and the President use. Let them pay what the people they are supposed to represent pay. ”
        Hear, Hear! But not likely to happen, as some pigs are more equal than others.

      • BigC

        He already IS a dictator, signing over 930 Presidential decrees! You tell me what you call THAT!

    • DoesLogicStillExist?

      Even more, we should be asking, why is it not “WE THE PEOPLE” mull, think, decide, or want…?

    • noitaint

      i was thinking the same thing, must have missed the over-throw some how. Are we still America, or are we ‘Bammaland?

  • pappap42

    It does not fund mass transit, it funds UNION jobs.

    • iamsurrounded

      UNION fraud

      • http://www.facebook.com/winona.wacker.1 Winona Wacker

        Well, Obama DID say he “owed” the unions for his re-election!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Broussard/100000569719030 Paul Broussard

          Yeah it takes a lot of people to STUFF those Ballot boxes!

        • futurelife

          Have anyone thought that maybe mrs obama will now run in the next election, kind of what the Clinton’s wanted to do. Thus making him the first ever to run for a 3rd term using his wife.

        • John Hunter

          he isn’t going to relinquish his position to any one
          he is going for dictator for life which equals despot.

    • 7papa7

      Hey it’s Obama in won’t be a replacement tax attempt, it has to come from the house through the senate then to Obama, it will be an add on. Obama, like all libs never met a tax they didn’t love.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004665243358 Joe Black

        obama has his pen in hand

  • singer23

    He’s heading for a, “Reparation Tax,” on white people! Don’t think that’s far fetched, if he gets away with this tax, the “Reparation Tax,” will be pushed upon us in the near future!

    • TxGCB

      Yes, if it goes to a mileage tax, the people in the upper incomes will pay it. The truckers, craftsman, anyone that commutes 2+ hours a day will get a pass because of their income level. Union workers will definitely get a pass.

      • http://www.facebook.com/winona.wacker.1 Winona Wacker

        I don’t think so! Employers, no matter who, will have to pay it. They are the people who hire trucker, construction workers of all kinds, and guess where the heaviest load of the tax will fall?
        That’s right! On the ordinary citizen, who has to use their car to get to the grocery store, pick up the kids at school, do errands, and in general, everything!
        As usual, the ordinary taxpayer will be left holding the bag!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004665243358 Joe Black

          the price of everything will go up and up!

        • undunder

          The SOB has to tax ordinary citizens. You know, the ones who can’t fight it and who can’t afford financial planning. He is too cowardly to pick on someone his own size or in this case someone with equal power. Tyrants rarely pick on someone stronger than they are or who can defend themselves. He is a two bit dictator wannabe.

        • John Hunter

          he is already a dictator, he is becoming a
          despot.

    • Nottakenyan

      He will also tax aspirin!!

      It’s white and it works!!!!

    • undunder

      Then he should insist that his buddies in Egypt pay reparations to the Jews for 400 years of enslavement.

    • John Hunter

      its more like extermination to the white race because they are an “inferior race”
      he subscribes to a lot of Hitlers ideas.

      • 1950semperfi

        he convinced 52% of the brain dead to vote for him. Have you ever seen a country run by black not in poverty????

    • James Tabone

      That will get done when Nancy Pelosi takes back the House either in 2014 or 2016. Heed well, our electoral process is now flawed and compromised – to wit: Obammy’s reelection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Evans/1141094735 Mike Evans

    If foreign aid to countries that are not our friends and never will, should be stopped and this money could then be used for infrastructure repairs and building.

  • Bobseeks

    Gas taxes are actually user fees – if you don’t use the roads, you don’t pay gas taxes (at least directly). I worked in the highway construction industry and my main gripe about gas taxes is that the government wastes a HUGE percentage of the money it takes in for highways. Highway contractors are masters at rigging bids to reap windfall profits, government workers who work in the industry are grossly overpaid, and most of the highway work is done by lazy, unproductive, high-priced union workers. If this were cleaned up, we could do 50% more work with the same revenue.

    • Bambi

      Dear Bob- These characteristics you describe are in every Government job area not just yours. That’s the problem with Government work. They don’t HAVE to be efficient, because they just soak the taxpayers for more money to compensate for their own inept and unproductive work ethic.

    • guest

      In this small town, we have noticed it takes one man to dig a hole and 4 to watch.

      • Bobseeks

        That is a typical government or union way of doing things.

  • Eric

    Why give more money to foreign aid. Cut expensidture in Foreighn Aid alot of which goes black market or to corrupt poiticians anyway and keep it at hep for our infr a structure.

  • Bruce Feher

    The unions will build the roads but no one will be able to afford to drive on them. Obama is a fool but those who voted for him are enemies of us all who didn’t vote for him.

  • petejurg

    When is enough enough?? When are we going to get fed up with this guy??

    • metheoldsarge

      As soon as the welfare checks and food stamps stop. That will be when Hell freezes over.

      • guest

        I read 85% of the households are on some kind of entitlements.

        • metheoldsarge

          There are various entitlements lumped in with that 85%. It isn’t all made up of welfare freeloaders. Those are what I call the UN-earned entitlements. There are quite a few earned entitlements. Among them are the pensions of retired military and government employees. You also have retirees drawing Social Security after a lifetime of working for a living. You also have legitimate disability compensation for injuries sustained on the job. The list goes on. Not all those entitlements are going to freeloaders.

  • Fred_K

    The mileage tax would hurt the fuel efficient car owners far more than the gas guzzlers. Same price per mile instead of per gallon of fuel. I guess aircraft fuel would also pay a tax for road improvement…you never know when a plane will have to land on a highway.

  • vietnamvet1971

    When will the Insanity of this Big, Bad, Behemoth, Bloated, Bankrupt, Gimme-mint end?

  • registered republican patriot

    Still don’t get it do ya?

  • tony

    The whole damned government has to be re-written except for the Constitution, Bill of Rights etc. It’s a dogpile of manure and nothing will cure it short of beheading the monster and starting over. We’ve made a mess of the country our forefathers envisioned because we’re stoopid…look at who was just ‘elected’ president and his evil administration. How else do we rid ourselves of this muslim? What a mess

    • http://www.facebook.com/winona.wacker.1 Winona Wacker

      I totally agree! I never thought I would advocate tearing down and rebuilding our government, but now seems to be a good time to start!

  • Douglas Holbert

    “Tax. Tax. Tax. Spend. Spend. Spend. The people are too damn dumb to understand.” CONGRESS.

  • MikeyParks

    Can’t we just get this guy to sit down and shut up for four years? How about a four year vacation to Maui?

  • d brady

    This sounds a bit more like a sneaky way to pass part of his cap and trade crap, not add to help for the many forms of transit getting fixed. NOT OK

  • Nancy

    Just like every thing else he does, this is pure bullshit, just so he can get his hands on more money. I think he should be impeached and thrown out of office. And another thing, he could stop sending our enemies all the money he provides them with.

    • metheoldsarge

      I wonder if anyone believes that this will eliminate the tax on gas? We will still be paying that tax in addition. They aren’t about to let that source of revenue go. Anyone who believes there will be no more gas tax should go to New York. I am sure they can get a good deal on a bridge there.

  • HappyClinger

    Obama does not write the laws, tax or otherwise; Congress does. He can get bent.

    • Bubblegum199

      Are you kidding me. He is bypassing congress on everything and using executive order. Impeach this devil

  • metheoldsarge

    In may start at 2.2 cents per-mile but it isn’t going to stop there. It will go up until the cost per-mile will be so high that the average American will not be able to afford to drive. That may be the most likely goal. That would make it easier to restrict movement which would mean more control of the people. Wake up America.