More Congress Critters Want To Track And Tax Your Driving Habits

from the why? dept

For years, various state politicians have pushed the idea of a "mileage tax" for driving, and it's never made much sense at all. Yet, just a few months ago, we noted that some politicians in the federal government were pushing the idea as well -- even though the Obama administration said it would not approve such an idea. Still, that's not stopping some politicians. Rep. James Oberstar is so strongly in support of a plan, he says he doesn't want any pilot programs, studies or information about such a plan, he thinks it should just be implemented right now.

Of course, these plans have never made much sense at all. They would be crazy expensive, in that every car would need to be outfitted with a GPS device, and then that info would have to be communicated to the government (certainly something of a privacy concern). And, the really silly thing is that we already have a much better and cheaper proxy in place: gas taxes. Not only that, but the gas tax at least encourages people to use more fuel efficient vehicles, and increases the demand for alternative energy vehicles. So it's difficult to come up with a single viable reason for a mileage tax, but that's apparently not stopping Oberstar from demanding that it be started right now.


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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:17pm

    The government would treat it just like cigarettes. Every time they need more money for something, they would increase the tax. Then, people would complain because they are unfairly being targeted and the government would respond, global warming this, pollution that, environment, etc etc. They would justify it by saying that they want to reduce driving and fuel use when really, they just want money.

    Like with cigarettes, they will try killing the cow for the milk.

     

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    AZ, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:21pm

    Taxing my patience

    Maybe someone should look into why Rep. Oberstar, Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is pushing for this particular tax.

    Smells Walleye to me.

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:23pm

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    "They would justify it by saying that they want to reduce driving and fuel use when really, they just want money"

    I can't be certain, but I think not. If they just want more money, there are already policies in place that allow for that, I.E. gas taxes. High gas taxes can also be an answer to the "How do we influence driving to save the environment" question.

    No, the thing that stood out to me in this story was that wonderful three letter acronym: GPS. As best as I can tell, the only thing that this program makes sense for is movement tracking, and the government has no right to know where/when I am at any given moment (provided I'm not a felon, on parole, child molester, foriegn national, etc.)

     

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    O. Duh, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:42pm

    But...

    THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!

     

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    RD, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:50pm

    not difficult at all

    "So it's difficult to come up with a single viable reason for a mileage tax, but that's apparently not stopping Oberstar from demanding that it be started right now."

    No, its really not difficult at all to understand. Its about money and power, as are all things when it comes to the government. They either want to control you, or take your money, as much of either as possible, preferably at the same time.

    Power and Greed know no boundries.

     

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    Analyst (profile), Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:51pm

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    Not entirely:

    Has anybody checked to see if Oberstar is owner/investor in a GPS manufacturer?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:54pm

    This is a trend where politicians like to find "new" ways to tax people. iTunes tax, red light cameras, GPS in every car, internet tax, etc. It's kind of irritating to watch these people in great positions of power have almost ZERO common sense or knowledge about what they're passing policies/laws on ("the internet is a series of tubes" anyone?)

    I always thought it should be a politician's job to figure out ways NOT to tax people for crap the country doesn't need.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:57pm

    Re:

    I can now get my cigarettes shipped to me from New Zealand and pay 50% what they cost 1 mile away... that includes shipping.

    Global Economy, anyone?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:58pm

    Re: BUT THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT

    This is very different, people do not need to smoke. That is purely a social activity and a personal choice. Most people need to drive, my commute to work is 45 min driving (which I share with my wife). To use public transportation takes me 2.5 hrs and costs 350 per month (twice!).

    or take my brother who has public trans. in his area.

    The GOV(umm, republicans!!) is now trying to rape and pillage us, because they effed up and allowed the banking and real estate industries to screw our economy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:01pm

    Greed: Death and Taxes

    Tax his land, Tax his bed,
    Tax the table At which he's fed.

    Tax his tractor, Tax his mule,
    Teach him taxes Are the rule.

    Tax his cow, Tax his goat,
    Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties, Tax his shirt,
    Tax his work, Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink,
    Tax him if he Tries to think.

    Tax his cigars, Tax his beers,
    If he cries, then Tax his tears.

    Tax his car, Tax his gas,
    Find other ways To tax his ass

    Tax all he has Then let him know
    That you won't be done Till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers, Then tax him some more,
    Tax him till He's good and sore.

    Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave,
    Tax the sod in Which he's laid.

    Put these words upon his tomb,
    "Taxes drove me to my doom..."

    When he's gone, Do not relax,
    Its time to apply The inheritance tax.

    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    Commercial Drivers License license Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax,
    Fuel permit tax
    Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Interest expense
    Inventory tax
    IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service charge taxes
    Social Security Tax
    Road usage taxes
    Sales Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    SchoolTax
    StateIncome Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone federal excise tax
    Telephone federal universal service fee tax
    Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
    Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
    Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
    Telephone state and local tax
    Telephone usage charge tax
    Utility Taxes
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax

    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,
    and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
    We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class
    in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
    What happened?

     

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    Ryan, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:04pm

    Re:

    This is a trend where politicians like to find "new" ways to tax people.

    If by trend, you mean the way politicians have been acting since the beginning of society.

    I always thought it should be a politician's job to figure out ways NOT to tax people for crap the country doesn't need.

    Contradiction in terms; government bureacrats will expand their powers until checked by a backlash of the electorate, just like your house will continue to become disordered until you act to clean it up. As long as we keep electing Democrats, non-conservative Republicans, and other politicians that refuse to eliminate taxes, spending, and over-reaching laws and regulations, they'll keep finding new ways to tax and spend.

     

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    Paul, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:10pm

    more than money?

    A lot of people are saying that this is just a way to get more money, but could it be about more than that? If every car has gps to track how far you've drive, surely they can use it to know exactly where and when you've driven. They can say all they want about protecting people's privacy but if the information is there it will certainly be abused.

     

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    Don, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:18pm

    (* quote *)
    The GOV(umm, republicans!!) is now trying to rape and pillage us, because they effed up and allowed the banking and real estate industries to screw our economy.
    (* /quote *)

    To the clown who wrote the above:
    Rep. James Oberstar is a union loving Democrat.

    Also, everyone is assuming here that there would be EITHER a gas tax or mileage tax. Have you not been paying attention. The Democrats WANT BOTH.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:26pm

    Ok, seriously, these GPS based mileage taxes are ALWAYS proposed by Democrats. Always.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:26pm

    Re: Re: BUT THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT

    "This is very different, people do not need to smoke. That is purely a social activity and a personal choice. Most people need to drive, my commute to work is 45 min driving (which I share with my wife). To use public transportation takes me 2.5 hrs and costs 350 per month (twice!)."

    This isn't different. It's something I choose to do. You choose to work that far away. Sure, the job you're looking for isn't close, but, you chose that career. Your personal choice. It's not like this is a communist situation where your profession is chosen for you. Right?

    It's not about what I choose to do or not do. It's about being taxed for something disproportionately to other activities.

    You would feel the driving tax more than I would because I only drive half as far. Which is no different than now. The only difference between then and now is that the government will be watching both of us in one way/shape/form. Also, when they want more money, they just increase the tax on those who drive more miles.

    As it is, you can get around the taxes by driving a diesel car or an electric. Under the new system, you and I both would be taxed the same regardless of fuel type.. at least that is how it reads.

    Oh, and for your info, in general, Republicans generally favor less taxes, less federal government, more state government, a stronger military and advantages for businesses so they can grow/employ more. A Democrat is generally for higher taxes on businesses and individuals to fund programs, government intervention to help the less fortunate, more federal programs, a smaller military.

     

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    batch, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:36pm

    Re: more than money?

    Which is why I'd hack my GPS to appear to be Oberstar, then attach it to some car with government plates and let him have fun paying taxes on it. Until he gets all Orwellian and uses the GPS to locate the vehicle and I go to jail as a sort of martyr.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:40pm

    Just add "Monster" to the name of whatever act is introduced, and let Monster Cable sue the US government for infringement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: BUT THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT

    #15, regarding your definitions of Republicans and Democrats: do you know what century this is? That was all true maybe pre-Reagan. Since then, republicans borrow and spend and democrats tax and spend. And neither are willing to leave you alone to live your life.

     

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    Overcast, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:43pm

    The GOV(umm, republicans!!) is now trying to rape and pillage us, because they effed up and allowed the banking and real estate industries to screw our economy.

    You need to check your facts there - it's a majority democrat right now.

    But that's really immaterial. The whole Democrat/Republican charade is just to make people think it's two different parties; rather than just one party pillaging the taxpayers.

    They 'talk' alot about two parties - but the 'actions' they take lead many to believe that's not the case at all.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:50pm

    Yes, Republicans will tax, a bit, and all politicians will spend money. But no Republican would support THIS tax.

    It's not that it's a targeted tax (thought that sucks too), it's the basically needless privacy violation.

    For years, Democrats wanted to tax and tax gas, cuz they thought you used too much gas, and it's hurting the environment. Now, boo hoo, people are using too little gas! I'd think that'd be mission accomplished. (even though I do not particularly share their mission) But no, govs gotta get it's crack somehow. What kinda bait and switch is that?

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: BUT THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT

    "Oh, and for your info, in general, Republicans generally favor less taxes, less federal government, more state government, a stronger military and advantages for businesses so they can grow/employ more"

    You're confusing conservatives and Republicans. They used to be the same, or at least similar. They no longer are. For instance, take a look at the size of government under Clinton compared to after 8 years of Bush, even only when Republicans held a majority in Congress. Vastly greater in size.

     

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    Ryan, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:56pm

    Re:

    Yes, Republicans will tax, a bit, and all politicians will spend money. But no Republican would support THIS tax.

    It's not that it's a targeted tax (thought that sucks too), it's the basically needless privacy violation.


    The funny thing is, if you switched the motivation from incentives to help the environment to aiding intelligence against immigrants and terrorists, most Republicans would be supporting this and Democrats decrying it. The way it seems to work anymore, one party picks a side on a particular ideology, the other side plays devil's advocate, and the party members follow the mob regardless of their individual policy views. Pretty sad.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:57pm

    It can be hoped, at least, that a pretty roundly stomped republican party will get back to the basics that brought the majority to them. If not them, then maybe fiscal conservatives can form a party of their own. Sure, we'll take the blue-dog democrats, too.

    Just the same, no Republican has, nor I think, ever would, support this style of tax.

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:58pm

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    "But no Republican would support THIS tax"

    .....Wrong. For instance, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Republican.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:01pm

    Re: Re:

    Meh. A lot of republicans were agaisnt various wire-taping stuff Bush was up to. And now Obama is even more enthusiastic about the same stuff.

    I don't even think this guy WANTS to spy on people. He's just an idiot whop can't think through the implications.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:01pm

    Re: Re:

    Can you pull up a link on that?

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:04pm

    No...it's just more tax!

    The sentiment that this is just an additional tax is true. Example: In Iowa, the state wanted to up gas taxes because the decline of fuel usage during the $4/gal period resulted in a reduction of revenue to the state. So conservation had nothing to do with it. It is all about funding their pointless, wasteful programs.

     

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    Lohocla, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:05pm

    Milage Tax

    In theory it makes sense in a very distorted way.

    Tax rebates are given for "green" cars
    Tax revenue declines because cars drive further on less gas (less gas sold = lost revenue)

    So, adding the fact that tax breaks are given for buying the fuel efficient cars coupled with the less gas being sold...govt is losing money.

    That said, to try to track and collect taxes on mileage recorded from a GPS device, to me, is full of it.

    GPS isn't 100% accurate as anyone who's gotten stuck in a city using one can attest. They don't function well when the is blocked by buildings.

    Not even going to get into the circumvention and the money that would have to be spent constantly upgrading and securing the devices for the myriad of ways around it that would pop up after 2 months of use.

    At that point the tax would be increased because they would be losing money supporting the device.

    Pretty stupid really, but that's apparently the name of the game.

    I say cut out the IRS completely, flat tax everyone 10% sales tax on everything. That right there would drastically change the country for the better. (No tax lawyers needed, no figuring out taxes at the end of the year, no money taken from your paychecks, etc.....

     

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    Matt Bennett, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:08pm

    Re: Re:

    I find on the face of it your accusation unlikely. From Wikipedia: "Otter was also very critical of the Bush Administration's domestic spying efforts. He served as a deputy majority whip for most of his time in Congress despite his opposition to many key Bush Administration policies."

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:08pm

    Re: Re: Re:

     

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    Matt Bennett, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:10pm

    I don't know about a sales tax (they're actually very regressive) but I'm all about a flat income tax.

     

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    Ryan, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:10pm

    better solutions

    i did a blog post about this a LONG time ago - there's tons of better options than a mileage tax. here's a few of them: http://www.dotcult.com/better-solutions-than-a-mileage-tax

     

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    Jimmy the Geek (profile), Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:11pm

    We pomise not to abuse the traking info

    this time.

    *smirk*

    Now I know why they smirk so much, it's hard to keep a strait face when you are lying so blatantly to people.

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:13pm

    Re: Re: Re:

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:17pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    *Sigh* Also, Tim Pawlenty, Gov. of Minnesota, Republican:

    minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/18/mileage_tax/

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:24pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    And the best yet (I can't believe I didn't check this first), the proponent of the mileage tax in the first place, Ray LaHood, IS A REPUBLICAN. The mileage tax was PROPOSED by a republican and shot down by a Democrat.

    Sigh.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:39pm

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    And you could go to the local Indian reservation and pay even less.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:46pm

    A flat tax would need to be 50% if it were a sales tax, in order to maintain the current level of taxation.

     

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    iMe, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:47pm

    This will not happen. Obama already shot down the idea when it was proposed a few weeks ago by some GOP dude. Even though this second volley is from a dem, this would be massively unpopular, so I doubt it would even make it through congress.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 2:52pm

    It's just for attention...

    because, the tax hating repubs won't vote for a new tax and the civil liberties loving dems won't vote for a people tracker. This thing is going nowhere.

    although...
    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/04/obama-100-days

    if cell phone tower pings are considered warrant free one has to wonder.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 3:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: BUT THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT

    Not really, like I said, "In General".

    Generally, Republicans consider themselves conservatives and Democrats consider themselves as librals. Yes, I understand that there are libral Republicans and conservative Democrats.

    The things I stated are the general rules. Otherwise, nobody would be able to identify with being either if there wasn't some sort of belief structure... subject to change depending on the wind and planetary alignment that is. You know politicians.

     

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    Michael B, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 3:16pm

    Hiding

    Just tried emailing Oberstar... he only accepts emails from residents in his own district. You have to plug in a zip code to even talk to this jerk.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 3:27pm

    Thanks but...

    How about a link to contact this guy and tell him what a dumb idea it is? Let him know that you don't want THE MAN tracking every move you make in your personal vehicle.

    56401-3850 is a zip in his district for those that want to email.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 3:28pm

    Thanks but...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 3:33pm

    Why shouldn't those who use the resources the most pay the largest share of maintaining those resources? Taxing per mile driven is eventually going to be the only solution due to alternative fuels. What, because you drive an electric car you don't have to pay for your share of the asphalt?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 3:38pm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 3:47pm

    Considering the Census is about to track with GPS all your buildings and structures.. Coupled with something like this, you would literally know where every car went and who they were visiting.. Of course the Census GPS stuff is for your benefit. Making sure that emergency services can find you quickly, etc.. It's for your own good.. Of course this one is to force people greener and use less gas and carpool more, etc.. right.. It's not about knowing every move every citizen errrrr subject is making..

    Couple that with them listening to everything all the time and it would be just like having your own NSA agent / spy sitting along for the ride taking notes on all your actions.. Of course what you pay in TAXES for this SERVICE would more than make up for implementing and maintaining it..

    But we need to do it for your safety and for the kids and for the environment.. Note they want to take your guns to help Mexico with their drug problem... Yeah... Taking away guns from US citizen.. er subjects will somehow help the Mexican police handle Mexican Drug Lords...

    What is it they say about absolute power...

     

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    Christopher Smith, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 4:12pm

    Odometer, anyone?

    Why is it that whenever politicians dredge up the idea of a mileage tax, it has to be implemented by GPS? The fact that odometer readings could be used to implement the exact same tax at much lower cost points up that they're not even pretending that this isn't about tracking everyone.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 4:35pm

    The rep needs to lead the way and outfit his cars with GPS systems, and report each and every mile he drives, the roads he drives on, and when he did it, to a public website so that his employers (us) can see what he is doing with his time.
    Then we'll see how wonderful he thinks this idea is.
    The "use tax" crap is just a way for the snoopy folks to backdoor in tracking methods. The are looking across the pond to UK's cameras (and ignoring the utter uselessness of them) and are green with envy, and want something better to track people with.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 5:37pm

    I think they should put in place an Air Tax and a Tax Tax. They should also put in place a special tax for people who can't afford to pay taxes.

    I just love how the income tax takes part of what I earn, and the sales tax takes the rest. For most people the luxury tax doesn't even come into play, assuming they need to eat to stay alive.

     

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    Beck, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 9:11pm

    Why GPS?

    Why do they need to use a GPS device? Why don't they just look at your odometer once a year?

     

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    William, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 9:39pm

    Re: Milage Tax

    There are a few issues with a tax like that. First is what about those who are buying something to be used with another product. You'd need to exempt those products from sales tax.

    Another issue is that it is not progressive. A progressive income tax makes it so those that are rich, contribute more by percent then those who are poor. If i make 10,000$ a year, I'd only be able to spend just over 9,000 before I ran out of money. That is a huge difference on how much I can buy. But if I make 1,000,000 a year, I can spend just over 900,000. I still can spent a very large amount of money when compared to the costs of living.

    The last issue I am going to point out is that the tax needs to be higher than 10%. In Washington state the sales tax is very close to 10%, yet the government still doesn't have the money required to keep the basic infrastructure and education systems working perfectly.

     

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    hegemon13, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 7:10am

    Re: Odometer, anyone?

    To play Devil's advocate, I think that a lot of odometers would mysteriously get "broken" after this law took effect.

    The whole idea is stupid. Taxes should not be based on behavior, but only on physical goods, property, or transactions. Can anyone give an example of another tax that is based solely on behavior without a good attached to it? I can't think of any.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 7:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Ah, but that's very different, sir. Following it another link, it becomes clear the Gov. Otter was talking about taking odometer readings yearly. Still a yearly mileage tax, but without the privacy violations.

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/526597.html

     

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    Azrael, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 8:42am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Only if you're less that 50 miles away otherwise the cigarettes should be covered in gold to make it worth the trouble.

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 8:57am

    Re: Re: Odometer, anyone?

    Nevada taxation on prostitution?

     

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    Tim, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 9:28am

    Tax based on GPS mileage

    Just tax gasoline. Duh.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 9:30am

    > Considering the Census is about to track with GPS all your buildings and structures...

    They should be easy to track. They aren't going anywhere.

     

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    jilocasin, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 10:13am

    Odometer -> Excise Tax -> tax per mile.

    As it's been said by many others, your odometer already tracks miles driven. In most of the states I've seen you have to tell the government your odometer reading to register your car. Therefore, your excise tax could be based on the value of the car at purchase (you haven't driven any miles yet) then at a cost of base plus rate * tax per mile each year after that. In order to sell your car you have to pay the residual excise tax when you turn in your plates.

    Fair tax per mile, effects electric/hydrogen/gas/etc. vehicles doesn't require any new privacy invading technology.

    Makes sense, therefore it'll never get implemented. Oh well.

    Just a few quick thoughts.

     

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    anymouse, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 2:55pm

    Are we sure it isn't just about the money?

    When it comes out that Oberstar's bother/uncle/friend/GOB owns the GPS company that's going to get the contract to provide the devices being used, install them, and provide the monitoring, things will become a little clearer about why he wants it pushed thru now without any review, and you can say you read it on Techdirt first.


    Flips tinfoil hat to dull side out during this rainy weather.... It works better that way, or so I'm told.

     

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    crystalattice (profile), May 4th, 2009 @ 4:37am

    Re: Why GPS?

    This is my question. GPS is for navigation: tracking where you are, where you've been, and where you are going. It has nothing to do with tracking miles traveled, except in an incidental manner.

    Creating some sort of "government certified" device that acts like an odometer and gets looked annually when you register your car seems like a more plausible idea. That way, you truly are only being charged for the miles you have driven.

     

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    hegemon13, May 5th, 2009 @ 3:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Odometer, anyone?

    Well, to fall within the realm of prostitution, money must change hands. Therefore, you are talking about taxing a transaction for the purchase of a service, not a behavior. No different than taxing the sale of any other service.

     

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    P.Oed American, Nov 10th, 2009 @ 6:53am

    So Screwed Up

    This is rediculous. Government my butt. This is why I don't vote because I would never vote for someone who went to college who has a degree, someone who is money hungry, I would vote for everyday people like me, a redneck, a bum, a stay at home mom, a single dad. These are the people I would vote for. Someone who knows whats good and bad who will be able to change things for the better, for the better in people and not themselves like these so called politicians. We all could get together and protest about all this nonsence but you know what would happen. Cops would come, they would claim it got violent, they would take us all out. That's how are wonderful government works. They keep people quite to protect their butts I wish someone would come clean on some really good dirt and put them all to shame and away for good. I want to have a make over with our government.

     

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    sdmitch16 (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 9:20pm

    Re: not difficult at all

    If they wanted more money they could just raise the gas tax or create a new tax.

     

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    sdmitch16 (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 9:34pm

    Re: Taxing my patience

    Probably to reduce gas consumption without increasing fuel efficiency. U.S. cars seem to be lagging in efficient tech.

     

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