Here’s a great plan.
How about loading up another fake infrastructure bill full of political pork and then taxing drivers to pay for the privilege of paying taxes to politically connected Democrat operatives and operations.
Sounds like fun, right?
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Friday that a tax on how far travelers go looks like a promising way to fund President Biden’s infrastructure bill.
Biden said during his first solo press conference on Thursday that he will announce the $3 trillion proposal on Friday in Pittsburgh.
The next day, his Transportation head said a mileage tax could be one way to help pay for the plan.
“I think that shows a lot of promise,” Buttigieg said. “If we believe in that so-called user-pays principle, the idea that part of how we pay for roads is you pay based on how much you drive.”
That’s exactly the kind of proposal that Buttigieg would think is a good idea.
Biden wants to avoid raising gas taxes because that tends to smash hard into the economy and infuriate voters. But a mileage tax would add yet another layer of IRS oversight that no one likes.
The obvious background here is the popular myth of a collapsing infrastructure followed by accusations that drivers aren’t paying their fair share.
Obama would make the same grand tour of the bridges about to fall down unless a few hundred billion or, these days, trillion weren’t tossed to Democrat special interests. Billions went to “high-speed rail” and never amounted to anything. Except of course to money stolen from the folks paying for it all.