States across the nation are experimenting with a new system of taxation. In addition to taxing gasoline, states will also tax miles driven.
That’s right. It’s called double taxation. You pay at the pump for the fuel you need to drive. Then you pay for the miles driven.
“But grandma, what big teeth you have!”
“Uppers and lowers, sweetie.”
Here is the problem. Cars are getting more fuel efficient. So they use less gasoline. They use up the asphalt, but they don’t pay as much to do this as in the good old days.
Something must be done. The solution: an entire new bureaucracy to monitor our driving habits. Computers! Chips! Data bases! Confusion!
Couldn’t the states just raise the gasoline tax?
But then they would not be able to monitor where people are driving, and when.
But why should voters want to be monitored?
Day by day, voters are learning to submit. The bureaucrats view this as another link in the chain. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Other options: an app installed on smartphones. Then the bureaucrats get the GPS data.
Does it occur to any of them that some people will leave their smartphones at home when they go on long drives in-state? Or do they believe that Americans are dependent on cell phones?
Could people buy pre-paid cell phones? Call them “drive-time phones.” They could be quite cheap, compared to gasoline taxes.
Next step. “Your smartphone, please. Ver iss your smart phone? You must carry a smartphone at all times.”
Big brother never had anything like this. Orwell was a short-sighted man.
The federal government isn’t getting into this yet. The bureaucrats there figure they can let the states take the heat. The states can test voter response. Then, when the sweet spot is found, the Feds can join in the fun.