The American People’s Reply
By: Greg Sykes
So now if it isn’t bad enough at the pump, there is talk of taxing motorists per mile. While the Obama Administration claims to say “this isn’t coming from us”, they seem awfully interested in studying the subject. Why, on Earth, would this draft even be entertained after the beating us motorists have received at the gas pump? Who, in their right mind(s), has proposed such an idea?
Sure enough, there is a plan being “studied” where the government would infringe on privacy and property to install some type of fare device in our vehicles that would tax us for every mile we move. Which basically means the following: Those of you, who are “environmentally conscious” and are saving money at the pump by driving your hybrid engine vehicle, will see all of that money saved from fuel costs going into this tax. Those of you who drive gas guzzlers will then get screwed from both the fuel pump and the government if this actually becomes a law someday. So who wins? Not the citizens of the United States of America; and definitely not those low to middle income families who can’t afford to buy the latest and greatest fuel efficient vehicle. They are the ones who would be hurt the most from this.
The Obama Administration can down play this all it wants, but just the idea of it surfacing in the media has me to believe that the Administration would adopt this into law, even if it the final version of this law is somewhat “tweaked”. If this turns out to be true, then the current administration, the one that said it would not raise taxes one dime, would in fact be raising taxes. Not only would the Obama Administration be raising your taxes, but it would be placing these taxes where the tax payers have been hit the hardest; transportation costs!
It isn’t bad enough that we are all paying at least $3.75 to $4.50 per gallon of regular gasoline, but to be taxed for the mileage we travel on a daily basis would be horrendous to this economy. People have a hard enough time being able to afford to drive to work every day, and many have axed their vacations for “stay-cations”. I live in a depressed area where the unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country. Many who live in this area that have been lucky enough to find work have found their new jobs an hour or so away. This means they are forced to commute at least two hours a day to earn their incomes. Some might say, “Why not just move closer to those jobs?” Try selling a house in an area with 26% unemployment. It just isn’t that easy.
This tax idea, if implemented, will handcuff anyone struggling to get ahead or those just struggling to get by. The American people cannot afford this. I cannot afford this! We have been taxed enough. We have been screwed enough at the gas station. The American people are all taxed out! The problem is this: Unless we wise up and wake up, vote these politicians out of office, we will have nobody to blame except ourselves. We need to stop playing political party favorites and start supporting those who truly want what is best for the American people. The majority of us are badly underpaid for the economy in which we live in. Inflation has seized any cost of living increase we might have gotten (I haven’t received a cost of living increase in over four years.) Fuel costs have driven up costs in everything essential to life. Why must we also be subjected to this unconstitutional idea of taxing mileage? I thought that is what the gas tax was all about? Apparently, that isn’t enough for the greedy politicians in Washington. Now they really need to add insult to injury?
American citizens, wake up! Do not accept this! Saddam Hussein is dead. Usama Bin Laden is dead (I personally don’t need to see the pictures.) Yes, we will continue to fight the war on terror, but the Middle East is now safer without those tyrants in power. Pakistan may cry foul about how we [United States] went into their country and got Bin Laden. I’m sure the oil speculators will use that as some sort of reason to pump fear into the rising costs of oil, but we all know no matter what Pakistan says, they really do not want war with America. (Maybe this should be saved for another blog!) I will just close with this idea: less taxes and lower fuel costs will always mean a stronger economy for this country. It actually is that simple.