Stupidity at this extreme should be physically painful: Sen. Introduces Bill To Test Out Taxing Motorists For Every Mile They Drive. Excerpt:
KCAL9’s Bobby Kaple reports that Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, introduced a bill to test out the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax because the state’s gas tax was no longer bringing in the revenue it used to due to people driving more fuel efficient vehicles.
The program is modeled after ones in Oregon and Washington.
“We want to do as Washington and Oregon have done in a much bigger state with much longer commutes…to make sure that we find out whether it would work, whether the public would like it or not,” DeSaulnier said.
See also PJMedia scribe Bryan Preston’s piece on the topic here.
Stupid Point #1: Voluntary? Who the hell will sign up for this? 1/10th of 1% of the population? Do they actually expect to see any real revenue from this, or is it (more likely) a cheap piece of political theater?
Stupid Point #2: Who the hell will support this idea, knowing (as any thinking person should) that when the increasingly nutty California legislature sees zero revenue, or as close to zero as makes no difference, will make it mandatory?
After all, it’s only your money when the government is through taking what it wants, right?
Stupid Point #3: Why the hell does anyone with any sense, any ambition, or any inclinations towards productivity stay in California any more?