Category Archives: Economics

Animal’s Daily Dystopia News

Before we start, be sure to check out  the latest in my Mystical Child series over at Glibertarians!

And now, there’s this Klaus Schwab asshole.  Excerpt:

Democracy, we’re told, dies in darkness. No, democracy dies in Davos.

If in doubt, please read the following:

“Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city – or should I say, ‘our city’. I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes. It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service.”

These are not lines from an episode of “Black Mirror.” No, these lines come directly from the World Economic Forum website. Founded in 1970, the World Economic Forum (WEF) is arguably the most influential platform in the world. Each year, some of the most influential figures in politics and tech gather for a meeting in Davos. The most recent meeting occurred in January, and the topics discussed are of profound importance.

As Anthony P. Mueller, a professor of economics, warns, “The main thrust of the forum is global control. Free markets and individual choice do not stand as the top values, but state interventionism and collectivism. Individual liberty and private property are to disappear from this planet by 2030.”

Not me, you say. I didn’t sign up for this. In the world of biopolitics, where the lines between human biology and politics become indistinguishable, your vote really doesn’t matter. In fact, you don’t have a vote. This isn’t the same loss of freedom that, say, the likes of Alexei Navalny is experiencing right now. No, this loss of freedom is attritional in nature; death by a thousand cuts.

This is the part that jumped off the screen at me:

“Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city – or should I say, ‘our city’. I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes. It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service.”

For one thing, you can keep your damn city.  I’m not interested in living in any city, not much the nightmare version described here.  I’ve spent enough of my life living in cities and (mostly) the suburbs thereof,  and I’ve had enough of it.  The life you describe, even if I didn’t find it horrifying, wouldn’t be possible in my rural Alaska home.

But here’s the part that makes this horrifying:  This Schwab asshole undoubtedly thinks that it would be just fine to have the lifestyle he describes not be a choice, but rather a mandate.  You know, for the everyone’s own damn good, they should shut up and do what they are told, live where and how they are told, and damn well like it.

That’s the only way I can see some horrible dystopia like this coming about.  And if Schwab wants to put this in place, all I can say is, he’d better come a-shootin’.

Rule Five Loony California Friday

Just digested a pretty interesting look at the sorry state of affairs in Californey right now.  Excerpt:

Before the social-media era, California boasted a remarkably diverse economy, with a job base that included many high-paying blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Climate policies, as even some green groups admit, have made these gaps wider. Due largely to overly restrictive land-use regulations, some tied to the state’s obsession with climate change, total residential building permits per 1,000 population were 40 percent below the national average in 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Soaring energy prices, also brought on by green policies, have kept industrial job creation well below national averages.

Even as the state mints large numbers of new billionaires, conditions for the working class deteriorate. Over the past decade, the California economy has been divided, Janus-like, between a rising innovation economy, based largely in the Bay Area, and the overall state economy, where 85 percent of all new jobs pay below the median income of $66,000, and 40 percent under $40,000. Middle-income jobs actually declined; for every high-end job, the state created five low-wage ones.

Even with the recent Silicon Valley boom, growth in high-wage jobs has been faster in competitor states such as Texas, Utah, Colorado, and Washington. For those without a college education, as even the New York Times notes, California does worse than virtually anywhere else in the country. State politicians, of course, talk about the promise of “green jobs,” but the reality is that they generally are less permanent, pay less, and are far less unionized than established blue-collar work.

So, in other words, unless you’re a tech genius or a Hollywood type, California kind of sucks.  But wait!  There’s more!

California may be suffering from the delusions of its ruling class, but it still contains what may be the greatest collection of creative talent ever assembled in one place, extending from Silicon Valley to Hollywood, in technology, space, culture, design, and ways of eating and living. Many among those of us who settled here do not want to see ourselves or our offspring forced out of the state, ending up as dejected exiles, like Russian nobility dreaming of past glories.

Some on the right might like to see California collapse and prove the dunderheadedness of modern progressivism. But America needs our state’s sometimes wacky creativity just as it needs the stolidity of the heartland, the raw ambition of Texas, and a rapidly changing South working to unravel its racially troubled past. Ultimately, though, this is not the nation’s fight. California can be saved only by Californians.

See, this is where we part ways.  Maybe California needs to be saved by Californians, but California’s nutballery affects the whole country.  How?  Because of the very exodus of Californians described in this article.  They turned my own former home of Colorado into California Lite – hell, the current Governor of Colorado is from California.  They’re working on doing the same to Arizona, Nevada and even Texas.  They move to more prosperous areas, fleeing the mountain of suck California has become for the middle class, then promptly vote for precisely the same kind of politicians that turned California into a mountain of suck for the middle class.  Fortunately the Alaska winters seem to be too much for Californians, so we’re safe – for the time being.

Count me in with the folks who would like to see California collapse.  It would certainly hurt the whole country for a while, but maybe then the majority of California voters would take a hard look in the mirror.

Then again, maybe not.  As my late Grandpa used to say, “you can teach ’em, but you can’t learn ’em.”

The one hopeful data point in all this is the fact that “minority” voters are increasingly starting to reject “progressive” policies.  The great irony of all this is that most self-styled “progressives” have a distinct pallor to them, and while they try (endlessly, tiresomely, annoyingly, stridently) to frame themselves as champions of the downtrodden, they seem to scrupulously avoid any real contact with those selfsame downtrodden.

There is an old saying in politics:  “As California goes, so goes the nation,” although that term was coined when California was still electing the occasional Republican in the state government.  One might note, in fact, that as recently as 1988 California’s electoral votes went to a Republican Presidential candidate.  These days, I’m hoping for more of a “As California slowly, painfully comes to their senses, maybe the other blue states will follow suit.”

Then again, maybe not – see my Grandpa’s admonition above.  Nobody ever went broke betting on the stupidity of the American electorate.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I swear, you can’t make this shit up.  Take a look:

I distinctly remember Ronald Reagan meeting Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland.  Reagan landed first, and was waiting when Gorbachev’s Aeroflot airliner landed – in the Icelandic wind.  Gorbachev deplaned in a typically Russian heavy overcoat and fur hat (say what you will about the Russians, they know how to dress for cold weather) and Reagan was outside waiting for him in a regular business suit.

As Gorbachev approached, he slipped on a patch of ice.  He did not fall, but before his aides could react, the older Reagan ran to his side and steadied him, as though he was the younger, stronger man, representing his younger, stronger country.

It was a great visual.  Now we have doddering, senile old Joe Biden, sending the world just the opposite message.

Great.  Just great.

With that…

On To the Links!

Yeah, that’s not going to work out the way you think.

And that’s not likely to work out at all the way you think.

The epidemic that wasn’t.

Well, this is embarrassing.  If you’re not feeling like this, you should be.

No shit, Sherlock.

No shit, Sherlock II.

From the time of dinosaurs, and before.  Cool.

Holy shit!  Watch the embedded video – there was sure as hell automatic weapons fire on the Mexico side of the river.  Believe me, I’ve heard it before – and not an automatic rifle.  That was an M-60 or something of that sort, a crew-served machine gun.  (But they have such strict gun control in Mexico!)

Neandertals took good care of their teeth.

Well, you bought a house in loony California, so…

Fuck you, China.  Right in the neck.

This is actually racist.

1.  Read riot act.  2.  Order rioters to disperse.  3. Open fire.

Another one bites the dust.

Baghdad Bob at the southern border.

Meanwhile, immigrant facilities are apparently full of giant baked potatoes.

Joe Biden(‘s handlers) can’t keep covering this shit up.

The Navy is still looking into fusion.  Not surprising, the Navy operates a lot of reactors and has plenty of nuke experts.

This Week’s Idiots:

CNN’s Stephen Collinson is an idiot.

Newsweek‘s Michael Dyson is an idiot.

The Guardian‘s David Smith is an idiot.

USA Today‘s Nicole Carroll is an idiot.

Notorious blowpig Michael Moore is still an idiot.

Colorado farmers and ranchers respond to Gov. Polis’s idiocy.

Slate‘s Pedro Gerson is an idiot.

Slate’s Jane Hu is an idiot.  I’m sensing a pattern here.

Everyone involved with this bill is an idiot.

The Week‘s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

The Nation‘s Elie Mystal is an idiot.

And So:

Boy, this one brings back some memories.  I remember going to the Ben Franklin’s Five and Dime when I was a little kid.  They had bins of little plastic toys, dinosaurs, birds and the like.  My Mom would give me a nickel each trip, if I had behaved myself, so I could buy one.

Later, as a teenager, I worked at the Woolco in Cedar Falls, selling guns and fishing gear.  Woolco was, of course, a branch of the famous Woolworth chain of five and dime stores.  I never fell in love with a co-worker there, although I did date one of the girls from the Garden Center for a while.  Nanci Griffith did a wonderful song about that happening, however; this is Love at the Five and Dime.  And (let’s say this softly) compare this marvelous display of talent, class and skill with what passes for music today, say, for example, at the recent Emmy Awards.  Anyway.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Lockdown News

Want to see some evidence of how well the Kung Flu lock-downs have worked?  Look at Florida and California.  Excerpt:

For the past year, California has effectively been shut down because of COVID. Most students haven’t attended school in a year. No kids sports have been played. Restaurants and bars, gyms, amusement parks, most public facing businesses, all of them have shut down in California to protect people from COVID.

Disneyland has been shut down for over a year in the state.

As a result, the California unemployment rate is 9.3%, and the COVID death rate per a million residents is 1,413.

Meanwhile, Florida hasn’t shut down at all, at least not since around May of last year when the COVID restrictions were lifted in the state. All kids have attended schools in person since last summer. All schools and youth sports leagues have played full sports schedules. Businesses have all remained open. Even amusement parks in the state, like Disney World, have remained open. (Full disclosure, I took my family to Florida for the month of May last year and also took my family to a fully open Universal Studios in Orlando for a week around Christmas of last year.)

The result?

Florida has an unemployment rate of 5.1%, and a COVID death rate per a million residents of 1,503.

Read it all, but the excerpt really says a lot.  California’s lock-downs were ineffective.  Florida’s per-capita death rate from the Kung Flu, when you normalize the data for the older population in Florida, may even be lower than California’s.

It would be interesting to see a broader sampling of data, of course; say, from South Dakota and Illinois, for example, or New Jersey and Alaska.  Colorado had mixed lock-downs, not as stringent as California’s and roundly ignored in many of the rural counties.  Alaska took few measures outside of requiring testing for entry, protecting the bush communities, although the cities of Anchorage and Juneau did engage in some lock-downs.

Alaska’s concern for the bush communities, of course, spawns from one issue:  If someone in the bush falls ill, they may have to be flown or even dog-sledded to medical help, which is a matter to be concerned about at all times, not just during the present supposed plague.

But the larger revelation from this story is somewhat different:  It’s another example the various levels of government having grown so overbearing, so ossified, that they can no longer react to changing data.  It’s another example of the fact that our pols, that horrible, parasitic ruling class, cannot admit they were wrong, no matter what the data shows.

And that, True Believers, is only going to get worse.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Variety is the spice of life.

Colorado (and much of the central part of the country) is still recovering from one of those spring snowstorms that, pronouncements of some weather-readers aside, really aren’t that unusual.  This week finds Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. in Colorado, packing up for our drive up the Alaska Highway in a week and a half (stay tuned for more on that topic next week) and we have done a fair amount of shoveling.

The Old Man with his payloader

Things, snow-wise, will be a lot different in our new home in the Great Land.  Winters are a different deal up there, with wintertime accumulations of three to four feet not at all uncommon.  Forget shoveling, except maybe the little bit right by the entry doors to your house; plowing is called for, and frequently actual snow removal, where you need a front-end loader of some kind to physically remove snow from your driveway and parking areas.

The Old Man on the tractor

So I’ll probably be buying some equipment.  And that’s OK – I like equipment.  I grew up on a place where the Old Man kept some equipment around – not just an old Ford utility tractor with front-mounted hydraulic loader, but also an old 1948 Hough four-wheel-drive payloader and a 1957 Ford 3-ton dump truck.  My new place isn’t as big as the old place in Allamakee County, but I do think that a small tractor will probably still be in order.  More and more I’m going back to my roots, and I’m loving that.

On that note…

On To the Links!

Ahead, Warp Factor Eight!

No Shit, Sherlock.  Seriously, Mrs. Animal and I have been happily married for almost thirty years – and I still pay more attention to her when her nipples are erect.

John Stossel rocks.

Pot to kettle:  “You’re black!”

He’s an armless lumberjack and he’s OK.

Prediction:  Andrew Dice Cuomo will skate on all charges.  These days, having a “D” after your name is a damned effective get-out-of-jail-free card.

Still, Andrew Dice Cuomo is taking a beating in the social-media world snakepit.  He’s learning that, when worn on the other foot, the shoe pinches.

Strange bedfellows, indeed.

Fuck off, slaver!

A 2024 GOP likely nukes President Biden(‘s handlers) threats of more lockdowns.

They can’t do that to our pledges!  Only we can do that to our pledges!

So, where are all the girls in boy’s sports?

Haw haw haw!  Couldn’t have happened to a bigger dimwit.

When I wore Uncle Sam’s colors, we were told, constantly:  Never make a public political statement while in uniform.  Never become involved in political matters using your status as a service member.  Well, some today have evidently not learned that rule.

The Great Uniter strikes again.

A bit of sanity may be creeping into this issue at last.

“It is no secret that Joe Biden is not in charge of the executive branch.”  No shit.

Florida v. California on lockdowns.

Interesting critters that lived before the dinosaurs.  Cool.

Neandertal art.  Also cool.

Life on Jupiter’s moons?  Extremely cool.

Best takedown of the year so far (Note, Nia Renee Hill is Bill Burr’s wife):

This Week’s Idiots:

NY Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait is an idiot.

California Governor Gavin Antoinette Newsom is an idiot.

Fuck you, you idiot, you nincompoop, you imbecile, you sniveling, cowardly douche-bag. Fuck you, your parents, your grandparents, any brothers and/or sisters, your first and maybe even your second cousins, and the horse you rode in on.  Seriously, if we’ve learned one thing from cancel culture insanity, it’s this:


The New York Times editorial board is (still) a collection of idiots.

The New Yorker‘s Doreen St. Felix is an idiot.

HuffPost‘s Laura Robbins is an idiot.

Salon‘s Bill Blum is an idiot.

CST‘s Mary Mitchell is an idiot.

Robert Reich is and always has been an idiot.

Stacy Abrams is a morbidly obese idiot.

And So:

A good song should elicit an emotional response.  This one does, and I’d be willing to bet I’ve got company.  As evidence, just watch the faces in the audience shown in this week’s video.

A while back, one of my daughters sent me a link to a music video by a country artist, telling me, “Dad, this song reminds me of you and Grandpa.”  And indeed, it does a pretty good of describing my relationship with my father, who was the finest man I ever knew.  This is Luke Combs, with Even Though I’m Leaving.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Rhino Horn News

Bob didn’t use rhino horn.

John Stossel tells us of his recent conversation with someone concerned with rhinos – the problem is, their policies are actually making things worse.  Excerpt:

Today’s environmental activists are so hostile to capitalism that they end up killing animals they want to protect.

Like the African rhinoceros.

Poachers kill them to get their horns, which can sell for as much as $300,000. Poachers mostly sell in China and Vietnam, to people who carve them into ornaments or sell them as aphrodisiacs. By the way: The aphrodisiacs don’t work.

When I started Stossel TV, my first video covered one man’s attempt to reduce rhino poaching by flooding the market with fake horns.

Matthew Markus argued that his 3D printed rhino horn would reduce demand for real horns.

“One way to devalue something is to create a lot of it,” he explained. “When things are abundant, people don’t fight, kill or steal.”

True. Bootleggers and Al Capone’s thugs disappeared when America ended Prohibition.

South Africa, home to the largest number of rhinos, once tried something similar. For 20 years, they allowed people to own rhinos and sell their horns. Rhino farmers put the rhinos to sleep with tranquilizer darts, sawed off their horns (the horns grow back) and sold the horn.

Farmers had an incentive to protect rhinos. South Africa’s rhino population quadrupled.

But in 2009, under pressure from “environmental” groups, South Africa banned sales of horn again.

The sad result: Poaching increased sharply. Poachers also killed park rangers who tried to protect rhinos.

An old man who had hunted in Africa several times in the Sixties and Seventies told me once that the safari companies in Botswana and South Africa in those days had a wink-and-nod agreement with the local authorities, namely that poachers would be shot on sight by the professional hunters and left for the hyenas.  One would think that would de-incentivize the poachers, too, but it might also start a shoot-first race these days.

Education would be great – get ignorant assholes to stop thinking that powdered rhino horn would cure boils or make their dicks stay hard longer.  That’s just some stupid, ignorant shit.  But also, why the hell now acknowledge reality and do what’s best for the rhinos, if we really do want to keep them around?  The fake rhino horn seems like a pretty damn good angle on it.  Flood the market with the stuff.  Make the poachers find some other line of work.

Markets work.  They aren’t perfect, but they usually get things right in the long run.  The people concerned with rhinos should take advantage of that, and abandon the stupid RHEEEE CAPITALISM knee-jerk.

Animal’s Daily Minimum Wage News

Don’t forget to check out my latest over at Glibertarians, especially if you’ve ever thought of taking up trapping.

Now then:  The administration of President Biden(‘s handlers) is looking into a $15 Imperial minimum wage, which is the latest stupid idea to be tacked on to a long list of stupid ideas coming from this administration.  Excerpt:

The minimum wage is the biggest issue the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has lobbied on recently, the group told the Daily Caller News Foundation. After a series of pandemic-related victories on Capitol Hill, capped off by the December stimulus package that included $284.5 billion for small businesses, NFIB decided to lobby Congress to “do no harm.”

“Minimum wage is the biggest issue,” Jeff Brabant, NFIB’s manager of government relations, told the DCNF. “There are other issues further down the pike we’re worried about, but we’re trying to stay focused on minimum wage.”

“If your goal is to shut down independently owned mom and pop shops on Main Street and grow the market share of big-box megastores then I can think of nothing better than passing a federal $15 minimum wage today, because it will devastate small businesses,” Brabant said.

Feature, not bug.

It surely has occurred to these horse’s asses in Washington that a near-doubling of the Imperial minimum wage would have a disparate impact on small businesses, and much less impact on major corporations.  And what do we know about small businesses?  Well, they tend to be run by entrepreneurs, who tend to be independent-minded people who aren’t enamored of being dependent on a bunch of grifters in the Imperial Capitol – or, as in my case, of being the employee of a major corporation.  I did my years as a Faceless Corporate Puke, and I’ve no desire to go back to that.

And if you wanted to hurt small business, you could hardly choose a better single issue with which to do so.

Here’s the onion, though:  More than small business, it will hurt low-income workers.  Why?  Because the actual minimum wage is zero, and pricing relatively unskilled workers out of the market is the primary real effect of a high minimum wage.

Do you want more burger-bots?  Because that’s how you get more burger-bots.  And, more people dependent on government.

Again:  Feature, not bug.

Animal’s Daily Socialism Success Stories News

John Stossel has recently put out a couple of good articles on the non-existent success stories of socialism:

Real Socialism

Socialism Never Works

From the former:

Now that the Soviet Union is gone, MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi says, “there is no true socialist country that exists.”

No? What about Cuba, China, North Korea, Vietnam and Venezuela?

Velshi didn’t respond when we asked him.

Venezuela was once Latin America’s richest country. Now it’s the poorest. Many in the media claim that its fall has “nothing to do with socialism,” just “poor governance.”

John Oliver says, “Chavez’s programs could have been sustainable if he pursued a sound economic policy.”

“Yeah,” laughs (economist Ben Powell, author of “Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World.”) “Sustainable if he had a sound economic policy called capitalism.”

From the latter:

As the Democratic Socialists of America put it, “Society should be run democratically — to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few.”

Sounds nice. If socialists are elected, then we’ll have a more just society.

But Venezuela’s socialists were elected.

“They can start off democratically elected,” says economist Ben Powell, director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech, but “once they centralize control over the economy, it becomes impossible to ‘un-elect’ them.”

Hugo Chavez was elected but became an authoritarian who chose his successor, Nicolas Maduro. Maduro now gets “elected,” by having opponents arrested and “ordering state employees to vote for him or they lose their job,” says Powell.

“Socialism always becomes authoritarian?” I ask.

“Everywhere you try socialism, that’s what you get,” he replies. “It’s hard to exercise political freedom if you don’t have economic freedoms. If you’re dependent upon the state for your livelihood, you lose your ability to use your voice to oppose (the state) because you can be punished.

Read both, because both deconstruct the idea that socialism is anything but a recipe for failure – with examples a’plenty.

To summarize, though:  There are only three ways an economic transaction can take place:

  1. By force.  That is theft.
  2. By deceit.  That is fraud.
  3. By free trade.  That is what is generally known as “capitalism,” although there is no “-ism,” no underlying ideology, in free trade; just free people engaging in free enterprise, managing and trading their own assets, skills, talents and resources to others, voluntarily, wherein both sides realize a gain.

Note that last bit:  wherein both sides realize a gain.

That only happens in free trade.  Theft and fraud, whether carried out by crooks or government agents (but I repeat myself) always – always – result in a loss for the citizen.

That’s why socialism always fails.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s cold up here in early February.  Temps right now are down around zero at night, in the teens in the afternoon.  And the days don’t last long.  The sun comes up hereabouts at about 0930, and is down by 1700.  Plenty of snow on the ground, which I expect will stay until mid to late April.

But boy is it quiet.

The winters here, though, honestly aren’t any worse than those I grew up with in northeast Iowa.  The daylight hours are the main difference, but we’ll make up for that with twenty-hour days in midsummer.  I think we’re making a good trade, especially considering how loony Colorado (and, frankly, most of the 48) is becoming.

Moving right along, then…

On To the Links!

Haw haw haw!

No thanks, I had bugs for lunch.

President Biden continues doing his impression of an actual potato.

Stop the third party insanity.

Now do water fountains!

No shit, Sherlock.  I’m reminded of an early-Eighties-sometime interview of David Lee Roth, done by some Rolling Stone putz-head.  Roth had talked about his and his Van Halen band-mates working-class youths, and the contrast with how much money they were making with the band.  “You know, Dave,” the interviewer pontificated, “they say you can’t buy happiness.”  “Maybe,” Roth replied with his trademark grin, “…but I can buy a yacht big enough to sail right up next to it.”

They guy really did know how to command the stage.

What the Left really means by “equity.”

Yeah, Portland’s probably fucked.

Even if California kicks out Gavin Newsom, anyone who takes his place would be likely just as horrible.

Liberal reporter calls out Crazy Eyes for being a lying piece of shit.  Well, not in so many words, but the message is clear.

This Week’s Idiots:
It’s not commonly known that John Kerry once pursued an acting career.

John Kerry is an idiot.  He’s also an arrogant, elitist fuck.  But Ted Cruz did a pretty good job of dismantling the asshole.

I actually burst out laughing at this idiocy.  Paywalled, but the headline is all you need.

Idiots have to be warned against doing idiot things.

Crazy Eyes continues in her usual idiocy.

USAToday‘s Rachel Mikva is an idiot.

Wired‘s Malkia Devich-Cyril is an idiot, and an idiot who has no fucking idea what the concept of free speech means.

Barney Frank is an idiot.

And So:

Just the other day our oldest daughter reminded us of this song, saying that it always reminded her of her Dad.  It probably applies even more now that we’re abandoning suburban life for rural Alaska, and it is in fact at least a half-hour to a Walmart or a grocery store.  This is Aaron Lewis with Northern Redneck.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks again to Pirate’s Cove, The Other McCain and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

So now the Biden Administration is considering a tax on the number of miles folks drive.  This will be really bad for rural people, who I might remind the good reader, are often lower-income than urban dwellers, although that is offset somewhat by a generally lower cost of living, especially real estate.  Even so, this will be hell on rural residents.  Excerpt:

It turns out that Biden favors Buttigieg’s transportation views, specifically the idea that America should move away from the gas tax and instead opt into a tax based on the number of miles a person travels. It would be a new way to provide cash for the Highway Trust Fund, which currently funding from the federal gas tax. As it currently stands, the federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel.

Liberal states, like California, Oregon, Washington State, and Colorado are already contemplating this so-called “alternative.” 

Biden’s administration would have to figure out how to pay for his $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which includes $160 billion for the transportation department. 

During his confirmation hearing with the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Thursday, Buttigieg explained his take on the gas tax.

“I think all options need to be on the table. As you know, the gas tax has not been increased since 1993, and it has never been pegged to inflation, and it’s one of the reasons why the current state of Highway Trust Fund is that there’s more going out than coming in,” Buttigieg said about a potential tax increase. “In the long term, we need to bear in mind also that as vehicles become more efficient and as we pursue electrification, sooner or later, there will be questions about whether the gas tax can be effective at all.”

Instead, the transportation nominee wants to consider taxing Americans on the number of miles they drive.

I guaran-damn-tee you Alaska isn’t considering any such “alternative.”  But I have a few questions as to how any such (idiotic) idea would be implemented.

  1. How would the Imperial government determine how many miles a year you drive?  A mandatory GPS tracker in your vehicle?  Fuck off, slaver!  Or would you just be required to enter beginning and ending mileage for all your vehicles on your tax form?
  2. How would the Imperial government collect this tax?  Gasoline taxes are collected at the pump.  Would every citizen have to send in a check every quarter?  Would it be part of your tax return every year?  How would you collect from people who don’t file tax returns?  Some people don’t have to file annual returns, you know.  Retired folks on fixed pensions, for example.
  3. How would the Imperial government know when, as a result of this dumb-as-a-bag-of-wet-hair policy, I leave the truck in the garage and run my ATV or snow machine down the road to grab some lunch or have a beer?  Hint:  They wouldn’t.

I’m pretty sure this is a classic trial balloon.  For one thing, no such change to the tax code can be done without Congress, and the Democrat’s margin in Congress is razor-thin; I’m pretty sure enough Dems in the House that hail from semi-rural/purple districts would peg this for a bad idea and vote against it.  But it’s bothersome that the newly installed Biden Administration is clueless enough to even float this as an idea.  Stay tuned, True Believers; I’m sure this isn’t the last dumb idea we’ll see out of this bunch.