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Aug 04 2021

Gargantuan “Infrastructure” Bill Includes Mileage Tax

There are so many nasty surprises in the colossal spending bills Democrats plan to ram through, it would be hard to shake your fist at them all. First comes the so-called “infrastructure” bill that some RINOs are colluding on.

A draft of the $1 trillion bill is 2,702 pages long. It mandates that vast amounts of money we do not have will be spent on removing invasive plant species, studying the phenomenon of deer getting hit by cars, Transportation Resilience and Adaptation Centers of Excellence, upgrades for Amtrak in Canada, combatting human trafficking even while leaving the border wide open, ensuring equity of outcome in the trucking industry, studying the safety of the limousines our rulers ride around in, imposing “driving prevention technology” (i.e., equipping our cars with breathalyzers), studies on driving while high on the marijuana Democrats have been legalizing throughout the country in violation of federal law, ensuring recreational boating safety, green energy handouts, imposing “digital equity,” massive subsidies for inefficient electric cars and even electric ferries, $billions to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (presumably to generate global warming propaganda), green energy boondoggles for laundering payoffs to campaign donors à la Obama, $billions to the Department of Energy for more posturing intended to convince us that the government controls the weather, $21.5 billion for clean energy demonstrations, a $1 billion payoff to the Appalachian Regional Commission to bribe Joe Manchin into going along, a $75 million payoff to the Denali Commission to bribe RINO Lisa Murkowski, $250 million to reduce truck emissions at ports, $500 million for the Healthy Streets Program that deploys “cool and porous pavements” to mitigate urban heat islands among other dubious activities, and $350 million for the Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program (i.e., bridges for wild animals).

In addition, mountains of money will be “invested” to grow the federal bureaucracy in general, including $14.2 billion for the FCC; $3.4 billion for the Federal Buildings Fund; $330 million for the DHS, which is no longer serious about defending the homeland, as the situation at the border makes obvious; $455 million for the Fish and Wildlife Service; $510 million for the US Geological Survey; $2 billion for the pernicious and tyrannical EPA; $3.5 billion for the Indian Health Service; et cetera, ad nauseam.

Not all of this looting spree will be paid for through inflation. There is also a revenue-raising aspect. The bill imposes a national mileage fee.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure accord would institute a multiyear “national motor vehicle per-mile user fee pilot” program that, without future intervention from the White House, could potentially violate one of President Joe Biden’s previously stated red lines.

Biden has emphatically promised that he would not raise taxes on people earning less than $400,000 per year. This was a brazen lie, if only because most of the ongoing Democrat looting spree will be financed by inflating the currency. Inflation is a tax on everyone who holds so much as a penny of American money.

The program itself directs [Transportation Secretary Pete] Buttigieg and [Treasury Secretary Janet] Yellen to “establish, on an annual basis, per-mile user fees for passenger motor vehicles, light trucks, and medium- and heavy-duty trucks, which amount may vary between vehicle types and weight classes to reflect estimated impacts on infrastructure, safety, congestion, the environment, or other related social impacts.”

This offers the advantage that it can be used to punish those of us who drive efficient vehicles powered by gasoline rather than inefficient but politically preferred electric moonbatmobiles.

The bill being “bipartisan” means a handful of left-leaning “Republicans” like Murkowski and Mitt Romney will support it, thereby enabling Democrats to use reconciliation to ram through another bill several times the size, which will inflict many aspects of the Green New Deal and establish new entitlements to speed us along on the road to national bankruptcy. The inevitable hyperinflation and economic collapse will be followed by the straightforward Soviet-style communism that is the increasingly obvious ultimate objective of all Democrat policy.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and R F.


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