Sunday, June 29, 2008

'Use Less' Gas Tax

Gasoline is ridiculously expensive. Every gallon we buy takes a bite out of our savings and our future. Politicians ever on the alert to divert your attention and get their names on the front page speak about gas tax holidays but the reality is that that is no solution.
Now don’t get me wrong, if they wish to abolish that unfair tax I would not turn them down but we all know it is a Band-Aid on an amputation. The price of a gallon of gas, with or without taxes will soon be in the $7 range and Americans will have to decide whether or not they wish to take a drive anywhere this summer.
There is always talk about more taxes for the gas guzzling vehicles and for energy wasting corporations but that is just political slight of hand once again. The drivers of those insanely large, low mileage SUVs and trucks are being punished for their stupidity as it is without adding insult to injury. Until someone comes up with a viable solution to oil as our only real choice for energy we must reward those of us who conserve it.
The average American is said to drive around 10,000 miles per year so why not set that number up as the zero point? If you drive less than that you receive a tax credit.
Details of the plan could be worked out so as to be fair to drivers who must use their vehicles for work. Basically the mileage would be logged in at the time the vehicle is inspected. Then that mileage would be sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the tax liability or credit would be determined at that time. The driver would receive a notice he would use when filing his taxes for the following year.
There are many ways to get us out of this crisis and while this is not a solution it is at least a step in the right direction and one even a politician could love.

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