Sunday, March 26, 2006

For the Government

In 1863, when Abraham Lincoln made his address at Gettysburg, he spoke of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people that shall not perish from the earth. Well, perhaps it has not perished, but the government of the State of Oregon is on life support. The State of Oregon is studying a tax-by-the-mile strategy to recapture revenues threatened by new fuel-efficient technology. That's right. We have another example of a government inventing new ways to impose taxes on the people for no other reason than to defend their own revenues.

Eighty percent of Oregon's highway money comes from its 24-cents-per-gallon gas tax. If the state promotes reducing gasoline consumption and consumers tend to buy the fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrids, highway revenues would take a hit, The New York Times reported. (hat tip: Drudge)

So, while the people continue to labor and innovate in solving problems facing society and the world, our reactionary governments' first thought is only to limit the impact of those solutions on their own power. Let's be honest here. Just like a tax on alcohol or tobacco, this is a "sin" tax; a tax on the sin of manufacturing, purchasing, and driving a fuel-efficient vehicle.


Anonymous ashok said...

Just wandered on in. I most certainly agree with your sentiments about this sort of taxation. If you wanted to rant about Oregon in general, that might be fun to hear about, too.

I wrote this commentary on the Gettysburg Address that you might be interested in. In some ways it complements your views.

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