Get Out - 06/19/14

   I really wish the government would get out of my pocket.  Sorry, every once in a while I rant here and this is one of those.

   Last night, we ran a news story about how more than a dozen states are considering taxing us drivers based on the number of miles we drive.  Yep, you heard right... punish us for driving to work to earn more money so we can pay more taxes.  Think about all your friends in sales.  Talk about a kick in the gut. It's called the VMT, or vehicle miles traveled tax.

   It seems the government's requirement for more fuel efficient cars is now backfiring. We're burning less gas because our cars are better made.  Therefore, the gas taxes our government collects every time we fill up, are shrinking.   So, you thought that fuel efficient car would save you money... Not so fast.  Your government, as our report states, " accelerating their efforts to find solutions."  In other words, make up the difference in the gas taxes they're NOT collecting because a tank of gas is going further in well designed cars.

   Absurdity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  That's all. I feel better.



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