by Lanny Carruthers:
California lawmakers are testing a pilot program and advocating for the passage of legislation containing principles of the Confederacy…they just don’t realize it Because of liberal zealousness about fake climate change, conservation, reduction of fossil fuels, promotion of electric cars and fuel economy standards the State of California is suffering. Suffering the loss of gas tax revenue from ill-conceived policies.
As logic would have it for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Increased conservation and increased fuel economy standards are reducing the sale of gallons of gasoline and collection of gas taxes in the state. Less gas tax means less money for road repair and construction. Novel concept huh?
Now lawmakers are looking at taxing and charging drivers by the mile rather than by the gallon. They envision a system where devices would be installed in vehicles that in turn clock the mileage every time someone pulls up to the pump or electric car charging station. Or just a tracker installed on every car.
Some say it is not only an issue of money, but also about fairness. People who have older cars that are not as fuel efficient are in turn paying more gas taxes than someone who has a newer, more efficient vehicle or an electric vehicle. California State Senator Scott Wiener (D) said, “We want to make sure that all cars are paying to maintain the roads.” A side note to fairness requires consideration of gasoline purchases where the fuel is used, but not in vehicles that drive on state roadways. What consideration the state intends to give to those type gasoline purchases, if at all, is unclear.
One proposal is to raise the gas tax and up the vehicle registration fee for electric vehicles. Many drivers of hybrid and electric cars are crying foul. Many say this proposal would cause people not to purchase hybrid and electric cars, contribute to environmental pollution and climate change.
California seems to have a program that is adding insult to injury in regards to lower gas tax revenue. In 2017 the Cash for Clunkers program was continued by Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR)….California logic at work.
There is a similar mileage taxation program in place called the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA). The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is an agreement among U.S. states to report fuel taxes by interstate motor carriers. To register, you must:
- have an established place of business in the State from which motor carrier operations are performed,
- mileage must be accrued in your State,
- your operating records of the fleet must be maintained or can be made available in your State, and
- you must operate in at least one other IFTA jurisdiction.
Under the IFTA, you’re issued an IFTA license and one set of your State IFTA decals for your truck, which will allow you to operate in all other IFTA jurisdictions without buying additional decals from those jurisdictions. A copy of the IFTA license may be used in your truck instead of the original license. (Source: http://www.truckpermits.net/trucking-permits/ifta-permits.html) Currently, IFTA program reporting is predominantly achieved by GPS tracking records of motor carriers.
If only Californians, its lawmakers, and Americans only understood history or were properly taught history they would realize the proposal to tax California drivers by the mile instead of the pump resemble principles of the Confederacy. In the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, Article I Section 8: “The Congress Shall have power (1) To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises for revenue, necessary to pay the debts, provide for the common defense, and carry on the Government of the Confederate States; but no bounties shall be granted from the Treasury; nor shall any duties or taxes on importations from foreign nations be laid to promote or foster any branch of industry; and all duties, imposts, and excises shall be uniform throughout the Confederate States.” This section basically places limits on the sort of infrastructure spending the Confederate Congress can authorize, which the Southern people were not fond of. The part about “duties” to be laid upon those who use Confederate waterways was important to the raising of revenue from those who use the waterways. Article I, Section 10 (3) “No State shall, without the consent of Congress, lay any duty on tonnage, except on seagoing vessels, for the improvement of its rivers and harbors navigated by the said vessels; but such duties shall not conflict with any treaties of the Confederate States with foreign nations; and any surplus revenue thus derived shall, after making such improvement, be paid into the common treasury.” This provided authority to raise money by taxing ships that used the waterways, sort of a “waterway toll” in modern thinking. The Confederacy was ahead of its time in this regard to raising revenue.
These Confederate principles were not taught in grade school or collegiate history classes were they?
What would Californians and lawmakers think if they were taught this lesson before passing the gas tax proposal? SSSSHH! Don’t tell them until after passage of the bill. Let’s see how many Californians will throw themselves off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or go out in the desert and re-enact the Jonestown Massacre when they realize what they are doing. Wonder what other states would think if they took a good look at their roadway toll booths or toll plazas after learning this history lesson?
Because you know all things Southern or Confederate are inherently evil.
If California enacts the mileage taxation proposal I believe lawmakers should also include an amendment to the bill that would authorize a design change of the California state flag. I created a proposed flag design at the top of this article.