Article from PJ Media by Tom Knighton.

Americans love their cars. The United States has one of the highest car ownership rates per capita in the world. We’re a mobile culture and we like it that way. But a tax-per-mile plan being pushed by Republican Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri might have drivers re-thinking those weekend joyrides instead of feeling all the pain at the pump.

The Miami Herald reports: “While exact plans for such a tax remain vague, the fees could be calculated based on odometer checks, GPS devices, cellular technology or radio-frequency identification devices that would track how far a vehicle travels and charge drivers accordingly.”

This isn’t a unique idea. A pilot program in Colorado had 150 participants from 27 counties choose how they would report their mileage, and compared it to what they paid through the current 18.4-cent per gallon gas tax.

Here’s a better thought. Maybe the government should stop wasting so much money on things that don’t fall under the constitutional authority of the federal or state governments. We might find we don’t even need a special tax to fund the country’s vital transportation infrastructure.

Read the entire article at PJ Media.

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