A rare win against the progressive communist democrats in California…
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is an association of local San Diego County governments that serves as the metropolitan planning organization for the County of San Diego and believes your money is their money.
San Diego County’s SANDAG was forced to vote to remove the Mileage Tax from the San Diego county’s regional transportation plan!
The board, which consists of mayors, councilmembers, and County Supervisors, voted to remove a contentious “Regional Road User Charge,” AKA the “mileage tax,” from SANDAG’s 2025 Regional Plan. The original plan proposed a 4- to 6-cent-per-mile tax that would cost the average driver $900 per year on top of registration, license, sky-high gas taxes – and possibly an electric vehicle surcharge to compensate for the lack of fossil fuel tax revenues. An equivalent of an 80-cent-per-gallon hike in now outrageous gas tax!
The proposed tax was to assist in funding The mileage tax, originally proposed to fund a $162.5 billion railway expansion that included a transit connection to San Diego International Airport, a fix for fragile rail tracks along Del Mar bluffs, and kickstart a 200-mile commuter rail system.
All apparently to advance the progressive communist agenda to curtail the ownership and use of private vehicles stemming from the uber-progress Governor Jerry Brown and his appointment of Adriana Gianturco as the director of the California Department of Transportation in 1976. Unlike his father, Pat Brown, who was a proponent of large infrastructure projects to keep California golden, his son Jerry was little more than a hippie/Jesuit Democrat wingnut.
The joke is that drivers would be gouged just to drive on poorly maintained freeways already paid for and maintained with the original gas and sales taxes! Of course, the politicians have diverted those funds elsewhere and replaced them with moldering IOUs.
However, the biggest joke on taxpayers remains California’s multi-billion High-Speed Rail project to planning, design, build, and operate the first high-speed rail in the nation, sold on the progressive promise to connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs, and preserve agricultural and protected lands—a political boondoggle benefiting developers, consultants, contractors, and unions. Ridership estimates and cost recovery are a joke, and the project appears to be little more than a money-losing, highly subsidized transit system to move illegal aliens from the hinterlands to employment centers.
The unspoken surveillance state danger…
Implementing a per-mile gas tax would require a surveillance device in your vehicle that could be used for everything, from setting your insurance rates, monitoring and punishing driving infractions, tracking your location, and even reporting on your personal communications via the car’s built-in communications systems. The proposed system uses a smartphone app for its connectivity and possibly data collection points as ubiquitous as roadside license plate readers.
We live in a police state, and it’s getting worse.
Vote the progressive communist democrats out of office.
We are so screwed.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS