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Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Considering Tax on Miles Driven

President Biden is searching for ways to support his massive $3 trillion infrastructure plan and driving appears to be on the radar screen as a funding mechanism.

During an interview on CNBC, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said a new way to tax vehicles is on the table.

Instead of raising taxes on gasoline, Buttigieg discussed the possibility of placing a tax on the number of miles driven, saying, “A so-called vehicle-miles-traveled tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it.”

Buttigieg added the new tax “shows a lot of promise.”

Unsurprisingly, the new tax trial balloon was blasted by conservatives.

Another concern raised by this type of taxing mechanism is it would be a way for the federal government to track individuals.

Other critics urged the government to tax billionaires instead of middle-class Americans.

Taxing driving will especially harm individuals and families that chose to live in rural or suburban areas which are basically from the middle class.

Hopefully, Buttigieg’s comments are just a trial balloon but if it’s not, it’s just another example of Biden targeting the forgotten men and women of the U.S.

Let’s just call it the “deplorables tax!”

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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