My Dad, a West Point grad and never one to shy away from a fight, knew when to back off; “never kick a man when he’s down,” he admonished me. This is not, however, an adage known to our deal old Uncle Sam. In fact, when it comes to taxes, Washington’s rule of thumb is, kick the hell out of the taxpayers, especially while they’re down.
Even now, in the face of a continuing bad economy, and with gasoline prices at the pump at all-time highs, the federal government is considering hitting the driving public with a whopping new tax – a per-mile tax on every mile you drive! This idea actually had been floated back in 2009 by none other than our Nanny-in-Chief, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; but in Washington’s renewed search for ways to boost tax revenues, it appears to have grown new legs.
At the request of North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non-partisan arm of the