Biden May Impose Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax in Violation of Tax Pledge

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Posted by John Kartch on Friday, March 26th, 2021, 1:08 PM PERMALINK

Norquist: "Biden must fire Buttigieg, repudiate his statement or admit that he was elected on a lie."

President Biden pledged to every American making less than $400,000 that he would not raise 'a single penny' of any of their taxes, or impose any 'new' taxes on them. But today his Transportation Secretary said the administration is eyeing a vehicle miles traveled tax. This tax would violate Biden's pledge.

CNBC asked him what he thought of the tax. Buttigieg said:

"I think that shows a lot of promise. If we believe in that so-called user pays principle, the idea that part of how we pay for roads is you pay based on how much you drive, the gas tax used to be the obvious way to do it, it's not anymore, so a so-called vehicle miles traveled tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it."

If Biden intends to keep his pledge, he must immediately and loudly disavow this tax. 

"Biden won the 2020 election promising that he would never raise taxes on anyone earning less than $400,000 a year and would never impose a new tax," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. "Now his Secretary of Transportation announced he wants to both tax Americans earning less than $400,000 and do so with a new tax. Biden must fire Buttigieg, repudiate his statement or admit that he was elected on a lie."

Biden and Vice President Harris made the pledge on at least 56 different occasions. The pledge also forbids the imposition of any 'new' taxes on Americans making less than $400,000. So the vehicle miles traveled tax would violate the Biden-Harris pledge both ways. 

Watch the Buttigieg video here or below: