Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg just got shut down. He has been humiliated in front of the entire nation — he can’t hide anymore.
Reversing his previous support for a mileage tax, Buttigieg admitted to CNN’s Jake Tapper that it is “not part of the conversation about this infrastructure bill.” It is a huge about-face from a few days ago.
“I think that shows a lot of promise,” said Buttigieg last Friday referring to the controversial tax. “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.”
But he received swift pushback on this proposal — even from some people on the far-left. The former National Press Secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Briahna Joy Gray called it out on Twitter.
She implied that it was hypocritical to be “concerned that student debt cancellation will unfairly benefit rich kids but love to tax folks who can’t afford to live close to work.”
Ultimately, here’s the deal: Not only would a miles-driven tax be horribly regressive, but we are also taxed enough already. Let’s keep in mind that such a tax would likely result in extreme privacy violations, too.
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