Mary *Hawg-Ridin'* Peters- You VILL Pay To Ride Our Roads, They Vill be Toll and Ve Will Track All Your MovementsSomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Mary *Hawg-Ridin'* Peters- You VILL Pay To Ride Our Roads, They Vill be Toll and Ve Will Track All Your Movements

11 June 2007 at 12:50:16 PM

Seems that when Mary Peters, Transportation Secretary, is toolling around the country looking to see how she can make the US government get out of paying for highways while padding the pocketbooks of the corporatists, she  likes to be riding her Harley. And she doesn't mind paying tolls (um, how much does she make?) In fact, she wants EVERYONE to pay tolls and EVERYONE to have a transponder that will find out how much they're driving, how many miles and where they go. After all, Freedom is Riding a Hawg on an Expensive Toll Road, isn't it?

Peters announced that Denver is one of nine finalist cities for a $1.1 billion Transportation Department program aimed at curbing congestion. Up to five of these cities may be chosen for the program, and if Denver is one of them, the agency will help the state fund high-occupancy tolling lanes along U.S. 36 up to Boulder. ...

People spend less time with their families, and less time getting involved in their communities, simply because they are stuck in traffic, Peters said. The federal government as well as the states are not taking in enough money from gasoline taxes to expand roads.

Part of the reason is that the federal tax on gasoline has not budged from 18.4 cents a gallon since 1993. When the Democrats raised it back then, they set the stage for the Republicans to take back Congress in 1994. Since then, no politician has dared to hike gasoline prices.

"The president doesn't like the 'tax' word, at all," Peters said.

So instead of raising gasoline taxes, the president raises tolls. He also supports letting somebody else raise local sales taxes for roads. And he doesn't mind turning over the problem to entrepreneurs - who don't have to be re-elected - whether that be U.S. investors or a foreign company such as Autostrade.

Yup, that's the Non-Accountability President. Let someone else pay and woe to the little guy who LIVES in this country if he or she gets stiffed.

Peters, however, sees the future as variably priced tolling lanes, with more expensive tolls during peak periods and lower tolls as traffic gets thinner. Commuters would have the option of staying in the congested lanes for free, or getting in the HOT (high-occupancy toll) lanes for a fee. Vehicles with more than one passenger could still ride in the HOT lanes free.

Someday, drivers will be tolled or taxed based on the miles they travel and the roads they drive, Peters predicts. This will be done with satellite-positioning systems. A system like this is perhaps 20 years away. In the meantime, it might be a good idea to get a tollway transponder

Frigging tell me HOW the government is going to do this without tracking everyone like cattle.

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