The Biden administration remains steadfast in its willingness to pass one expensive spending bill and poor policy after the other. Right now, this White House is in the middle of pressuring Democrats to pass several pieces of legislation that Republicans are not on board with.
At this time, word is that President Biden wants to pass several new packages, with one being an infrastructure package. However, packages require funding and this is where the Biden administration is running into problems.
For some time, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg floated the mileage tax as a “promising” means of funding a federal infrastructure package. However, after the American public pushed back against this, Buttigieg promptly stood down, reports Breitbart News.
No Mileage Tax on the American Public
Many people balked at the notion of the Biden administration raising taxes on Americans at this current time. With so many people out of work, barely making ends meet, struggling with childcare, etc.., they are not looking for more taxes.
The public responded to the notion of a mileage tax with a resounding NO. Critics additionally pointed out that this tax would have a disproportionately adverse impact on Americans who don’t have the luxury of remote work or living close to their jobs.
.@jaketapper: "You said also that a mileage tax showed, 'a lot of promise' as a way to help pay for the [infrastructure] plan … Is that under consideration?"
Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg: "No, that's not part of the conversation about this infrastructure bill." pic.twitter.com/zgjCfMtIbN
— The Recount (@therecount) March 29, 2021
Just last week, the Transportation Secretary stated in a CNBC interview that the proposed mileage tax could fund Biden’s upcoming infrastructure package. However, on Monday, when asked again (this time by CNN) about the prospect of a mileage tax, Buttigieg stated that a mileage tax is “not part of the conversation.”
An Enemy to Economic Recovery
Unfortunately, America is in a situation where the White House is quite literally proving itself to be the enemy of U.S. economic recovery. At each turn, the Biden administration comes out with a new way to tax Americans, control how they work, and otherwise interfere with the workforce getting back to normal.
The Biden-Harris administration is working on a plan to build our infrastructure back better than ever.
What does the future of transportation look like to you?
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) March 29, 2021
The nation’s economy needs to recover; this is critical to the future of America and this country’s citizens. In order for progress to continue, the government has to get out of the way. This means no more shutdowns, no new taxes, but simply the free market getting back to its pre-coronavirus days.
Are you surprised that the U.S. Transportation Secretary backed down from talk of a mileage tax after pushback? Let us know in the comments section below.