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Comment: Re:Or they could just increase gas tax (Score 1) 686

by Randall311 (#42475389) Attached to: Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles
No, driving farther has nothing to do with the wear on the roads. It's already been said many times here that the weight of the vehicle is the direct cause (and mother nature). Putting all of that aside, are we going to ignore that a mileage tax is a form of DOUBLE TAXATION?! I already pay the tax on the extra gasoline I have to buy for my commute. When do people say enough is enough?! We need taxes, sure, but who is accountable for where the money is going and what constitutes a double tax? I can guarantee you that the money won't go to where you think it should (DOT in this case), and _that_ is the reason they are running a shortfall here, not because people aren't buying enough gasoline.

Comment: Re:Or they could just increase gas tax (Score 1) 686

by Randall311 (#42473825) Attached to: Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles
Milage tax isn't fair to the people with long commutes. I don't expect people who live in the big cities and walk/take a bus to work to care about how a milage tax hurts the commuters who generally live in the suburbs, but thanks for suggesting it. How about we do something crazy... Instead of using gas tax and tolls for subsidizing various social programs, we actually use it to maintain the f-ing roads and have _all_ of it go to DOT where there should be more than enough to go around. Since this will hurt Joe Politician's "revenue stream" for his pet projects he was lobbied for, I'm sure that will never happen. Nope, lets increase the taxes because we need more revenue to pay for the shit that we say you want!

Comment: Nonsense (Score 1) 206

by Randall311 (#42367031) Attached to: How the Internet Became a Closed Shop
I'm as nostalgic as the next guy, but everybody getting the warm fuzzies for the dark ages are conveniently only remembering the good things about them. There were plenty of crappy things that we've moved on from too... You wanna talk walled gardens? How about AOL's version of the Internet anyone? It's great to remember the good ole' days, but let's be thankful for where we are now, regardless of how we got here. Sure _some_ things are worse now, but the vast majority of the online experience is better. This is progress, and progress is good.

Comment: Too much momo (Score 1) 336

by Randall311 (#42363043) Attached to: 2012 Another Record-Setter For Weather, Fits Climate Forecasts
Can't stop this train called climate change now... Join the party or hide in the corner worrying about the end of all things. We all know that human kind will be on this planet for but a short while. There is no use worrying about things beyond our control. Life is too short. Now go outside and enjoy your +5 degrees centigrade above average Christmas!

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins

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