about time for today’s Lympian wedgie

Owners of electric cars in Washington state don’t pay gasoline or gas taxes, but they’re soon going to be hit with a $100 fee to own the battery-operated cars.

A section of Washington state law that takes effect next year will require electric car owners to pay a $100 annual fee for road and highway improvements intended to compensate for the lack of gas taxes they pay…

23 Comments!

  1. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm |

    Coal-powered monstrosities, by cracky!
    [shakes cane at 'em a la any cartoon old coot]
    And get off’n my lawn, y’dern whippersnappers!

  2. mech
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm |

    Good.

    All the better to help clean the film of smug left on the roads.

    But I question if it is enough

  3. bocopro
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm |

    Ah, yes . . . For ’tis the sport to have the enginee hoist with his own petard.

    It’s kinda like havin the guy who stole your Camaro gettin busted for your nose candy in the console

  4. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm |

    Wait …
    $100/car and not means-tested?
    Why … why that’s a flat tax.
    No, it’s better. It’s a fair tax. You know, everybody pays the same amount.

  5. accipiter NW
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm |

    “Your Volt is being re-taxed.”

  6. Melissa In Texas
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm |

    HA!
    Put that in your pipes and smoke it you idiots!
    mech…
    All the better to help clean the film of smug left on the roads.
    You made me laugh

  7. Fat Baxter
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm |

    Funny how that works.

    They placed a “sin tax” on tobacco products, figuring to reap huge revenues, only to be puzzled by the fact that projected revenues declined over time. It seemed that a considerable number of existing smokers suddenly decided it was getting too expansive a habit, and younger folks decided it was too expensive a habit to start.

    And they had such good plans for that money…..

  8. Henri Claude
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm |

    the squeals of the treehuggers’ self righteous indignations shall be as a harmony to my soul…..

    Merry Christmas …

  9. SnowDancer Yatalli
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm |

    There is a word for this….

  10. JoeBandMember™
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm |

    The average gas powered vehicle pays much more.

    Where’s the leftist call for “pay their fair share”?

  11. JoeBandMember™
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm |

    On another front, pot smokers in WA will be required to join the pipe hitter’s union.

  12. rickn8or
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm |

    Wait’ll they see the environmental fees when the car needs new batteries…

  13. Melissa In Texas
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm |

    Wait’ll they see the environmental fees when the car needs new batteries…
    Cotton pickin’ self righteous idiots….
    serves ‘em right!

  14. Lance
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm |

    Like what rickn8tr (12) said ’bout enviro fees for new batts!
    Puts a nice smug SEG on my fuzzy face! (different kinda smug)
    I understand there are technical problems with the batteries
    in accidents where firemen can get electrocuted. Wonder
    what this’ll do to insurance rates! Then I have mental pics
    of the inefficient coal-fired power plants needed to charge up
    the enviro-yuppie Priuses. Also the VW diesel rabbit gets
    better fuel mileage than a Prius!

  15. ZZMike
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 11:56 pm |

    This clearly falls under the heading of “if it moves, tax it”.

    A radio show host today gave a Reagan quote: “Republicans think every day is the 4th of July; Democrats think every day is April 15th”.

  16. Posted December 25, 2012 at 12:08 am |

    $100.00 annually seems kinda low. I’m pretty sure I pay a lot more than that in gas tax to run my gas-powered non-hybrid Civic. If they’re interested in fairness (as if), they should tax per mile.

    And yes, if everyone who drove a gas-powered vehicle switched to batter power, the environmental damage would be much worse than what we have now. Much worse. The idea that electric vehicles are emission free is complete horse pucky. It is the ultimate in shortsightedness. No tailpipe, no emissions. Ha!

  17. Posted December 25, 2012 at 6:48 am |

    In the immortal words of Nelson, The Bully; “hah-hah!”

  18. Posted December 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

    I hope they choke on it. But other than that, Merry Christmas you fucking hippies!

  19. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm |

    No tailpipe, no emissions. Ha!
    Yeah, no emissions, uh-uh, NIMBY, but elsewhere, at the coal power plant, at the coal mine, at the open pits where the heavy metals for the batteries are dug up, at the smelters where the heavy metals are extracted from the ore using great gobs of electricity to heat the furnaces, which furnaces belch gobs of noxious gases, at the recycling plants where the batteries are turned back into metals, ah…but Not In My Prius Pious back yard.

  20. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

    They placed a “sin tax” on tobacco products, figuring to reap huge revenues, only to be puzzled by the fact that projected revenues declined over time. It seemed that a considerable number of existing smokers suddenly decided it was getting too expansive a habit, and younger folks decided it was too expensive a habit to start.

    Not to mention the natural emergence of a black market in smokes. (The market always wins in the end…)

  21. mech
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:48 am |

    Off Topic:

    Apparently chemical weapons have been used in syria.

    Expect strongly worded Valentine to follow.
    If anyone can find hildabeast.

  22. bocopro
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:21 am |

    Hey, Mech . . . go easy on Hillary while she’s still recovering from a bad case of Benghazi flu.
    And we should not be too harsh on Joe Biden while he’s still suffering from Cranial-Rectal Confusion.
    Valerie Jarret, of course, is plagued with Bursting Testicle Syndrome.
    Jay Carney is critically ill with advanced Vertigo from excessive spin.
    Ben Bernanke has a serious case of Pitcher’s Elbow from throwing money around.
    David Plouffe is trying to get over an uncommon common cold with projectile condescension.
    Jack Lew has been diagnosed with a bad case of KleptoVirus.
    And Janet Napolitano is the textbook example of Mad Cow Disease.
    David Axelrod is still on the waiting list for a brain transplant.
    Eric Holder has a bad case of Ethical Crotch Rot.
    Tim Geithner has untreatable Infectious Incompetence.
    And their leader has a terminal form of Sudden Exploding Clown Disorder.

    I’m just hoping for the best and that when Owebama goes for his next physical and gets his first colonoscopy, the leading specialist reaches for the lubricant tube and grabs the Atomic Balm by mistake.

  23. Lance
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm |

    Just read in Wikipedia that the new plug-in Prius will go
    14.3 miles on battery power only! Wow!
    Now here is a proper hybrid car! The new Porsche 918.
    718 HP & 78.4 mpg. Also 198 mph! 16 miles on battery only!
    http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/03/porsche-918-spyder/

    The first Porsche plug-in all electric car was built in 1900:
    http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/autos/0711/gallery.porsche_first_hybrid/index.html

    $100 a year road tax would be great for the 918 hybrid car!