ToDaZeD CA *facepalm*

sneak-thief edition

Happy November! As much of the state is still smoldering from the Big Fire Month, Our Betters™, the Thieves ‘n’ Hos in the Legislature have added a slow-increase state tax to our gas. Starting at 12¢ per gallon, it will rise to 20¢ per over three years.

US gas tax: 18.4¢ per gallon. [24.4*cent; for diesel]

CA gas tax
Existing: The base excise tax is 18 cents a gallon. A price-based excise tax is currently set at 9.8 cents a gallon, for a total rate of 27.8 cents a gallon.
Nov. 1, 2017: The base excise tax will increase to 30 cents a gallon.
July 1, 2019: The price-based excise tax will reset to 17.3 cents a gallon, about half-a-cent more than the rate the Brown administration projects will be in effect by then anyway.
The 47.3-cent combined excise tax in effect July 1, 2019 will be adjusted for inflation beginning July 1, 2020.

Wow — we gonna rebuild the freeways? Kewl!

uh…. No.

Future of CA Transportation

They’re gonna use it for “transportation” alright: trains, bike paths, trolleys, …
Wasting that money on roads and freeways — the way the vast majority of people get to work and perform commerce — would be stupid. Because Global Worms

Mary Nichols, the chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, said putting California motorists in an all-electric fleet would help the state meet its ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tailpipes generate more than one-third of all greenhouse gases, according to state data, and so far only a small fraction of California’s motorists drive electric vehicles.

Gonna be interesting, that. There are already more than 100 lawsuits against PG&E [CA's electricity company] for responsibility for the ginormous fires this October. PG&E refused to do both an improvement project for their equipment to levels that would have better [or completely] withstood the unusual winds and refused to do a mapping project for their equipment in wild land areas. [They know where all their equipment is in the cities -- so does everyone else -- but mapping the wild land equipment would be "too expensive" or "too difficult". But we're completely sure they were doing maintenance on those wild land poles and transformers -- right???]

So whereinhell are they gonna get the electricity to power 30,875,086 vehicles? The coal plant in Idaho that is part of our grid? How you gonna make an electric big rig? What about inter-state transportation of goods? [ free business idea: Mule Trains. Go pick up goods at the state line with 20 mule teams! Can't bitch about the mule poop -- it's Organic.]

Whatinhell about my weekly 6 bales of grass hay — how’m I gonna stack that on a golf cart? Or the pipe fence posts and rolls of wire I need to replace my crispy fences? or… or… or… And I’m certainly not alone in these needs. I couldn’t even carry a normal purchase of groceries in one of those damsilly clown cars.

And what about the commuters? Many travel over 60 miles one way every day. Those leedle toy cars won’t do that.

Nichols … saying [ancient, syphilitic] Gov. Jerry Brown has been asking her about a ban on gas- and diesel-powered cars announced recently by China.

“I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already?’ The [ancient, syphilitic] governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California,” Nichols told Bloomberg.

Maybe because China is Communist — and have no economy?

12 Comments!

  1. Blake
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:28 am |

    Nichols is very likely lying. Or, taking Brown wildly out of context. Last, but not least, Brown said this during one of his “spells.”

    All of the above?

  2. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 9:13 am |

    First, we’re gonna put all the power plants to generate the ‘lectricity for the electric cars IN California.

    Then we’re gonna watch all the Hollywood types sweat and bitch and moan when their electric limos run a mere 15 miles with the AC on and then stop dead on a crowded expressway, tying up traffic even more.

    Then we’ll watch all the San Fran elites shiver and bitch when their electric limos only go 12 miles with the heat on and stop dead on some highway nowhere near where they were going.

    Then we’re going to watch all the elites bitch and moan when they have to hire a Transportation Range Calculation consultant to plan their goings out and comings in forevermore.

    Then we deplorables are gonna laugh our asses off in the schadenfreude.

  3. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 9:35 am |

    This is a form of rationing for behavior control.
    A free market does it by supply-demand price.
    Authoritarians do it by edict. American socialists are fond of hiding their edicts as mandated costs (taxes, specifications, etc.) masquerading as higher prices that people are trained to expect.
    As usual, an authoritarian’s goal is not so much the money as the behavior control.
    A politician’s goal is always opportunity for corruption.

    Besides, they have a train to delay payin’ for until they’re out of office.

  4. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 10:19 am |

    How long before the Brownies do this?

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 10:53 am |

    ^ That pole is “inshallah” at work.

    “Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.”
    - some guy named Churchill

  6. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm |

    wait… no one is “screaming at the sky”…

    hm.

  7. Fat Baxter
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 7:45 pm |

    I can imagine everyone plugging in their cars for a recharge just as the rolling blackouts hit.

  8. MikeAZ
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 5:27 am |

    Did (the rumored syphilitic) governor or sophomoric chairperson mention just how many neighboring states will have to be paved over with solar panels or plant wind farms to feed 38+ million vehicles for Cali? Just how do they propose to convince some crabby old f*rt retiree in rural AZ that this would be a good idea?

    Or maybe they can tweak the Cali economy so folks can work at home and have to go no farther than the mailbox to collect their government Equalizer Payment.

  9. rickn8or
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 10:54 am |

    And what about the commuters? Many travel over 60 miles one way every day. Those leedle toy cars won’t do that.

    You’re forgetting about bullet trains. They’re going to build bullet trains everywhere you need to go.

  10. WeeBrowser
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 1:08 pm |

    Why would Hillaryous let an old man ride her back?

  11. JTwig
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 8:09 am |

    “First, we’re gonna put all the power plants to generate the ‘lectricity for the electric cars IN California.

    Then we’re gonna watch all the Hollywood types sweat and bitch and moan when their electric limos run a mere 15 miles with the AC on and then stop dead on a crowded expressway, tying up traffic even more.

    Then we’ll watch all the San Fran elites shiver and bitch when their electric limos only go 12 miles with the heat on and stop dead on some highway nowhere near where they were going.

    Then we’re going to watch all the elites bitch and moan when they have to hire a Transportation Range Calculation consultant to plan their goings out and comings in forevermore.

    Then we deplorables are gonna laugh our asses off in the schadenfreude.”

    As if such restriction would apply to them. No such rules are for those who can’t afford to purchase a special permit, pay a certian tax, or whatever other loop whole the create for themselves. Such a loop whole will be too expensive for the average person, but chump change for those in entertainment or politics. The average (successful) actor or political campaign can afford to pay $5000-$10,000 (if not more) per automobile to drive a gas powered vehicle; whats an extra $5000-$10,000 when you are already pay $70,000+ for your car.

  12. Posted November 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm |

    I’m really surprised that you didn’t mention that state officials get free cars and free gasoline, so this tax increase won’t affect them at all.
    Some animals are more equal than others, after all.