Thursday, May 01, 2008

Tax-Paid Cars and Gas for House Members

Wondering why the House of Representatives is reluctant to reduce the high taxes and meddlesome regulations that are driving up the cost of gasoline?

Maybe it's because they don't have to pay for their own gasoline, or the maintenance on their cars, or the cars themselves. You do.

According to today's New York Times, the use of a car — and gasoline — is one of the tax-funded perks House members may enjoy; about 125 do.

There are few restrictions on what kind of car the members can choose, and there is no limit on how much of the taxpayers' money they can spend. Americans pay for their Representatives' vehicle leases, gasoline, maintenance, insurance, registration, and excess mileage charges.

In other words, House members sheild themselves from personally sufferring the negative consequences of the power-grabbing taxes and regulations they foist on the rest of us.


James Atticus Bowden said...

125 out of 435 in the House? I wonder which Virginians use this perk?

Isophorone said...

Hmmmm, the type of car and who uses it should be a matter of public record.

Leslie Carbone said...

Good question, Jim. I tried to find that yesterday but ran out of time. I hope to look around some more this weekend. But if anybody finds it ahead of me, run with it.

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