Your Stupid Political Policy News of the Day: Virginia Punishes Hybrid Owners


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I’m posting this up here mostly because I want to see if anyone around these parts wants to defend it.  Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is considered one of the up-and-coming possible Republican Presidential or VP candidates in 2016 or 2020, so this is a chance for OC Republicans to curry favor with him when he needs it most, because this seems like the work of an absolute dillweed:

Hybrid and electric car owners circled the Virginia Capitol to protest a $100 yearly fee that would be placed on their vehicles if Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan passes.

On Thursday, a Senate committee reviewed the $3.1 billion transportation package that would eliminate the state’s gas tax and impose the $100 fee.

McDonnell called the fee on alternative fuel vehicles a substitute for losses in the federal gas tax when he appeared on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor” showthis week.

“It’s meant to compensate for the federal gas tax that those vehicles do not pay,” he said.

Click on the link to read the rest.  The sound you hear is that of my mind boggling.

Prudence the Prius

Virginia goes gunning for the tax-avoiding relatives of Prudence the Prius.

Embrace this energy policy or denounce it, OC Republicans; from my standpoint we alternative fuel advocates win either way, because embracing it is dumb politics and even dumber policy. Does anyone out there want to argue that this is a good idea?  Bring it on!

The photo is of our family’s late lamented Prius, “Prudence,” best known for eliciting the question “is that light green or light blue or something else?”  She made commuting from Brea to Irvine more tolerable.  Clearly, early adopters of such technology are enemies of the state.


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.