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

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)