Big Brother Never Sleeps
The statists never stop their quest to figure out how to control our lives.
I haven't adjusted to the new reality in America that we will face penalties for not having health insurance (and hope I never do adjust to it), when along comes another absolutely crazy leftie plan.
Can you guess what this might be about? Think outside the box and don't be afraid to be completely outrageous as you brainstorm ideas.
Headline Hint: "A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue: The devices would track every mile you drive -- possibly including your location -- and the government would use the data to draw up a tax bill."
Yup. You guessed it.
Americans may be monitored soon by a black box device that will track an individual's mileage, then transmit the personal information to government bureaucrats. So they can tax you. Some states, such as Oregon, California, Minnesota, and Nevada are eagerly embracing pilot programs.
The Los Angeles Times notes:
And while Congress can't agree on whether to proceed, several states are not waiting. They are exploring how, over the next decade, they can move to a system in which drivers pay per mile of road they roll over...
"This really is a must for our nation. It is not a matter of something we might choose to do," said Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Assn. of Governments, which is planning for the state to start tracking miles driven by every California motorist by 2025.... (snip)
...the ACLU of Nevada warned on its website: "It would be fairly easy to turn these devices into full-fledged tracking devices.... (snip)
Nevada is among several states now scrambling to find affordable technology that would allow the state to keep track of how many miles a car is being driven, but not exactly where and at what time. If you can do that, Khan said, the public gets more comfortable.
Where to begin? First: Retrieve jaw from floor.
Next, anyone affiliated with something called the Southern California Association of Governments would be a person I would steer clear of when seeking guidance on, well, just about anything. Who knew that in addition to The Government, there would be an Association of Governments?
Then, I have to say, that while I appreciate the ACLU being concerned about privacy, I have no interest in anyone figuring out a way to make this plan to track and tax be one that are eventually feel "more comfortable" with. I don't want the government (or anyone!) keeping track of where I go, what day I go, what time I go, how many miles I drove, or anything of the sort.
Keeping up with the the statists ain't easy. If we could track and tax their socialist plans, we'd be rolling in dough.