Just when you thought big government couldn’t stoop any lower in its inexorable war on freedom and free markets, along comes the next great incursion – little black boxes in our cars which would not only provide government with a record of our movements but exact a new “mileage tax” from our wallets.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has mandated that these black boxes – a.k.a. “event data recorders” – be installed on all new cars sold in America beginning in September 2014.
Meanwhile the federal government and numerous states are looking at ways to use these intrusive devices to further intrude on our wallets and pocketbooks.
“This really is a must for our nation. It is not a matter of something we might choose to do,” one bureaucratic advocate told The Los Angeles Times over the weekend. “There is going to be a change in how we pay these taxes. The technology is there to do it.”
Really? The technology is also there to shoot yourself in the face – but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to avail yourself of it.
Meanwhile a bureaucrat-loving educrat (our least favorite species) from Minnesota told the paper “the gas tax is just not sustainable.”
Again … really?
Last time we checked government growth was unsustainable …
We’ve covered the infrastructure debate extensively at the state level and can sum it up thusly: Critical needs are deliberately ignored in favor of totally unnecessary projects (or necessary projects done in an insanely wasteful fashion). And politics – not infrastructure priorities and certainly not taxpayers’ best interests – dictates every step of the process.
But hey … let’s further starve the free market so we can throw more money at that equation, shall we?
Surely that will work …
Compounding the economic insanity of such a policy is the crass invasion of privacy these “black boxes” would foist on consumers.
“This is simply idiotic,” write the authors of Liberty Blitzkrieg. “There is already a tax per gallon on gasoline, so people are already being taxed based on how much they drive. Only a control-freak, moronic government bureaucrat would come to the conclusion that the solution to this problem is to install Orwellian tracking devices in people’s cars.”