A Black Box in Our Cars
Our elected empty suits want to install a black box in all of our cars in order to change how we pay for the maintenance of our roads and highways.
Apparently the revenues from gas taxes are disappointed the serial spenders at the local, state, and federal levels. The country’s Highway Trust Fund, financed with taxes Americans pay in gas taxes is short of funds. Nothing that I have read about the concept of taxing us by the mile says specifically that they have attempted to raise the gas taxes and the revenue from the tax increases did not raise as expected but it was hinted at.
They are calling this a mileage based user fee; I think we used to call it a toll road, but this is far more infectious. On a toll road you had to pay a small fee for using the roads that had a toll. This charges you for every mile you drive.
I have read a lot about this concept and once or twice I have seen where there is some discussion to charge a mileage fee but not a gas tax; my confidence in getting a fair deal when legislators are searching for money to piss away causes me to expect to get screwed twice and pay both.
This is a quote from the article identified above,
“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. “There is going to be a change in how we pay these taxes. The technology is there to do it.”
You will notice that the individual quoted works for an organization of California Governments. Is this a good time to remind everyone of the long and growing list of California cities declaring bankruptcy? Did those cities belong to the Southern California Assn. of Governments? I don’t see them as a great confidence builder.
I will agree with part of the situation; the country’s Highway Trust Fund is out of money and spending beyond its means.
Here is what I will not agree with. The revenue they receive is not enough to accomplish its mission. I don’t have any actual numbers or actual facts but I am confident that the elected or appointed empty suits are only looking for ways to increase the money available to spend and not looking at ways to conserve the tax payer’s money and get the most value for their bucks.
Most highway work is done by union labor, and the agreements with the union are agreed to by elected empty suits who want campaign contributions from the unions. Knowing those two facts I suspect that the road work is not completed in the most cost effective way for the tax payer. I also suspect that the union contracts for the road work can be examined and we can find quite a bit of wiggle room between the actual cost of doing the work and the amount the unions charged to the country’s Highway Trust Fund.
Elected empty suits only know of one way to solve a problem and that’s to get more of other people’s money to misspend. The thought of analyzing the situation and getting a competitive bid and awarding a contract to the most cost effective bidder and then holding the bidder accountable for performance would never occur to them.
I understand that there could be some obstacles to that process, but most obstacles must be overcome if you want to achieve something worthwhile.
First, the law may require that the bid be awarded to a union bidder. If so pass a new law and eliminate that one it costs the tax payers too much.
Second, a competitive bid may put some formerly employed laborers out of work therefore increasing the unemployed. Yes that’s possible, and so what? Artificially paying a person who adds no value to a program just to keep them off unemployment is stupid and should be criminal.
Third, elected empty suits and or contractors who used to win these contracts may lose a sweet deal and have to work for a living. I am actually pretty fond of this consequence.
There are more and I’m sure if I thought this through more I would find answers to them as well.
The bottom line is that elected idiots must stop looking for ways to squeeze more blood from the stone. We are taxed more than enough. Start finding ways to stop spending.
If you can’t find the highway maintenance programs with the money you already get, stop spending and do nothing. We won’t be any worse off.
Now let me take a few lines to share my outrage over the loss of privacy involved in putting a black box in every car. There is nothing about any local, state, or the federal government that causes me to feel comfortable with them collecting that kind of information.
It’s time for all of us to re-read “1984” by George Orwell. Big brother is watching and Big Brother can NOT be trusted.
Keep your hands out of our pockets and out of our lives. Some are too stupid, some are to corrupt, and some are just plain evil and cannot be trusted to have that much personal information about all of us.
They cannot be trusted with our money, our personal information, our location at any given moment, or our trust so let’s not give it to them.
Vote out of office as soon as possible anyone who promises to raise any tax for any reason.