” As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.
The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads.
The usually dull arena of highway planning has suddenly spawned intense debate and colorful alliances. Libertarians have joined environmental groups in lobbying to allow government to use the little boxes to keep track of the miles you drive, and possibly where you drive them — then use the information to draw up a tax bill.
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. Thousands of motorists have already taken the black boxes, some of which have GPS monitoring, for a test drive.”
What won’t they tax ? What won’t they spy on ? Does anyone really believe that we could maintain any degree of privacy in our lives at all if the government gets the “right” to track your every mile in your personal automobile ?
Leaving aside the issue of ever greater taxation , the privacy issues should concern everyone . The days of the beneficent government illusion should be gone forever . We are governed by the rule of Unintended Consequences and all protestations aside , the general public should be well aware by now that no matter how sensible any new government proposal/regulation might seem on the surface , the results are guaranteed to be the same … loss of liberty , loss of hard earned money and an eventual plea from those self-same Statist stooges that the reason the policy is a failure is that we just need to spend MORE money to make it work .