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November 21, 2008

Taxing Tech Moves Forward, Privacy Moves Back

Here's one that almost slipped past. Bureaucrats are putting our tax dollars to a predictable use: coming up with new ways to tax us.

Two hundred Triangle drivers will be recruited this fall to road-test a satellite-technology system that might be used one day to collect highway taxes on every mile we drive … The $16.5 million Road User Charge Study will enlist drivers in six states to determine whether the technology works, and whether Americans would accept a new mileage tax. Volunteers will be asked how they feel about technology that collects information about their driving.

I'm sure Obamunists will feel reassured by the idea of Chairman O's minions watching over every mile we drive, the better to spread our wealth around.

On a tip from jomama.

Posted by Van Helsing at November 21, 2008 7:52 AM


San Diego is one of the cities participating
The only place they are advertising for volunteers in in the college papers & alternative lifestyle places

I saw a ad in a local rag & applied, saying I was 60, retired etc
never heard from them

kid down the street was picked the day after he applied, his application said he was a student etc

think the results will be fair?

Posted by: blue at November 21, 2008 8:34 AM

Anything to fill their coffers i mean their going to start by makes the pigions and sparrows in central park pay fines but all their going to get from them ar breadcrunbs and seeds

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at November 21, 2008 8:52 AM

Don't we already get taxed indirectly for mileage via fuel taxes? I'm thinkin' it's not so much about the tax as tracking our location. They're just using the tax idea to misdirect the debate.

Posted by: Mr Evilwrench at November 21, 2008 8:52 AM

I agree with Mr. Evilwrench. When your monthly records are being reviewed (by computer or by someone in a cubicle), they may want to know "Why did you stop at that gun shop or at that gun show at the local convention center?". Or "why did you stop at those liquor stores?"

If your stops can be cross-referenced with bank records (if you used a debit card), Big Brother will know even more.

[I bring the liquor store thing up because as I enjoy microbrews, I am constantly checking local stores for any new brands or varieties. If nothing new is there, I walk out without buying anything, but a satellite GPS record won't know that. The GPS record will show that I stopped at 5 liquor stores in 3 days. What will Big Brother do with that info? Same deal with cigar stores. I may stop and look, without buying unless something catches my interest. I may buy 1 cigar for every 3 stores where "I am just looking."]

The taxing excuse is just a diversion.

Posted by: on-the-rocks at November 21, 2008 9:22 AM

This is one of those things I would be careful not to overinterpret. Liberals will get a guffaw out of paranoic comments.

Whereas most taxes are egregious and designed to enrich facist liberal socialism, this is one tax that would probably take more liberals off the road than conservatives, just due to the relative income levels (conservatives tend to work). And that would be a great thing.

Blue You may not have been selected since a 60-year old probably drives less than a kid.

on-the-rocks When the liberals have completely taken over and completed their Big Brother Society, Soma will be mandatory and booze will be under the radar, or highly recommended.

Besides, from the sound of your hobby, you may need a little monitoring.

Posted by: Fiberal at November 21, 2008 10:14 AM

I agree with Evil and on-the-rocks on this one. It may start with a mileage tax, but you know where it will lead.
Like Holder's internet regulations on pornography; it's only the first step.

Posted by: jomama at November 21, 2008 10:37 AM

The one thing these nimrods are forgetting is that people won't like getting a bill for driving (unless they're one of the oh so charitable moonbats), so they may cut way back on their ventures onto America's highways.

Uh oh, decreasing revenue stream.

Posted by: Steve at November 21, 2008 10:50 AM

Remember also that not long ago, the auto insurance industry was trying to test market the notion of auto insurance premiums based on the number of miles you drive.

Posted by: Oiao at November 21, 2008 10:57 AM

Disconnect the odometer every so often.

Posted by: Watching at November 21, 2008 11:38 AM

"There's no way these units could be used to track people or determine they were in a particular place at a particular time," Kuhl said.

I call bullshit. I can push a button on my phone and get a google map of where I am.

Posted by: jomama at November 21, 2008 11:38 AM