This, my friends, is yet another example of over-reaching government, trying to put their grimy paws into every aspect of our lives. We’re losing our freedoms day by day, and potentially, mile by mile.
GPS systems, while extremely helpful in our travels, may now be used to track and tax us. Back in 2007, a handful of states began looking into charging a new tax on drivers, by charging them by the mile. Stories resurfaced in 2009. Now, in 2011, there are even more states considering this mileage tax option, which is being proposed to take the place of gasoline tax. An August 12th article in The Detroit Bureau notes that this is also being tested in many European countries as well, such as Belgium and the Netherlands, and possibly Germany.
The article addresses the billions in lost government revenues due to increased fuel-efficiency requirements, resulting in reduced gasoline taxes. The problem is, there is more to this than just making up lost revenues. It’s just another way the government can track where you go and what you do. It’s another example of Big Brother, and it’s dangerous. Of course, advocates of the program claim that the system won’t specifically track where the vehicle is driven. Ri-i-i-ght.
One of the comments made back in 2007, by Jon Kuhl, chairman of the University of Iowa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was this: “It’s not a question of if this is viable. It’s a
question of when it becomes politically and socially viable to make such
a large-scale shift.”
Anyone who has been paying attention to the current environmental agenda by the left, knows full well that this would be the perfect time for liberal legislators to re-introduce this to the public. We need to be aware, and make sure this is NEVER socially viable. We the People must stand up and speak out against this infringement on our privacy.