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Bloviating Zeppelin: More Taxes, Big Brother

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, February 20, 2009

More Taxes, Big Brother

Just when you're wondering, in only the first month of the Obama Administration, how your life could get any worse, any more taxed, any more programmed, any more monitored, how government could be any more intrusive -- ?

Well, here's how:

The system would require all cars and trucks be equipped with global satellite positioning technology, a transponder, a clock and other equipment to record how many miles a vehicle was driven, whether it was driven on highways or secondary roads, and even whether it was driven during peak traffic periods or off-peak hours.

Obama's new Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to tax drivers predicated upon how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they use. He said on Friday:

We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled," the former Illinois Republican lawmaker said.

Who would pay for this mandatory equipment? You would. But that's simply the tip of the iceberg. Do what BZ calls The Logical Extension. Always do The Logical Extension.

Consider that this is wonderful for our government in any number of glorious ways:

- It would increase taxes on drivers. More money for government to spend foolishly;
- It would tend to keep some people out of their cars for two reasons:
* To avoid extra cash paid
* To help keep their individual privacy
- It would begin to accomplish true Enviro Social Engineering:
* To "help" people think their cars were the source of their problems than their answers to transportation;
- Furthermore, with GPS your very activities could be tracked;
- Your driving habits, locations, tendencies would be archived;
- Technologically, you could easily be aurally monitored;
- Automobile insurance companies would skyrocket your rates;
* Your speeds would be monitored;
* Do you accelerate too quickly?
* Do you brake too suddenly?
* Does this result in more abuse to the car your insurance company is covering?
* Do you even remotely roll through any stop sign?
* Do you tailgate? Correlations could be made between your vehicle and any so-equipped vehicle surrounding you;
* Do you drive in dangerous areas? Times? Tendencies? Higher rates;
* Do you drive in congested areas? Higher rates;
* Are you wearing your seat belt at every second? Higher rates;
* Now, very easy for your insurance company to completely cancel you;
* Information to be shared between companies;
- Police jurisdictions:
* Now, very easy to document you running a stop sign, a red light, one MPH over the limit;
* ANY violation of any vehicle code in your state;
* Money generation for each and every police agency you happen to visit, instantly;
- Even further, information from this system shared from government to:
* Your automobile insurance company: easy to be canceled;
* Your Life insurance company: determined by Risk Managers that you are a risk;
* Your Health insurance company: determined by their Risk Managers that you are a risk;

And, of course, it would be easy to track you, 24/7, by way of your vehicle. Your routes, your routines, where you stop, do you consistently roll through a Jack-In-The-Box? Ah, that would mean your lifestyle is compromised -- time to jack up your Health insurance.

Think about this, ladies and gentlemen. I am not a loon, for if I can think of these things now, various other entities -- governmental and private -- are already rubbing their hands with glee, pondering the potentials of this new technology. You would be a true Sheeple, used only for two things:

1. A source of revenue from many directions;
2. A way for companies -- mostly of the insurance variety -- to divest themselves from you.

Government considers you, the producer, the provider, the person of sufficient affluence to own a vehicle (oh my God, do you own more than one vehicle?) as nothing more than a vein to tap, to monitor, to use like a Kleenex. No privacy. None. If government can do a thing, it will do a thing. And anything government does is seldom if ever reversible.

To Big Government, a new and budding Socialist Government, you are nothing more than a cow. If we chip your car, you will be chipped next. You. Your person.

You let this go, you just bend over, plans for Phase II Chipping procedures will commence.

I can hear you say: BZ, now you're the Moonbat.

Oh really? Well, just sit back, relax and do nothing. Government will "take care" of you.

We'll see, won't we?



Blogger shoprat said...

Obama and his people seem to be begging for trouble.

Fri Feb 20, 09:04:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

But the only trouble actually to be acquired is by the American Citizen -- the taxpayer. To be milked and squeezed and chipped and monitored completely dry.


Fri Feb 20, 09:27:00 AM PST  
Blogger Rustmeister said...

That's why I'll never have an On Star in anything I own.

Fri Feb 20, 09:53:00 AM PST  
Blogger Z said...

BZ>.check out an article I found and posted. It really emphasizes your worries here... just what you need, right?!

Rustmeister's right..who'd have THOUGHT..?

Shoprat, it's WE who'll be in trouble, sadly. Boy, power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely..if that didn't apply to this situation, I don't know what it applied to right?

Fri Feb 20, 10:33:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

How much longer?? How much longer do we talk?? When does the OPEN REBELLION begin??

Fri Feb 20, 12:51:00 PM PST  
Blogger Three Score and Ten or more said...

Government (left and right) never met anything they couldn't or wouldn't like to tax.
(Damn transportation secretary calls himself a Republican, which only makes my point.

Fri Feb 20, 04:05:00 PM PST  
Blogger David Wyatt said...


Have you read 1 Kings chapter 12 lately? Sounds a whole lot like Obama is a modern day Rehoboam. God help the "Adoram" he sets up to cellect all his taxes when the rebellion does begin, if it does. Check out v.18 especially. God Bless.

Fri Feb 20, 04:19:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

UPDATE for my Readers:

Now, it would appear that Mr Obama has repudiated Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's statement made earlier today. Now, Yahoo quotes Obama as saying:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will not adopt a policy to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline they buy, his chief spokesman said Friday. Press secretary Robert Gibbs commented after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told The Associated Press that he wants to consider the idea, which has been proposed in some states but has angered many drivers.

"It is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration," Gibbs told reporters, when asked for the president's thoughts about the policy and LaHood's remarks.

That is TWICE now that Obama Administration officials have made statements to the press which were later repudiated by Mr Obama himself.

The first statement had to do with the so-called "Fairness Doctrine", which he said he would not pursue.

What in the HELL is going on with Mr Obama's ability to keep his minions under control and in keeping with his wishes, eh? Anything?


Fri Feb 20, 04:30:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

David: I'm in a motel right now. What does it say, in a nutshell?


Fri Feb 20, 04:32:00 PM PST  
Blogger David Wyatt said...

King Solomon had died & his son Rehoboam was king over Israel, but the kingdom was about to be divided, as God promised He would do due to Solomon's apostasy. Anyway, when Rehoboam is beginning his reign, he is asked to "lighten up" from Solomon's harsh rules, & he has 2 different philosophies offered as to how to rule the people. The older & wiser men counseled Rehoboam to be gracious 7 kind to the people & they would serve him forever. But the young people that grew up with him basically said to tell the people that if they thought his Dad was tough, just wait til he thrashed them! He took the young men's advise. The people revolted against him. Verse 18 is the verse that has always struck me funy. When he sent Adoram to do the dirty work of collecting the exhorbitant taxes he levied on the people, here is the scene! "Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in charge of the revenue; but all Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem." The folks had had enough!

Fri Feb 20, 06:23:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Z: check out my comment on your post that you mention. I would be interested in your thoughts. If you haven't seen that program, I submit your knowledge of the situation is less than it could be.


Fri Feb 20, 09:14:00 PM PST  
Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

You'd think the ACLU would be all over this one. But I guess it just doesn't suit their agenda.

Fri Feb 20, 10:29:00 PM PST  
Blogger Tim said...

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Sat Feb 21, 06:48:00 AM PST  
Blogger Tim said...

That's a great comics style drawing of the Big Brother poster.

I think someone needs to lock up Texas Fred. He's insane.

Sat Feb 21, 06:52:00 AM PST  
Blogger Average American said...

How dare a Republican come up with a program that would be detrimental to the climate change crisis! The friggin greenies must have freaked more than we did. HA! That almost makes it worth it. If they really need to tax mileage instead of gas, how about using the mileage written down on your inspection sticker every 6 months or year depending on where you live. They of course would have to mandate that you keep your odometer in working order.

Sun Feb 22, 04:51:00 PM PST  

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