Big Government Decrees Data Collectors in All New Cars

As you might recall, our rulers have been scheming to tax us for each mile we drive, in order to defray the cost of their never-ending frivolous spending, to save the polar bears from the imaginary global warming menace, to keep their boot on the neck of the struggling economy, and most importantly, to limit our mobility, because mobility is freedom. Having nationalized most of the auto industry will make it all the easier to implement the next step in this plan:

Beginning in June of 2011, all new cars manufactured and sold in the United States will be required to have a mandated black box device installed, which can be used to monitor several different physical and technical data points. …

The installation and use of these black boxes can have infinite possibilities for local, state, and federal governments to monitor and record data for a number of other revenue programs that are currently under consideration. In March, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a proposal to institute a tax on mileage to help pay for the federal budget deficit. Additionally, local cities and counties can download information from these black boxes, and they can be used to issue driving citations after the fact in the case of speeding or not wearing a seat belt.

While the concept of installing a black box in new automobiles has several good points in assisting law enforcement and emergency services as to the location and circumstances of an accident or road emergency, policies currently underway by many municipalities and states show that public safety personnel are now being used more as revenue collectors than as first responders to incidents as they occur.

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That is, even before the federal mileage tax hits us, the devices will assist local authorities in raising revenues with speed traps.

Once again we have to ask ourselves how many Americans really want to live in the kind of country the government is turning ours into.

Wherever you drive, Big Brother will be coming along.

On a tip from Jay F. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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