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TheWann formely known as the Airman in Iraq blog, since I am no longer in Iraq I decided to make this still for family and friends, with a wider stretch of thoughts for anyone else. 

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

1:20 PM - Mileage Tax, Big Brother and GPS Tracking

First I am not sure if this is old news or what. I am not from Oregon but either way this bugs me. The great state of Oregon has just become a test site for this new idea of the Mileage Tax. This is how it works; Hybrids, Fuel Cells and other alternative fuels are becoming increasingly more popular and becasue of this government officials are starting to think about all the tax cash money they make at the gas pump. So what do we do, they must ask, when all of a sudden people start getting 3, 4, 5 times the gas mileage that athey are getting right now? They won't be going to the pumps as often and we won't be getting the taxes we need to fix our roads.

Well its a simple solution, atleast according to Oregon. How about we put a GPS system into your car and tax you for the mileage you drive with-in our state when you are at the pump (Fossil Fuel or Fuel Cells)....wait what? I get taxed on the gas and on my driving? They figure its a fair tax because its even across the board. But wait SUVs and a electric/hybrid/fuel cell...or even a fossil fueled civic hands out the same wear and tear on the roads, they are also in common in places like pollution and blah blah blah...you get the point. So now there is no incentive for me to get a hybrid, in the end I will be paying the same...for the most part. GREAT!

Oh and I haven't even started on the privacy concerns of the government tracking you on the GPS... forget about the stop light cameras, everytime you go over the speed limit the GPS system generates a speeding ticket and mails it to ya... you just know that is around the corner. Oh or how about, I am a smart computer guy and I figure out how to hack those things and track the people that did me wrong... boss who fired me... ex-girlfriend... use your imagination, this is jsut a bad idea and there is no way it will ever get to far...people will remove them! I sure the hell will.

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