Today's Conspiracy Theory: The government in several states is proposing to drop the gas tax and replace it with a "per mile" tax, on the tune of 1/4 cent/mile.
I guess the problem is that states are losing hard-earned tax revenue because everyone is either driving less, driving smarter, or dumping their SUV's and buying more fuel efficient cars. If the government revenue drops because people start making smarter decisions...CHANGE THE LAWS!!
North Carolina, in particular, has taken this clever little idea and run with it, they want to put GPS in your car so they can track your movements and charge you for your mileage.
Yeah, that sounds like an awesome idea. Let's let the government track every place you go.
I guess all alarmist concerns like this stem from a built-in distrust of government, and proponents of such plans usually argue "what, you think the government is out to get you?" Well, not yet, but yes, I highly distrust the government. How many of those clowns are currently under campaign ethics investigation, tax evasion investigations, have been found to have proposed legislation that directly helped lobbyists, have been found cheating on their spouse, are from families that have a long history of clinging to Federal-level power, come from the Chicago political machine and it shows, etc etc.
The point is, I trust DEMOCRACY, and always will. But any free citizen who has watched Washington from the time Bill Clinton got elected to today has to realize that the President and Congress have been consolidating power and using a perpetual string of wars and crises to justify things that are clearly not in the best interests of the middle class free American.
Since when did the Supreme Court smackdown a major piece of legislation as unconstitutional? They used to do that all the time.
Anyway, enough survivalist stuff for a few days, there are engineering issues to publish.
Tornadoes in America: The Oklahoma Disaster in Context
44 minutes ago