The Commonwealth's Transportation Secretary, Dan Grabauskas, is thinking about taxing you based on how much you use your car. (Which, if it replaced the excise tax, which is based on how much you paid for your car, might be a decent idea. But that's never what happens. What really happens is they add a new tax and keep the old one.) But that's not the scary part. The scary part is
that they were brainstorming about using GPS as a way to track your car's usage:
Grabauskas was asked about a new system for taxing drivers, using global positioning technology to keep track of how much individual cars are used, that Oregon plans to test next year and that officials in California and Washington state are also considering.
Grabauskas merely responded by saying that all new ideas should be considered, Carlisle said.
No, Dan. Some ideas should not be considered. Like that one. Shockingly, the system is to be tested soon in Oregon. Be clear about it. In such systems, the state puts a GPS device on your car to track how far you drive. Read that again. I'm no privacy nut, but it gives me the creeps.
If you are in government, and you favor this, you should be voted out of office. If you are out of government, and you favor this, you should be voted out of America.
Next step: chips under the skin to track our walking.