Apparently not everyone in our government thinks fuel-efficient cars are a good thing. Less fuel purchased means less gas tax collected. So Congress is considering a proposal to move from taxing us per gallon to per mile:
Your car mileage would be tracked via a global positioning satellite from an onboard computer in your car. If that in itself isn’t creepy enough, the eye in the sky can also tell when you cross state lines. Yet another privacy invasion – justified, of course, because each state will have its own mileage fee. The fees are calculated – the state and federal governments getting their fair shares – and the driver makes periodic payments.
It’s not a done deal, but just considering this invasive idea–the mind reels at the potential administration cost of this program–means we’ve moved another step closer to the Total Surveillance State.