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The Accelerated Erosion of Our Freedoms

ray-lahoodWASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will not adopt a policy to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline they buy, his chief spokesman said Friday. Press secretary Robert Gibbs commented after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told The Associated Press that he wants to consider the idea, which has been proposed in some states but has angered many drivers.

“It is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration,” Gibbs told reporters, when asked for the president’s thoughts about the policy and LaHood’s remarks.

Gasoline taxes that for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation’s transportation system moving, LaHood told the AP in an interview Thursday.

“We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled,” the former Illinois Republican lawmaker said Thursday.  ~Reported by Joan Lowy, Associated Press Writer – Friday Feb. 20, 2009 

Can you say taxed to death?  95% of us are in line for a tax cut we’re told.  Well, I say hold on to your wallet, you are about to get pickpocketed.  This new administration will surely need to get the money back in other forms to pay for all of the government cheese they are promising on top of taking away some of our freedoms to do it. 

And speaking of cheese, I find it oddly ironic that it is cheese that always gets the mouse to fall for the trap.

I have done more than my fair share of criticizing when it comes to the “religious right”, so I feel vindicated in leveling an observation concerning my friends on the opposite side of the spectrum (and some republicans who are really switch hitters).   Our newly appointed transportation secretary’s comments sent a shiver up my spine when I read them yesterday and provided me with a strange feeling that wasn’t warm and fuzzy.  For a brief moment, I wondered if I was living in the former Soviet Union.  

“We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled.”

Where that would lead to?  Maybe a tax based on the steps we take for those us who utilize the sidewalk?  Just because this measure is not something the president is going to push right now, doesn’t mean the secretary floating this out  there isn’t a craftily planned tactic to take the temperature of public opinion.  If ever there was a time the symbolic frog was in a pot of slowly boiling water and feeling cozy, I am afraid that time may be upon the majority of us here in these United States. 

You can bet big and win on the slow erosion of our freedoms being accelerated in the form of some pretty sneaky disguises.

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