Sara was late for work. The alarm clock didn't alarm, the kids were unusually slow getting ready for school, and nothing went right. She finally got to her car – a brand new 2020 Chevy Adventure. She touched the finger-print secured start button. Nothing. It wouldn't start. She touched it again. Nothing. Furious, she banged the steering wheel with her fist. Then she noticed the paper hanging from the receipt printer on the dash.
"Your designated visa account rejected your Road Use Tax in the amount of $87.32 for the month of June, 2020. You must insert a valid account card to activate your automobile."
It's coming. With a $16 million grant from the federal government, the University of Iowa is developing a Global Positioning Satellitesystem that can measure the mileage, apply a variable tax rate that will increase during rush hours and in high-traffic areas, calculate the total, charge a designated account card, and shut down your automobile if unpaid when due. Some 2,700 automobiles in five states will be used in the test.
"This is just too crazy. Never gonna happen," you say. "People won't stand for it."
May I remind you, gentle readers, of the following: 1) DUI checkpoints do not pull over only obviously impaired drivers. The cops can stop everyone. 2) You take off your shoes to board an airplane. 3) The state of Ohio controls the sale of alcohol. 4) An 18 year old can defend his country, but cannot purchase alcohol or get a concealed handgun license. (Great Mojo Nixon line: "You can get married and screw yourself up real good... but you can't buy beer.") Et cetera.
Never gonna happen. This is America. Home of the free. sorta. still. maybe yesterday...