Heeeey Abbottttt Is that your original avitar or did you change it for the occasion?
Black boxes? Yes, been in vehicles for a few years, they're just not called that. As a LEO, if I know, that your driving a vehicle equipped w/navastar, onstar (Or other system) You can not only be tacked, but your vehicle shut down. If they can start it remotely, they can shut it down also.
Also, recently read that fuel taxes are way down. With the last fuel hike, downturn in economy and people just being more concerned with the ecology, that fuel revenue is way down.
A proposed idea would be for a usage tax/road tax placed upon us. Similar to England's vehicle exise duty. Based on the amount of time/milage spent on the hiway. If your new car is getting 40 mpg, compared to your old SUV that got 11 mpg, you can see where the "Big Dogs" start to loose money. And if you drive electric, hybrid, hydrogen, they are just not making any money at all. It could all be tracked (on the newer vehicles anyway) from your "black box"
To the original question....IMHO-If there is a revenue to be made from us we will not be shut down. I would think we will still be driving our skoolies, it's just going to cost more to do it.
And on a previous post-
Something about they can't make a law retro-active? When the law was passed in 1996 stating that a domestic violence conviction would result in the loss of firearms ownership/privileges (even though it is a misdomener charge)That law was made 3 years retro-active. A lot of people in the military and police forces lost their jobs because they could no longer carry a firearm legally, under this new retro-active law. If it's all passed and voted on, just about anything can be done. (Some things don't even have to go before the house and senate.) I could give you a list of retro laws.
On a lighter note:
Just happened to run across this. Old news, but interesting.
Publication 845 - The New York State Dept. of Taxation & Finance Announced "The Revocation of the tax exempt status of identified trerrorist Organizations" Pursuant to section 501(b) IRC, no longer tax exempt for federal income tax purposes.
Publication 845.1 (04/09) identifies those groups.
I DID NOT KNOW TERRORIST WERE TAX EXEMPT.
Like the Russian comedian (What was his name?) said. - What a country!