Friday, February 20, 2009

Thank goodness

The Obama administration is apparently turning thumbs-down on an idea that would have increased the size of our nanny state big time:

"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."

Apparently, to implement this, we would have seen the installation of some kind of meter on our cars, sending info to the government on how much we were driving. George Orwell and 1984, anyone? There was good discussion on this at NRO's The Corner today, too (most there too were horrified at the idea).