Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Government Solves All Our Problems

Contra Costa, California wants to confiscate cars from anyone whose stereo can be heard more than 25 feet away. Wow, are loud car stereos really that much of a problem? Sure they can be annoying for the 20 seconds a day that I am exposed to them, but it isn't like it endangers my hearing or anything like that. Why is government trying to protect me from something that is, at worst, annoying? Look if my neighbor sits in the parking lot and cranks his car stereo too loud for a long period of time, that might be a problem. However, I could just file a noise complaint (assuming that I was too much of a coward to just ask him to turn it down).

Still confiscating someone's car on a first offense? How is that even remotely reasonable? Moreover, my crappy factory radio can be heard from 25 feet away. 25 feet just isn't that far. Look I realize that the confiscation is only for 30 days (let me have your car for thirty days and see how cool you would be with that), but I'm guessing that in addition to the $250 to $1,000 dollar fine, violators get the rare treat of paying towing and impound fees to Contra Costa. Guess what that means, the Government gets probably about five or six grand (maybe more) for every one of the citations they issue. Even better, poor people and teens might not be able to get their cars back, so Contra Costa gets to sell those cars at auction.

So you see what this law is about, don't you? Government revenue generation - that's it. There is no other rational reason for this legislation to be passed. First, they came for our stereos . . .

Ben Franklin said, "Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." And here's one for Otter by, The Great One, "Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing" Ronald Reagan. Further, here's ol' T to the J, Thomas Jefferson, "Most bad government has grown out of too much government."

Finally, here's my favorite one about the danger of an ever expanding government, again, from Jefferson, "Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."

Why do we let the Government even consider this kind of legislation? Why does no one seem to care?

Kid Handsome


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