This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Most people always preface an "I told you so" with "I really hate to say this, but".  Not me.  I told you so.

For any of my long term imaginary readers or if you are one of the 19 people who bought my book, you might remember my several blogs about how much the Progressive Insurance chick seriously creeps me out.  One of those blogs ranted about how stupid people were to put this little box in your car to try to save a buck and how they were just getting you trained and soon other insurance companies would start doing it and eventually the federal government will come along and insist on the black boxes  to monitor when, where, and how far you drive and start taxing you for your mileage.

In today's LA Times:

WASHINGTON — As America's road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.

The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America's major roads.
The usually dull arena of highway planning has suddenly spawned intense debate and colorful alliances. Libertarians have joined environmental groups in lobbying to allow government to use the little boxes to keep track of the miles you drive, and possibly where you drive them — then use the information to draw up a tax bill.

The tea party is aghast. The American Civil Liberties Union is deeply concerned, too, raising a variety of privacy issues.
And while Congress can't agree on whether to proceed, several states are not waiting. They are exploring how, over the next decade, they can move to a system in which drivers pay per mile of road they roll over. Thousands of motorists have already taken the black boxes, some of which have GPS monitoring, for a test drive.
"This really is a must for our nation. It is not a matter of something we might choose to do," said Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Assn. of Governments, which is planning for the state to start tracking miles driven by every California motorist by 2025. "There is going to be a change in how we pay these taxes. The technology is there to do it."

There you go.  Told you so.  How would you like a surprise tax bill every quarter from the state telling them you owe them 200 bucks for your driving?  Or 300, or 100, then 400.  Stop and think about it, how are you really going to know if the government is accurately recording you mileage?  We would have to document our mileage every day of our lives to have evidence to prevent the government from padding the numbers by how you vote or something.

Here is what is really funny.  The problem is they are not pulling in as much in gasoline taxes as they use to because cars are getting such better mileage.  And why?  Because the same government forced car makers to build cars that get better mileage so now the government is making less money because of their decision and so they want to add an additional tax revenue stream.  Do you know some of us actually remember pulling up to the pump and only putting 2 or 3 bucks in the tank?  And we ain't that old!

I'm sure there is also a goal for more mass transit to reduce cars on roads so only the elite will be driving on the roads.  And I'll bet my bank account, or ten bucks, whichever is greater, that congressional members and all federal government employees will be exempt.

So what if I don't put a box in my car?  What if I drive an old car and refuse?  What if you don't pay?

They monitor our phones, they monitor our internet access, they monitor our email, they monitor what you watch on TV, they monitor what you say in your home while watching TV, they monitor everywhere you go in stores or at work with you security card.  They monitor our lives and now they want to monitor you while you drive.  Why not tax bicycle riders?  Joggers?  How about putting little black boxes on our dogs or baby carriages so they can tax us for those walks too?

Of course, if everyone quit driving and took mass transit, then they will have to tax us for walking from the station to work in order to make up for all the lost tax revenue from no one driving.

I have an idea, let's tax texts at 1/10 a cent per letter typed and sent.

Oh, sure, the article says they will drop the gasoline taxes if they go to this system, but are we really that stupid to think they have any intention to drop gasoline taxes?

But, I'm a fair guy.  I will go along with all these taxes as long as they pass one more.  Anytime an elected official is found to vote for a bill that contradicts a campaign promise, his or her salary is taxed an additional 10% fine for lying.

Which means Obama owes the country 2.3 million dollars.

I told you these black boxes Flo was pushing were evil.  But did you listen?

I wonder if those changes
Have left a scar on you
Like all the burning hoops of fire
That you and I passed through

You're a bluebird on a telegraph line
I hope you're happy now
Well if the wind of change comes down your way girl
You'll make it back somehow 

Elton John