Your cash is no good — on the roads, that is.
It says on our Fed Funny Money that “this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.” Except for paying tolls on government roads.
In which case, it’s not.
They won’t take your money. But they will force you to cart around an “E-Z Pass” electronic receiver to pay your toll automatically. A transponder/receiver that identifies your car, notes its passing, and sends you the bill (or debits an account). A receiver that also has the capability to track your vehicle as well as monitor its speed. They’re not — yet — using these “easy passes” to do more than collect tolls, but that doesn’t mean they won’t, especially as the financial pressures on state and local governments mount and the search for new revenue sources intensifies.
Bet your bippie that’s coming.
The creepy part is that just like trying to fly without being gate raped, in states that have these systems in place — Florida, for example — there is no opting out. If you want to use the Florida Turnpike you can’t use cash. You must have a transponder. If you don’t have one and run the road, they’re ready for you. The state is rolling out a license plate recognition system that will automatically cuff n’ stuff you — or at least, send you a bill for using the road.
Plus a “processing fee.”
There’s no recourse — and no appeal. Other than simply staying home.
The tactic is an example of the left-statist “nudge” (at gunpoint) advocated by the loathsome coercive utopian Cass Sunstein, mentor to his Obamaness but by no means a phenomenon exclusive to the political left. The right is just as thuggish — witness the TSA and its low-rent Stalinism. They both have the same objectives: Power and control for them; powerlessness and submission for you and me.
And Florida is by no means unique. Indiana is another state that has adopted a nearly identical measure on some of its toll roads. Same deal. They not only won’t take your money — that is, your allegedly “legal tender for all debts, public and private” cash money — they have taken down and removed any possible way to pay except via the “easy pass.” Or the plate reader that sends you (well, the registered owner of the vehicle) the bill.
Some are pushing back.
In Florida, a class-action suit has been filed that accuses the government — and the private contractor, the sickeningly named Faneuil, Inc. (our Founders are rolling at high RPMs in their graves) — of unlawfully detaining motorists who wish to pay with cash, which, after all, is still legal tender.
Or so it says on the stuff.
And of violating their Fourth Amendment rights:
“For approximately four years, FDOT and Faneuil have engaged in a practice of detaining motorists and their passengers on the Turnpike System until such motorists provided certain personal information in exchange for their release,” attorney James C. Valenti wrote on behalf of the plaintiffs. “The motorists and passengers have been detained without their consent and without legal justification.”
People who tried to pay with cash — remember, “legal tender for all debts, public and private” — were detained and required to fill out a Bill Detection Report that included such information as the driver’s name and address, the make/model/year of vehicle, license plate number and so on. Motorists captured in this gauntlet — literally, there was no escape; the toll operator would not open the gate and if a motorist tried to back out, it would be “reckless driving,” an arrestable misdemeanor offense — effectively had no choice. Fill out the form.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?