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Comment: Re:why is that the question? (Score 5, Insightful) 360

by davester666 (#49748831) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

No. Obama could have had the NSA to do a right turn and stop their mass data collection 6 years ago. They DIRECTLY report to him. He tells them what to do.

Congress and the Senate can just question them, and limit the things they can do.

Given that he has actively expanded what the NSA are doing, and made a point of going after whistleblowers, he appears to be happy with the current setup.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 825

by davester666 (#49738251) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Do you really want that? To have every car have a GPS device that reports to the gov't everywhere you've driven? I'd very much prefer a straight-up odometer reading when re-registering the car.

And having it scaled so more efficient cars pay less makes it even more regressive for the poor, because they can't afford to buy new, more efficient cars. They might be able to afford the car payments, but the cost of insurance on top of that [as you need collision as well as basic car insurance] puts it out of reach financially. And even if the overall costs of the new vehicle over it's life [car, insurance, gas/whatever, repairs] is cheaper than going through several used cars over the same time frame, they can't afford the front-loaded costs.

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