Government Lies and Gullible Americans

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National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman has called for states to mandate a total ban on cellphone usage while driving. She has also encouraged electronics manufacturers — via recommendations to the CTIA-The Wireless Association and the Consumer Electronics Association — to develop features that “disable the functions of portable electronic devices within reach of the driver when a vehicle is in motion.” That means she wants to be able to turn off your cellphone while you’re driving.

With very little evidence, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that there were some 3,092 roadway fatalities last year that involved distracted drivers. Americans ought to totally reject Hersman’s agenda. It’s the camel’s nose into the tent. Down the road, we might expect mandates against talking to passengers while driving or putting on lipstick. They may even mandate the shutdown of drive-in restaurants as a contributory factor to driver distraction through eating while driving. You say, “Come on, Williams, you’re paranoid. There are already laws against distracted driving, and it would never come to that!” Let’s look at some other camels’ noses into tents.

During the legislative debate before enactment of the 16th Amendment, Republican President William Taft and congressional supporters argued that only the rich would ever pay federal income taxes. In fact, in 1913, only one-half of 1 percent of income earners were affected. Those earning $250,000 a year in today’s dollars paid 1 percent, and those earning $6 million in today’s dollars paid 7 percent. The 16th Amendment never would have been enacted had Americans not been duped into believing that only the rich would pay income taxes. It was simply a lie to exploit American gullibility and envy.

The fact of the matter is that the founders of our nation so feared the imposition of direct taxes, such as an income tax, that Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution says, “No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.” It was not until the Abraham Lincoln administration that an income tax was imposed on Americans.

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  • mrbean

    How do you call 911 when some street thug is highjacking you? How do you call 911 if you are having a heart attack and pull over? What if you are a woman and you have a breakdown in a rain storm how do you call 911 inside the car?: What if you go off the road and are injured and can;t get out of the car? How does comeone reach you in an emergency if you are on the road? What a dumbbell this Deborah Hersmen is.

  • Amused

    You pull over and return the call if someone needs to reach you in an emergency ….if you go off the road , you're not driving anymore are you Bean -brain ? Breakdown ? Same thing .If someone is attempting a hi-jack , don't you think that would be an exception ? The article written by this joker is especially for people like you Bean .

    • mrbean

      Typical elitest or more accurately, useful idiot cheerleader for elitests who want to control every aspect of our lives from how many tissues we wip our behinds with to cell phone control and internet monitoring (like the Chicoms already do).

    • Racer99

      This conundrum of how to protect other's and still allow maximum freedom is caused by an evolving loss of personal and societal morals and integrity. Any person who uses a cell phone in a car, other than for an emergency, is avoiding their obligation as a human being to make good decisions. Laws can never, and will never replace this required feature of a just society, therefore the best legal possibility is a type of common law instead of statutory law. This would mean a statutory law that doesn't intrude on the use, but horribly severe penalties if proven that it contributed to the accident. The best possible way of course is for people to quit being so selfish and stupid. Don't hold you're breath.

  • Amused

    Everyone who drives KNOWS it , everyone who drives has SEEN it .Idiots talking or texting while driving erradically , many including myself have seen accidents due directly to this distraction . The newspapers are filled with stories of horrendous fatal wrecks due directly to this distraction .There have been TRAIN WRECKS due directly to it . Even a bloody airliner flew past its destination !
    It should be banned, and with GPS technology these can be disabled while in motion faster than walking , and some idiots can't even do that while yakking on the phone . I don't think it will come to that , but if a cop sees you texting or talking on a cell while driving , you should be fined .
    Besides look where your article is going .
    Either this is just another partisan straw man , or you're pretty darn dumb Williams. I think it's BOTH .

    • Don Kosloff

      The airliner flew past its destination due to the use of personal computers, not cell phone use. You might be aware that pilots of all airliners often talk on radios while they are operating aircraft. So you are the one using straw men.

      • Amused

        Same thing dimbulb …what in the hell do you think texting is .I'm well aware pilots talk on radios while operating the aircraft , and if you think that is a good analogy to driving a car , then you're a moron .

        • Don Kosloff

          Name calling with no intelligent content. Many things more complex than texting may be done on a personal computer. Also, texting is not the same as talking on the phone.

  • tanstaafl

    "From small seeds, great trees are grown."

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Walter Williams is right; where does it stop? In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt had to be perusaded that Americans had a "right" to eat clean food, in standardized containers.
    (for the passage of the Pure Food & Drug Act) Now, the government had reached into every aspect of life. S-T-O-P.

  • Ageofreason

    Up here in Alberta, Canada, we have just such a law that makes it illegal to use a cell-phone, to text and drive, and also to eat while driving (sipping a coffee or other drink is OK) Guess what? Nothing has changed. The same clowns with their special selves and sense of entitlement are stilling doing it. They still drive all over the road, and slow to a crawl. So why not make it illegal to gawk at accident scenes while passing them? The law is stupid as are the morons whole thought it up and passed it. Even our cops agree it's stupid. For every law passed, someone has to enforce it. Often it means the hire of more burocrats of one kind or another, more paper-pushers, more power to unions and leftist politicians, more taxpayer dollars sucked up by the gaping maw of government.

    • Amused

      I see the morons in Canada are no different than morons here in the US ….are you .

      • Ageofreason

        Amused, your scribblings are tiresome. Please go away. You have nothing to contribute. I know you think you do, but that is an illusion. If you had a cogent argument even once, what you wrote might prove stimulating and thought-provoking, but alas, from your seat on high where you stare down at us lesser beings who "amuse" you, you spout verbiage devoid of knowledge, of fact within a context, and of even the merest hint of rational thought. You embarrass yourself constantly, and no doubt fancy yourself a "caring" person, another illusion. You behave like a gnat buzzing around the head of a soldier who is preoccupied with life-and-death matters. Please go away. You are not wanted here, and serve no useful function to yourself or others.

  • 11bravo

    Is this really a federal function? 3,000 deaths is nothing! Forget about the camels nose just stay out of our lives, jeeezzus!!

    • Amused

      yea , unless one of those is your wife or mother or child …..you got sheet fer brains bubba .

  • Alain

    This is nothing more than incremental totalitarianism. It continues to advance thanks to people who buy that it is for their own good. There are already ways to determine who is at fault (for whatever reason) in an accident, just as one can be pulled over and fined for careless or reckless driving.

  • ebonystone

    As Reagan said: "The scariest words in the language are 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you.'"

  • Amused

    Common Sense ….it aint so common .That's why there is regulation , because without regulation people run amuck . The statistics and studies are in , talking on a cell phone while driving , is the equivelant in distraction , to a f–king drunk on the road . So lets drive drunk , what right has big government to stop us ?

    Stupid as you wanna be huh ? What a bunch iof SCHMUCKS !