It seems control of every aspect of our lives is not limited
to the prerogative of federal bureaucrats but is being taken to new heights by
local government officials. According to Ann Arbor.com, Ann Arbor City Council members are
considering fining motorists $100 for idling their vehicles — a normal
condition of operating a car. Under the proposed ordinance, the fine could be
levied for any vehicle left running while unoccupied or left running for five
minutes while occupied. If you live in Ann Arbor, you might want to think twice
about ordering a vehicle with remote start, as it would be against the law to
The image of Ann Arbor police officers sniffing auto
tailpipes with stopwatches in hand is more than any freedom-loving American can
bear. In an apparent attempt to ameliorate public
concern regarding the proposed ordinance, council member Margie Teall claims the main goal of the ordinance
is to educate people on how idling affects the environment — with enforcement
to follow. We have heard this line
before from police agencies prior to the state Legislature passing the
mandatory seat belt law. The request from police agencies to "just trust us" has
turned into routine issuing of tickets for not wearing seat belts.
We live in a time when many government officials are
incapable of balancing their budgets but feel they are more than competent to dictate how their constituents are to live their lives — including what kind of
light bulb they can use, how much water can be in their toilets and now if they
are allowed to idle their car. America is quickly changing from the land of the
free and the brave to the land of the regulated and fined.
The popularity of Congress is at an all-time low — if the
action of Ann Arbor officials is an indication, local government officials will
not be far behind in feeling the public’s disdain.
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