A friend of mine just send me this photo. It’s from the California State Franchise Tax Board.
I’ve been driving a car for a long time. Several decades in fact. (Shut up; I know oil reliance is killing the planet — there will be a post in the near future about why “Stop Driving” is idiotic and not going to fix anything, much like “being Green” is just another way to assuage one’s conscience without actually doing anything to change anything).
In the way back — the old days of yore, when I was young and hadn’t yet learned how to avoid pig radar reflexively — I’d had tickets and stuff. I’ve always been lucky enough to be able to pay for them, or at least go to court and get them reduced or dismissed. Not everyone is, especially in this day and age, when the bottom is falling out from under the proletariat and the oligarchy is shitting on our heads from their smug castles in the sky.
But I do know that the way things used to be done if you couldn’t pay your registration or tickets was that you simply couldn’t register your car when it next came due until and unless the extortion — excuse me, debt — was paid off. And that was bad. If you didn’t have a current registration sticker, you could be ticketed. Which would send you right back into the spiral of being unable to pay rent or for food for your kids in order to get the Man off your back so you can still get to your mind-numbingly stupid, empty job to keep making the rich richer, just so you can survive and keep running in place. That rut is getting deep enough to hang posters, isn’t it?
Apparently, that wasn’t good enough for DMV. Or the state. The fact that the Governator increased registration taxes to pay for a budget deficit that his cigar-puffing ass had a hand in causing in the first place, increased taxes that unfairly fell to burden those that need that money in their pockets most is one of the many factors that is preventing people from being able to pay for the privilege (read: necessity) of driving in this car culture. A lot of people absolutely have to drive to survive.
What bothers me most about this is that these debts are being collected through the Franchise Tax Board, a bureaucracy that collects personal income tax as well as business taxes. To find out that they’ve also become a collection agency in the name of the state is disquieting to say the least. What’s next, are they going to start collecting credit card debt? Collecting for past-due AT&T accounts? Hospital bills?
It’s bad enough there is a State at all; it’s bad enough that we have to pay taxes in order to just live, have to work at labor we hate to survive — but now the State is going to take your shit if you don’t pay your bills. Funny how the State is also supposed to collect child support but doesn’t really do anything to do so and deadbeat parents are driving around in their expensive cars while owing tens of thousands to their children. The State only cares about taking money from the poor to feed to the rich and fuck the people who really need the money to stay alive.
Fuck the State and its bullshit. Tear it all down. End civ now.