Sunday, June 7, 2009


It's always necessary to keep a sense of humor about things when The State is running on empty, and various jurisdictions attempt nearly anything to recapture what they think belongs to them.

And when talking about California, you'll need to double down on that sense.
Here's a new one:CHP encourages residents to report out-of-state license plates.

So it goes like this: Anybody relocating to California has twenty days to re-register their vehicle and pay the applicable property tax. It's always about the money,ain't it?

The 'plan' works this way: If I see a car with an out of state plate, I am to report the vehicle to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The Law will investigate the report and attempt to bleed the offender of his money, and I get the warm fuzzies for performing my civic duty.

One problem with the idea: almost nobody from another state migrates to California anymore. And if they do, it's because of a major employment opportunity that pays big bucks.
In the by-gone era, folks came here to build a life. Not anymore.
Those who arrive today generally already have a life in bloom.
Of course, it's in the character of the state's ruling class to continually harass the achievers, while continuing to subsidize the underachievers.

They just don't get it. The best way to subsidize the lower end of the spectrum is to create an atmosphere that allows the upper end to do it for you.

Of course, I don't see the law agencies making a plea for the citizens to report all those wetbacks standing outside Home Depot who work for cash and don't pay their fair share of income and payroll taxes.

From where I sit, there is a whole lot more potential revenue to be found there, outside Home Depot, than there is in the rare professional who could just as easily be some where else.

I don't know.
Maybe I'll play along.
I'll just start reporting every foreign plate I see cruising the streets of Anaheim this tourist season. I'll concentrate near Disneyland.
And let the state agencies further drain their resources while chasing information and investigating whether these cars 'belong' to them or not.


Brian said...

Do they honestly think that ANYBODY is gonna stop what they're doing to play Johnny-law-man and report a freaking plate?

Gino said...

You'd be surprised. Such do-gooder nannyism is what this state has been built upon the last 20yrs.