The normative experience is liberalism. We’ve been so conditioned that we don’t realize adherence to Leftism has been imposed upon us. Our lack of awareness deliberately cultivated by the Left will further result in the advancement of Leftism and the erosion of our liberties, freedoms, and rights.
Municipal-metered street parking is a perfect example. Why do we allow government to force us to pay to park our car on our streets? We paid for those streets have we not? What benefit do we gain from this parking ‘tax’?
Immediate harms come to mind. First is the de facto increase in government via creating parking laws, codes, regulations, and then administrating, policing, and adjudicating them. Consider the expansion of personnel and its accompanying cost of new bureaucrats, meter maids, traffic court staff, etc. And for what, to simply insert more aggravation into people’s lives and redistribute their wealth yet again to pay for the honor?
Consider the purported benefits:
An increase in parking spaces? Not really. All metering systems actually decrease the amount of parking space available. People are competent enough to park without the aid of a meter.
Its stops illegal parking? Is that even a benefit? Illegal parkers will still park illegally. And when they get tire clamped they cannot move their car, thus ensuring the space is utilized longer than necessary and worse; the tow truck comes and blocks traffic for everyone else when towing time comes.
I’m not talking parking anarchy. I’m talking limited government. Of course there can still be some designated parking areas (i.e. handicap), no parking zones, and parking rules. But you don’t need meters to regulate a ‘no parking from 0200-0600’ area.
Imagine the increased efficiency when a limited police force can just focus on those nasty few who do park illegally. And the rest of us can be free of paying taxes so meter maids can ticket the poor schlep who placed his quarters in the meter only to realize the meter’s broke and then get a ticket for his efforts — hey the meter still says 00:00.
Listen, people are smart enough and capable enough to park on street in an orderly fashion. Smaller cars need less space and metering doesn’t allow for this. Metering will not change the behavior of the parking jerk and only punishes the meter-abiding citizen to search for the now less available spaces.
Meanwhile, increased parking challenge means less people may go to the city to shop, visit, or eat. This only hurts local business who now have less potential customers visiting their district.
Remember, we the people paid for our roads to increase access to goods, services, and freedoms. Why is the state acting to limit that access? It is not in our interest, yet we allow them to do it. Why? That ‘why’ is the crux of the matter. We actually think intrusive government is aiding us, making our lives better, providing us happiness. This is the result of pernicious Leftism that has crept into every aspect of society.
The next time government – whether federal, state, or local – offers to swoop in and help you for your own good, scream, ‘DON’T METER ME BRO!’ And if they do, you best vote for someone else next time around. • (1989 views)