Friday, March 16, 2012

Bribing them with their own money.

New law aims to force states to restrict freedom to travel:
The proposal does not require these changes. Rather, it uses a carrot-and-stick approach by offering grants to states that comply early on and withholding highway funding to states that hold out. 

"This legislation will give young drivers better education and more experience before they get out on the roads, keeping us all safer and saving lives," Gillibrand said in a written statement. 

The proposal could run into objections from states' rights advocates, as well as lawmakers in rural states where the teenage driving laws tend to be less stringent.
I really like this part of the story:
Allstate, though, released a statement praising the bill and claiming it would save lives. 

"Car crashes are the leading cause of death for young drivers, and we have a real opportunity to enact legislation that can help make our roads safer," the national insurer said in the statement. "This is a bipartisan issue that affects American families across the country."
This is nothing more than the insurance industry trying to protect it's bottom line.  I generally don't have a problem with that unless you are using the power of the legislature to do it.

Of course, for the Democrat controlled Senate this is also a win.  It will make it harder for teenagers to work, making them more of economic burden are their parents, and thus making their parents more economically dependent on government largess.  Or it will make teens more likely to use largely inefficient and expensive public transport which requires huge tax burdens on the general population.  Oh, and lets not leave out the part that those states most likely to be hit hardest by this law also happen to be largely Republican. 

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