The Democrats gamble with the Senate in LD02
Conservatives this week are debating the meaning of life. . . or rather, whether or not there is such a thing as a conservative “life style”. It all started when sometime candidate for Congress Dave Larsen said that there was. Then CNJ’s Molly Leibowitz said that there wasn’t, which led a Larsen campaign consultant to pick a fight with another of Larsen’s consultants, while disagreeing with Molly.
Our view is closer to that of the late Michael Oakeshott, who rated the subtle complexities and open-endedness of informal tradition over the illusive simplicity of abstract and rigid ideology. For Oakeshott, the conservative practiced a politics of repair and reform - as opposed to one of destruction and creation. He distrusted ideologues and wrote that their politics “consists of bringing the social, political, legal, and institutional inheritance of his society before the tribunal of his intellect.”
Whatever your view is on what makes a conservative, we can all agree that the following Senate bill marks its sponsor out as something very much opposed to American conservative tradition. The bill, S-2531, establishes a mileage-based fee on passenger vehicles, while exempting passenger vehicles from motor fuels tax. It was dropped this week.
Now this is Big Brother. Think of it! A system that monitors every moment you spend in your car and charges you for it - by the mile.
The bill has been proposed by Senator Jim Whelan of the Second Legislative District, which covers the following portions of Atlantic County: Absecon, Atlantic City, Brigantine, Buena, Buena Vista, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Folsom, Hamilton (Atlantic), Linwood, Longport, Margate City, Mullica, Northfield, Pleasantville, Somers Point, and Ventnor City.
Senator Whelan shares his seat with two Republican Assemblymen. Senator Whelan is the former Mayor of Atlantic City. He was elected to the Assembly in 2005 and the Senate in 2007. Senator Whelan is a school teacher.
We will keep you informed when we get more details of this legislation. This could be the breakthrough many have been looking for in South Jersey.