Red light cameras are popping up at intersections all over. They’re supposed to improve safety, but:
And when they’re installed, safety might not be priority one anyhow:
And what about phone service over the internet? Is it simply a great new technology that allows for cheaper calls? Utility regulators in Minnesota or California don’t see it that way. They’re fighting a recent FCC decision that bars them from slapping on certain kinds of regulations, and the reason is simple: governments want more money. As more calls travel through the lightly regulated internet, fewer go through the heavily taxed regular telephone network. Dumping regulations on emerging internet technologies could slow future innovation, but politicians aren’t too keen on simply stepping aside. If they aren’t regulating new technology, they’re subsidizing it:
Such moves may seem conflicting and incoherent, but they’re done with the same goals in mind: do more, expand your domain, expand your budget, expand your influence, get re-elected. That’s greed, government sector style.