Wow. New Mexico Dem who wants to be governor wanted some jaw-dropping measures imposed to make it harder for people in his state to own and drive cars.
“Continue monitoring filling station construction to prevent unnecessary stations; inventory stations within the city and set an absolute limit on filling station construction,” Webber wrote in a 1971 memo.
Webber wrote the memo while living in Portland, Oregon in the 1970s and working as a staffer to a city commissioner. The six-page document — which was posted earlier this year on the website BikePortland.org — suggested that the city take extraordinary steps to discourage people from using cars.
He called for “increases in gas tax and vehicle license fees” to stop people from wanting to drive. He also said the city should essentially institute another tax on people who commute to work in cars.
“Institute higher fees for people entering parking lots between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m.,” Webber wrote, “thus specifically discouraging commuters while encouraging midday shopping, in effect levying a commuter parking tax.”
New Mexico is a largely rural state with many ranches and open spaces, where outdoor activities are a way of life. These ideas just won’t fly there. New Mexicans need their cars and trucks. But progressive Democrat Alan Webber wanted to bend and twist the system to make it much harder to obtain a drivers license — a form of ID without which it’s now nearly impossible to board an aircraft, cash a check, enter government buildings, purchase many items including firearms, and many other ordinary acts of daily life. What he wanted, then, was to put people in a box and keep them there, to satisfy his own extreme wants. That’s not even soft tyranny, it’s just straight up tyranny.
Does Democrat Alan Webber still support such extreme ideas?