Today I visited the Seattle Times‘ website out of morbid curiosity and about blew a gasket when I came across a blog post titled “Bicycle Master Plan: Why not license bikes? We already license boats.”
Yes, because if there is one more thing we need the government involved in, it’s riding bicycles. Not content with inflicting the misery and agony of licensing on motorists, they now want to spread that anguish over to people who ride bikes, many of whom I assume started riding to avoid all the hassle that driving a vehicle entails.
This is the state we have reached today in America, particularly in the area I live in. It has reached the point where you can do very little without receiving the government’s permission first. And anything left that they don’t control they make proposals to control. Or worse, we have people from the bottom up demanding it.
I have long desired to own and ride a motorcycle. But a combination of perpetually awful weather in the region, in addition to further licensing and endorsements required, it’s too much to make it worth my while. Now they want to do the same to my bike.
You might be thinking right now I should laugh and not take this proposal seriously. I would reply that Seattle is entertaining a $15 minimum wage, which is guaranteed to cause unemployment and is opposed by anyone who runs a small business in the city. Is it really be much of a stretch for this council of clowns to require license tabs for all bikes and training for something that you used to learn how to do in your front yard or backyard on training wheels with your dad standing behind you?
For some people, there is always one more thing for the government to tax, to regulate, to license, to control. Just one more thing.