This warning from an April 27, 2010 article in the Journal Times, “two electronic sensors mounted near the truck’s compactor door can determine each residence’s participation in the city’s recycling program…”
There should be concern of the future consequences of such technology when combined with a big government such as we have here in Racine.
But there is more. Much more.
The organization that operates the recycling program, the Department of Public Works, and the man who heads up that organization, Richard Jones, are the exact same people that head up the UNIT inspection team that violates the individual constitutional rights to due process of law and appeal of the residents of this very city more than 5,000 times a year.
There is no love lost between this city bureaucracy and the rights of man.
It doesn‘t end there. When Richard Jones marches his imposing body to the lectern at the side of the City Council, it is not to find out what the Alderman of this city want him to do. The aldermen are searching for his advice and consent of what he wants them to do.
As we climb to the top of this pyramid of power expecting to find somebody, a Mayor perhaps, who can hold this onslaught of our rights in check, we find instead another bureaucrat.
Rounding out this Perfect Storm of Big Government Intrusion into our Lives we have a City Administrator, Tom Friedel. A bureaucrat, minding the bureaucracy!
Where is the Mayor? Scouring the countryside looking for more funds and grants with which to feed this growth of bureaucratic activity that engulfs our lives with (failed) promises of a utopian existence for us all.
Every sitting alderman on the City Council of Racine—and the Mayor—have taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States. But during the entire growth of UNIT and the Recycling Program, which has been going on for years, I have not heard one word on that City Council floor in the defense of constitutional rights.
Except for the two new aldermen (Marcus and Wiser), all aldermen have occupied those seats long enough to have had the opportunity to speak out in this regard, but have failed utterly and should be removed.
The real purpose of this chip is being revealed across this country and in Europe. It is not to return lost carts to their intended destination as promoted here in Racine. The purpose of the chip is to monitor participation, as is finally being confessed by several governments.
The next step, as is being done in some jurisdictions, is to combine the chip with a measuring device that weighs each container as it is loaded onto the truck and people who don’t participate—or even under-participate—are fined accordingly.
We the people of Racine need to get rid of this chip and the people propagating it or suffer the consequences of our acquiescence.
2 years ago