I am at a very exciting time in my life. I’m 23 years old, and just now beginning to really see what adulthood is all about.

I work upwards of 60-65 hours a week, do school and take time every week to write these columns for those of you who are interested in reading them.

This past week, I bought my very first car. It was a monumental experience for me, but one that I also found to be quite funny. Now how am I going to connect this with the current ways of the world or politics in general?

TAXES.

Holy smokes at the taxes … and just the hoops you have to jump through to have your vehicle registered and tagged.

I bought my car in North Carolina, and at first I was kind of nervous about whether or not I would pay taxes in both North Carolina and Virginia or just Virginia and thankfully it was only taxed in Virginia.

So before I can officially receive my tags, I have to pay a tax on my own personal property now … and will have to do so every year for whatever reason.

My next step was to insure my new car … while I would personally choose to insure my car and myself, I cannot fathom how the state can demand this of you.

I get it, but I don’t get it.

Yes, you should be protected, but how can I or anyone else force you to make such a decision. If you don’t want your car to be covered in the event of an accident, I don’t really care, but you should know that any damages caused by you onto another person’s vehicle will be covered by you personally.

Another thing I find to be super obnoxious is vehicle registration.

No, I’m not saying that I don’t believe in an initial registration fee, because I do think that vehicle identification is extremely important. What I am against is the renewal of the registration yearly or every two years, or however each state does it.

If you just paid to register a vehicle, and there has been no notice of any activity that would cause that vehicle to no longer be registered in your name, then why do you have to pay a registration fee again?

Why do I have to pay the state a tax fee for property I own, then have to pay renewal fees constantly, to drive on roads that we pay for through our taxes?

Crazy.

All of this is extortion, and I find it mind boggling how more people do not see it.

The DMV will literally tell you that if you don’t constantly pay their fees, then they are going to take your car away from you or that you could face criminal charges, etc.

What is the difference between a street gang imposing stupid fees for driving down their part of the street and enforcing them by seizing a vehicle driven by someone who chooses not to pay up, and the DMV for doing the exact same thing under the cloak of being a “government agency?”

I don’t buy any of this malarkey. It’s not necessary.

The DMV isn’t a service, it is a business, and it is one that you must do business with if you want to partake in free travel … sounds a bit like a monopoly to me.