While pretending to redistribute wealth for the benefit of the needy, the Government's intent is to redistribute wealth and power from the public to itself. On occasion, it throws a few scraps to keep people on its side, much like the mob might make a generous donation to a hospital for good PR.
Car registration is a case in point. When people fall on hard times and loose their homes, their car is sometimes their last possession. At least it offers some shelter and a means for transport.
But it also gives the police something they can take away from you at the slightest 'infraction' such as out of date tags, busted tail light, etc.
And so what might have been a chance to get back on your feet is lost.
P.S. Nevada, while having no income tax, has a very high car registration as a hidden tax.
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt
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