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Wozniak’s email tax: Good sense or nonsense?
| March 7, 2013 9:14 am
| Emile Raguso
Posted on 03/08/2013 10:30:34 AM PST by Olog-hai
Earlier this week, readers reacted with skepticism after Berkeley City Councilman Gordon Wozniak suggested that taxing email might be one way to raise money for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service.
But theres a history to this idea, however outlandish as it might sound to some.
The United Nations Development Program examined such a tax in its 1999 Human Development Report, Globalization With a Human Face, as a way to fund the global communications revolution. UNDP calculated that in 1996, such a tax would have raised $70 billion globally.
The New York Times took a brief look at the concept in 2009. Summing up an opinion piece by lawyer Edward Gottesman in the British magazine Prospect (behind a paywall), The Times said Gottesman thought such a tax could be used to finance the expansion of bandwidth that the Web desperately needs. He had suggested charging a few cents per e-mail to cut down on the estimated 90 percent of it that is unwanted spam.
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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: berkeley; emailtax; gordonwozniak; usps
posted on 03/08/2013 10:30:34 AM PST
This would be roundly defeated by technology workarounds including VPN, other current messaging technologies and as-yet-uninvented ones.
posted on 03/08/2013 10:34:03 AM PST
The postal service is supposed to be a SERVICE, not another perpetual Goobermint cancer that must be supported for eternity.
posted on 03/08/2013 10:36:08 AM PST
by American in Israel
(A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
Chickenshit is what it is. Not even worthy of being called bullshit.
posted on 03/08/2013 10:36:46 AM PST
(Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
How about speech tax?
Hail Obama = free.
Less Abortion = $50
G*d d*mn Obama = $10.000
And so on.
posted on 03/08/2013 10:36:55 AM PST
Or better yet tax all internet users including smart phones with data packages and website servers by the byte that they transmit out of their computers onto the internet,
This guy is a thinker for sure. Does he know that the internet is world wide?
I was peed when they told free (non-profit) online radio station that they must run ads or charge user fees to pay music royalties to the song owners.
I am sure that this idea will go places...
posted on 03/08/2013 10:42:46 AM PST
(O's sequester Apocalypse tour just proved why we need the 2nd amendment more than ever NOW!)
Just for giggles, I'd like to see how they plan on reliably assessing and collecting this tax.
The underpants gnome episode on South Park comes to my mind...
1) make a law
3) Tax revenue!
posted on 03/08/2013 10:43:35 AM PST
(Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
...as a way to fund government control of the global communications revolution.
posted on 03/08/2013 10:43:44 AM PST
by Louis Foxwell
(Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
What America REALLY needs is a politician tax. Tax the **** out of EVERY ONE OF THEM!
posted on 03/08/2013 10:44:37 AM PST
(Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
I guess it takes a California Liberal to take an urban legend that’s been floating around in cyberspace for nearly two decades and try to turn it into a law.
IF they were smart they would sell digital certs for an entirely new email service that is designed to ensure privacy and be spam-free.
They they would be delivering some real value for the money they received.
posted on 03/08/2013 10:50:43 AM PST
by The Duke
(We don't rent pigs, but apparently we *do* ELECT them.)
Seems way back we could have created an automobile tax to help support the languishing horse and buggy makers...
posted on 03/08/2013 11:03:45 AM PST
(Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
Every time Obama says “I” in a speech, everyone who makes over $1,000,000 a year throws 5 bucks into the pot.
posted on 03/08/2013 11:30:51 AM PST
(Got a problem? Nothing a drone strike can't fix.)
Berkeley City Councilman Gordon Wozniak suggested that taxing email might be one way to raise money for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service.
Like taxing car sales in order to keep the horse stables operating.
posted on 03/08/2013 11:34:57 AM PST
(Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
The Beatles song Taxman comes to mind.
Will we ever be rid of these blood-sucking parasites?
posted on 03/08/2013 11:35:23 AM PST
(Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
The second most famous internet hoax...and they want to do it for real. Geesh.
posted on 03/08/2013 11:36:42 AM PST
by Cyber Liberty
(I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
I remember when the US Postal Service asserted that if you wanted to stay on the right side of the law you should affix a canceled first-class stamp to anything you wanted to fax.
posted on 03/08/2013 11:54:04 AM PST
by Steely Tom
(If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
Just tax talking and be done with it.
posted on 03/08/2013 12:42:03 PM PST
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To: The Duke
I have had this same thought
posted on 03/08/2013 12:47:36 PM PST
There is no way short of insanely draconian surveillance measures to implement an email tax. Anyone can operate their own email server.
posted on 03/08/2013 12:58:25 PM PST
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