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Should the government tax your email? One California official thinks so
fox news ^ | march 27, 2023 | Barnini Chakraborty

Posted on 03/27/2013 9:33:32 AM PDT by lowbridge

A California official is bringing new life to the argument that the Internet --including emails -- is an untapped revenue resource that should be taxed to help local economies.

Berkeley City Councilman Gordon Wozniak brought up taxing emails during a recent council meeting. He suggested the money collected, which would be part of a wider-reaching Internet tax, could be used in Berkeley's case to save the local post office.

"There should be something like a bit tax," he said during the March 5 meeting. "I mean, a bit tax could be a cent per gigabit and they would make, probably, billions of dollars a year."

Plus,he said, there should be a "very tiny tax on email."

This idea goes beyond already-controversial proposals to tax e-commerce -- like buying used books on Amazon. This would be a tax on data.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; email; tax; taxes
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1 posted on 03/27/2013 9:33:32 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

I think the RIAA should charge you for singing songs in the shower. Unless they are your own originals, of course.


2 posted on 03/27/2013 9:34:51 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: lowbridge

Dems never met a tax they didn’t like.


3 posted on 03/27/2013 9:35:03 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: lowbridge

I’m sure all the businesses in the country would be looking forward to this.


4 posted on 03/27/2013 9:37:00 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: lowbridge

Just imagine, if we could tax liberal ignorance we would balance the budget in less than a year.


5 posted on 03/27/2013 9:39:14 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: lowbridge

“Berkeley” that explains it all ...


6 posted on 03/27/2013 9:39:39 AM PDT by clamper1797 (De-throne King Obozo)
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To: stuartcr

Remember - we don’t have a spending problem.


7 posted on 03/27/2013 9:40:25 AM PDT by Bloodclot
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To: lowbridge
Berkeley City Councilman Gordon Wozniak...

Steve Wozniak. Gordon Wozniak. One helped usher in the personal computer age. The other intends to destroy it.

8 posted on 03/27/2013 9:40:29 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: lowbridge

By whose metrics will this be counted? Will it be for bits received, bits sent, or both? What about unwanted email like spam? What about senders outside of California? What about email users with California-based email servers who don’t live in California?

This is the most inane, ridiculous plan I’ve ever read. I’m really stretching by calling it a plan to begin with.


9 posted on 03/27/2013 9:40:52 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: lowbridge
"I see you have some money there. Give it to me."
10 posted on 03/27/2013 9:42:34 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: lowbridge

Of course, the tax excludes the politicians who support it!!

God help us that one of them doesn’t decide to tax farting . . . . . . . . . . . !!


11 posted on 03/27/2013 9:44:06 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: rarestia

“By whose metrics will this be counted? Will it be for bits received, bits sent, or both? What about unwanted email like spam? What about senders outside of California? What about email users with California-based email servers who don’t live in California?”

It is up the taxpayer to prove that he does not owe the tax.


12 posted on 03/27/2013 9:44:53 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: mardi59

Balance nothing, we’d be we’ll on our way to wiping out the debt too!!!


13 posted on 03/27/2013 9:47:05 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: lowbridge

they’ll want to tax the air I breathe next simply because at one time or another the wind blew it over Cailfornia.


14 posted on 03/27/2013 9:47:14 AM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: Flick Lives
Huh. This time we've got Wozniak trying to be in control, and Jobs disappearing. I don't think it's a good idea.
15 posted on 03/27/2013 9:50:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: lowbridge

Gordon should be taken out back behind the building and summarily shot forthwith.


16 posted on 03/27/2013 9:52:38 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: lowbridge

Where do these f*****g politicians get their brain farts from?


17 posted on 03/27/2013 9:53:19 AM PDT by brooklyn dave (1st commandment THOU SHALT NOT BELIEVE THY GOVERNMENT)
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To: usconservative

LOL

We could solve the debt on Obamas ignorance alone.


18 posted on 03/27/2013 9:53:49 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Gaffer
Gordon should be taken out back behind the building and summarily shot forthwith.

Along with a number of others.

19 posted on 03/27/2013 9:56:27 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: lowbridge

California is being driven right down to Hell (most of the damage coming from the insane politicians and their super-high taxes and restrictive regulations driving up the cost of living, or just rudimentary survival... and driving business and investment ... and thus jobs ... OUT as fast as they possibly can leave).

And the roads have potholes big enough to swallow your average Prius, or 3 stupid little “SmartCars.”
And most of the schools suck, too.

A real shame. California was once-upon-a-time a good place to live.


20 posted on 03/27/2013 9:57:34 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: from occupied ga

I think at this point, if I saw that new Movie, Olympus Down, I’d be rooting for the North Koreans....


21 posted on 03/27/2013 9:57:45 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: lowbridge

does this include text messaging? young people would not allow a tax


22 posted on 03/27/2013 10:01:45 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: ncpatriot

There should be a tax every time they write “OMG” or “LOL”..That would pay off the national debt and leave a surplus in a day.


23 posted on 03/27/2013 10:04:45 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

[[”I see you have some money there. Give it to me.”]]

That’s precisely what it has coem down to- and why? Because peopel KEEP GIVING IT to them without standign up agaisnt such blatant highway robbery (Yes, I do too- I’m no different) Things WILL NOT CHANGE i nthis country UNLESS someoen rises up- organizes a resistance effort, and gets enough peopel behind hte cause to make it a pwoerful enough force to make a difference- waitign on lawsuits by lawyers is no logner an option- thel eft has declared war on the citizens of htis coutnry- and they are NO LONGER even sly about it- hell- bloomberg just came out and declared the govenrment ‘has the right to violate our rights’ and ghe was serious too- he truly thinks he has the right to do whatever the hell he wants because he has the poice and military behind him if needed- he feels he can ‘legally’ violate any right he wishes via edict and ‘emergency action’ because he ‘has the law behind him on his side’


24 posted on 03/27/2013 10:07:39 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: lowbridge

If this idiotic idea goes through, the government would be ale to monitor all email traffic.


25 posted on 03/27/2013 10:08:23 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: lowbridge
It is fortunate that air over Kalifornia territory is still free then.

Next they will charge Arizona for 'used air'.

26 posted on 03/27/2013 10:13:01 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: stuartcr

I pay service providers and they in turn pay taxes on their profits. Unless, of course, they are one of Obama’s cronies.


27 posted on 03/27/2013 10:15:08 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: lowbridge
Stamp Act II. Now with twice the tyranny.


28 posted on 03/27/2013 10:16:28 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: faithhopecharity

I lived in CA for years until last year. Whenever I traveled to other States, I was amazed at not having to dodge potholes on the highway.


29 posted on 03/27/2013 10:17:32 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: CottShop

That’s what the CA taxpayers did with prop 13, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Associaton. Of course now the Dems have the majority vote needed to budget and tax as they wish, and they are already salvaing at changing prop 13 for businesses.


30 posted on 03/27/2013 10:24:05 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: lowbridge

I already pay local and state sales tax on my phone bill. That is, in a way, paying local taxes on my telecommunications service, including internet access and email.


31 posted on 03/27/2013 10:24:24 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: lowbridge

Taxing e-mail to save the pony express is no different than passing a tax on combustion to save the buggy whip industry.


32 posted on 03/27/2013 10:27:01 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: lowbridge

How dip-feces stupid can they get in Bezerkley?


33 posted on 03/27/2013 10:27:41 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Next they will charge Arizona for 'used air'.

Arizona would tell Kalifornistan to go pound sand

34 posted on 03/27/2013 10:28:16 AM PDT by clamper1797 (De-throne King Obozo)
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To: cuban leaf
I think the RIAA should charge you for singing songs in the shower. Unless they are your own originals, of course.

I think the RIAA would like to charge you even if you did own it.

35 posted on 03/27/2013 10:28:42 AM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I see you have some money there. Give it to me.

To the degree we reward predators, we encourage them to enlarge both the scope and severity of their predations; to the degree we punish predators, we discourage them.

How hard was that to figure out?

36 posted on 03/27/2013 10:38:54 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Zeneta

I think the RIAA would like to charge you even if you did own it.


I knew of a bar owner that would have live acts but he only allowed “original” bands. The RIAA still threatened to sue him if he didn’t pay their pound of flesh because one of the bands “might” try to sneak in a cover or two.

The bar refused to pay and no longer has ANY live music.


37 posted on 03/27/2013 10:42:28 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: lowbridge

“Gigabit”. One-eighth of a gigabyte.


38 posted on 03/27/2013 10:42:47 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Standing Wolf
They can punish us, but we can't punish them.

It's the law.

39 posted on 03/27/2013 10:46:37 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: rarestia; lowbridge
What about unwanted email like spam?

What about all of those emails that your Trojan infected computer sends out with out your knowledge.

40 posted on 03/27/2013 10:51:26 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: lowbridge

Yes, Yes, but only in California. Then we simply bombard the libtards with bogus email—bankrupt em.


41 posted on 03/27/2013 11:03:54 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: lowbridge
And if I try to evade the tax buy buying or renting DVDs instead of streaming them will I be arrested?
42 posted on 03/27/2013 11:04:17 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: lowbridge
Your money is his money. He doesn't want you to forget that fact, so he dreams up the most outrageous and infuriating ruse he can under which under which to take it. It's totally fine with him if that ticks you off, because the absolute worst thing that could happen from his point of view would be for you to forget who's boss, who holds the leash, and who has it around his neck.
43 posted on 03/27/2013 11:25:46 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: SeminoleCounty
How dip-feces stupid can they get in Bezerkley?

Obviously there isn't any limit.

44 posted on 03/27/2013 11:44:43 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: lowbridge

Very tiny now, higher later. They always do it that way.

There is a big expense involved in setting up the payment system. And the expense is covered by the service providers.

We need politicians to shut their traps, not propose dumb things.


45 posted on 03/27/2013 12:42:23 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: lowbridge

Councilmember Gordon Wozniak Berkeley City Council District 8

46 posted on 03/27/2013 2:06:54 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
They can punish us, but we can't punish them.

It's the law.

That's often the case, E. Pluribus Unum, though that's part of the reason I never leave the house without a gun.

47 posted on 03/27/2013 2:55:47 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: rarestia

What about spoofed addresses?

I’m not sure...maybe it’s still possible to trace the data packets.


48 posted on 03/28/2013 2:37:43 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Pontiac

Answer: Linux


49 posted on 03/28/2013 6:37:05 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: clamper1797

“Arizona would tell Kalifornistan to go pound sand”

Not for much longer. The idiots here rule more and more.


50 posted on 03/28/2013 6:39:49 AM PDT by Luke21
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