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SCI FI TAX to fund NASA
SciFi Channel ^ | Portnoy

Posted on 04/24/2002 1:39:04 PM PDT by Portnoy

Candidate Proposes SF Tax

A Republican candidate for an Alabama congressional seat has proposed a plan to tax science fiction to fund NASA, The Huntsville (Ala.) Times reported. Michael Williams, who is running for the 5th Congressional District seat, proposes a 1 percent "NASA tax" on SF books, comics and any other space-related literature to finance the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the newspaper reported. The tax would also apply to "space, space-related and science fiction toys, puzzles and games," Williams said in a listing of his platform, the newspaper reported.

A Hampton Cove, Ala., resident, Williams, 28, holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a bachelor's degree in business management from Athens State University. He works at Publix Super Market at Hampton Cove, the newspaper reported.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fiction; nasa; science; space; tax; taxreform; taxreformthreads

1 posted on 04/24/2002 1:39:04 PM PDT by Portnoy
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To: Portnoy
He works at Publix Super Market at Hampton Cove, the newspaper reported.

I hope he remembers to double bag.

2 posted on 04/24/2002 1:42:08 PM PDT by aomagrat
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To: Portnoy
Great! The first Sci-Fi item they can tax is Project Blue Book.
3 posted on 04/24/2002 1:42:38 PM PDT by ctonious
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To: Portnoy
Sci Fi tax to support NASA? How about romance novel tax to support our divorce courts? Or maybe mystery novels to subsidize the police?

This is probably the silliest idea I've heard in awhile...... and it's a Republican candidate with this taxing idea!! If he gets elected I'll be REALLY scared.....
4 posted on 04/24/2002 1:44:31 PM PDT by moderation_is_not_a_bad_thing
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To: Portnoy
This guy is a RINO if he believes in target taxation.

Beam this jerks butt up, Scotty!

5 posted on 04/24/2002 1:46:50 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: Portnoy
nasa has too much money.
6 posted on 04/24/2002 1:47:37 PM PDT by Rustynailww
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To: aomagrat
"Williams, clean up on aisle six."

What a tard.

7 posted on 04/24/2002 1:50:40 PM PDT by Hard Case
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To: elbucko
I wonder if this will be retroactive like the proposed slave reparations...

All those XMen comics in my mother's basement......

Maybe if we built a time machine.......

8 posted on 04/24/2002 1:50:59 PM PDT by Portnoy
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To: Portnoy
we should pre-empt them and make a voluntary 1% scifi donation fund for spacey organizations. itd get my support at least.
9 posted on 04/24/2002 1:57:40 PM PDT by zeromus
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To: Portnoy
Going after sci-fi geeks and nerds would be a BAD idea. They are arguably crazier & more rabid than muslims and a thousand times more clever.
10 posted on 04/24/2002 1:58:58 PM PDT by Paul C. Jesup
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To: Portnoy
It would be unconstitutional. Taxation is a form of control. Taxation based on literary content would violate the First Ammendment.
11 posted on 04/24/2002 2:08:21 PM PDT by mlo
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To: Portnoy
I like it! In fact, I propose a 1% tax on pornography to fund Congress.
12 posted on 04/24/2002 2:24:55 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Portnoy
Taxes are usually a bad thing, and NASA could use some 'reforming', but, if this tax were enacted, and poles were taken of all tax victims, you would probably see the most affirmative response for this sci-fi/NASA tax.

My personnal opinion is that taxes should be simple and obvious, and this would not qualify.

13 posted on 04/24/2002 2:28:30 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Portnoy
How about a 1% tax on politicians to combat noise pollution and mental illness.
14 posted on 04/24/2002 2:33:27 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Portnoy
Definately pressing for the MSFC and Boeing vote. :)
16 posted on 04/24/2002 3:03:29 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: Paul Atreides

How about a tax on lawyers to fund prosecution of perjury?

How about a tax on politicians to fund prosecution of kickbacks?

How about a tax on reporters to fund removal of old tired bumbling "journalists"?


17 posted on 04/24/2002 3:07:52 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Diogenesis
How about a tax on reporters to fund removal of old tired bumbling "journalists"?

Good start! That would wipe out the New Dork Whines, The Washington Compost, CNN, and the major nutworks.

18 posted on 04/24/2002 3:11:05 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Portnoy; Darth Sidious
As an avid sci fi fan I think this ahole should be spaced.
19 posted on 04/24/2002 4:27:36 PM PDT by weikel
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To: Portnoy
Actually an interesting idea.

The thing is that the government lumps all their funds together. If they set up an enterprise fund and let NASA subsist off that alone this might work.

20 posted on 04/24/2002 4:30:26 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: Born to Conserve
"Taxes are usually a bad thing, and NASA could use some 'reforming', but, if this tax were enacted, and poles were taken of all tax victims, you would probably see the most affirmative response for this sci-fi/NASA tax."

What have Polish people got to do with it?...Or are you recommending we beat them with 10-foot poles?

--Boris

21 posted on 04/24/2002 5:50:57 PM PDT by boris
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To: aomagrat
What a horrible idea. Pay a tax on books in order to support a bloated, inefficient, obstructive government agency.

Not me.

Tuor

22 posted on 04/24/2002 6:10:52 PM PDT by Tuor
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To: moderation_is_not_a_bad_thing
Taxing John Grisham books to fund the lawcourts?
23 posted on 04/25/2002 5:15:44 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: Oztrich Boy
Tax Tom Clancy novels to fund the military?
24 posted on 04/25/2002 5:18:30 PM PDT by Poohbah
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