A Berkeley city councilman has proposed a tiny levy on senders of large batches of unwanted time-wasters.
Wozniak, 59, suggested taxing email during a recent council meeting as the city went on record opposing the sale of the Berkeley main post office and urging the Postal Service to maintain all its services there.
Postal officials have announced plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting in August. Email and online billing have reduced the feasibility of — and need for — six-day snail mail delivery, they say.
An email tax — as part of a broader Internet tax — could raise money to help keep the Postal Service afloat, Wozniak told the counci
Wozniak says he's through pushing it. "I'm not going to do any more than what I've done. It's not something the City of Berkeley can do on its own."
Here's how I'd set it up:
Emailing within a company would be tax-free. I'd allow everyone a certain number of untaxed, private emails a month — 100, maybe 200. After that, each message would cost one cent, up to a certain size. If they ran off the screen, they'd cost extra — just as a bulky letter costs more than a 46-cent stamp.
After 500 emails, the fare would be hiked to 2 cents to discourage the junk-mailers. Copy 500 people on one message, that's 500 emails.
Probably 99% of us wouldn't pay much tax at all.
um... vice tax? excessive emails??
“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -Malcolm X-
Why do we need such a tax? Is the governement's broadband budget stretched too thin?
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. — Calvin Coolidge
"Under Barack Obama, the only 'change' is that 'hope' is hard to find" - Marco Rubio
Most providers that are worth their salt are either going to charge more for excessive email usage (i.e. encourage spam but be compensated for it) or outright block it (because they don't want to be known as spam hosts). These providers already pay taxes, and the people purchasing their services already pay taxes.
This is a little like paying taxes for the roads and then paying additional taxes to roll your window down and talk to the person next to you at a stop light.
Wait, I'm a liberal in the podium - I'm supposed to argue in favor of taxes, or save that anything that the city of Berkeley proposes. I'm all in favor of this!
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. - Mark Twain
So, if I want to send 500 emails reminding members of my political party to vote or 1000 emails to members of my church reminding announcing a fundraiser some local politician can decide I must pay for that speech. I would say that is a 1st Amendment issue.
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