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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Elizabeth Harper, Christian Science Monitor: The Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 is set to expire on Nov. 1, which means internet access and usage in the U.S. could soon be taxed for the first time. Combined with efforts to standardize a sales tax on online purchases, these new taxes could mean a big hit on consumers.


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Why do I have a feeling the house will declare that corporations will need tax breaks to off set these costs and said breaks will far out strip the costs?

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-17 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Meanwhile throughout most of Europe and parts of east Asia there's free wifi in all major cities.

God bless corporate America.

And god bless our corporate, bought and paid for, government.

Ronald Reagan's dream is now a proud reality.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-17 05:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Base it on the speed with dial-up being free.

Internet sales tax 3%; 1 to selling state, one to buying state, one to feds who do paperwork.

Balance the budget in no time.

#3 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-05-17 05:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

@ 88120ROB

To hell with that.

Us commoners are stretched thin as it is.

Tax those who's children are at risk of catching Affluenza before it kills more.


#4 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-17 06:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yep keep voteing in democrats and this is what you get.

#5 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-05-17 07:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

I pay tax on food, what can be more unfair to poor folks ? If they cut all sales taxes on food, I think a tax on the internet is fine, libraries should be exempt since that is where the working poor log-on

Sammy in Arizona and Rhode Island

#6 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-17 08:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

I pay tax on food, what can be more unfair to poor folks ?

The evil state of Texas doesn't charge tax on food. Pssst: don't tell the proggies. They love hating the state.

#7 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-17 08:05 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

...what can be more unfair to poor folks ?

Keeping them trapped in a life of poverty by subsidizing the able bodied and thereby encouraging them to continue their generations long dependence on the government for the sole purpose of keeping their vote

I think that's a lot more unfair

#8 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-17 08:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I pay tax on food"

wiki quote: "Many states tax food for consumption on premises but not food sold for off premises consumption."

In other words Mcdonald's food will result in a tax and a can of Bush's beans won't.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-17 08:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is the time to write your senator and congressmen...

#10 | Posted by PhilipNoir at 2014-05-17 08:39 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Keeping them trapped in a life of poverty by subsidizing the able bodied and thereby encouraging them to continue their generations long dependence on the government"

That was one of the gorgeous things about the CCC and WPA.

Men (American men maybe more than others) don't do well when they're able bodied and unemployed.

Some turn to booze, and others to drugs, if not suicide.

It doesn't have to be a great job it just has to be one that keeps a man and his dependents little more than warm, indoors, feed, and clothed

The man in charge of the WPA observed "

"Give a man [welfare]...and you save his body and destroy his spirit. Give him a job and you save both body and spirit".

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-17 08:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

#2 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK AT 2014-05-17 05:34 PM | FLAG: Please explain as I would love to hear your convoluted {il}logic.

#12 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-05-17 08:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

What was it Reagan wisely observed?
He said government has a view: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, tax it more. If it stops moving, subsidize it.

#13 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-18 01:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Punchy there is no way a libertarian would support this level of collusion between the government and corporations. Personally as someone who leans libertarian I would say corporations should have no ability to finance or influence the political process.

#20 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 20"

TaoWarrior When I said Neo-Liberals and Libertarians want to end Net Neutrality I was not pulling it out of my ass, in fact if you gave it a second of thought one it was the government who was enforcing Net Neutrality originally but has now given it away to the corporation.
and 2 What the hell do you think Libertarians want? one of the big things they want is to keep the Government hands free from regulating corporations Jesus Christ man a [...] Marsupial CAN FIGURE THIS OUT!
but let see what a Libertarian candidate for president have to say on the subject

"The libertarian super-duo, Congressman Ron Paul and his son, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, launched an "Internet Freedom" campaign this week that has come out swinging against net neutrality, branding it as a clever attempt at more government intervention. "The Technology Revolution" manifesto decries any attempt to regulate private Internet service provider"
"The manifesto says that supporters of net neutrality, a law requiring all Internet providers to give equal bandwidth to all web sites, "are masters at hijacking the language of freedom and liberty to disingenuously push for more centralized control." Though net neutrality is designed to protect nascent businesses' internet speeds from being throttled, The Pauls argue that such government regulation is contrary to the vision of the Founding Fathers."

#14 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-05-18 02:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

woops wrong thread

#15 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-05-18 02:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah.. that's exactly what we need now... more taxes..

#16 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-05-18 05:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

For the first time? If you pay for internet service, say in a hotel, you pay taxes on that charge.

#17 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-19 10:37 AM | Reply | Flag:


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