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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcockburn View Post
    What if all email users were required to register their SSNs, EINs and/or bank account numbers so that they could be charged even a one-cent fee per email sent, for government revenue?

    Aside from the ease of hiding IP addresses/using "underground" email services mutually (although this wouldn't be feasible for B2B emails) and difficulty of enforcement, as well as "roundabouts" (instant messaging, social network wall postings, private messages via forums, forums created for the sole purpose of such, etc), do you think it'd be a good idea?

    With the huge volume of emails being sent and received everyday, would it be an easy, profitable source of "tax" revenue?

    Would that provide currently-free email providers the incentive to tack on their own charges and finally get a primary income stream that way ("hey, they already have to cough up the dough and info for the gov anyway, so why not tack on another one-cent fee, for OUR profit!')

    Would that hugely "ungreen" business operations, as well as reduce efficiency - less able to clarify things precisely via short back-and-forth emails, people turning to phone calls (clogging up the system), more use of paper, etc.

    Or would that help us get out of the debt hole?

    Let's just ignore the issue of the difficulty of enforcement - just assume it could be 100% enforced, would you support such a law?
    absolutely not. even if it generated $5,000,000 a day, the government would just squander it. we need to cut taxes to 1/5th, cut spending to 1/10th and privatize the hell out of 80% of government operated departements
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfboy View Post
    absolutely not. even if it generated $5,000,000 a day, the government would just squander it. we need to cut taxes to 1/5th, cut spending to 1/10th and privatize the hell out of 80% of government operated departements
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage Idealist View Post
    Doubt it. Cutting spending, taxing the super rich, and having competent people in charge of managing the economy would be better suited for that.
    It's impossible to tax the super rich. Attempting to do so will mostly hurt the super poor.

    In any case, we don't need more taxes. There are too many taxes already; not just too much taxation, but too many individual taxes. It invites corruption into the political process to differentially tax so many activities.
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    The economy cannot be managed, nor should it be. People are not smart enough for it . They try, and fail consistantly....end up allocating capital to areas where it's not needed. Bubbles, oh so wonderful bubbles.
    'Let's tax the super rich!' - how?
    The tax burden and regulation burden are so large along with monitairy policy, that it squeezes out the low and middle class hope to get ahead.
    The low and middle class hardly has the resources to lobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tantive View Post
    The economy cannot be managed, nor should it be. People are not smart enough for it
    Credit Rating firms disagree.

    Also, it was manageable to some degree. We would of been over with less debt than before but we had/have
    1: A long ass war in the Middle East. Drying up the system.
    2: A meltdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tantive View Post
    The low and middle class hardly has the resources to lobby.
    Unless you live in a state like Wisconsin (or any other state trying to completely annihilate union rights,) you still have union rights.

    But that is assuming if the politician haven't already created a train wreck with his constituents and blame what has been in place for so many years.

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    Who the frell still listens to moody's? Certainly not anyone with a brain.
    Expansion of unions and the clash with corporations also has to do with failure of monetairy policy.

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    There are a whole lot of currently untapped taxation.

    I want to bind the ability to use the internet to money as little as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    There are a whole lot of currently untapped taxation.

    I want to bind the ability to use the internet to money as little as possible.
    So when taxation affects you, you're anti. But when it only affects others, your socialisitic nature peeks back out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tantive View Post
    Who the frell still listens to moody's? Certainly not anyone with a brain.
    Yeah lol. Credit rating agencies have lost all their credibility since 2008.
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    This type of thing is not technologically feasible. It is trivial for anyone to set up a mail server, and just as trivial to host a server in another country. It could only happen if the internet was turned into a locked down pale imitation of itself.

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