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?