Skip to comments.Bill Would Tax Internet Pornography
Posted on 07/22/2005 5:44:35 PM PDT by SmithL
WASHINGTON -- A Democratic lawmaker is planning to propose a new 25 percent federal tax on Internet pornography and new requirements for adult Web sites to help prevent children from looking at them.
The bill, expected to be introduced next week by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., would impose the excise tax on transactions with for-profit adult Web sites, which typically sell monthly subscriptions to Internet users to look at pornographic photographs or videos.
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Like on other vice-type products, the tax will hardly decrease sales at all. My guess is that if the porn tax was high enough to relieve the national debt, there'd still be scads of it. But it would be a Faustian bargain.
Won't those sites just move off-shore?
I guess this is the next best thing to the Dems pushing the legalization of prostitution.
I seem to recall that the porn industry supported the dims almost exclusively. Suckers!
Ah, but you see.....The U.N. has already made moves to secure control of the internet......
Then --- with Clintoon as U.N. Sec. General, they could pass taxes and pass gas to fund all the lovely U.N. goals and crooks....
It's for the children!
This sounds red-state soccer mom focus group tested to me...
The question is whether Hillary will jump on this bandwagon, or figure out that Bill will be spending most of her salary on this new tax.
Eureka! This will solve the problem!!!!!
As a citizen of one of the UNs permanent security council members, Bill Clinton is not eligible to serve as Secretary General of the UN.
Congratulations! You just solved the Democrats' plan! To raise taxes high enough that ALL business moves overseas, thus making the U.S. nothing more than a ghetto has-been nation on par with Mexico.
Step up and claim your prize. You'll have to ride with Senator Kennedy to go get it...
But what about freedom of choice?
I thought Democrats were pro-choice. Don't I have a choice to look at porno?
Aren't they interfering with that right as surely as a poll tax interferes with the right to vote?
I don't do drugs so I can't understand how TAXING porn will keep kids from looking at it. DOH!
"t would compel sites to use specialized software to verify a customer's age, subject to enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission."
Stealth way to get the internet under FTC control. Start requiring intrusive software and there's no end of what government will be able to do.
You've got to be kidding. Instead of focusing on the fact that we can't attract good industries here in eastern Arkansas and the fact that the region is economically stagnant, ol' Blanche is worried about taxing internet porn.
How's Blanche Baby gonna force a porn site in Muldova to collect/pay the porn tax?
This is the same problem faced by those seeking to reduce/eliminate spam. 99% of the spammers are located overseas also. So how are you gonna shut down a spam site in Tibet?
And to make it even more interesting, the owners and operators of these sites don't have to reside overseas. They could be living right next door to you.
The Internet is both wonderful and horrible at the same time.
Same thing goes for anti-spam legislation, they get their meat hooks in.
To collect such a tax would require Internet totalitarianism and overcoming the Bill of Rights. A lot of attorneys would get rich and probably not a dime of tax revenue would be realized.
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