Sunday, April 13, 2008

No More Free Blogging?

Could be, if State Assemblydude Charles Calderon has his way. As the Pacific Research Institute informs us, Calderon wants to start taxing internet services. He's doing it by trying to change the legal definition of taxable items in California.

This could very well end up requiring blog providers, like Google, to charge bloggers for use of their services. I would think this will be up to the Governator to stop since, with the Democrats holding a solid majority in the state legislature, I can't imagine this bill not passing, especially since it will only require a simple majority.

Might be a good idea to send some faxes and phone calls to our state reps on this one.
Another tax increase proposal to keep an eye on: A tax that will add nearly $2.00 to a six pack of beer, State Assembycritter, Jim Beall, feels beer isn't already taxed enough in this state.

Some of you have noticed beer prices have already been going up. I believe that's because of corn based ethanol raising the price of hops (and nearly everything else). Of course, no word from any elected officials or candidates on doing anything about this ethanol mess.

Nope. Just add another tax to everything.


At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beer tax of $2? Reminds me of the moron move afoot in Arcata by Harmony Groves and the rest of the sellouts to raise their sales tax by 3/4 of a point. These so-called liberals love passing regressive taxes to screw the working man. Good thing Eureka voters will see the living wage, there's one way Eureka will show Arcata what being progressive really means.

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taxing the Internet:

Less access for the less affluent. Fewer voices heard. Not a good idea.

Taxing beer:

Fewer intoxicated people driving around.

People will be less obese.

Families will be negelected less.

Can't find a reason why this isn't a good idea.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

And here we have one of our resident Authoritarians. Thank you.

They've been adding taxes to alcohol for umpteen years, Andy. This is just more of the same.

And I suppose you care about the downtrodden?

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Joel Mielke said...

Steelehead has gone up $2 per case in recent weeks. Sniff.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger kaivalya said...

Mr Calderon is certifiable in my book. I took a look at his record, and it seems that he's a real tax-happy sort.

Now what I need to know is, is wine going to get hit by this possible beer tax increase?

Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the problem with Democrats, they actually care if the books are balanced. Whereas Republicans just spend, spend, spend, then let the Dems worry about the budget later. It is a very tired situation.

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

No they don't, on the state level. Where have you been?

On the National level, the Republicans have proven themselves just as spendthrift as the Democrats.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Ernie Branscomb said...

They can tax my beer when they pry my cold dead.... Wait, wrong analogy.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taxing alcohol is a great idea . Alcohol , unlike marijuana has mucho caleries leads to death and murder on our highways , child abuse , obesity , aggression , medical problems and a host of other bad things . Marijuana does none of these things . Go figure .

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good saying my friend . Notice the violent drunk telling us...." when they pry from my dead "........Alcohol is deadly leading to millions of arrests and lots of violence . Just the other day i saw a drunk old woman fighting with police at 804 B Street in , Eureka drunk as a skunk resisting arrest .How many people resist arrest when intoxicated and how many after smoking Pot ?!! Tax the car out of America's most destructive drug.....alcohol !!!

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tax the car or are you just being polite instead of saying CRAP ?

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody resists arrest when arrested for smoking marijuana because the cops do not arrest people for smoking marijuana. Hell, man! Hundreds of dope-smoking law-breakers lit up in front of close to a dozen police officers on Sunday in Arcata's Redwood Park, and APD reported "no incidents." See? They look the other way!

We pretend to pay them, and they pretend to enforce the law.


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