I'M SHOCKED, SHOCKED, THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WOULD PROPOSE NEW TAXES – AT 5:36 P.M. ET: What strikes me is the utter relentlessness of this administration. We are in desperate economic trouble, and still the ideology keeps flowing. From Fox:
The Obama administration has a plan to expand online innovation and boost national public safety. And it wants to do it with more taxes and higher fees.
The massive national broadband plan the Federal Communications Commission released last month proposes creating a national framework for the taxation of digital goods and services and imposing a fee to establish and maintain a national public safety wireless broadband network.
The FCC says the national tax would eliminate the headaches that come with varying state and local taxes on digital goods and services. And the public safety network would help avoid the communication failures among first responders to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
"Americans already suffering from a recession prolonged by Mr. Obama's policies are being asked to concur that raising – yes, raising – taxes on a nationwide basis will somehow 'reduce uncertainty and remove one barrier to online entrepreneurship and investment,'" Timothy Lee, vice president of legal and public affairs for the Center for Individual Freedom, wrote in an opinion article published in the Washington Times.
Lee said the FCC's agenda echoes Ronald Reagan's portrayal of government logic: "If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it."
FCC spokesman Robert Kenny told FoxNews.com that the actual fee would be less than a dollar per month for broadband consumers.
Am I seeing ten dollars a month within five years? Why would I think that? Am I seeing massive government forms? Am I seeing new regulations to make the internet, gosh darn, a better place for we ignorant types who need government help to show us how to be just like Cambridge, Mass.?
Did anyone vote for this?
July 18, 2010