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SETTING A TRAP FOR SUNUNU
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has signed off on a legislative plan that he thinks will both lead to his party winning an additional seat in the Senate, and new tax revenue for his party to spend in the coming years.

With the clock literally ticking on the Internet Tax Moratorium's expiration, Republicans, led by Sens. John McCain, John Sununu, and Mitch McConnell, have been pressing for permanent extension of the moratorium that would bar states and localities from taxing peoples' use of the Internet.

"It would essentially make the Internet a toll road, with taxpayers paying as much five to six dollars extra a month on their bills just for the use of the Internet," says a GOP Senate leadership aide.

Last week Sununu had pulled together enough votes -- including two Democrats -- to push a permanent extension of the moratorium to a vote by the full Senate. But Senate Commerce Committee chairman, Sen. Daniel Inouye pulled consideration of the bill Sununu and others wanted amended.

Inouye has been supportive of a temporary extension, telling some advisers that he'd go as long as six years.

But many Republicans want the permanent extension, and Sununu is willing to fight, which is why Reid's eyes perhaps got a bit brighter earlier this week. "Reid thinks there is enough friction on this issue that there will be no consensus on the moratorium, it will expire, and Sununu can take the fall for no extension. He wants Sununu down and out going into 2008," says a Democrat leadership aide. "We're looking at building a filibuster proof majority of 60 for 2008. That's the goal and Sununu has to go."

dingy reid exhibits why democarts bleep
 

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Betcha won't see that in the mainstream media. The GenPop gets wind of that and they'll tar and feather Reid on his way outta the Senate..... What are they going to try and tax next? Really? is there anything left that they haven't?
 

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I find it interesting that they can tax something for which they have done nothing to help develop (guess that is the definition of govt taxes).
Over the past, what, 10 years it has been the private section who has investing millions of $$$ in equipment to make the Internet as accessable as possible for everyone-what did the gov't provide to assist in their effort? Nothin'
Now, the gov't wants to tax its use just because they see something (the Internet) that they haven't taxed but think they can tax?
Every internet user needs to write to his/her representative in Congress & Senate.
NOW!
 

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just another campaign issue

So here we go again with the fear of getting taxed on your Internet services. Another election cycle issue comes to light. Both parties standing ready to defend some obscure rational for the issue. Meanwhile it riles voters into another BS issue to vote for party X over party Y.


It gets back to the same old election issues with voter scare tactics. So now we have people who want you to waste time and effort by writing to your congressional delegation. Meanwhile you can not get people to write a congressional delegation about their position on the Iraq war. Then your politician can waste their staff time writing back to you on an issue of little significance. Soon to be followed by endless hours of congressional hearings. And we wonder why the Washington crew can get nothing done.


I don't want to pay another tax. But I'd rather lobby for some changes to the tax code that might reduce my taxes by enough to buy something more than a couple of beers a year.


I always find these tax issue interesting. In almost an instant one political view identifies this as the other parties way to tax you unfairly. Then if the tax happens to pass those opposing politicians seem to be able to spend the revenue as easily as those who promoted it. Lets see some real political action by the opposition. Say they refuse to allow any of the new revenue to be used in their state. Now that would certainly be taking a position. A position that none of our politicains have the tenacity to take.
 

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bleepin jesus christ

DJW said:
"...Some senators have also argued the tax ban hurts states' ability to raise revenue...."
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,137843-pg,1/article.html

Guess that says it all Knuckle.
You know DJW, these municipalities and state governments only know how

too piss our money down the toilet!!!

they don't need to raise taxes anymore. the public has to learn how to stop

politicians wasting "our" money and control spending!!


maybe,someday

Senator John Sununu, New Hampshire Republican, blasted the committee for stalling the tax ban.

"The Democratic Leadership in the Senate appears uninterested in protecting Internet users from higher taxes," he said in a prepared statement. "We introduced a bill to permanently ban Internet access taxes back in January. I just don't understand the continued delay in action. The clock continues to tick, placing Internet tax freedom in real jeopardy."
 
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