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Re: [News] US Senator Wants to Tax FLOSS

  • Subject: Re: [News] US Senator Wants to Tax FLOSS
  • From: High Plains Thumper <hpt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 20:40:30 +0900
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Sinister Midget wrote:

> On 2006-08-10, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> posted
> something concerning:
>> Senator calls for tax on Open Source software.
>>  ,----[ Quote ]
>> | US senator Robert Cash wants to attack the problem of declining
>> | revenues due to a form of tax evasion based on the use of 'Free
>> | Software' by instituting an Equivalence Tax - taxing free software
>> | at the same levels as its more expensive proprietary cousins.
>> `----
>>   http://www.danaquarium.com/article.php?story=20050809092207718
> This guy's not a US senator as the article claims:
> http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
> Maybe becasue the article is from a year ago. No, that wouldn't be
> right either. There was no election a year ago that would have had him
> defeated. And if he'd been removed by death or scandal, that would have
> made /some/ news, shirley.
> If you put "senator robert cash" into google, you /do/ come up with a
> lot of hits concerning a crooked, retard ex-Senator (by defeat) from
> New Jersey, though. But that's not the same guy either. He was defeated
> at least 2 years ago, and probably more like 4 or 6.

I found this at:


or http://tinyurl.com/m9dyg

INSIDE THE CAPITOL, Thursday, August 03, 2006

> In all, 54 third-party candidates will appear on election ballots
> across the state, according to a list supplied by the Pennsylvania
> Department of State. The bulk of them will be running for offices such
> as state representative, state senator and U.S. representative.
> The following third-party candidates are running for state Senate in
> the 34th District, which includes Perry County: Libertarian Thomas Martin
> and Vote for Cash Party's Robert Cash. In Cumberland County, Green Party
> candidates Christopher Irvin will seek the 88th state House seat and
> Katrina Heycock, the 199th state House seat.    

It looks like Robert Cash is running for Pennsylvania State Senator.  IMHO,
this type tax is flawed in its concept.  It places value on utility versus
consumer purchase cost and redefines legitimate, legally created software
as a pirate industry.  Hopefully, Mr. Cash goes the way of Mr. Lieberman.


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