The Louisiana House has proven that it’s majority is composed of fatheads. I say this because the fifteen cents per month surcharge that they want to apply to Internet access in Louisiana is without doubt, a completely fatheaded idea. I think that what needs to be done is lay in a supply of nuphedra and get the fat burned out of their heads. Maybe then they’ll admit what this really is, just another excuse to tax something and use the money foolishly.
In their efforts to bull this thing through they’re waving that much overused flag of “protecting the children”. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of evil people doing some very evil things to children and they need to be stopped. However I also believe that this “problem” is being blown way out of proportion. Because it’s such an emotional issue it’s a banner that entirely too many have used to distract attention from things that would never have been allowed to pass if they’d been aired as separate issues of their own.
This “save the children” banner is being used to distract us from a lot of things that in the end add up to severing our basic rights like freedom of speech and privacy.
Fortunately it has not yet become law and there’s at least a decent chance that it won’t. WWLTV.com has an AP article that quotes Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans who opposes the surcharge:
While White called it a usage fee, opponents called the charge a tax on Internet access. They also have questioned whether it would violate a federal law that prohibits states from taxing Internet services and would be challenged in court.
“Today it’s Internet access. Tomorrow, what’s it going to be? A subscription to DirecTV?” said Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans.
All I can say is that I hope and pray that saner minds prevail and this tax is defeated. If not on the Louisiana Senate floor, then in the courts when it’s struck down by the courts as violating federal law.
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