Web Porn Tax Declared Unconstitutional On Arrival

from the as-expected... dept

As was widely expected a bunch of Senators have released a bill that tries to set up a 25% tax on online porn. Of course, by telling us all the details over the past few weeks, they've made it easy to point out immediately that the bill is almost certainly unconstitutional. Still, that assumes it gets anywhere, which it might not. Either way, though, it seems like a waste of time disguised as a grandstanding effort to appear more moral in a world where politicians seem to be trying to shove each other aside to prove who's more moral.

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  1. identicon
    nonuser, Aug 1st, 2005 @ 7:01pm

    If you vote against this bill...

    then you ain't running for President.

    This is another one like the flag-burning amendment. Everyone's for it and thankfully, it somehow never makes it out of committee.

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    jdw242, Aug 2nd, 2005 @ 9:03am


    committees are the problem.
    these days it seems that no politician can put aside their own interests to uphold the interests of those that elected them.

    If they are doing so please let me know because it doesn't look that way.

    Kentucky's hiring practices are a very good example of personal interest at work...

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    Mark Erickson, Aug 2nd, 2005 @ 12:48pm

    Porn Tax

    The attempt to tax porn is not an issue of morality as Mike implies. It's an issue of protection of our children from sexual predators and trying to put an end to something to spawns child pornagrphers and sexual deviants. The proliferation of registered sex offenders is a good indicator of something gone wrong in our society. Almost all sex offenders point to the availability of porn as their main enabler. Mike is right when he says it is a thinly disguised attempt. But it's not an attempt to impose morality, it's an attempte to protect our children. Hopefully they will find a way to make viewing porn so financially or socially painful that it will cause people to turn away from it. Unfortunately I don't know if there's anything that can done to effectively combat porn. We do indeed live in a society that has some very sick elements.

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    pixelpusher220, Aug 2nd, 2005 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Porn Tax

    Mark Erickson's post should be titled "Thinly veiled defense of thinly veiled morality push"
    Sheesh, 'Hopefully they will find a way to make viewing porn so financialy painful that people will turn away', how is that *not* legislating morality?
    "It's about protecting our children", um how about the absent parents actually get involved in their kids lives
    Assuming they have HBO or Adult channels, do they let kids watch whatever channel they want? I doubt it...web surfing should be no different.

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    cyke, Aug 2nd, 2005 @ 2:47pm

    Re: Porn Tax

    "...protection of our children from sexual predators"
    How can removing porn possibly do this?
    Unless: "Almost all sex offenders point to the availability of porn as their main enabler."
    Can you show me where you got this interesting bit of data? I question the validity of that statement. As far as the issue of morality goes, I am in the boat that the parents are responsible for that.

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    Yeah, Right, Aug 2nd, 2005 @ 5:55pm

    Re: Porn Tax

    What a load of bull.

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