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Re: e-mail tax

Whenever I read something like this I get a sneaky feeling that it ain't what
it's made out to be.  A 20-40 dollar surcharge on something that only costs most
of us $20 a month?  A 5 cent surcharge that would cost me $5.00 a day and bring
down the wrath of everyone on the internet on the post office and any one who
voted for such a ridiculous proposal.   And nobody is even talking about it in
an election year?

Come on now.  I'll have to see something better than an unsigned call to arms
before I take the old squirrel gun off the wall.  Oh wait, I lost my head, I
don't have a squirrel gun.


Beth Arnold wrote:

> I received this from a friend and thought that it might be of interest to
> read and quit possibly act upon!!  If this were something that I was doing
> as a US citizen, I am sure it would be illegal.  I am wondering if the US
> Government and Postal Service has heard of "RIGHT SIZING"??     Robin
> <- Original Text ->
> < VOTE NO ON Bill 602P!!!!
> > >
> > >I guess the warnings were true. Federal Bill 602P 5-cents per
> > >E-mail Sent.
> > >
> > >It figures! No more free E-mail! We knew this was coming!! Bill
> > >602P will permit the Federal Government to charge a 5-cent charge
> > >on every delivered E-mail.
> > >
> > >Please read the following carefully if you intend to stay online,
> > >and continue using E-mail. The last few months have revealed an
> > >alarming trend in the Government of the United States attempting
> > >to quietly push through legislation that will affect our use of
> > >the Internet.
> > >
> > >Under proposed legislation, the US Postal Service will be
> > >attempting to bill E-mail users out of "alternative postage
> > >fees". Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to charge
> > >a 5-cent surcharge on every E-Mail delivered, by billing Internet
> > >Service Providers at source. The consumer would then be billed
> > >in turn by the ISP.
> > >
> > >Washington DC lawyer Richard Stepp is working without pay to
> > >prevent this legislation from becoming law. The US Postal
> > >Service is claiming lost revenue, due to the proliferation
> > >of E-mail, is costing nearly $230,000,000 in revenue per year.
> > >You may have noticed their recent ad campaign: "There is nothing
> > >like a letter."
> > >
> > >Since the average person received about 10 pieces of E-mail per
> > >day in 1998, the cost of the typical individual would be an
> > >additional 50 cents a day - or over $180 per year - above and
> > >beyond their regular Internet costs.
> > >
> > >Note that this would be money paid directly to the US Postal
> > >Service for a service they do not even provide. The whole point
> > >of the Internet is democracy and noninterference. You are already
> > >paying an exorbitant price for snail mail because of bureaucratic
> > >efficiency. It currently takes up to 6 days for a letter to be
> > >delivered from coast to coast.
> > >
> > >If the US Postal Service is allowed to tinker with E-mail, it will
> > >mark the end of the free" Internet in the United States. Our
> > >congressional representative, Tony Schnell (R) has even suggested a > > >
> >"$20-$40 per month surcharge on all Internet service" above and > > > >
> >beyond the governments proposed E-mail charges
> > >
> > >Note that most of the major newspapers have ignored the
> > >story -the only exception being the Washingtonian - which called
> > >the idea of E-mail surcharge "a useful concept who's time has come"
> > >March 6th, 1999 Editorial).
> > >
> > >Do not sit by and watch your freedom erode away! Send this to
> > >E-mail to EVERYONE on your list, and tell all your friends and
> > >relatives write their congressional representative and say "NO"
> > >to Bill 602P. It will only take a few moments of your time and
> > >could very well be instrumental in killing a bill we do not want.
> > >
> > >Please forward!
> Beth Arnold
> Peoria Illinois
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