Berkley Councilman Proposes Taxation on Emails To Save Postal Service

What would you expect from a confirmed Leftist in Berkley?

(Huff Post) If the post office is going to go down, perhaps it should at least go down with a fight.

Gordon Wozniak, a city councilman in Berkeley, Calif., has proposed an email tax to provide much-needed revenue to the ailing U.S. Postal Service, local blog Berkleyside reports. The idea comes amid efforts to avoid the sale of a local post office building due to the service’s flagging revenue, both locally and on the national scale: In its latest budget year, the U.S. Postal Service lost more than $15 billion.

“There should be something like a bit tax,” Wozniak said, according to CBS Berkeley. “I mean a bit tax could be a cent per-gigabit and they would still make, probably, billions of dollars a year… And there should be, also, a very tiny tax on email.”

Unsurprisingly, Wozniak has donated to Democrat groups. Not unsurprisingly, the ideas to save the postal service never seem to include things like streamlining operations, reforming the pension system, or anything else that a private sector business would do.

“The internet being free gives it an advantage which is impacting the post office negatively,” he said. “The bit tax is a pretty painless way to help even the playing field.”

I think we should enact a miles per travel tax on automobiles in order to even the playing field with horse travel, which has suffered quite a bit since the invention of the automobile. Because nothing should ever change, and it’s a shame that no one travels across country in horse drawn caravans.

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Comment by john
2013-03-09 09:17:51

a penny an email would help to control spam also, I figure I send out maybe 10 a day.

 
Comment by William Teach
2013-03-09 10:01:48

No matter what insanity a Dem comes up with we can expect you to support it. I bet you have no problem with Obama’s domestic drone position. Now, if Bush had done the same you would have freaked.

 
Comment by Dana
2013-03-10 21:01:33

Our esteemed host snarked:

I think we should enact a miles per travel tax on automobiles in order to even the playing field with horse travel, which has suffered quite a bit since the invention of the automobile. Because nothing should ever change, and it’s a shame that no one travels across country in horse drawn caravans.

Oh, that’s already under consideration, not to save horses and buggies, but because more fuel efficient cars are leading to lower fuel tax revenues.

 
Comment by Dana
2013-03-10 21:03:22

As for the USPS, the only things I ever get are bills and advertisements. I’m sure the electric company would be happy to bill me via e-mail if I set it up that way.

 
Comment by gitarcarver
2013-03-10 23:29:05

“The internet being free gives it an advantage which is impacting the post office negatively,” he said. “The bit tax is a pretty painless way to help even the playing field.”

This quote illustrates how out of touch liberals are. The “internet” isn’t free and neither is access to it.

Furthermore, not only do people pay taxes on the electricity they use for the power for their devices, there are state, federal and often local taxes on communication services.

This proposal is not only about taxes, it is about more taxes on that which most people pay taxes now.

 
Comment by Brian
2013-03-11 09:09:20

Wozniak’s point is a stretch.
Gitarcarver’s point is a lie.

She’ll be back in four hours.
She’s pondering how
to save face
after making a fool
of herself.

 
Comment by Brian
2013-03-11 09:21:19

Liars Gitarcarver and Inamazement have to be the same person. The odds are astronomical that there could be two miscreants here at the same time who are that slippery and slimy.

 

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