The Potential Conundrum of Regulating Pay-TV

Written by Terry Mitchell

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Perhapsrepparttar presence or absence of commercials could be used to separaterepparttar 125859 basics fromrepparttar 125860 premiums. Under that system, all channels that are advertiser-supported would be considered basics and those that are not would be considered premiums. However, there are potential problems with this methodology as well. Congress would have to come up with a definition for advertiser-supported. Would it be based onrepparttar 125861 amount of advertising a channel carries? If so, how much advertising would it have to carry to be legally considered advertiser-supported? Or perhaps it would be based onrepparttar 125862 amount of revenue a channel derives from advertising. If so, what would that threshold be? Evenrepparttar 125863 term, "advertising", would have to be legally defined. Would product placement found in movies and TV shows be included inrepparttar 125864 advertising equation? What about promos run for shows on related channels? Would those count as ads? Even when all of that is sorted out, this methodology still leaves us withrepparttar 125865 problem presented by channels like Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel, andrepparttar 125866 Independent Film Channel, which don't carry commercials but are included in many basic packages. Now, assuming that all ofrepparttar 125867 issues surroundingrepparttar 125868 scope ofrepparttar 125869 new regulations could be worked out,repparttar 125870 penalty issues would then have to be resolved. Who would payrepparttar 125871 fines? Channel owners? Cable and satellite operators? Performers? All of them? If internet audio and video are included inrepparttar 125872 scope ofrepparttar 125873 regulations, would internet service providers and/or IPTV operators also have to pay? If cable and satellite operators have to pay, couldn't large fines potentially limit some smaller cable companies' ability to expand and implement new technology like high-definition channels? Then there'srepparttar 125874 issue of license revocation. Cable and satellite channels don't have licenses like broadcast channels. How could a habitual offender's license be revoked if it doesn't have license to begin with? Or would it just be put out of business? But wouldn't that limitrepparttar 125875 channel choices available to cable and satellite customers? Could cable and satellite operators be put out of business? Wouldn't that leave people in some areas with no cable franchise? Wouldn't it squash competition for cable service in areas that currently have it? Wouldrepparttar 125876 FCC actually shut down Directv and/or Dish Network and render thousands of backyard dishes worthless? As you can see, there is a mountain of complicated questions that would have to be answered beforerepparttar 125877 decency regulation of pay-TV could become a reality. Obviously, there would be lots of i's to dot and t's to cross. As this legislation is being considered, lawyers throughoutrepparttar 125878 Capital area are already licking their chops!

Terry Mitchell is a software engineer, freelance writer, and trivia buff from Hopewell, VA. He also serves as a political columnist for American Daily and operates his own website - - on which he posts commentaries on various subjects such as politics, technology, religion, health and well-being, personal finance, and sports. His commentaries offer a unique point of view that is not often found in mainstream media.

A National Sales Tax: The Time is Now

Written by Nader Ghali

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Our politicians and leaders should not underestimaterepparttar great groundswell of support that exists for eliminatingrepparttar 125858 current income tax and replacing it with a National Sales Tax. Nothing taps this nation's populist impulses like opposition torepparttar 125859 tyranny of taxation. Whether it'srepparttar 125860 Boston Tea Party, or grassroots organizations likerepparttar 125861 National Retail Sales Tax Alliance, Americans have always rallied against an unjustly oppressive tax burden. The idea of streamliningrepparttar 125862 current tax system, of course, has always been popular with many citizens. Americans should continue to vote and voice their opinions onrepparttar 125863 matter. It seems that all of our leaders are finally gettingrepparttar 125864 message:repparttar 125865 President,repparttar 125866 Federal Reserve Chairman and elected officials. Inrepparttar 125867 political thriller, "Hulagu's Web: The Presidential Pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge" (,repparttar 125868 charismatic Senator Laforge openly embraces a National Sales Tax as part of her political platform. One of her supporters asks her an important question. "How much will that add to everything we buy?" "It probably will be around 14 to 17 percent," replies Senator Laforge. "At first glance that might sound high to you but remember, no federal tax will be taken out of your pay, so your check will be much higher." "Well, if you win, it will be like a revolution here in America," she is later told. Indeed, it would be like a revolution. Critics point out that eliminatingrepparttar 125869 current income tax system would require repealingrepparttar 125870 16th Amendment. That is an obstacle but its repeal should not be that difficult. Amendments have been repealed before. For example,repparttar 125871 18th amendment was repealed byrepparttar 125872 21st Amendment. The infamous 16th Amendment reads: "The congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment amongrepparttar 125873 several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration." Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, had already proposed such a repeal a few years ago. In short, ifrepparttar 125874 utilitarian taxpayers forrepparttar 125875 elite would just stand up and make their plight known to their representatives,repparttar 125876 politicians would take note and likely acceptrepparttar 125877 will ofrepparttar 125878 people. Clearly, only a popular ground swell ofrepparttar 125879 voting public can change this broken tax system. By putting government representatives on notice that their honeymoon with a National Income Tax is no longer acceptable, we can hopefully unburden ourselves withrepparttar 125880 intrusive, regressive and oppressive Income Tax system of today. "Ifrepparttar 125881 elite and publicity seeking celebrities can muster thousands in favor of Income Tax, then you,repparttar 125882 hard working unrepresented taxpayers must come out in droves to createrepparttar 125883 million man march forrepparttar 125884 repeal ofrepparttar 125885 16th amendment and freedom fromrepparttar 125886 yoke of taxation slavery." "Hulagu's Web Chapter 10" Let these words from Senator LaForge berepparttar 125887 marching orders for every American committed to a fair system of taxation under a National Sales Tax. Frank Chodorov's book, "The Income Tax: Root of All Evil," can be downloaded for free offrepparttar 125888 Internet and should be required reading for all of us.

Bio for Nader Ghali A computer programmer working in the telecommunications industry for the past six years, Nader Ghali lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and spends his free time writing on subjects ranging from computer security to economic and political issues.

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