Congressman John Campbell's weekly message from inside the Beltway
[John Campbell] 3/22/06
Bill: During my first week in Congress back in December, I authored
an amendment to HR 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism,
and Illegal Immigration Act. The Senate is now considering
this bill. The amendment removed federal funds from cities
that have policies prohibiting their law enforcement officials
from passing information on illegal immigrants to the Department
of Homeland Security.
But I have
now introduced my first bill in Congress. HR 4862 removes the
sunset from and makes permanent the Internet Tax Freedom Act
originally passed by Congress in 1998. This may be a new bill
for me, but it is not a new issue for me. I was author or co-author
of two similar bills during my time in the state legislature.
The first one was successful in extending a sunset but the
second one failed passage and therefore California's version
of the Internet Tax Freedom Act has now expired. It is amazing
that the state most closely associated with the growth of the
Internet would vote to enable taxes on it. But that is a subject
for another day.
John Campbell (R-Irvine) is a Member of Congress representing
48th Congressional district [Orange County, California].
He can be reached through his Congressional website. [go
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has been the source of tremendous growth for the economy, commerce
and communications. Much of the past and future growth of the
Internet is dependent on the unfettered access to it that we
now enjoy. We do not need this access restricted by government
efforts to tax it. The Internet Tax Freedom Act bans taxes
at the federal, state and local level on Internet access or
use. Imagine how Internet use would be affected if you had
to pay a tax for every minute you spent reading this e-mail
(although it would certainly be worth it solely for this astute
communication). It also bans discriminatory Internet taxes
such as some proposals to tack a special sales tax on purchases
made only on the Internet.
But the Act
is set to expire next year. My bill would eliminate that expiration
and make the ban permanent. We already have 45 cosponsors of
the legislation including 2 Democrats. If you want to be involved
in passing this legislation, please reply in the box at left.
Moveon.org: This is the liberal grassroots organization that coordinates
much activity for Democrats. I had not encountered
them much in the Legislature
as they don't do that much at the state level. But now, my office receives
calls, letters and e-mails from members of this group every day. These communications
are.......well.....pretty far out there. Here are a few examples sent to
me in the past few weeks commenting on my views relative to
the war on terror:
are a) simpering lap dog for that moron who stole two elections,
G. W. Bush, the draft dodging, reality-challenged nitwit currently
squatting in the White House"
reading your opinions, there is not conclusion other than you
are a facscist!" (grammar and spelling errors copied from
the original text)
crap! You will do anything to support a total incompetent moron
who happens to be our President. Your is the kind of reply
I expect from one of many morally bankrupt minions. I will
be fighting to bring this a--clown down you and yours in history
where you belong..."
The words "fascist" (however
misspelled), "moron" and "a--", are repeated
in a sizable percentage of the e-mails. These words must be
in moveon.org's "vocabulary to instruct and influence" manual.
we know that the level of discourse from these people is equivalent
to their ideological perspicacity. CRO