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CA Lawmaker to Profit From Porn — Sexy Gets a 25% Tax

Sacramento just got an influx of exotic dancers recently. No, Hugh Hefner didn't move the Playboy Mansion; the girls were there protesting a new tax increase threatening to devastate the adult film and entertainment industries.

A Southern Californian assemblyman has proposed a 25 percent tax of gross revenues on producers and distributors of adult material. This will include tariffs on not only videos, but also strip clubs, magazines, and cable television. The sponsors of the bill believe that the adult industry “deserves it” since they're a prime cause of sexually transmitted diseases and create a species of men who become so addicted to online sex that they lose their jobs and then live off of the state’s programs. At $4 billion of revenue a year, it's not exactly a bunch of singles stuffed into the state's garter. To see who's not into it,

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The bill is drawing a great deal of criticism by a group of strange bedfellows. Exotic dancers, pornographic producers, the state Chamber of Commerce and Republican lawmakers are coming together in defeating what one of the Republican lawmakers has declared “a clear violation of the First Amendment.”

It also raises the question once more of “what is pornography?” What if movies with an NC-17 rating are also taxed because they are deemed pornographic, or comic books with adult content? Do you think pornography (whatever that is?) should be taxed into submission? Is it a perfect way for a state to raise funds?

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raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Lainetm, that is so funny. Yeah, welfare mothers are the problem. Welfare gets about 1% of the entire domestic budget. You want to make a difference, cut corporate welfare and the deficit goes away tomorrow. Or how about reducing the defense budget by 5%? You do that, and you have a national health care program. I love when people blame welfare mothers who get like $300 a week. So funny and misinformed.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
The Legislature needs to re-examine the budget and cut some of their expenses, not just try to balance the budget on the backs of the taxpayers. They keep increasing expenditures, and assume we will all just pay for their pet projects. If anyone resists, they threaten to release prisoners or close parks. It's extortion, really. Eventually all the income-producing people will be driven out of the state and they'll be left with just illegal immigrants and welfare mothers. What then?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Hey the most fertive ground is the human imagination and it's free. I know I'm still riding on my frequent flyer miles.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
What they should do is tax the consumer, not the producers. Isn't that what they do for cigs? Then it won't be an issue of losing economic growth in the state because there will be no additional costs to remain in Cali. People will not stop buying porn because of increased costs. No way.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
and bye :) :wave:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
OH I know exactly what you mean! :irk:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Bye Harts! :wave:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
:wave: bye Kim! Harts, I know how you feel. I had a BBQ this weekend with some Leftys. They did not bother me as much as the people who were voting for a candidate just to vote for that candidate, and then tried have a discussion without knowing any policies. I have no patients for that.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I actually have to go now too. :( bye bye! :wave:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Bye Kim :wave:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Ah! I missed the whole part about what Nica was taling about. :oops: I got Vegas though. I should have put that all together. Sounds great Cine. I would LOVE to go back to school! Actually my husband and I talk about that often. I have major regret issues with not finishing in Denver before I left. Nevermind all that.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I have to go get the day started, take the girls to school etc. Hope everyone has a great day!!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I will be going to Denver this weekend though! I'm going to the Republican convention! In Broomfield, but I'll be staying in Denver, with my sister. Ugh! guys, I love my sister and want to see her and all, but she a hard core lefty! It's going to be weird going there for this and staying with her. :P
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
harts you should take a class at a community college! It is much easier then you think. Or you could get a book. Once you get a handle on Fstops and the relation to shutter speed you are golden!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Cine I agree, wedding photos I would think should be on film. Harts, the Red Rock Canyon that Nica is talking about is in Las Vegas.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Yeah, I think if I had a skill in film I wouldn't want to use anything else. I don't know much about film or photography-I love taking pictures though-but it seems like the whole developing process would be fun, using different grains and stuff. I see Nica went to Red Rocks? In Colorado? When I first moved to Colorado I was living in Denver and Red Rocks was my place of Zen. I loved going there. I have a ton of pictures of my daughter running around there. NOw I'm far far away and hardly go there. :(
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I can't believe how hard it was to find a photographer that would shoot in film for my wedding! It was crazy, and I have to pay a lot extra. He said no one asks for it anymore, which I find strange because for wedding pictures, I would think it would be a priority.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Oh I understand, there is something about film that I love too, it's the romantic in me I'm sure.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Kim, I have a couple of degrees related to film, so I am biased :) I understand the convenience of digital, but I will forever love film.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
despite that unfortunate incident though, we still love digital.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
ugh harts, we have an old hard drive that I refuse to get rid of because it has over 1000 pictures on it that we lost while we were doing a backup. The majority of those pictures are of our youngest child, her "first" everythings. I so want to take it to someone to see if they can retrieve them.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Nica, sounds like you had fun! We hike at Red Rock all the time, it's one of our favorite spots! Which hike did you do? you had some nice cool weather for it too (unusually cool actually). So glad you had fun! Hubby and I went to see Robin Williams in concert on Sunday - had a blast. topic at hand, I don't see the difference either, like Cine, how this is any different than taxing alcohol or cigs.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I am anti digital. Film ALL THE WAY!!! I know so many people who lost all their photos because their computer crashed.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
We got picutres developed of course from back then. So we didn't really lose the picutres just on the computer.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Yes Cine! She's about 4 or 5 here. I don't really have any recent of her on my puter. She used to call it that when she was little and it stuck. :) Anyway, we're going to rememdy that. We had a bunch and then the computer crashed and we lost them all. For a bit. We took the old one to our computer guru and he got all our files out of the hard drive. NOw we have to sort throught that though. :OY:
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