Did you guys hear about this?? The city of Philadelphia is requiring bloggers to pay a business license fee, even if the bloggers do not make a profit. Unbelievable!
According to the news story, the city government is charging bloggers a $300 licensing fee, on top of a bunch of other fees: a business privilege license, a pay wage tax, a business privilege tax, and a net profits tax.
This is insane. Really. I’m flabbergasted. The justification behind this is because cities are “cash strapped.” Huh? Just because politicians spend more of OUR money than they take in does not give them license to slam us with fees. ??? I’d like to see some politicians get some fees. How about a fee to practice politics, huh? That’s a business, a pretty big business. How about a Lie Tax? If a politician had to pay a dollar every time he told a lie, the deficit would disappear in a matter of days!
What do you think? Do you think a city government is justified in charging bloggers fees? And how about blog anonymity? Some bloggers use their real identity, while others use pen names or a different identity. How could a city determine who is who?
It’s getting crazy out there, folks….