From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03094

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Brad Meyers
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I must admit that I am dismayed by your newest 47 page plan for the taxing and/or elimination of Constitutional Free Speech. There is nothing legal about this plan. Just because the current administration does not agree with conservative ideals, there is no Constitutional path to eliminate free speech thereof. The "Drudge Tax" is another appalling thing that I can not even believe that you would propose. When will this administration find that raising taxes in a recession does nothing further than cause more job loss? In addition, making taxpayers pay for the "journalism division" of Americorps is nothing but a waste of tax dollars in an effort to further indoctrinate the media in leftist ideals. There is no need for a journalism bailout as there was no need for any of the prior unsuccessful bailout efforts. Businesses that are failing should be left to fail regardless of their size. Our economy would have already corrected itself if the small successful companies were not forced to subsidize the large territorial companies that were failing. Adding taxes for the "Citizenship Media Fund" against consumer purchases of consumer electronics will stifle the economy even further. Please respect the wishes of the American people and respect the Constitutional Bill of Rights. Leave Speech as a freedom and respect the many men and women that have died for that privilege (whether you agree with their comments or not). In addition, I ask that you stop thinking that taking away more American income through taxes will correct anything in our economy. Further taxes will make our country falter even more at a time when it can least afford to do so. Please eliminate this plan from consideration and respect the ideals of freedom and limited government that our founders envisioned.