Thank you, Random Reader!The tax is not because the Post Office is hurting financially. And yes, they are in a bind because the government owes them money, just as it owes a lot of people money.
The tax was suggested since email travels over a national communications infrastructure, that was built using federal subsidies.
We pay taxes on gas to help fund the federally subsidized roads we drive on, why not pay taxes on the emails that we send across federally subsidized wires? Same situation, different media.
And on a sidenote. Yes, the Postal Service shortfalls were caused by a bill enacted by a Republican Congress, signed by a Republican President.
Glad to know there are still some Topix users smart enough to know the real truth behind the US Postal Service shortfalls.
And yes, I also belive there should be a tax on e-mails!