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Sunday, November 15, 2009

What's the Property Tax Rate on a Decatur Class Light Cruiser?

Doesn't Kid Various ALREADY pay enough taxes to the United Federation of Planets? I mean, they basically tax all of his salary. Which is really a misnomer since he doesn't really get, well, paid at all. There's more of a 100% tax on his labor - since all of the value created by his labor is confiscated by the Federation to pay for the schooling of poor Denebians or whatever...

We STARFLEET officers are paid with the satisfaction of a job well done!

Although in a non-Gene Roddenberry reality, The Kid imagines that STARFLEET officers would be among the laziest beings one would ever come across in the universe.

[COMMS OFFICER] Captain! We're getting a distress call from the Epsilon 9 listening post! They're under attack by Klingons!

[CAPTAIN] Let them handle it. Not my job...

Well, the Federation definitely does have some real world parallels - that being that an all encompassing government will try anything to get that extra strip of latnium out of you.

Governments are looking at ways to justify taxing virtual items because they now have real-world value, even if they exist only on a server somewhere. With this inevitable tax comes intrusive and overbearing regulation. More bureaucracy and less freedom; that’s always a good thing, right?

Governments such as China, Britain, South Korea, the U.S., and Australia have considered the virtual world as the next step in levying property and income tax. In fact, Britain already imposes a VAT tax on the rent and sale of virtual property for the game Second Life. Not to be outdone, the U.S. Congress recently reconsidered its position on taxation of virtual items and income.
Members of the United Federation of Planets Bureau of Revenue Enhancement
persuade yet another race to generously share the wealth.

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