Rhode Island Wants to Tax Pornography

The government hasn’t yet figured out how to tax having sex. But Rhode Island at least wants to tax pornography.

Yes I’m serious.

It starts with censorship: two Rhode Island state senators just introduced legislation that would require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block all “sexual content and patently offensive material.”

We have no idea, of course, what is considered “offensive”. But in an age of cry-bullies where even the word “man” offends delicate university students, we can only imagine this covers a lot of ground.

Rhode Islanders could then unblock this ‘offensive’ content with a written request, presentation of government-issued ID which proves they’re over the age of 18, and then making a one-time payment of $20.

Internet Service Providers must collect the money and send it to the Rhode Island Treasury every quarter.

Enforcing this law rests solely on the shoulders of the ISPs. If they fail to respond to reports of unblocked pornography or sexual content, they will be fined $500 for each instance.

We can only begin to image what other genius ideas these politicians will come up with next.

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