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I take offense at the disrespectful tone and political propaganda
contained in this post. I was under the assumption that this listserve
is not an outlet for such content, but I guess that anything goes for
some members of the listserve.

I am also not comfortable posting legitimate field observations on a
listserve that approves of such nonsense. Until I learn otherwise, I
will submit my field observations via seasonal reports.
Doug Willis
Farmington, MO
St. Francois County
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----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 7:33 AM
Subject: Unfair birding tax


> I hesitate to post what may seem to be a political announcement on this
list, but this one, which appeared on BIRDCHAT today, is of such importance
to every birder that I am sure it will not cause lasting difficulty for the
list owner:
>
> This time George W. has really outdone himself!!!
>
> It is no secret that not everything is going according to plan in Iraq,
> and the worldwide public outrage has effectively put an end to the Bush
> administration's plans to pay for the "liberation" of Iraq with sales of
> Iraqi oil. It was to be dubbed the "oil for freedom" program, and would
> have skimmed 17% off the top of all sales of Iraqi oil for as long as it
> would take to reimburse the US for the war effort.
>
> As it became increasingly clear in the past few days that such a
> proposal would never pass a UN vote, National Security Advisor
> Condoleeza Rice came up with an alternate plan. Apparently she had just
> read an article in the Rush Limbaugh newsletter stating that birding is
> the most popular outdoor activity in the United States, and has
> suggested a national birding tax.
>
> Make no mistake, this is not some vague idea, it has already been put
> into the form of a bill that is going to be introduced into the United
> States Congress by Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch.
>
> The way the bill is written, it will be a progressive tax on birders'
> life lists. The first 133 birds on every individual life list (how did
> they come up with this figure?) will be untaxed, the next 133 will be
> taxed at $.25 per bird and from then on the tax increases dramatically.
> The first 10 birds after 266 cost $1 each, the next 10 cost $2, the next
> 10 cost $3 and so on until you reach 500. After 500 EVERY bird is taxed
> at a whopping $100!
>
> And that is not all! The Bush administration has already sent out a memo
> to every ornithologist employed by the government, be it on the
> national, state or even county level, threatening them with immediate
> and summary dismissal if they don't support a wholesale,
> across-the-board splitting of bird species. The goal is to bring the
> total of ABA area species to at least 3500 within 18 months. That means
> that even beginners who have a modest life list might pass 700 species
> before they know it.
>
> The most outrageous part of this bill is that contains a self-enabling
> loophole that will allow it to take effect retroactively. With newly
> developed, post 9-11 technology, the FBI can scan every citizen's
> computer hard drive for bird names, be they in a list or even sent
> emails. There is no hope of fraudulently shortening one's life list.
>
> So far, California Democrat Barbara Boxer is the only Senator who has
> gone on record opposing this outrageous legislation. You must contact
> your elected representative immediately!!! The bill is S 0401.
>
> The Bush administration is counting on the war in Iraq and the onset of
> spring migration to keep birders from noticing what is being done to
> them. Please forward this post to any birding listserv that you
> subscribe to, this issue is too important to ignore.
>
>
> Bob Fisher
> Independence, Missouri
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