"But Chirac isn't some lone gunman advocating a global tax. There is a growing chorus of supporters in favor of assessing an international levy that would be used for humanitarian purposes. Critics may laugh it off now, but the idea isn't going away soon. "
And how might this tax be levied? Digging deeper into the proposal one finds, besides the airline ticket and air/sea fuel taxes, a proposal to tax e-mails:
“UNDP estimated that globally in 1996, such a tax would have yielded $70 billion. . . the idea continues to stir interest and on February 12, 2002, EU finance ministers approved sales taxes on internet transactions. New technology and changing politics may bring this proposal (email taxes) swiftly forward.”And it gets even better. These socialist bureaucrats want to create a global lottery as well:
"In the case of the global lottery, the prize structure can be constructed in a way that helps differentiate it from the national lotteries and to avoid the negative effects of potentially very large prizes."
Here's one way to avoid those negative effects. They should raffle off the opportunity to, as Monty Python so aptly quipped, fart in Chirac's general direction.