From: Perry E. Metzger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: IRS regulations in business
Date: Sunday, July 20, 1997 1:15 PM
> From: "Abraham Moses Genen" <email@example.com>
> > Unfortunately, such companies would almsot certainly be torn apart by
> > IRS regulations concerning who is and is not considered an employee
> > for tax purposes. Operating as an independant contractor is highly
> > discouraged by the tax laws. Do too much work for one entity, and
> > suddenly both you and they will be in trouble with the IRS.
> > As someone who makes his living doing consulting work, I'm acutely
> > aware of the issues involved...
> I suspect that as business and education environments evolve, laws and
> regulations which effect business and education will also evolve (though
> not at the same speed) to meet the needs of the community.
> That's been my experience. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
I hate to be mean, but...
That is a remarkably naive statement even for the "new" extropians
list, and given postings here about about beef getting caught in your
stomach and planets flipping over because of all the other planets
being in some special position, etc., thats saying quite a bit.
Bureaucrats do not shift their positions to accomodate the needs of
the community. They change things to accomodate THEIR needs, which are
usually diametrically opposed to those of the surrounding
community. Business is becoming more regulated every day, not less,
and I've seen no evidence of business regulation generally evolving to
meet anyone's needs except for the need of government bureaucracies to
grow and increase their own funding.
Your comment betrays a remarkable lack of connection to the real world.
I realize I should probably phrase that more diplomatically, be kindly
and considerate, etc., but I'm just not in the mood.
[Boy, I long for the old days on this list. Right now, it appears that
the tolerance for uncritical thinking is at an all time high. What
happened to the extropians list where anti-statist, hard science
backed discussion was the norm?]
Dear Perry and other fellow Extropians.
With all due respect I must regrettably inform you that your perception of
the interaction between legislation and social change is incorrect.
At least that has been my experience during the last fourty years in
governmental administration, legislative drafting and analysis.