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Mar 25, 2001, 06:21 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"I have a theory that the free software movement will flourish during the Bush presidency. But before I get to my theory, let me come clean on my politics so you'll get an idea about the lens through which I see our political and financial future."

"I voted for George W. Bush. But I am not a Republican. I am a registered independent who leans toward being libertarian. Like many libertarians, I want the government out of most of what we do. As a result, the federal government would shrink dramatically. This is one of the things the Republicans say they want, which is one reason why I also lean Republican."

"I also believe we should have a flat tax, which has been promoted by some Republicans. A flat tax, along with a dramatically reduced government would translate into a very significant reduction in our federal taxes. A flat tax also appeals to my sense of fairness, as does Bush's across-the-board tax cut. Some of you may resent the fact that with an across-the-board tax cut Bill Gates and his company would pay fewer taxes. Call me a dreamer, but I believe that if Microsoft pays fewer taxes, more money will be available to spend on goods, services, and employees. I may not like Windows, and I may not like the corporate attitude of Microsoft and its leadership, but I'm totally in favor of creating an environment wherein Microsoft can hire more employees and offer them good wages."

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