"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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