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Old 07-02-2007, 08:01 AM   #1
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Default Motorcyclists to Pay New Spinal Cord Injury Tax

Motorcycle fans oppose fee
"As part of the Indiana state budget signed by the governor, motorcyclists will have to pay an additional $10 registration fee which will go toward a state fund for brain and spinal cord injuries research." Read More

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Old 07-02-2007, 08:24 AM   #2
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In my SCI rehab "group" last month, there were about 11 other guys there, all with paralysis due to spinal cord injury.

4 were street bike accidents,(5 if you include me), two were off-road injuries involving supercross type racing, with the rest being work related injuries (falling off roofs, scaffolds, etc).

None were auto accidents. If that is any indication of how many prople get paralyzed on bikes vs. cars, the results are pretty clear.

Over in the brain injury ward, 50% of the people were teenagers who got into car/bike wrecks. One kid got nailed by a car, and then run over while on his SV650. He was a mess.

Although some might scream "SOCIALISM!" this is a good new law. Ask anyone with a spinal cord injury.
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Old 07-02-2007, 08:34 AM   #3
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In my SCI rehab "group" last month, there were about 11 other guys there, all with paralysis due to spinal cord injury.

4 were street bike accidents,(5 if you include me), two were off-road injuries involving supercross type racing, with the rest being work related injuries (falling off roofs, scaffolds, etc).

None were auto accidents. If that is any indication of how many prople get paralyzed on bikes vs. cars, the results are pretty clear.

Over in the brain injury ward, 50% of the people were teenagers who got into car/bike wrecks. One kid got nailed by a car, and then run over while on his SV650. He was a mess.

Although some might scream "SOCIALISM!" this is a good new law. Ask anyone with a spinal cord injury.
Maybe they should make the cagers pay it since they seem to be the biggest part of the problem. And, how soon does the state start diverting this money for other "needs" and starts dropping an IOU into the fun?
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Old 07-02-2007, 08:43 AM   #4
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Yep, I'd say that's a good idea too, since they run into bikes and cause the injury most of the time. This is the "new" way to create funds for traumatic injuries, since our private trauma wards are failing, due to a high infulx of people who don't pay the bills after services are rendered (read that non-us citizens). In my city alone, private trauma wards are closing down one after the other, the only ones left are the County facilities funded by the state.

The US is taking a page out of Canada's book in this thinking, putting the monatary onus on the user of the machine/drug/device that might lead to injury, that requires long recovery and/or medical services.
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Old 07-02-2007, 08:45 AM   #5
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At last, a genuine admission of the meaning of tax laws:

Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Goods & Services Tax Act 1999, s. 165-55.

"For the purposes of making a declaration under this Subdivision, the Commissioner may:

(a) treat a particular event that actually happened as not having happened; and

(b) treat a particular event that did not actually happen as having happened and, if appropriate, treat the event as:

(i) having happened at a particular time; and

(ii) having involved particular action by a particular entity; and

(c) treat a particular event that actually happened as:

(i) having happened at a time different from the time it actually happened; or

(ii) having involved particular action by a particular entity (whether or not the event actually involved any action by that entity)."

Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Goods & Services Tax Act 1999, s. 165-55. We may be behind the Aussies, but we're catching up!
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:18 AM   #6
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Great find!

That is so kafkaesque. The tax people are allowed to invent things that didn't happen!
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:19 AM   #7
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Great find!

That is so kafkaesque. The tax people are allowed to invent things that didn't happen!
What's so new and different about that?

(admit it - you were settin'-up for this reply, weren't you?)
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:31 AM   #8
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Heh heh heh!
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"That is so kafkaesque. The tax people are allowed to invent things that didn't happen!"

Or deny things that did.

..like the ahole who hit me, in the police report he said: "I was honking the horn, but he wouldn't get out of my way".

When I asked the police dept if that wasn't an admission of criminal behaviour on the SUV drivers part, the detective said "No, it was most likely a language barrier, as the guy is a hard working immigrant."

Go figure. He got a $350.00 ticket, and I got screwed for life.
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