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October 11, 2001

Resolve Microsoft's anti-trust case and help terrorist victims too

As a little change of pace from our previous war on terrorism coverage, we thought we would relay our thoughts on how Microsoft and the US government can not only reach a mutually agreeable settlement, but also aide the victims of the Sept. 11 attack.

Why not impose a hefty tax-deductible fine for Microsoft's violation of anti-trust laws and use it to assist Sept. 11 victims' families and/or Afghan refugees.

Now you might be wondering why the US Government and Microsoft should agree to such a deal.

  1. Microsoft will gain a tax benefit / write-off for the amount of the fine, thus making it more beneficial to them,
  2. It would be an excellent goodwill gesture on the part of both Microsoft and the Justice Dept. because there will be cooperation between them and do some good too,
  3. It would benefit those most affected by the tragic events of Sept. 11, such as victims and relatives, rescue workers, and displaced Afghan refugees,
  4. It would still send a clear message to Microsoft that they did violate anti-trust laws and punish them where it counts most "in the pocketbook," and lastly,
  5. The government would still be free to impose any other restrictions necessary concerning Microsoft's business practices.

Thus, everybody wins! and the money will do a world of good!


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