Spam spam spam (part 2)

My favorite hometown senator, Chuck Schumer, today announced a bill legislating a “do not spam” list. While it has some hallmarks of typical top-heavy federal legislation (he wants $75 million, you and I could do it for less than a million), it’s a good step in the right direction. However, without a mechanical way to enforce people from sending anonymous mail, it’s not going to matter at all. That’s why I believe that charging a tiny fee to send mail is the best way to ensure that people are who they say they are.