Shortly after Jeff Bezos — the world’s richest man — completed his first spaceflight, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Oreg.) announced he’s working on a plan for a new tax targeting space tourism.  The Securing Protections Against Carbon Emissions (SPACE) Tax Act would create new excise taxes on commercial space flights with human passengers for non-research purposes. 

Masters of the Universe!

Slipping surly bonds of Earth

Seeking to escape the curse

Of taxes based on your net worth.


Space is just a cavity

For billionaires to fill,

Suspend the law of gravity

Or bend it to their will.


And because it’s hollow

Different rules apply

The IRS can’t follow

You into the sky.


Since the time that man first knew

The night sky’s strange seductions

The dream lives on inside of you,

Of infinite deductions.


And in the rocket’s bright red glare

Your glory is reflected

Hate or love a billionaire,

He doesn’t get elected.


The rockets of Apollo

Opened up the door

To space. And as you follow

Just keep out the poor.