Uh, Read some of my post on the WHY NOTS to owning miners. This is one of them.
When gold and silver really truly break out ALL govt.'s with mines will just nationalize or tax to death the owners.
Buy physical you fools. Quit being so darn stupid....buy a safe and store your own.
They say it is a question of "may have to pay", it is "when will they have to pay". It is what it is. As the global recession and US Depression gets worse, you can expect governments to get a piece of the pie to help support themselves. Obama passed US mining royalties to be paid in his newest budget, but it is not much. Every little bit takes a bite off the bottom line I suppose. If it is industry wide eventually, it won't matter. The same fundamentals will continue to apply. MAKE MONEY and PRODUCE METALS