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Dems Tack On Online Sales Tax To Defense Bill

From the Daily Caller:

Online sales tax to be added to defense authorization bill

By Betsy Fores | December 4, 2012

This may be the last Christmas of online shopping without paying sales tax. A proposed online sales tax has been offered as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, much to the ire of opponents.

The Computer and Communications Industry Association, a group that opposes this move, says that an online sales tax will burden small businesses, “some of the most promising candidates for future economic growth.” …

Who cares about small businesses? They comprise half of the millionaires and billionaires who make over $200,000 a year. They should be punished.

The Marketplace Fairness Act, and its House counterpart the Marketplace Equity Act, seek to clarify, and arguably overturn, a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that requires retailers to have a physical presence in a state in order to collect sales tax on goods.

“Severing the relationship between taxation and physical presence would be a fundamental transformation in how we consider taxes,” Black continued. “Such a significant step deserves more extensive consideration than attachment to the unrelated Defense Authorization bill.”

In other words, the Democrats are trying to rollback a Supreme Court ruling with an attachment to an unrelated bill. Imagine if someone tried to roll back Obama-Care or Roe V. Wade with an attachment to a food stamp bill?

Still, a recent poll indicates that the majority of Americans support the idea, describing an online sales tax as “common sense”. They also feel that a tax for online purchases would encourage people to buy local and keep tax dollars in their community…

Sure they do. Everybody wants to have to pay more for things. It’s human nature. Besides, who can doubt a poll?

“Local retailers invest in their communities and play a significant role in the overall quality of life in the places we call home,” said Betsy Laird, senior vice president of global public policy for the International Council of Shopping Centers…

And, oddly enough it was a poll by these same people. So you know it wasn’t biased.

Some Republicans are on board, with Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi as “the most overlooked tax loophole.”

So now every time a dollar isn’t collected by the government in taxes it’s because of a "loophole." Heck, even Supreme Court decisions are now "loopholes."

“We are optimistic that once the Marketplace Fairness Act is brought for a vote, it will have enough support to pass,” said Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin’s spokeswoman, Christina Mulka.

Both Sens. Durbin and Enzi have offered the bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

“Sen. Durbin is focused on working with his colleagues to try to get a vote on the bill before the end of this year, whether as a stand-alone bill or part of a larger piece of legislation,” Mulka said. “They are keeping all options on the table at this point.”

The Democrats are like rust. They never stop.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Dems Tack On Online Sales Tax To Defense Bill”

  1. GetBackJack

    Win/Win Democrats

    Win if it passes

    Win if it doesn’t because that will mean more emergency spending

  2. How many horrible add-ons have we endured? Unpopular ideas that can’t stand alone, are added to necessary spending putting Republicans in the SAME OLD CONUNDRUM, “90% of the bill is good and necessary, so I will endure the 10% of tyranny, and hopefully the public won’t notice.”

    Pathetic.


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