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Leave the internet alone


POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 5:19pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 1:08pm

I read this in C-Net today and shook my head.

The Senate is expected to vote as early as today, on the long-debated issue of an internet sales tax.

The bill, being considered in Washington, now would require online outlets with sales of at least $1 million to collect sales tax in all states, even those in which they don't have a store, warehouse or other physical operations.

Today, those taxes don't have to be collected by e-retailers in states they don't set (flesh or robot) foot in.

This is insane.

It's the typical Washington D.C. answer to a problem.

Instead of loosening the tax table on brick and mortar, let's go screw up something which is working just fine, shopping
on the internet.

You'll hear some say this only applies to folks with business worth more than a million dollars.

But, there are plenty of mom and pop outfits that are in that category and after all their overhead, make a somewhat decent living.

I believe in what senator Ted Cruz said, "The Democratic leadership should not be doing the bidding of major corporate lobbyists, at the expense of mom-and-pop retailers across America. Forcing small Internet retailers to comply with the taxing authority of over 9,600 jurisdictions nationwide would kill jobs and stifle economic growth. There's no reason for the Senate to pass this flawed bill - skipping the committee process and rushing the bill forward to stifle debate."

In politics, when you hear the word rushing, that means it's a piece of "you know what" and they are trying an end run.

This is ridiculous.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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I have come to the conclusion that Congress and the Administration have just one god..... and it's name is Tax. Their love of money has no bounds.

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