A nasty, post-election lame duck surprise

capitolRemember the whole debate over letting states impose sales taxes on Internet businesses?    Well, it will be back AFTER the November election.  Yep. All of those folks fresh off of facing the voters — including some losers — will be voting on whether to give government one more way to raid your wallet.

Confront any and all candidates for Congress you encounter on this issue.  Internet-based startups have been thriving in recent years.  If this legislation passes, you could have grandma selling her quilts on eBay end up having to retain a staff of accountants to figure and file taxes in multiple states. shake

Some big business are screaming about how unfair e-businesses are.  Some businesses maintain a lot of overhead — brick and mortar buildings, people, vehicles — while others simply have a web page, some servers, and a handful of employees. Politicians claim they need one more source of cash flow, since they can’t seem to make do with what they loot from us each April.  

It is NOT the job of government to ensure “fairness.”  At the heart of capitalism is the old meme about”survival of the fittest”.  Keep an eye on your rivals while making yourself more competitive and attractive to customers.  Evolve or die.  Anyone seen a record store, lately? A movie rental store? 

The Internet is a powerful tool that has greatly benefited our economy — and will continue to  do so.  An e-business can turn a hobbyist working in his garage into an international businessman. 

There’s no problem with paying taxes in your home locale.  But allowing 50-plus taxing entities a shot at an e-businessperson’s wallet is a great way to stomp out up-and-comers to the benefit of the fat-cats (Wal-Mart, etc.) who can afford an army of accountants and are already on top.

6 thoughts on “A nasty, post-election lame duck surprise

  1. Why should the feds get a d….. penny of sales tax on products I purchase on line? It is bad enough that we pay a federal tax on consumption of electricity and phones. Give me a break. i shop enough locally but fedfs have no business in this situation.

  2. This lame duck session is an idiot idea of Speaker Bonehead Boehner. When the polls indicate that the next Congress is certain to be more Republican than this one, it is utterly mindless for Republicans to even contemplate a lame duck session. Just wait a few weeks until we have a better House and Senate. That should be a no brainer.

    The only reason to do so is if Boehner wanted to do some liberal legislation, where unaccountable lame ducks can be swung to do it and a more liberal Congress actually makes it easier to pass the stuff. We had better hold onto our wallets.

    The question is what all Speaker Bonehead wants to do. Karl Rove, the Wrongway Corrigan of the GOP, is all wrapped up in the internet tax push, so that is likely part of it. Boehner has been maneuvering behind the scenes to push amnesty for illegal aliens, and that is the even scarier prospect. He seems to have a fixation on that being his ”legacy”. If he gets away with it, he will have a similar legacy to Benedict Arnold, both to the country and to the party. But if he does that, he will likely blow up the GOP and we will be running as two seperate parties in 2016.

    As to the internet sales tax, it not only pits brick and mortar retailers against online retailers, but it also pits the big online retailers who could administratively handle the bureaucracy of all those different taxes with the smaller internet sellers who would be overwhelmed by them. This is big business versus small business, and those who back this power move by big business are just not candidates I will be voting for ever again. Conservatives simply must fight for the rights of both small business and consumers.

  3. The internet sales tax will go the way of same-sex marriage. It is going to happen. All governments want more tax revenue and getting it over the internet is like getting a secret tax. It will happen sooner or later and then it will be on to the next issue. Don’t put up much of a fight because this new tax is a lost cause. Never fight a battle you cannot win.

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