While we were watching or hearing about the Boston bombers, Congress was up to its’ usual tricks. This one involves a new national sales tax delivered via sales over the Internet. It is being called the Marketplace Fairness Act (S.743). Nothing is fair coming from these morons.
Up until now a person could make an online purchase and if not in their state did not have to pay sales tax.
The Congress has a bill right now to undo that and force companies to charge each individual a sales tax anywhere they buy on the Internet using the “commerce clause”.
Here is what James Madison wrote about the Commerce Clause in 1829:
For a like reason, I made no reference to the “power to regulate commerce among the several States.” I always foresaw that difficulties might be started in relation to that power which could not be fully explained without recurring to views of it, which, however just, might give birth to specious though unsound objections. Being in the same terms with the power over foreign commerce, the same extent, if taken literally, would belong to it. Yet it is very certain that it grew out of the abuse of the power by the importing States in taxing the non-importing, and was intended as a negative and preventive provision against injustice among the States themselves, rather than as a power to be used for the positive purposes of the General Government, in which alone, however, the remedial power could be lodged.
Well, in the case of the internet sales tax, Congress finally has the opportunity to exercise its power under the Commerce clause to prevent injustice among the states. Instead there is a bipartisan consensus in the Senate to allow states to tax internet sales across state lines.
Yesterday, 74 senators, including 27 Republicans, voted to proceed with debate on the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act (S.743). The bill would essentially allow states to join together in a tax cartel to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on behalf of all 50 states based on the location of the shipping address. Although the bill never went through regular order and a markup in the Finance Committee, Harry Reid is fast-tracking this bill through the Senate.
This bill would require businesses with internet sales to create a way to develop a new database to add from all states with different taxation rates.
Under the MFA, online vendors in a state like New Hampshire would still have to collect the high rate of taxes of customers from California. So red-state companies will have to serve as tax collector for high-taxed blue states, thereby obviating the benefit of being in a red state and blurring the effectiveness of laboratories of democracy.
More government incompetence would be rampant with this act.
This will hurt those who are already trying to stretch a limited amount of money from their paychecks and SS. That is one of the beauties of the internet because it has been a free marketplace.
My point on this is simply this: Once again without our permission Congress is going to tax all of us with this onerous MFA.
Just what will be done with this added tax? More waste and abuse by governments. That is all we need now with an already burgeoning tax hikes looming from Obamacide.
The internet is the most successful invention known to man. Why? Because it is the freest venue of information dissemination in the world, unencumbered by government. We need to keep it that way. The bill is being heavily pushed by Walmart and Amazon, which stand to benefit from such a cumbersome regulatory tax system that disproportionately hurts small online retailers. It is also being pushed by state and local governments who are hungry for the new revenue to grow government, but lack the fortitude to ask for the revenue through new direct taxes (on the seller) or simply enforce collection of use taxes that already exist in most states.
I believe Congress is hell bent on this and we once again will have to shout at our reps about this. Who knows if it will do any good though. They don’t listen to us now over any issue it appears.
And what did the Republicans say, “NO more taxes”??? More stink on the Republicans going along with this. Liars once again.
It is getting to the point where there will be no more blood to be gotten from the turnips, we the people. Keep squeezing us you assholes in Congress, while you enjoy all of your money from the people. So what do you care about us having to pay one more tax? You, Congress, live off the welfare doles your entire lives so of course you must create another way to get more taxes. I don’t believe this is about them being worried states don’t get their fair share of the taxes over the internet but just another way to tax and abuse us.
Bang up job once again Congress because this is one more way to bring down our economy which is on life support and dying fast.