Well Congress is at it again. They’re trying to ram through a bill called the “Marketplace Fairness Act” and it’s anything but fair. It’s a bill that would fundamentally change interstate commerce by imposing tax burdens on Internet-based businesses while not applying the same burdens to brick-and-mortar companies. It’s extremely discriminatory by its very nature. Representative Mike Enzi (R, Wyo) tried to introduce this flawed bill back in February, but it met stiff opposition in committee so Enzi was forced to shelve it. Two months later it has been restructured so that it qualifies for a Senate rule that allows Harry Reid to bypass committee debate and bring it straight to the floor. This is how Congress rams through unpopular/controversial bills it doesn’t want examined or debated with a critical eye. Representative Enzi should be ashamed of himself for advancing it in this manner. Didn’t he learn anything from the passage of ObamaCare and all the procedural chicanery that took place to ram it through? It just goes to show you there really isn’t much difference in the two parties anymore. They both support the growth of government and will use the system to achieve this goal. In the end it’s American people who continue to get screwed by these hacks.
If ever there was an example of “Crony Capitalism” this is it. Investopedia defines Crony Capitalism as;
A description of capitalist society as being based on the close relationships between businessmen and the state. Instead of success being determined by a free market and the rule of law, the success of a business is dependent on the favoritism that is shown to it by the ruling government in the form of tax breaks, government grants and other incentives.
Try and guess who the bill’s biggest supporters are. If you guessed big retail chains like Wal-Mart and state and local governments then you are correct. Most big retailers support this bill being rushed through the senate because they know it adds an extensive layer of bureaucracy on the backs of their internet competitors. This will achieve their goals of putting their competitors at an unfair disadvantage because the tax reporting burdens don’t apply to them. State and local governments see it as a way to squeeze more revenue out of the tax payer without looking like they’re raising taxes. And finally Amazon supports this bill. Why does Amazon support this bill you ask? Well Amazon just happens to have a tax compliance service that they are ready to sell to other companies and with the passage of this bill it opens up a whole new market for them. It’s eerily similar to the reason why AARP threw its support behind ObamaCare. When ObamaCare cut $400 billion from Medicare, AARP had the inside track on the Medi-gap insurance needed to make up for the shortfalls that people would feel because of the Medicare cuts. Like Amazon they saw a new market opening up for them with the passage of ObamaCare. This is the game being played in Washington these days and it sucks for us.
So as you can see this comes down to dirty politicians on both the federal and state level in bed with big retailers and Amazon to advance a bill that is mutually beneficial to both and one that screws the little guy. There are a few politicians that see this for what it is and they’re trying to slow it down.
Some of our conservative friends are backing this Internet tax raid as a way to raise revenue to avoid more state income-tax increases. More likely the new revenues will merely fund larger government. Republicans who are realists about government would be wiser to join Senators Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.), who are leading the opposition.
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I encourage you to contact your elected official and let them know you don’t support this bill. It’s a bad bill that smells of “Crony Capitalism” and that’s why they’re trying to ram it through in the name of fairness. This bill is anything but fair and I’m personally tired of these phony politicians always giving the little guy the shaft.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!