Marketplace Fairness Act

When is a tax not a tax? Why, when it promotes "fairness," when it creates a "level playing field," when it enjoys "bipartisan support." So is everybody on board with the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, which will force everyone who buys on the Internet to pay sales tax? Here's what the New York Times has to say: "Lawmakers from both parties are poised to steamroll opponents and greatly broaden the imposition of sales taxes on the Internet." Uh oh, "steamroll." That's pretty harsh language, coming from the NY Times. The president supports it too, for it "will level the playing field for local small business retailers that are in competition every day with large out-of-state online companies." Boy, "level playing field" just sends a tingle up my leg. Here's a question, Mr. President: If the Marketplace Fairness Act is tailored to help out "local small business retailers," why are its two biggest cheerleaders WalMart and Amazon? Well, WalMart sees an opportunity to steamroll more...(Read Full Post)