I think I’ve written before about how we should all be leery of pre-laws (bills) with lovely sounding names. Mark Alexander gives us another reason to support that thinking:
Under cover of the Republican Presidential Primary debates about how to defeat Barack Hussein Obama’s socialist agenda and his plan to fund the final chapter of that agenda with enormous tax increases, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN, no relation!) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) have teamed up to promote one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history — a heavy levy on all Internet sales.
The so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” S. 1832 was first proposed in November 2011 by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY), and now awaits action in the Committee on Finance.
In brief, S. 1832 would seek to tax all internet-based purchases. Mr. Alexander goes on to provide a good explanation of why this tax increase is anything but fair, but the part that grabbed me the most is as follows:
[U]nder our present Constitution, if I purchase a product from another state, it is NOT subject to state taxes in my state of residence unless that vendor has a retail presence in my state. That has been the standard for interstate commerce for generations, whether placing orders by mail, by phone or by Internet (Quill v. North Dakota regarding the latter).
Thus, suggesting that I “owe the state” sales tax when I purchase a product from another state is patently false.
Ah, yes. But remember, the government allows us to keep part of what we work for. It is only because of this sufferance that we have anything at all to deposit in our bank accounts on payday.
We should be happy that state governments will finally be able to take back more of what is already theirs.