Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pass the Internet Sales Tax

I guess I’m going to anger my regular readers even more today; they are starting to tune in to see what crazy idea I’ve come up with lately.  Today’s idea is that it is wrong to be able to buy stuff on the internet and not pay the appropriate sales tax to your home state.

 In saying this I am sure that this will decrease internet sales, and increase local sales of some items, as the combination of sales tax and shipping cost will turn some people off to some sales.  The problem is that most states need the revenue from lost sales tax in order to continue needed services without going bankrupt, and local retailers need the business.

 I can think of no legitimate reason why the present situation where most internet sales are tax free should continue, except personal selfishness.

 If the internet sales tax bill now before Congress passes into law, I’m sure it will reduce some of the purchases I normally make via the internet, especially with Amazon, but only marginally, as I will continue to give considerable  weight to the convenience and ease of internet purchases – and to the fact that some items I have bought I could find no other way.

Let’s hear it for the lemmings.


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At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russ, I think you must be either spending too much time in the sun or starting to drink Kool Aid.There are literally hundreds if not thousands of taxes out there both state and federal that place an enormous burden on American citizens (Obamacare has at least 22 taxes alone). So let's give the government more money. We need more essential taxpayer wasted programs like Solyndra, the sex life of snails, more bail outs of loser car companies, the flatulence of pig farms, etc.

No, not one more cent in taxes. In fact, many taxes should be cut or eliminated (like the death tax). There are dozens of government departments than could (but won't) be entirely eliminated. Let's cut taxes. Not increase them. Wow. I think you are evolving into a loony liberal Democrat. Stop drinking the Kool Aid!!

At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all those who feel they do not pay enough taxes, my response is quite simple. Send a check to either their state taxation dept. or US Treasury. I'm sure it will give you a very warm feeling to know you are giving even more than your "fair share". I'll sit back and applaud your sincere patriotism and try not to giggle.

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russ is talking about revenue lost to the states because of internet sales, not tax increases.

Of all the loony attitudes those above take the cake. Without adequate funding how would the states fix the roads, provide for higher education, or fund the court system? Conservatives seem to want law and order without paying for it.

Your conservative views put you into some very strange company, Russ.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

We have some looney conservatives out there just as we have looney liberals who deny that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are Muslim terrorists. The liberal looneys are more dangerous because they are getting us killed.

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't think of any liberals loony enough to deny that the Tsarnaev brothers are/were both Muslims and terrorists or that the terrorism they perpetrated was probably the result of their extreme Islamic views. Who, in your opinion, denies that they or Major Hasan are Muslim terrorists?

What we haven't seen(and shouldn't see) is an official attempt to tie the acts of these extremists to all Muslims or to deny the accused any of their rights as citizens of the US. Major Hasan, as a soldier, will be tried under The Uniform Code Of Military Justice and the surviving Tsarnaev in federal court as is required under our constitution. What other outcome would you like to see?


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