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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    And the Nightmare Begins In

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:54:55 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Kowall and Friends, Marketplace Fairness Act, US Senate, Dumb Things People Do, Internet Powers Act, Cut Out Six Sigma, Ask Jack Welch About It, RINOS (all tags)

    However long it takes for the sleepy reps in the US house to take up this inane garbage.

    The premise that promoted the  Marketplace Fairness Act, which flew through the house tonight by a vote of 69-27, is that it is fair to those poor street based businesses, and already SOME groups are touting this as a win for the local shop-keeper or mom and pop store. And not only are pro brick and mortar lobbyists happy.  Michigan legislators are drooling at the potential windfall of nearly $450 million they feel is not being collected as sales tax receipts today.

    Wow!  More money without raising taxes! Sorta Kinda.

    What the geniuses in Lansing and our nations capitol do not understand however, is the incredible dynamic nature of a truly FREE market. The way things are at this time allows a flexibility that will be gone under a 'new management' consortium of nearly 40 states. (Our newest silent partners - with waiting baseball bats) This is not to say that people should not pay their taxes for online purchases, but Lansing lawmakers like Kowall and those who might actually saddle up with this not-so-well thought out plan to eek out that extra pocket change from Michigan taxpayers just puts 20 lb hammers in the hands of other states' legislatures, and marks any internet retailers who call Michigan home as spikes who are only going to be made part of the grade.

    And the train rolls on.

    Continued below.

    "Fairness" has never been a part of the game.

    Some legislators who cannot think past two moves on the chess board might actually think so, but the reality that taxes and power are what is being advanced.  The Internet is a great big beast that is out of control, offers the little guy a unique opportunity to be on the same block as the big guy, and as a result new enterprises that employ thousands have sprung forward from  basements occupied by underwear donned geeks and fortunes have been made. The American Dreams shifted, and government is now shifting to crush those as well.

    Recall the small mom and pop corner grocery that started disappearing LONG before the internet?  It wasn't that the little grocer couldn't cope with the box store at the mall's end, but because of every add-on that government supplied weighed it down that it became unprofitable. Minimum salary requirements, work rules, zoning, all contribute to the gorilla's bulk on the back of the working entrepreneur.  Where larger operations could operate on penny margins, the small operators have to devote too much time to deal with government created rules that under the best of intentions were still restrictive and a disincentive to continuing a labor of love that had become unprofitable.

    Welcome to Mom and Pop Crush 2.0

    This legislation is about to kill Michigan businesses. If it sails through the house, expect small Michigan Based internet retailers to start folding after suffering a round of shipping cost increases due to high fuel expense. It wont be the ability to compete directly that does us in (Yes my wife and I run one) but the threat of Ohio's hammers, Oregon's hammers, Hawaii's etc. Add to the this the additional weeks of paperwork I am likely to see because of a rush to get a few extra bucks for our state treasuries, as the spending MUST GO ON!!!

    There IS a way for internet collection to work, but dummies like THESE Republicans don't have time to consider the consequences of hasty action.

    • Alexander (R-TN)
    • Blunt (R-MO)
    • Boozman (R-AR)
    • Burr (R-NC)
    • Chambliss (R-GA)
    • Coats (R-IN)
    • Cochran (R-MS)
    • Collins (R-ME)
    • Corker (R-TN)
    • Enzi (R-WY)
    • Fischer (R-NE)
    • Graham (R-SC)
    • Hoeven (R-ND)
    • Isakson (R-GA)
    • Johanns (R-NE)
    • McCain (R-AZ)
    • Portman (R-OH)
    • Sessions (R-AL)
    • Shelby (R-AL)
    • Thune (R-SD)
    • Wicker (R-MS)

    RINOS to the one.

    And did anyone consider also what happens as their is more regulatory power ceded on Internet activities?   The power to tax is a power to limit.

    And Obama is Hi-Fiving (Or ass slapping) 21 Republican US Senators for slam dunking one more consolidation effort that leaves unchecked, the power to spend just a little longer.

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    RINOs are the Republican Party (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by TiredIronTim on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:47:36 PM EST
    I'm embarrassed to realize how naive I was a year ago to think I could help save this party from itself. I'm embarrassed to lend my good name to this party that has gone so far into left field that they can barely even see center field anymore, let alone anything resembling limited govt, fiscal responsibility, or promoting entrepreneurship or prosperity. The Republican Party is anti-American, and I just can't justify defending them any longer. Looks to me like it's time to saddle up and get the hell out of Dodge.

    Jurisdictions with Service Taxes? (none / 0) (#2)
    by jgillmanjr on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:01:33 AM EST
    I'm curious, are there any states that require services be taxed as well?

    If so, would this bill required service providers operating online (such as say... oh, a web hosting company which I may work for) to collect sales tax as well for those states?

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