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By JGillman, Section News
Everybody wants to operate under a fair taxing field.
Certainly this is the premise which the main street fairness act is being pursued. It is a means under which sales nexus will be identified, and taxes would be collected for sales made online for anything coming into the state that was purchased online. It has the support of our governor, and looks to be heavily pushed with the claim that even elected conservatives are interested in it.
Not this one.
This is another one of those deals where instead of removing the regulatory misery under which retailers and business owners operate, it is presumed the better way toward fairness is to inflict it upon as many others as possible. They are suffering, so can you. Share the pain. And our governor Rick Snyder is now embracing it.
What will this mean to online wholesalers like myself?
I will ultimately have to deal with a number of sales tax licenses and a nightmarish bureaucracy entanglement. I will have to report to not only my own state, but others within this compact agreement to be able to ship within those states legally. I will not be able to ship to my customer's customers in Michigan directly, without revealing the transparent drop ship patterns. Other states that are not a part of the compact would have their own plans which would cause harm to my model (California is already doing this) by imposing their own nexus rules even possibly based on volume shipped to their states.
It will hurt folks using my business model from the crushing paperwork aspect alone.
And it's just more big government making sure nothing escapes their grasp, by pretending small business actually wants it.
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By JGillman, Section News
Much is being made over the apparent switch from for to against, with regard to abortion. Pundits either neutral, or against the candidacy of Herman Cain are picking away at whatever mistakes they can find. Be it the 9-9-9 plan or this particular issue of the day being his apparent wavering on the abortion debate. A Traverse City, MI friend writes:
"I haven't been following Cain as well as some of you so I'm forwarding this to get your take on the article and the comments about his true position on those issues. If might be good if one of you that have been strong supporters from the get go would maybe comment on this ...
I support Cain now as much as I have since early on. I don't think apparent waffling has anything to do with trying to be on the popular side of the issue either. It was the non politically correct attitude which drew me to the Herman Cain Camp in the first place. It was the ability to face down what is WRONG with the system, with little regard on how many people might not like their cheese moved that elevated my respect for the man.
So I responded (below)
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