While Republicans say they are for economic freedom, low taxes, and deregulation, the Senate passage of the Budget Resolution proves the opposite.
At 6:47 pm on Friday the roll-call was tallied for the “Internet Sales Tax” amendment (#656) — sponsored by Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi — revealing that it passed with the support of twenty-six Republicans (listed below).
Enzi’s amendment is essentially the “Marketplace Fairness Act” (S.336/H.R.684) in a different form.
In short, this amendment’s passage just goes to show how far big government “conservatives” are willing to go in broad daylight.
Do these “conservatives” really think that the Johnny Taxpayer wants to surrender more of his dollars to government while shopping online — one of the last places where one can get goods tax-free? Do they think that states and businesses want more bureaucracy to deal with?
Fewer taxes are always good for individuals. It’s a simple concept. Think of it this way: Do you think any retail shop would ever stimulate sales by placing signs in their windows saying, “Today Only – Pay 15% More!” Absolutely not. But this is exactly what government wants to do through taxes — and businesses online will suffer for it.
While the Enzi’s internet tax initiative will likely die as an Amendment — it will get shot down in the House — it will probably pass the Senate under its original name: “the Marketplace Fairness Act.”
Senate conservatives must remain opposed to this and commit to filibuster it on the floor.
Moran (R-KS)Portman (R-OH)
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Scott (R-SC)Toomey (R-PA)
Marginalia: Our pledge says “Liberty and Justice for all” — not “Liberty and Fairness.” Let it be said that fairness — especially fairness by government force — is the enemy of justice. If we want a free society we don’t want government-mandated fairness.