Nothing fair about Marketplace Fairness Act

If you need more proof that “bi-partisan” means being gang raped by donkeys and elephants, look no further than a new proposal from the U.S. Congress. Ten senators from both sides of the aisle, led by Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), have introduced a bill (S.1832 “Marketplace Fairness Act”) to allow States to require businesses to collect sales tax on products imported into the State. Publishers Weekly reports, that while Amazon has staunchly opposed state-by-state tax initiatives, it would back a national policy. Paul Misener, Amazon Vice President of Global Public Policy said, “Amazon strongly supports enactment of the Enzi-Durbin-Alexander bill and will work with Congress, retailers, and the states to get this bi-partisan legislation passed.”

Additionally the International Council of Shopping Centers and the American Booksellers Association have both come out in support of this bill. The ICSC has “promoted sales tax fairness for over a decade, advocating that a ‘sale is a sale’ regardless of whether the purchase takes place on Main Street, at a shopping center, via mail-order or over the Internet”

The Marketplace Fairness Act is not fair and if enacted, there will be winners and losers. Among the losers are those customers who prefer to shop online where their purchases are mostly tax-free and those smaller companies who will find it difficult and/or expensive to comply. The winners will be the governments that will see an increase in tax revenue and the bigger online companies that will be able to fill the void left when the smaller companies either refuse to sale online or go out of business.

Darryl W. Perry

Darryl has spent most of his adult life as an advocate & activist for peace and liberty. Darryl is an award winning author, publisher & radio/TV host. He is a regular contributor to several weekly and monthly newspapers. He hosts the daily newscast FPPRadioNews, the podcast Peace, Love, Liberty Radio, the weekly news podcast FPP Freedom Minute, and is a regular co-host on Free Talk Live. Darryl is a co-founder and co-chair of the NH Liberty Party. Darryl is the Owner/Managing Editor of Free Press Publications.

7 Comments
  1. More blatantly un-American legislation being force fed to the public through legislative shenanigans and corporate PR acquiescence. If you want higher priced goods, by all means remain silent and consent to this as established internet retailers will merely shift the cost to the customers… EVEN AMAZON ADMITS THIS.

    All this proves now is that Jeff Bezos is a pussy and can’t keep competing fairly, so he wants to hide behind a national sales tax initiative in order to drive small competitors out of business. What a jerk way to operate your company.

    1. Tax avoidance is NOT a crime.

      Taxation is legalized theft! Why do you believe that any government has a right to a portion of what you have?

      1. Why does the governemnt have a right… Lets see… Oh yeah, because the voters approved the tax. If you dont want to be taxed, vote that way, and hope you are in the majority. This debate is NOT about whether tax is due, it is simply whether some retailers hould required to collect the sales tax, while others are not.

  2. Also, and i am sure i am not alone in this sentiment… I do not appreciate your writting style; to lead off with such a vulgar and distasteful attempt at a metaphore. I would prefer if you would focus your energy on the content of your writing.

  3. Mr. Perry doesn’t understand the law.  If you are not charged sales tax you owe the use tax.  If you don’t pay the use tax you have committed tax evasion.  Tax evasion is a crime.