DownsizeDC.org
May 13, 2013
Does Congress Think You Are Stupid?
By Jim Babka

The Senate passed the fraudulently-named “Marketplace Fairness Act” last week. You can see how they voted here.

It forces so-called “large” online businesses to pay out-of-state sales taxes for the products they sell. But a new tax is like a noose. It will only tighten, which means...

Your taxes will go up.

Only the Senate has passed this bill. We need to stop it in the House. So it’s important that BOTH your Representative and Senators hear from you. You can do so using DownsizeDC.org’s “Hands Off the Internet” campaign.

The hardwired message says...

As a constituent, I insist that you oppose any attempts to undermine Internet freedom.

I added these remarks, from which you may borrow from or copy...

That’s why I’m angry the Senate passed the mis-named Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743).

Supporters claim only online retailers with out-of-state sales exceeding $1,000,000 must comply.

As I understand the bill, that’s true... today.

But do you think we’re stupid?

Like any new tax, this is a noose. It will only tighten.

Consider income taxes. As the Tax Foundation notes (http://bit.ly/X5HsLe)...

* In 1913 (the first year of the modern income tax), most paid 1%; the super-wealthy paid no more than 7%.
* Thanks to a century of stupid wars and destructive “social” programs, in 2013: the LOWEST rate is 10%, and goes up to 39.6%
* And that doesn’t include payroll taxes working people are socked with.

You don’t think this will happen with sales taxes?

* The $1,000,000 bar will likely NEVER be raised, no matter how much inflation we face.
* You’ll be under constant pressure from state and local politicians to LOWER the bar.

Why help them? Since 1950...

… state and local “government” spending jumped from 9.5% of GDP to over 21%. (http://bit.ly/121te0A)

Just like the feds, states don’t have a revenue problem, they have a SPENDING problem. It’s wrong to bail them out.

And it is criminal to force vendors in relatively responsible, well-governed states to pay taxes to corrupt politicians in distant states. Yes, I mean that. It really is criminal; taxation without representation once justified a revolution.

The United States Senate must think we’re stupid! Will the House go along? Well...

I’ll be watching the House closely. If you pass S. 743, that’ll provide yet more evidence that politicians are corrupt and incompetent.

Wise up, or you’ll find yourself out of a job.

END LETTER

You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org’s Educate the Powerful System.

Jim Babka is President of DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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