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Congress takes up Amazon sales tax issue
LA Times ^ | July 30, 2011 | Marc Lifsher

Posted on 07/30/2011 5:18:56 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduces legislation that would require online retailers such as Amazon to collect sales taxes. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) plans a similar measure in the House.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: amazon; barterandswap; barterforgetgoodwill; buyfromconservatives; conyers; discriminatesocially; durbin; exploretaxexemptions; familybusinesses; firelefties; hireintelligently; internetsalestax; keepyourmoneyclose; payincometaxeslikege; salestax; shunliberals; starvethebastards; taxes
Here it comes - since the States cannot directly tax interstate sales, the Democrats will ride to the rescue, and most likely share a chunk (but certainly not all) of these taxes...
1 posted on 07/30/2011 5:19:00 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines
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To: FromTheSidelines

My state already taxes online sales. Leave Amazon alone!


2 posted on 07/30/2011 5:20:24 PM PDT by madison10
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To: FromTheSidelines

won’t pass the house.

the l.a. times wants more taxes so that the state of

californicate can pay their unions.


3 posted on 07/30/2011 5:21:05 PM PDT by ken21 (dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: FromTheSidelines

Why does this O’Jays song come to my mind?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sVUvpdT-NY


4 posted on 07/30/2011 5:23:07 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: FromTheSidelines

Great!

I was just thinking that taxes are way too low. :)

/sarc


5 posted on 07/30/2011 5:23:40 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: FromTheSidelines

Dick is trying to sneak a lot of his commie crap through while everyone is paying attention to the economy and the “debt ceiling crisis”. We really need to keep an eye on this bass turd is up to.


6 posted on 07/30/2011 5:23:43 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Barry! Compromise this!!!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Dick Durbin, before he dicks you.


7 posted on 07/30/2011 5:27:10 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: ken21

California vendors won’t be selling through Amazon is all that will cause. I’m sure that will help them out.


8 posted on 07/30/2011 5:27:33 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: FromTheSidelines

Democrats doing what they do best-destroy jobs.


9 posted on 07/30/2011 5:28:27 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: FromTheSidelines
to collect sales taxes

Typo. What they meant to say was "SLAVE' taxes.

(Now get off your computers, and get back to work you lazy, no good slackers. The democrat base wants to feed again.)

10 posted on 07/30/2011 5:28:27 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: FromTheSidelines

Amazon screwed up. They didn’t give the Democrats a big enough pay off.


11 posted on 07/30/2011 5:29:05 PM PDT by elhombrelibre ("I'd rather be ruled by the Tea Party than the Democratic Party." Norman Podhoretz)
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To: FromTheSidelines

Tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax...

That’s all the Democrats stand for these days. These guys are absolutely desperate to keep the crumbling social welfare state intact. More than ever they are nothing but the party of taxation and regulation.


12 posted on 07/30/2011 5:30:25 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: FromTheSidelines

Hey Dick less, Use some of this “Free”on our dime Time you have,To Grow a Brain!


13 posted on 07/30/2011 5:30:45 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: rockvillem

The only song of this style that I ever liked:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmGCtjBpWRA


14 posted on 07/30/2011 5:31:00 PM PDT by Revel
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To: fortheDeclaration

Don’t forget, 80% of us want an increase in taxes.


15 posted on 07/30/2011 5:31:33 PM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: FromTheSidelines
"Retail Industry Leaders Assn. The Arlington, Va., trade group includes major national chains including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and Best Buy Corp."

A lobby in favor of collecting state sales taxes for Internet purchases. It includes many smaller retail businesses, too.


16 posted on 07/30/2011 5:34:06 PM PDT by familyop ("Plan? There ain't no plan!" --Pigkiller, "Beyond Thunderdome")
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To: FromTheSidelines

Democrats from Illinois and Michigan only think solutions to budget problems are dealt with by taxes. That’s how they’ve gotten their states out of fiscal disaster - oh wait, THEY HAVEN’T!!!!!


17 posted on 07/30/2011 5:34:35 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: FromTheSidelines

Two communists RATS once again by Federal law compelling its citizens to go to hell and we will run your lives.


18 posted on 07/30/2011 5:35:02 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: FromTheSidelines

The Democrats are driving out every business this country has. Amazon will move out of the US and more jobs will be lost. When will these idiots finally realize their policies don’t work?!


19 posted on 07/30/2011 5:35:11 PM PDT by voveo
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To: Longbow1969

For conservatives, TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.

For libs and democrats, TEA stands for Tax ‘Em Again.


20 posted on 07/30/2011 5:36:18 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: fortheDeclaration
Democrats doing what they do best-destroy jobs.

It's just another tax on the Republican base (like all the other taxes, because democrats don't work), so they're not the least bit worried about political repercussions.
The democrat base can't read, either. They don't need books. It's a win win for the slave masters.

21 posted on 07/30/2011 5:37:17 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: donhunt
Don’t forget, 80% of us want an increase in taxes.

And I am part of that 80%! I want to see the standard deduction greatly LOWERED, so more of that bottom 50% - who don't pay any income taxes - pay at least something, and feel a bit more pain when they demand more freebies.

If President Obama wants to tax the top 1% - who already carry the load for income taxes - and "spread the wealth around", then I want to tax the bottom 50% to "spread the pain around".

Tax increases? Fine - on the bottom 50% only. Eliminate the standard deduction, child deduction, mortgage deduction and lower tax rates accordingly. The "top 50%" will pay the same net income taxes, but the bottom 50% who pay nothing will now have to start contributing "their fair share" as well!

22 posted on 07/30/2011 5:37:26 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: FromTheSidelines

Disgusting RAT scumbag.

So.. you think Amazon’s going to take a loss? Hell, no. They’ll just raise prices to compensate for it... and we’ll all pay more. What do we get in return? Oh, yeah. The Government “lets” us buy something.

And it won’t stop there. X amount of people aren’t going to WANT to pay more, so the number of people working at Amazon shipping things to people will decrease. Fewer items will be sold, because people will be watching their pennies more carefully. That means all of the authors and musicians will make less, too.

But the all-powerful, ever-hungry GOVERNMENT will get MORE of our money and why should we have any problem with THAT?


23 posted on 07/30/2011 5:42:16 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: Longbow1969
These guys are absolutely desperate to keep the crumbling social welfare state intact.

Yep. Every election they HAVE to offer some type of new free handout to the democrat base, or the base won't bother getting out of bed to vote.
No vote buying power = no democrat party.

Starve the beast!!!!

24 posted on 07/30/2011 5:42:16 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: FromTheSidelines

If I drive up to Oregon and purchase something...no sales tax, but if I am a pure green wienie and let my fingers and keyboard go to Oregon...I get taxed? Why?


25 posted on 07/30/2011 5:43:33 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: FromTheSidelines

If it happens...should be a flat percent no matter what State is involved.


26 posted on 07/30/2011 5:45:27 PM PDT by sigzero
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To: voveo
"The Democrats are driving out every business this country has. Amazon will move out of the US and more jobs will be lost."

Read the article behind the link. The Amazon folks said that they would be fine with such a federal law. Ebay retailers are against it. Amazon could easily handle compliance, but the smaller Internet retailers couldn't.


27 posted on 07/30/2011 6:14:52 PM PDT by familyop ("Plan? There ain't no plan!" --Pigkiller, "Beyond Thunderdome")
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To: Secret Agent Man
Democrats from Illinois and Michigan only think solutions to budget problems are dealt with by taxes. That’s how they’ve gotten their states out of fiscal disaster - oh wait, THEY HAVEN’T!!!!!

The simple truth: If you want more of something subsidize it; if you want less of something tax it.

The "something" here is sales.

28 posted on 07/30/2011 6:16:43 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: FromTheSidelines

Im with you. Everyone should pay their fair share, including the bottom.


29 posted on 07/30/2011 6:22:54 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: concerned about politics

On a similar note, I was encouraged to see that Boehner did not try to offer and the Tea Party Republicans did not request any kind of pet project in exchange for a vote. I think that is step one. No Cornhusker Kickbacks or whatever Landrieu got. Just vote.


30 posted on 07/30/2011 6:26:03 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: familyop
Read the article behind the link. The Amazon folks said that they would be fine with such a federal law.

The price of books would just go up - along with energy costs, gas prices, food prices, health care costs, property taxes, ......

I guess the tax slaves will just have to find an additional part time job if they want to eat. After they're done supporting everyone elses pseudo family, there's very little left over for their own families.

31 posted on 07/30/2011 6:30:23 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Is this constitutional?

I know the issue of sales tax on internet sales has become a big issue. But what I wonder is, since sales taxes are levied and collected by STATES, not the FEDERAL government, does the FEDERAL government really have any jurisdiction on this issue in the first place????


32 posted on 07/30/2011 6:33:57 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

>> Is this constitutional?

It stinks. Why is the fed involved with state taxation affairs? Smells like a backdoor to VAT.


33 posted on 07/30/2011 6:36:24 PM PDT by Gene Eric (May our dreams converge for a free and prosperous nation.)
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To: Raider Sam

Landrieu got the modern day “Louisiana Purchase”. In response to reports that she got $100 million for Louisiana in the Obamacare bill, she said it was inaccurate, because she really got $300 million. These people are shameless!

Landrieu was the Louisiana Purchase, while Ben Nelson of Nebraska got the Cornhusker Kickback.


34 posted on 07/30/2011 6:36:36 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I was wondering the same thing.


35 posted on 07/30/2011 6:50:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Barry! Compromise this!!!)
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To: FromTheSidelines

Mention the word TAX bill and democrats line up a dozen deep to vote yes.

They don’t even care what the tax bill is all about.

They are happy to wait to read it after it passes.


36 posted on 07/30/2011 6:55:11 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Iron Munro
Mention the word TAX bill and democrats line up a dozen deep to vote yes.

Then let's offer up a tax bill that taxes all those who do not pay taxes, you know the democrat base. That way Obama can have his tax increase and the rest of nation can have a reduced government. That's what I call a balanced approach!

37 posted on 07/30/2011 6:58:59 PM PDT by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: DaveyB
Then let's offer up a tax bill that taxes all those who do not pay taxes, you know the democrat base.

That is long, long overdue.

Part of the problem is that the priveleged classes pay no income tax. So they are happy to clamor for more and more taxes - after all, that's where their freebies come from.

As Obama said "it's time for everyone to have some skin in the game".

End the earned income tax credit and put a minimum income tax in place on all income. When tax increases are proposed they should include increases from bottom to top - right across the board. That should end the push for higher taxes in no time at all.

If everyone pays some income tax they might not be so quick to call for tax increases and they will be more concerned about the utter stupidity of the politicians throwing our money away by the billions.


38 posted on 07/30/2011 7:23:19 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Not only does Congress not have the authority to collect taxation like this, they are (arguably, at least) affirmatively prohibited from doing so. Article 1, Section 9 states, in part:

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

Of course, when has a little thing like the Constitution stopped Congress from doing whatever the h*ll they want?

39 posted on 07/30/2011 7:44:42 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: FromTheSidelines

Democrats have never missed an opportunity to try and raise as many different kinds of taxes as possible. Here they go again! What a bunch of jerks!


40 posted on 07/30/2011 10:49:53 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: FromTheSidelines

From the “Shocking Headlines We’ll Never Read” Department: Congress Lowers Some Taxes Somewhere For Someone


41 posted on 07/30/2011 11:16:19 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: sigzero
If it happens...should be a flat percent no matter what State is involved.

If they pass this it will become what they have in most of Europe - V.A.T. Value Added Tax - and will be IN ADDITION to any State tax.

No freakin' way!

42 posted on 07/30/2011 11:23:46 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative
And then there's this from Article 1,:

Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

When nearly half do not pay a tax on income, it (income tax) hardly qualifies as "uniform". The social and political ramifications we see today are a direct result of this failure to apply it as intended.(since 'income' can be difficult to quantify and may vary from one analysis to another, it is probably unconstitutional on these grounds alone)

43 posted on 07/30/2011 11:40:09 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: brityank

Yeah, I would definitely call the out on that one.


44 posted on 07/31/2011 5:56:18 PM PDT by sigzero
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To: brityank

Yeah, I would definitely call them out on that one.


45 posted on 07/31/2011 5:56:33 PM PDT by sigzero
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