Senate passes internet sales tax bill amid opposition from conservatives

Obama, You didn't earn thatFrom the UK Guardian:

Bill to overturn 1992 court decision has support of Obama, Amazon and Walmart – but its future in the House is uncertain

The US Senate on Monday passed a bill aimed at ending tax-free shopping on the internet but the move looks set to face fierce opposition before it becomes law.

The Marketplace Fairness Act, which has cross-party supporter and the backing of powerful retailers, would give states the power to require retailers with sales over $1m to collect state and local sales taxes for online purchases.

The bill has the support of president Barack Obama the majority of senators including Republican John McCain but Marco Rubio, seen a potential Republican presidential hopeful, and Rand Paul both voted against the bill.

The bill passed the Senate by 70 votes to 24 but faces a second test in the House of Representatives where internet retailers and conservatives are already lobbying against the tax. House leaders have yet to schedule hearings or votes on their version of the measure.

The legislation would overturn a 1992 supreme court ruling that said a state could not force a retailer to collect sales tax unless the retailer had a physical presence in the state.

Can you imagine being a retailer, following an actual passage of this bill, and having to comply with the separate tax codes of every state and every region?

Because, after all, if you’re a business owner, you simply didn’t build it.  Everyone but you built your business.

The following Republicans voted yea on the internet tax: Sessions & Shelby (AL), McCain (AZ), Chambliss & Isakson (GA), Crapo & Risch (ID), Coats (IN), Grassley (IA), Collins (ME), Cochran & Wicker (MS), Blunt (MO), Fischer & Johanns (NE), Hoeven (ND), Portman (OH), Thune (SD), Alexander & Corker (TN), Enzi (WY).

The following Republicans voted nay: Flake (AZ), Rubio (FL), Kirk (IL), Roberts (KS), McConnell & Paul (KY), Vitter (LA), Heller (NV), Ayotte (NH), Coburn & Inhofe (OK), Toomey (PA), Cruz (TX), Hatch & Lee (UT), Johnson (WI), and Barrasso (WY).

Remember them.

BZ

P.S.
An excellent article, “Why Barack Obama hates small business” is here.

 

 

Revealed: Obama to collect record taxes in 2013

TAXES GraphicFrom the WashingtonExaminer.com:

The federal Treasury expects to collect a record $2.712 trillion in taxes on Americans and U.S. business this year, shattering the 2007 high of $2.5 trillion in taxes.

Despite the sputtering economy and sustained high unemployment, the fine print in President Obama’s budget belatedly presented Wednesday revealed that the administration expects to take more in taxes than the Congressional Budget Office projects. CBO put the 2013 estimate at $2.708 trillion.

But wait; weren’t and aren’t we consistently told by Mr Obama that we need to pay more taxes because — well — we are simply undertaxed, one and all?  Don’t more of us have to step up to the plate in order to keep a morsel of food in the mouths of starving American children?

That said, how can it be that we are set to collect more taxes for this country than in its entire history?

Somehow, those two concepts simply don’t equate.  They don’t make sense.  They are, shall we say, incongruent.

On any number of levels.

First, let me pull out some basic stops.  There is an American Myth of “starving children.”  I call bullshit.  There are no “starving children” in this nation.  Instead, there are obese children and their equally obese parents or, in the case of many, parent (singular).  I don’t see Biafran-like children skelled over on the sidewalks of our cities.  I don’t see the skeletons of  starved infants splayed across the venues of our American Media Maggots because — if there WERE — you would see such a thing heralded and trumpeted not just for weeks but for months on the DEM/AMM channels ad nauseum.

This trumpeting doesn’t occur because the situation doesn’t exist.

The so-called “poor” in this nation drive a Lexus, possess an EBT card which yields lobster.  Check the receipt below.

Food Stamp ReceiptThey have their housing subsidized, their healthcare subsidized, their furniture subsidized, their children subsidized, possess a smartphone, a flatscreen TV, the internet subsidized, free schooling, free breakfasts, lunches and dinners for their children, free transportation, and free higher education.  And they don’t quite have to work if they feel diffident about it.

They possess sufficient time to war upon themselves, copulate readily and produce banks of children at will who become abandoned to the state when convenient, are responsible for nothing, are considered an entirely victimized class, are soothed and coddled and expected to produce or support nothing.

They, literally, have no expectations whatsoever placed upon them save that of the unresolved victim class.  They have their Victimhood hammered into their heads at all levels and for many years.

They are a Permanent Underclass and raped by the Leftists and Demorats who purposely support their ignorant, arrogant and barbaric ways.  These denizens have their ruffled fur smoothed, licked, groomed, and their ticks eliminated by the Taxpayers of our nation.  And they get testy when their fur isn’t sufficiently clean in a remarkably small amount of time.

But isn’t it odd that this seeming “underclass” possesses material goods and objects of a much higher level than I possess as an American Taxpayer?

And yet, Mr Obama and his minions are shouting to the treetops that we need — we must — make the minimum wage a “living wage.”

Because, after all, the ignorant tattooed and pierced shite who presses the CHEESEBURGER icon at McDonalds should and must make as much money as an entry-level firefighter, say.

In an “equal world,” after all.

BZ

 

Mikulski’s ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ Would Allow Employees to Discuss Salaries

Socialist AmericaThe Private sector just took one more step towards Socialism and the “much hated” Public sector.

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)- A ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ introduced in Congress last week would require employers to show pay disparity is related to job-performance and prohibit employer retaliation for sharing salary information with coworkers.

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, both Democrats, said their legislation is aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women and would also address loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act.

The phrase in the private sector, “you are what you negotiate,” would soon go away in Maryland.  And an employer having the ability to pay a worker who was much more productive than another worker across gender and sexual lines would also go away — meaning the ability to reward productivity, creativity and incentive would also disappear.

Which is, of course, what “fairness” is all about.  Because if you dislike the Public sector for its efficiency, you’ll soon enjoy said efficiency in the Private world.

Another way of dumbing and numbing down the America you used to recognize.

BZ

 

 

Welcome to Monday: “Morgan Stanley’s Doom Scenario: Major Recession in 2013″

From CNBC.com:

The global economy is likely to be stuck in the “twilight zone” of sluggish growth in 2013, Morgan Stanley has warned, but if policymakers fail to act, it could get a lot worse.

The bank’s economics team forecasts a full-blown recession next year, under a pessimistic scenario, with global gross domestic product (GDP) likely to plunge 2 percent.

“More than ever, the economic outlook hinges upon the actions taken or not taken by governments and central banks,” Morgan Stanley said in a report.

Ladies and gentlemen, you can’t keep printing money.

You can keep businesses in the dark with little or no way to ensure at least a few years of societal and fiscal consistency and security.  Everyone, from private citizen to small mom-and-pop business to major national powerhouse needs to be able to plan for the future.  To have some certainty about the future.

Bush started things with TARP.  But Obama took the ball and geometrically expanded it into QEs 1 – 3.  Ben Mountfield writes here that the “quantitative easing” thrusts — i.e., printing more money — are no panacea.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you think it’s not coming — bad things — just go on back to watching The Voice and Honey Boo Boo.

BZ

 

 

Black Friday: a day to decompress

Yes, I am at work.

No, I am not shopping.  Nor queuing up in line for alleged “bargains.”

In Sacramento, where I work, the local early morning news shows are indicating a rather dismal response to Black Friday.  No real crowds.  This may not bode well.

Today is tryptophan-recovery day, also.  For me, lamb-recovery.

Do well; be safe.  More politics later.

BZ