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John Tate Tells Senators: There’s Nothing Fair About an Internet Sales Tax

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Tim Shoemaker

Last week, C4L President John Tate sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose S. 336, the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act,” or as C4L refers to it, the “Internet Sales Tax Mandate.”

On behalf of over half a million Campaign for Liberty grassroots activists across the country, I urge you to oppose S. 336, the misnamed “Marketplace Fairness Act.”

The false premise behind this legislation is that current law gives online retailers an unfair competitive advantage. However, both traditional “brick and mortar” stores and online retailers have entered into the marketplace clearly knowing the pros and cons to the business model for each. Since the 1992 Supreme Court decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, the rules regarding taxation for both business models have been quite clear. Businesses that do not have a “physical presence” in a state cannot be forced to collect that state’s sales tax.

The bill sponsors try to claim the Quill decision unfairly gives an advantage to online retailers. That is simply not the case.

Instead, this is another example of politicians creating a problem where none exists so they can “solve” it with new legislation.

The rapid growth of the online retail industry can at least be partially attributed to consumers’ ability to shop online without paying exorbitant state sales taxes. While consumers themselves are responsible for paying sales taxes for online purchases in some states, most consumers are unaware of this. The real reason for legislation such as the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” is that big-spending governors don’t think it’s “fair” they can’t force out-of-state retailers to collect their taxes for them.

While some governors may think imposing new taxes on the Internet will solve their economic woes, in reality, it will only temporarily postpone the urgency for states like California to put their fiscal houses in order.

For years, the largest online retailer of them all, Amazon.com, opposed an Internet sales tax. Unfortunately, since they’ve become large enough to have a physical presence in many states, they’ve switched sides and hired lobbyists to impose a sales tax on their competitors that lack a national infrastructure.

While companies as large as Amazon could easily absorb the cost of complying with an Internet sales tax, smaller online retailers will likely find the cost of compliance too high and be driven out of business. Legislation like S. 336 may well prevent the emergence of the next great American success story.

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Sen. Paul on Fox News Sunday- 2/18/13

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Texas City to Charge Car Accident Victims Up to $2,000 for the Cost of First Responders

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Alex Kane, AlterNet




A Houston suburb in Texas is set to implement a plan to charge drivers the cost of the first responders who come to the scene of car crashes. Missouri City will charge drivers up to a few thousand dollars to respond to crashes, according to a report by KHOU 11 News.

The plan will be instituted starting March 1, and residents of Missouri City are none too happy.

“That really ticks me,” resident Meredith Johnson told the news outlet. And what ticks Johnson even more off is that “drivers involved will be charged even if they don't call for help,” according to KHOU 11.

“I think of how often they show up. I see them show up and everyone's walking around. I'm freaking out,” said Johnson.

The fees range from $500 to $2,000, depending on the severity of the accident. While the city says the fees will target drivers at fault, residents remain skeptical.

The fire chief of the Houston suburb explained to KHOU that the move is intended to plug the city’s budget deficit. The city estimates that the plan will bring in an additional $50,000 a year.


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Marijuana Consumers Test Their Driving Skills

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green CNN may have just posted their best piece of investigative journalism in years. In the following video, three drivers of varying ages got incredibly high on marijuana and test-drove cars around a course. A driving-ed instructor accompanied them to avert any chance of an accident, and police watched from the sidelines to spot any visible [Continue Reading]

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Alabama GOPer: A Baby Is “The Largest Organ in the Body”

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Jillian Rayfield, Salon



 

In defending her bill to crack down on abortion clinics, Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin argued that abortions should be more strictly regulated because “When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body.”

McClurkin, a Republican, added: “That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”

From the Montgomery Advertiser:

The legislation, sponsored by [McClurkin], would require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications.

“This alarming level of noncompliance among abortion and reproductive health centers in Alabama puts abortion patients at unreasonable risk,” the bill says.

As Amanda Terkel from Huffington Post points out, McClurkin’s argument runs counter to the many “personhood” bills that have been popping up throughout the country:

McClurkin’s argument actually undermines the “personhood” bills being pushed around the country by other like-minded Republican lawmakers. Those pieces of legislation argue that undeveloped zygotes are people too and should therefore be given full legal rights, thus making abortion — and even certain forms of birth control — illegal.

Nikema Williams, the vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, told the Advertiser: ”The real purpose of this bill is to make safe and legal abortion in Alabama unavailable under any circumstance.”

 


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Video: Why Canada Will Divorce The U.S. And Marry China

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Video Summary: Renowned financial guru Peter Schiff presents his lecture entitled, “The Canadian Yuan: Why Canada Will Divorce The US And Marry China.” Taped at Cambridge House International’s Vancouver Resource and Investment Conference in January 2013.

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Are We In The Final Days Of Marijuana Prohibition?

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green This video was originally uploaded weeks before the now historic vote in Washington State. It’s important to know where we have been in order to know where we are headed. Are we in the final days of marijuana prohibition? You bet your arse!

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Video: Rand Paul On The Peter Schiff Show

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Video Summary: Senator Rand Paul talks to Peter Schiff on his radio show about his response to the State of the Union address, economics, and government spending.

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Peter Schiff`s comments on the economy, stock markets, politics and gold. Schiff is the renowned writer of the bestseller Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse. …read more
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Q And A With Senator Rand Paul

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green Below is a video from Vote Hemp, interviewing United States Senator Rand Paul.

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40 Cities Around Globe Set to Protest 1,000th Day of Bradley Manning's Imprisonment

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Alex Kane, AlterNet




40 cities around the world are set to mark the 1,000th day of WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning’s imprisonment. Manning’s whistleblowing acts will be honored and his imprisonment without a speedy trial denounced this weekend in places ranging from Denver to Rome to Sydney.

Manning is alleged to have been the source behind massive amounts of information WikiLeaks exposed, including the State Department cables that exposed nefarious dealings in U.S. foreign policy as well as the “Collateral Murder” video that showed U.S. Army helicopters firing and killing Iraqi civilians.

The rallies around the world are being organized by the Bradley Manning Support Network. “Supporters are gathering in cities across the U.S., Europe and Australia for marches, rallies, art installations, concerts, live theater, and other events to criticize the unjust prosecution and raise awareness about Manning's case,” the network states.

Manning’s court martial trial is set for June of this year–three years after his initial arrest. His imprisonment by the military was marked by punitive abuse that included isolation and his clothes being removed from him. A UN rapporteur called Manning’s conditions “cruel, inhuman and degrading,” and earlier this year a judge confirmed that Manning’s conditions were excessively harsh and constituted pretrial punishment, which is prohibited under military law.


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