Election lesson not learned: Lame duck Democrats rush to tax the web  

Election 2014 was a gi-normous repudiation of the Democrat tax-and-spend, go-it-alone-government-knows-best model.

For everyone except Democrats.

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Soon-to-be-ex-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is certainly a part of the Oblivious Caucus.

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The tension represented something more fundamental than money – it was indicative of a wider resentment among Democrats in the Capitol of how the president was approaching the election and how, they felt, he was dragging them down.

Of course the President was a huge part of the problem. But for Senator Reid’s left-hand-man to apparently place the blame solely elsewhere is quite a good bit of wishful thinking.

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Now we face a lame duck Congressional session. Where some seriously terrible things could happen to We the People – foisted upon us in large part by a frustrated, repudiated Nevada lawmaker.

Harry Reid Remains Obstinately, Perversely Insistent on Taxing the Internet

(T)he House…passed – by mega-bipartisan voice vote acclimation – the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA). (Which ends forever governmentsability to tax Internet access – the current moratorium expires December 11.)

“(T)he law has attracted large bipartisan majorities every time it‘s been up for a vote in either house. That‘s because the law has allowed the Internet to grow into an engine of interstate and international commerce.

Except Senator Reid won‘t allow the bill up for a vote in his Senate. Unless he can tether it to a whole new Internet tax scheme….

“A new Senate bill may force lawmakers this week to make a tough choice on internet taxes: they must agree to expand the reach of sales taxes on out-of-state retailers, or else see the end of a law that forbids states and cities from imposing a tax on internet access.

“…Instead of putting (PITFA) to the Senate, however, Reid has decided to attach it to a proposed law called the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA). That bill, which first passed the Senate last year, would require online retailers to collect tax on sales they make to out-of-state consumers.

Get that? Under the MFA, uber-tax-happy states like California would no longer …read more    

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