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  •  Okay...but isn't that an apples/oranges thing? (2+ / 0-)
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    NearlyNormal, musiccitymollie

    Anthony, I'm one of those poor people and while I appreciate your thoughtfulness and concern, there are times I have to buy online and I just don't think you're doing me a favor.

    If internet access is the entire point of your argument, perhaps working to provide low cost internet access would be more helpful. Once you've done that we're back to calling sales tax regressive.

    Here's something to work on:

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:37:09 PM PDT

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    •  You asked for an explanation (2+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob, Odysseus

      My intent is to be descriptive rather than to endorse a certain policy.

      There are other issues.  One concern is that a company like Amazon can pit state/local governments against each other, trying to get them to offer tax breaks in exchange for putting a distribution center in their state (since the company must have a physical presence in the state for sales tax to be collected).  Getting rid of an internet loophole decreases the incentive for shopping around for tax breaks in the same way that a corporation might look for less strict labor laws.

    •  You nailed it, Just Bob. The notion that (2+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob, NearlyNormal

      'spreading the misery' is somehow progressive, needs to be 'nipped in the bud,' LOL!

      Imagine what this country will look like if this meme becomes the definition of 'what is progressive.'

      I shudder to think!


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:18:27 AM PDT

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