No Use for Useless Stances

No Use for Useless Stances

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This week the Senate passed something called the "Marketplace Fairness Act" [of 2013] that would basically let states force sellers who do not have a physical presence in the taxing state collect sales tax, and thereby get around all this use tax confusion. Personally, I have thought for a long time that there is no place in this modern world -- where you can go to your computer and buy a pair of shoes, and some dress shirts - for the useless use tax.

But my prediction is that the Senate bill will never make it through the House. And it will be defeated for a very stupid reason.

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... [T]here are Republicans in the House - and Speaker John Boehner may be one of them - who will vote against the bill simply because it has the word tax in it or even vaguely looks like a new tax. After all, they took an oath never, ever to increase taxes...

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