Internet sales tax
Money-hungry states have come to Congress to get them to pass legislation to allow taxation without representation. In 1992, the Supreme Court held that states can’t force retailers who don’t have a physical presence in a state to collect out-of-state taxes. This idea violates the idea that a foreign sovereign state can impose a tax on those residing in other states.
The legislation, S. 1832, the Marketplace Fairness Act, would empower states to force other states to collect sales taxes. This would allow the government of one state to force another state to collect taxes on people who are not allowed to vote in the taxing state. Section seven of the bill contains a severability clause — tacit recognition of the possibility that elements of the bill may come under constitutional attack and end up, again, in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rep. Paul Ryan is considered one of the most able and intelligent members of the House of Representatives. It is sad to see the Obama campaign waste no time in commencing an attack on Ryan. In an attack website titled “The Go Back Team,” the Obama campaign alleges that “Paul Ryan is a career Washington, D.C., insider.” Ironic that they post this rubbish when President Obama’s gaffe-prone vice president has been in federal office ever since Paul Ryan was a two-year-old in diapers.
Brian Darling is Senior Fellow for Government Studies at The Heritage Foundation (heritage.org).