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Letters: Amazon tax is a bad idea for California

Posted: July 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

There has been a lot of talk lately, including right in these pages, about how it’s so unfair that Amazon.com and Overstock.com don’t collect California state sales taxes.

Much of the criticism has been couched in the idea that brick-and-mortar stores are forced to collect the tax while online sellers aren’t, and the mom-and-pop’s and giants, such as Wal-Mart, are being driven out of business.

This argument ignores the fact that those who purchase online have to pay for shipping through UPS or FedEx, while in-store purchasers don’t.

But more importantly, if fairness is the only concern, then there’s a very simple solution that will not only level the playing field, but give brick-and-mortars the advantage: Eliminate the sales tax.

It really is that simple. But that’s not really the goal of those who want Amazon to be the tax collector.

This is really about the fact that the tax-and-spendaholics in Sacramento can’t stand seeing any potential tax dollar go unharvested in their desire to practice wealth redistribution and finance their big-government nanny-statism.

The idea of cutting spending where it counts in subsidizing illegal immigrants and their union buddies, for example, is an anathema to the Sacramento Socialists, so now they want to try to force Amazon and Overstock.com to act as their accomplices in stealing every dollar they possibly can from hard-working taxpayers in spite of what courts have already decided on the issue.

The truly ironic thing about this whole debate has been watching liberals coming to the defense of stores like Wal-Mart — usually one of their ripest targets. I wonder how hard it was for them to cough that hairball up.

Yay for Amazon and Overstock.com! Boo for the Sacramento socialists!

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