Tea Party Patriots, consistent defenders of the interests of the little guy, examined the “Marketplace Fairness Act” on several occasions and decided to oppose the legislation. They apparently agreed with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in his analysis of why all supporters of free markets and low taxes should oppose this bill. Among other reasons Cruz outlined were:
Naturally, state and local governments are salivating at the prospect of getting a purported $23 billion in new revenue from the private economy. Especially when the out-of-state consumers paying those taxes and the out-of-state businesses owners who collect them can’t vote them out of office.
Last but not least, this bill doesn’t pass constitutional muster. The MFA overturns the fundamental idea that states’ taxing authority ends at their borders. The Supreme Court has said that an out-of-state business could subject itself to a state’s taxing power if due-process concerns are satisfied, namely that the business purposefully targets its activities in that state. But because pure Internet sales by their nature don’t target any one state, this legislation presents a serious constitutional problem.
All of Senator Cruz’s analyses cited above are reasons enough for members of the House to oppose the bill, but we have one more: the bill shifts more power over the internet and what happens online into the hands of government.
Although the internet has some dark places where government may need to shine a light from time to time, the internet remains one of the last bastions of free speech, freedom of expression and the free market. The power to tax is the power to destroy. The “Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013” gives 50 state governments new tools to regulate, limit access to and potentially destroy this last free marketplace and that’s reason enough for limited government constitutional conservatives to oppose it — and for the House to defeat it.
As a conservative, (and major fan of) i do appreciate Sen. Cruz’s effort. But even he can’t stop the elected lying crooks when they smell fresh money. They have been drooling for years over the prospect of one day getting their hands on internet revenue. And, it was a republican (rep. Mike Enzy) who originally came up with this idea, so we can’t put all the blame on the Demoncrats this time.