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Missing the Point on Sales Tax
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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By Rob Meltzer
Dec. 3, 2012 4:22 p.m.



The MetroWest Daily News did it again–writing an editorial calling for an end to the lack of the on line sales tax.



Now, I know that Democrats, by inclination and genetics, can help but call for more taxes and Democrats always see more taxes as a public good and the right thing to do. Its a reflex. we get it. But it tends to misrepresent the market. On-lines sales does not deny the state any taxes, nor does it cause loss of local jobs.  In fact,  it’s pretty clear, present company included, that people buy things on line because they are cheaper without the tax. If the tax was added, the purchase likely wouldn’t be made at all. Start taxing on line sales, and you don’t necessarily shift those sales to a local brick and mortar store. Instead, you kill economic activity. What the people are saying by the lack of the on line sales tax is that taxes are already too high, and that they make goods too pricey for consumption. Adding a tax will cut consumer activity and spending without increasing any tax spending locally. indeed, on-line sales likely boost local spending by raising consumer confidence, and putting more money in the pockets of people for things that do have to be done locally. Enough with the call for new taxes already. A vast majority of people have voted against the tax with their wallet, and raising the taxes to meet a narrow special interest is fundamentally abhorrent to the American way of life. isn’t it? Or only when that special interest isn’t a Democratic donor?

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