Fairness. Politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, adapt the meaning to whatever they need it to be. Yesterday, Senators Johanns and Fischer voted “Yea” on spreading sales tax to all internet purchases under the guise of marketplace fairness. Here are Johanns’ and Fischer’s explanations for voting to increase your taxes.
The Marketplace Fairness Act, according to AFP President Tim Phillips, “disproportionally affects entrepreneurs and small business owners. This misguided bill dramatically increases compliance costs on businesses as they struggle to track over 9,600 sales tax jurisdictions in the United States.”
Phillips continued, “Only months after raising taxes on wages through Obama’s payroll tax hike and broader Fiscal Cliff deal, the Senate is now complicating the tax code instead of addressing wasteful government overspending as Americans want.”
What Senators Johanns and Fischer call leveling the playing field, we call a tax increase and adding to the government issued financial burden on the American taxpayer. Guess you could call it fair, everyone’s taxes go up if the House goes along with it.