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Sales Tax, Use Tax, & the Internets

I’m generally a Jim DeMint junkie, but his comments in opposition to the “Marketplace Fairness Act” are off the mark.

The MFA seeks to bring some order to that vast, wild frontier known as ‘online shopping’—specifically, it provides a standardised framework to collect state sales taxes on Internet purchases.  DeMint says the current collection model of whatever-the-corporate-legal-department-thinks-is-a-good-idea-today is working just fine—it’s not.  Both retailers and consumers would benefit from clarification of online sales tax law. Continue reading Sales Tax, Use Tax, & the Internets

DeMint: Freedom only exists within a framework of values…

[14:00] …We need to understand as individuals—as Americans—that freedom only exists within a framework of values…and that values only exist within the context of a religious structure and that comes from a true faith in Christ. We see it every day around the world as we try to establish…democracies in places where there’s not a faith in Christ, it becomes very, very difficult for people to control themselves and to live in a free society. Because they’re so used to being controlled from the outside by dictators and police force and armies, they’re not prepared to live free because they don’t have those inner constraints.…

[19:11] …If we allow faith and the freedom of our religion to be purged not just from our private lives but from our public lives we’ve taken away the underpinnings of freedom itself in this country.

—Congressman Jim DeMint, Chapel message, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, 22 April 2004

partial transcript by me | full audio