Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Constitution prohibits Internet sales tax

I continue to be bugged by the government—federal, state and local. The latest bugger is that various state governments are trying to find ways to tax the Internet, despite the U.S. Constitution's disallowing that!

Article 1, Section 9, of the Constitution states: No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State. It also states: No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.

It is clear that Internet taxation is not allowed by the Constitution. The only reason the various state governments want to tax the Internet is because they have failed to balance their budgets. Now, they want to balance their budgets in an illegal manner. Why wouldn't you or I be bugged by that?

If the citizens of the various states and the United States performed in the manner that the states and the federal government conduct their business, the whole country would be in jail. If the citizens overspend, they have to work more to pay their debts. If the governments overspend, they steal money from us to pay their debts.

I resent such actions. Take the city of Ketchum and the city of Sun Valley, for example. They continuously state that they can't afford to perform many of their duties, although they tax us to pay over a million dollars for advertising businesses, many of which are not in our own city. Wow!

Jake Jacoby


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