Tax isn’t for fair­ness

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I see where our state Repub­li­can elected of­fi­cials are in fa­vor of charg­ing state sales tax on items bought on­line. This is def­i­nitely not a page from the true Repub­li­can con­cept of lim­ited govern­ment and lim­ited gov­ern­ing, es­pe­cially in re­gards to tax­a­tion of the com­mon per­son.

Sup­port­ers of this tax have used the “mom and pop” ar­gu­ment to back their claims. I have not heard any­one ar­gue; what if “mom and pop” do not sell what you want and you buy an item in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­place (which is prob­a­bly true for most on­line pur­chases)? In that case, the state will still tax you be­cause that is a ma­jor func­tion of the state; and screw the in­di­vid­ual and how he/she might ben­e­fit from an on­line pur­chase.

I be­lieve the only rea­son that govern­ment of­fi­cials are back­ing this tax is for the en­rich­ment of govern­ment cof­fers. It is not for fair­ness in the mar­ket­place.

I be­lieve that Wal-Mart has been ac­cused of be­ing in­stru­men­tal in the de­cline of mom-and-pop stores and in the de­cline of many small-town cen­ters. Now they are us­ing this ar­gu­ment to back the tax. Hyp­ocrites! PAUL CHRIST


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