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Posted May 1, 2013

The Marketplace Fairness Act is Unfair

Washington, DC, May 1, 2013     


Jim Bridenstine has decided to oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act (HR 684).  After researching the proposed legislation and conferring with various concerned constituents, the Congressman explained his stand:

Under current law, a state can only collect taxes from retailers that have a physical nexus (presence) in the state.  The growth of online retailers has made it very difficult for states and local tax jurisdictions to generate revenue from their citizens who buy items online from other states.  The Marketplace Fairness Act is federal legislation that empowers states to reach across their borders to compel internet businesses in other states to collect and remit taxes no matter where the online retailer is located.  This would enable my state, Oklahoma, to charge sales tax (in some localities as much as 10%) to a business in New Hampshire when an Oklahoman buys something online from the New Hampshire business.  The New Hampshire business would have to collect and remit the tax to Oklahoma, even though New Hampshire has a sales tax rate of 0.0%.

While I understand the desire of local governments to have access to this revenue, this legislation presents multiple unintended consequences.

1. Oklahoma online retailers could be required to open themselves to tax audits from 49 other states in addition to the IRS.  This would be true of businesses in all other states as well.

2. Five U.S. states have worked very hard to have no sales tax and many internet businesses have located in these states for that reason.  While these states have benefited from the resulting economic activity, this legislation would change the rules in the middle of the game and adversely affect these businesses and states.

3. While it is true that online sales taxes are not new taxes, this bill will have the same negative economic effect as a new tax as more money is taken out of the private sector.

4. Many businesses will simply choose to move offshore or lose business to other offshore retailers.  The Marketplace Fairness Act cannot compel a business in Canada to collect and remit taxes to a U.S. state.  Apart from the lost U.S. economic activity, offshoring will negatively affect U.S. federal revenues.

5. Brick and mortar retailers often assert that online retailers have an unfair tax advantage.  However, once this bill passes the online retailers will be responsible for managing 9,600 or so tax jurisdictions, while the brick and mortar retailers will only manage one tax jurisdiction.  This law doesn’t eliminate unfairness, it just reverses the unfairness.

6. In addition to the regulatory unfairness, this law institutionalizes tax unfairness.  Only companies with over $1 million dollars in sales will be forced to participate.  Straight from the Obama progressive playbook, successful businesses will be punished.

7. Businesses would be required to collect and remit taxes for over 9,600 tax jurisdictions.  Each business will have representation in only one of these jurisdictions.  No taxation without representation is a foundational American principle that this law overturns.

8. This bill empowers local authorities to establish “compacts” to homogenize tax rates.  States and local jurisdictions will no longer compete for the best tax policies.  In the private sector, this would be called price-fixing.

9. Once rates are homogenized, we can expect tax rates to increase since formerly competing tax jurisdictions will no longer compete for businesses to locate in their jurisdictions.  In fact, the incentive will be to impose the highest tax rates to maximize tax revenue from out-of-state businesses.

10. The Republican Party should be the party of young people.  It cannot become so by punishing web entrepreneurs and online commerce.

The current tax system is complex enough.  Business decisions have been based on the current laws.  Let’s not change the rules in the middle of the game unless we have a real improvement.  Taxes must be simplified not made more complex, reduced not expanded.  There exists a solution, but this is not it.  I intend to oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act.

Dianne Feinstein's Husband Bags High-Speed Rail Construction Contract

Posted May 1, 2013

Sen. Diane Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum won a construction contract for California’s high-speed rail project, reports the California Political Review.

Author Laer Pearce says Perini-Zachary-Parsons, a construction group partially owned by Blum’s investment firm, Blum Capital, and their investors, bagged the nearly billion dollar contract:

The Perini-Zachary-Parsons bid was the lowest received from the five consortia participating in the bidding process, but ‘low’ is a relative term. The firms bid $985,142,530 to build the wildly anticipated first section of high speed rail track that will tie the megopolis of Madera to the global finance center of Fresno. Do the division, and you find that the low bid came in at a mere $35 million per mile.

This is not the first time Feinstein has come under scrutiny for cronyism using taxpayer dollars. 

A recent study by the Reason Foundation found that the California High-Speed Rail System will lose between $124 million to $373 million a year.


Florida State Senate Passes 'Infants Born Alive' Legislation Unanimously

May 1, 2013

The Florida state Senate Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would provide medical care and legal protection for babies who are born alive following failed abortions. 

The bill requires that infants born alive be immediately transported to the nearest hospital and provided appropriate medical treatment that is equal to treatment given to any other infant following natural birth.

LifeNews reports that, despite opposition from Planned Parenthood, the measure cleared the state House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. With the unanimous vote in the state Senate, the bill now heads to Gov. Rick Scott (R) who is expected to sign it into law.

The legislation, which is the same measure that President Barack Obama refused to support as an Illinois state senator, mirrors the national Born Alive Infant Protection Act signed into law by President George W. Bush. The federal law was passed following exposure, by nurse Jill Stanek, of Chicago-area hospitals that left infants to die in utility closets after failed abortions.


Case Worker: Illegal Aliens Got Food Stamps by the “Vanload”

Posted May 1, 2013

For decades the U.S. government has knowingly given illegal immigrants food stamps, according to a former certification case worker who denounced the costly practice back in the 1980s but was essentially ordered to keep a lid on it.

The retired assistant case manager, Craig McNees, was in charge of vetting food-stamp applicants in north Florida and Indiana in the ’80s and says the program was infested with fraud and corruption that was perpetually ignored by management. “Illegals would come in by the vanload and we were told to give them their stuff,” McNees said. “Management knew very well they were illegal. It was so rampant that some employees would tell their illegal relatives to come get food stamps.”


Arizona Law Bars Destroying Guns from Buybacks

Posted May 1, 2013

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed H.B. 2455 into law Sunday, thereby banning the destruction of guns turned in at gun buybacks or otherwise seized by or surrendered to authorities.

Brewer's office said she received, "2,000 letters, emails, and phone calls" about the bill, of which only 25 opposed to its passage. 

While this bill is chiefly aimed toward cities and counties that hold gun buybacks, the NRA pointed out that this bill allows "seized or forfeited guns to retain value." And it ensures "that taxpayer dollars are not utilized to pursue a political agenda of destroying firearms."

This law was making its way through the AZ legislature when Gabby Giffords' husband Mark Kelly was telling everyone he was going to buy an AR-15 and then turn it over to the police. Had the gun store allowed him to buy that AR--which they didn't--and had he waited till now to turn it in, it would have then been sold to a home owner who needed a good gun for home defense or to a hunter or a target shooter. It would not have been destroyed.


Obama administration officials threatened whistle-blowers on Benghazi, lawyer says

Posted April 30, 2013

At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned.

Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

“I'm not talking generally, I'm talking specifically about Benghazi – that people have been threatened,” Toensing said in an interview Monday. “And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/29/obama-administration-officials-have-threatened-whistle-blowers-on-benghazi/#ixzz2RwddpNND


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Cruz 2016

Posted May 1, 2013

Freshman senator Ted Cruz is considering a presidential run, according to his friends and confidants.

Cruz won’t talk about it publicly, and even privately he’s cagey about revealing too much of his thought process or intentions. But his interest is undeniable.

“If you don’t think this is real, then you’re not paying attention,” says a Republican insider. “Cruz already has grassroots on his side, and in this climate, that’s all he may need.”

“There’s not a lot of hesitation there,” adds a Cruz donor who has known the Texan for decades. “He’s fearless.”

For the moment, Cruz’s inner circle is small: mostly aides from his Senate campaign; his father, Rafael; and his wife, Heidi. They didn’t plan on having these presidential conversations so early in his first term. Yet Cruz’s rapid ascent and a flurry of entreaties from conservative leaders have stoked their interest — and Cruz’s.

“Ted won’t be opening an Iowa office anytime soon, but he’s listening,” says a longtime Cruz associate. “This is all in the early stages; nothing is official. It’s just building on its own.”


GOP Rep. Gohmert To Glenn Beck: Eric Holder's Sympathies Lie With Boston Bombing Suspect

Posted May 1, 2013

Ted Cruz 2016?

Will Ted Cruz run for president in 2016? Sources are telling National Review’s Robert Costa that it just might happen.

The freshman senator from Texas is considering a run for president, thanks to an overwhelming amount of grassroots support from conservatives.

“We all see a path, and he does, too,” a former Cruz colleague tells Costa. “This isn’t someone who needs to be told the obvious. He didn’t run for the Senate to get cozy, so no one who knows him is surprised that he’s at least looking at it.”


A Day in the Life of Louie Gohmert

Posted April 30, 2013

On Wednesday April 24, The Daily Caller spent a whole day with Louis Gohmert, the rib-making, baseball-playing, red-meat slinging former Texas judge who now represents Texas’ 1st Congressional District. From the baseball field, to a car ride with he and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, to a couple of television hits, I shadowed him. Here’s an hour-by-hour breakdown of what I saw:

6:30 a.m.: Baseball Practice

It’s Wednesday and Louis Gohmert is at Simpson Stadium in Alexandria, Va. — “Home of the Titans” — for the GOP’s first practice for the summer baseball game against congressional Democrats.

Gohmert has played in every baseball clash between Democrats and Republicans since he joined Congress in 2005 with the exception of one, due to injury. During one of those games, Gohmert says he tore his ACL when he collided with former Democratic California Rep. Joe Baca at home plate in an effort to score.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/30/a-day-in-the-life-of-louie-gohmert/#ixzz2RwmBZPzO

Ted Cruz mocks Senate Republican ‘squishes’

Posted April 30, 2013

In an appearance at a tea party rally Friday, freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) offered a rare look inside Senate vote-jockeying – and took a rare shot at his fellow Republican lawmakers.

Speaking of the recent debate over gun control, Cruz told the audience at a FreedomWorks summit in Texas that the issue “generated more heat” inside the party than any other in recent memory. There were several lunches, he revealed, where fellow Republicans confronted him and his allies “yelling at us at the top of their lungs.”

Along with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cruz put out a letter threatening to filibuster Democratic gun legislation. Republican senators were upset, Cruz said, by town hall attendees demanding they join the effort.



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