Tennessee Tea Party Groups Reject Lamar Alexander’s Push
For National Internet Sales Tax Mandate
Nashville, Tenn. - Conservative and Tea Party groups across the state of Tennessee have signed a resolution (below) condemning Senator Lamar Alexander, Governor Bill Haslam, and Senator Bob Corker’s push for a national Internet sales tax scheme, known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” (MFA). Sources indicate that language contained in the Act will be voted on in the US Senate in the next few days.
The MFA would seek to overturn a 1992 Supreme Court decision (Quill vs North Dakota) which ruled that businesses that do not have a physical presence in a state cannot be forced to collect sales tax for that specific state government. The Quill decision protects online businesses from having to collect tax for all 50 states, and also prevents taxation without representation by prohibiting state governments from enforcing their laws on business outside of its borders.
The MFA would force each online retailer to create different pricing structures for every individual customer, a massive burden and significant increase in cost to doing business. It's assumed that these costs would be passed on to the customer, causing the price of all online purchases to increase in addition to the new taxes imposed as a result of this Act. These types of regulation would likely be stifling to online commerce and detrimental to the economy overall.
Matt Collins, a coordinator with the Tennessee Campaign for Liberty discusses the issue: “This is reflective of a bigger question, that of how much authority will the government hold during the Internet Age? Will states get to exercise power outside of their borders, or will there be an unlimited reach available to every government? Taxation without representation is always appealing to the politicians because they cannot be held accountable by the people they are taxing. We are at a fork in the road and can move forward with either more freedom, or move backwards with more government; Internet taxation is one of the first steps in deciding which direction we’ll take.”
Free market groups like Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, Nat’l Taxpayers Union, Heartland Institute, Heritage Foundation, Reason, and even eBay and the Direct Marketing Association are opposing this measure. Liberty activist and professional WWE Wrestler from Strawberry Plains, TN, Glenn Jacobs, authored an opinion piece earlier this week in which he called the Act “fraudulent” and “anything but fair”
Political experts suggest this issue may be a point of contention during any potential primary race against Senator Alexander in the 2014 election season.
Matt Collins also noted that “Republican elected officials who are joining Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, and Al Franken to support this measure should know that recent polling shows almost half of Americans do not want an expansion of sales taxes on the Internet and 63% of conservatives are opposed to it. When the question is framed about states pushing their laws outside of their borders 61% of Americans oppose it and 77% of conservatives do too. In fact 84% of Republicans oppose any sort of expansion of governmental power over the Internet, especially taxation or regulation. It is likely that any Republican who supports this massive expanse of government power will see a primary challenge because of it.”
The mission of the Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, limited government, sound money, free markets, and a Constitutional foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. The Campaign for Liberty was formed in 2008 after the conclusion of Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential bid.
Whereas: In the case of Quill Corporation v. North Dakota 504 U.S. 298 (1992), the United States Supreme Court ruled that businesses that do not have a “physical presence” in a state cannot be forced to collect that state’s sales tax; and
Whereas: The Quill decision protects online businesses from having to incur the costs of acting as a tax collector for all 50 states, and it prevents companies from having to pay taxes to a state government where they have no representation; and
Whereas: The ability to shop online without paying exorbitant state sales taxes has been a major factor behind the growth of online commerce, creating new businesses and jobs and benefiting consumers; and
Whereas: Burdening the Internet with new taxes and regulations will harm the American economy at a time when many Americans are struggling to find jobs and provide for themselves and their families; and
Whereas: The Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 336/HR 684) would overturn Quill and authorize states to “deputize” Internet merchants to collect sales taxes; and
Whereas: The National Internet Sales Tax Mandate represents a major tax increase on every American who shops online; and
Whereas: The National Internet Sales Tax Mandate forces online businesses across the country to know the details of each state and locality’s sales tax laws, thus creating a different pricing structure for each customer depending on where they live. These companies would then have to figure out how much tax they owe each state and locality and send the corresponding payments; and
Whereas: These compliance costs will further raise the prices of goods purchased over the Internet; and
Whereas: The compliance costs of the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate will discourage the growth of Internet-based businesses, hampering the development of the most dynamic sector of the American economy; and
Whereas: The National Internet Sales Tax Mandate could encourage states to raise their sales taxes instead of addressing their fiscal crises with serious spending cuts and reforms; and
Whereas: The original intent of the Commerce Clause was to enable Congress to guarantee free trade among the states by ensuring states could not impose onerous regulations or taxes on out-of-state businesses; and
Whereas: The National Internet Sales Tax Mandate, by giving states the power to level taxes on inter-state transactions, flips the Commerce Clause on its head;
Therefore, be it resolved that:
The undersigned opposes the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate;
The undersigned calls on Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to remove their names as a cosponsor of S. 336, the Senate version of the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate;
The undersigned calls on Representatives John Duncan and Steve Cohen to remove their names as cosponsors of HR 684, the House version of the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate;
The undersigned calls on all members of the Tennessee congressional Delegation to publicly pledge to oppose the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate;
The undersigned calls on Governor Bill Haslam to officially withdraw his support of the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate.
TN Republican Assembly
TN Tenth Amendment Center
TN Campaign for Liberty
TN Liberty Alliance
Benton County Tea Party
Carroll County Tea Party
Gibson County Patriots
Jackson Madison County Tea Party
Dickson County Tea Party / 912 Project
Obion County Tea Party
Stewart County Tea Party
Tennesseans for Liberty (Madison County)
Volunteers for Freedom (Henry County)
We the People (Tipton County)
Says tax increases are "best route for us to take"
From the Hill article -
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Sunday joined a growing chorus of Republicans who are open to higher tax rates for the richest Americans as part of a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”
Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that Democrats have the upper hand following the election. He said he was optimistic Congress would strike a deal within the next 23 days, even if it means agreeing to President Obama's plan to increase the top rate on individuals making more than $250,000 a year.
"I actually think it has merit – where you go and you give the president the 2 percent increase that he's talking about, the rate increase on the top 2 percent....it's actually a much lesser tax increase than what he's been talking about...I actually am beginning to believe that is the best route for us to take"
This was previously mentioned here on the TNCFL blog.
Senator "Bailout Bob" Corker is about to cave and compromise with President Obama on his pledge not to raise taxes -
From a recent article -
A senior Republican senator voiced confidence on Sunday that U.S. lawmakers would forge a deal on the year-end "fiscal cliff," while a top aide to President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise over raising tax rates...
Republican Senator Bob Corker said increasing tax revenues from wealthier Americans would have to be part of the plan...
In another interview Corker also said:
"I haven't met a wealthy Republican or Democrat in Tennessee that's not willing to contribute more [taxes] as long as they know we solve the problem," Corker noted...
And in yet another interview:
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has joined a handful of prominent Republican lawmakers willing to break their pledge to oppose all tax increases.
“I’m not obligated on the pledge,” Corker told CBS’s Charlie Rose on Monday morning.
The Gun Owners of America (GOA) advocacy group has graded Senator Bob Corker a "C" on the right to keep and bear arms. This grade is the result of his awful voting record, especially as it applies to 2nd amendment. issues.
GOA is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. Campaign for Liberty Honorary Chairman Congressman Ron Paul has described GOA as "The Only No-Compromise Gun Lobby In Washington, DC".
From a recent national CFL e-mail:
You and I have been on an amazing journey together in our campaign to Audit the Fed, and the hard work of patriots like you has brought this effort to the edge of becoming the law of the land.
With our debt reaching nearly $16 trillion, and with the Fed having the power to put us on the hook for trillions more in bailouts and loan guarantees, it’s way past time to demand a complete audit of the Federal Reserve.
As you know, Audit the Fed passed the U.S. House in July, far exceeding a two-thirds majority.
Now it’s time to turn our focus to Harry Reid’s Senate, and we’ll need all hands on deck for the coming battle.
If the bill receives similar support in the Senate, we would have a veto-proof majority.
Over one fourth of the Senate has cosponsored Audit the Fed (S. 202), and Tennessee U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are not on that list!
The Senate is currently in recess - and that gives us some time to make contact with our senators to urge their support when they return to DC.
Please contact Senators Lamar Alexander at 202-224-4944 and Bob Corker at 202-224-3344 today.
Demand they cosponsor S. 202 as soon as the August recess is over and support a standalone, roll call vote on Audit the Fed (S. 202/H.R. 459).
Make it clear that any attempt to water down Audit the Fed - or a vote for such an attempt - will be seen as a direct attack on transparency and will be reported to your fellow constituents as such.
The pundits and naysayers would have you believe that Audit the Fed will never go anywhere in the Senate - but that’s what they said about the House, as well.
They were wrong then. And we can make sure they’re wrong again.
After all, with almost 80% public support, it won’t be easy for an elected official to justify why they would oppose transparency at one of our nation’s most secretive institutions.
They certainly do not oppose transparency when it comes to your personal finances - and that makes their opposition to Fed transparency very hard to explain.
The truth is, while you and I can be required to account for every penny that goes through our personal bank accounts, the Federal Reserve has never been held to that same standard. Americans are simply expected to trust that with trillions of dollars at stake, the Fed is being responsible and using great wisdom in its dealings.
The Senate would like nothing more than to avoid this issue altogether.
Don’t let them get away with it!
Contact Senators Lamar Alexander at 202-224-4944 and Bob Corker at 202-224-3344 today. Demand they cosponsor S. 202 as soon as the August recess is over and support a standalone, roll call vote on Audit the Fed (S. 202/H.R. 459).
We are close to crossing the finish line victoriously, but our success depends on your willingness to take action now.
Please call today.
Tennessee State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty
P.S. After years of hard work, you and I stand on the verge of making history by turning Audit the Fed into the law of the land. But Campaign for Liberty needs your immediate help to push this historic legislation through the Senate.
Please contact Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker today. Demand they cosponsor S. 202 as soon as the August recess is over and support a standalone, roll call vote on Audit the Fed (S. 202/H.R. 459).
Bob Corker voted YES
Sadly radio talk show host Dave Ramsey just endorsed Senator Bob Corker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTQHfJDS4Qg
Republican Senators Corker and Alexander in Tennessee have just voted against food freedom by allowing the FDA to raid farmers, natural food stores, and people who sell/posses raw unprocessed foods at gunpoint!!!
Small-government Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky offered an amendment which would prevent the FDA from carrying firearms or making arrests during raids without a warrant. Senators Corker and Alexander voted AGAINST Rand Paul's amendment by voting to table it.
Senators Corker and Alexander must think it is ok for the FDA to point a gun at you if you like eating healthy food.
If you want more details read these two blog posts:
Here are videos of actual raids that have taken place by the FDA - don't think it can't happen to you:
Watch Senator Rand Paul's speech on the FDA and raw foods:
Senator Corker has flip-flopped.
He voted for the bailouts previously earning the moniker "Bailout Bob"...
But now Bob Corker is against bailouts because he is running for re-election as evidenced from his recent press release: http://corker.senate.gov/
Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander unknowingly voted to allow gay sex and bestiality in the military last week!
Political experts note that they probably did not even read the bill and would have likely voted against it if they had known that provision was included.
Regardless of how one feels about these issues, their haphazard approach to voting for legislation without reading it is deeply disturbing and largely indicative of the attitude of the modern political class.
The two Republican Senators from Tennessee voted in favor of allowing President Obama to imprison US citizens indefinitely without trial on Tuesday the 29th of February. The amendment to remove the Constitutionally offensive section of the bill was proposed to the National Defense Authorization Act and voted down 38-60. The only Republicans voting for the removal of the "indefinite detainment" section of the bill were Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Mark Kirk (IL)
More details of the bill and amendment itself can be found at this earlier blog post: http://tncampaignforliberty.org/wordpress/2011/11/senator-rand-paul-aims-to-kill-indefinte-detention-in-dod-bill/
The two Republican Senators from Tennessee voted in favor of continued US occupation in Iraq Tuesday the 29th of February. Senator Rand Paul introduced an amendment to a bill which would have effectively ended the occupation of Iraq by US military forces.
The Senate defeated the measure 31-66 with only Senator Paul and only 3 other Republican Senators voting in favor of ending the Iraq occupation; surprisingly Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) voted in the affirmative with Senator Paul. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker unsurprisingly voted for continual occupation by voting against Senator Paul's amendment.
According to this article Senator Corker (known to many as "Bailout Bob") is attempting to co-opt the Tea Party in Tennessee:
The worst part is that one of the tea party "leaders" is going along with it!!!
Apparently some in the tea party must've forgotten about Senator Corker's poor voting record which can be seen at this link:
In fact it looks like a few of the tea party leaders are selling out for access and perceived power when they are really just falling into what's known as "the access trap". Instead of delivering to the politician the demands from the grassroots to pass or defeat specific legislation, they are becoming the politician’s representative, telling grassroots activists what they must settle for. This is common among those who are unwilling to apply the necessary pressure on the politicians who continually infringe upon our liberty. The sad part is that the grassroots activists who fall for the "access trap" usually don't realize they are being used by the politician they are warming up to in the process of becoming their errand boy.
Could it be any more clear? Take a step back and look!
Here we have one of the most big-government Republican Senators in the nation running for re-election and a self-proclaimed leader of the tea party is not only doing his bidding but actively campaigning for him by discouraging others to run against him. Talk about rewarding bad behavior. The Senator is shoveling it and people who claim to be against unconstitutional big-government are buying it. This is a sad day in Tennessee for those who want less government because it indicates the downfall of the tea party.
If you consider yourself part of the "tea party" in Tennessee please contact Mid-South Tea Party "leader" Mark Skoda and tell him what you think about his comments in the above article:
The two Tennessee Republicans recently refiled legislation that would expand the amount of federally designated wilderness in the national forest to about 86,000 acres. If approved, the change would mark the first time the forest's wilderness areas have been expanded in a quarter-century."
Please call or e-mail them and ask why they are trying to EXPAND the federal government? Also ask them why they don't trust local control or private property rights?
Tennessee Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander gave President Obama a free pass and sided with the President during a vote yesterday.
Senator Rand Paul forced a vote on the issue of Libya by quoting Obama's words about the Constitutionality of the US government bombing another country while Obama was a sitting Senator.
The awesome and unforgettable speech given by Rand prior to the vote can be seen here:
Please read the relevant news articles for yourself:
Here is a Campaign For Liberty opinion:
Write-up about the Senators being 'terrified' to vote on Rand's resolution: