Dear Liberty Minded Patriot,
Today, the Senate voted to support Internet sales taxes. Since Reid's budget will not be voted on in the House, Americans are safe from their plans' for now.
The proponents of the so-called "Marketplace Fairness Act" (S. 336) think this vote brings them one step closer to ramming their bill down our throats.
But the truth is they have strengthened our hand.
Now we know who our friends are...
And, more importantly, who our enemies are in the Senate on this issue.
We can - AND WILL - turn up the heat!
In fact, Campaign for Liberty members have already thrown a wrench into the statists' carefully laid plans.
Last week, big corporate interests, high-paid DC lobbyists, and statist governors believed their agenda had the votes locked up and would breeze through the Senate.
Wanting to rush their amendment to the floor early in the week, they thought an early vote would guarantee passage with an overwhelming majority of senators.
In theory, this would enable them to convince Harry Reid to fast-track the misnamed "Marketplace Fairness Act".
They would then try to convince House Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor - both of whom have repeatedly betrayed the limited government cause this year - to pass the bill through their chamber.
But here's what they didn't count on: Campaign for Liberty members like you, who deluged the Senate with emails, calls, and faxes.
As senators heard from hundreds of thousands of Americans opposing this scheme, more of them began to shy away from the National Internet Tax Mandate.
The pressure from folks fed up with D.C.'s tax-and-spend status quo was so great that the vote on the amendment was delayed to give special interests more time to browbeat Senators into compliance.
Now, even though they won the vote today, WE have the MOMENTUM!
In fact, they've given us a gift.
The Senate is now on record in the 113th Congress, and we'll continue to:
• Pressure those who voted for this amendment to reverse their position and make their vote known to their constituents;
• Ensure those who opposed it stand firm;
• And make sure Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor don't once again cave into D.C.'s tax-and-spend caucus.
Over the next few months, C4L will turn up the pressure with hard-hitting mailings, op-eds, and ads designed to send one simple message: DO NOT pass the National Internet Tax Mandate.
But such an intensive program won’t be cheap.
If passed, the National Internet Tax Mandate will:
• Raise prices on everything you buy online; • Essentially provide big-spending governors with new bailout money through the federal government imposing more taxes on their citizens. Virginia's "Tax Hike Bob McDonnell" is even counting on it to help fund his transportation boondoggle; • Violate the principle of "No Taxation Without Representation" by allowing state legislatures to raise taxes and leave small, out-of-state businesses with little, if any, recourse against those tax hikes; • Allow tax collectors in one state to pursue retailers across state lines.
The massive cost of compliance with the National Internet Tax Mandate could drive many smaller Internet companies out of business, while others may never even be created.
Meanwhile, the incentive to raise sales taxes will lead to an explosion of already out-of-control state budgets.
Growing government while shrinking the most dynamic sector of the economy is a recipe for economic stagnation.
This is just one reason why Campaign for Liberty will continue to fight against this scheme and any other assault on the Internet, and any financial support you can give today will be crucial to our success.
Director of Legislation
P.S. The statists and special interests behind the National Internet Tax Mandate think they won a victory today. But in reality, they've allowed us to see exactly which senators think you don't pay enough taxes.
Thanks to the efforts of C4L members like you, we slowed their plans and chipped away at their support.
Now that the Senate is on record, you and I must turn up the heat on the House and Senate to make sure we stop the National Internet Tax Mandate from passing this Congress.
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Bergen County Region 5 Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty
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