Email Your Senators to Oppose the Internet Sales Tax

We are including the vote on S. 336, the Marketplace Fairness Act, in our legislative scorecard. The conservative position is to oppose this bill, as it allows state and local governments to impose sales taxes on online commerce. Not only would this law potentially increase taxes on consumers, but it would subject companies to taxes in jurisdictions where they have no representation.

The Senate is set to vote on this bill soon. Use the form below to email your Senators in opposition this “fairness” tax-increase.

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Democrats’ Budget Will Harm Economy, All Americans

Budgets reveal priorities, so it should come as no surprise the budget drafted by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is pretty much a liberal dream.  As Senators consider the Democrat Budget, though, they should understand it’s a nightmare for taxpayers and the economy.  Even though the Democrats’ Budget contains a massive $1.5 trillion tax increase, it would still result in $7.3 trillion in new debt over ten-year budget window.  This will definitely harm the economy.

Heritage explains:

There is little doubt raising their taxes even further would hurt the economy. Many families are struggling to make ends meet in today’s lackluster economy. Further slowing it down because Washington raised taxes again won’t make their struggle any easier.

President Obama may not think a debt crisis is looming, but his allies in Congress appear determined to initiate one sooner rather than later.

What makes this all the more egregious is that Americans do not have to pay this price.  It is simply the obstinacy of liberals and their refusal to cut spending that needs to change.  Yet, the Democrat Budget does the opposite, increasing spending by a whopping $162 billion in the next year alone.  Again, Heritage states:

What we do have is a spending problem. Deficits will remain too high over the next decade because spending will remain well above its average.

Rather than focus on this true driver of our deficit and debt problem, Murray chose to largely ignore it and instead ask the American people to pick up the tab for the Senate’s refusal to get serious about cutting spending.

Liberals operate on the idea that the government is entitled to an ever increasing amount of your paycheck; that includes every middle class taxpayer.  Whenever the Left talks about high-income earners “paying their fair share,” the middle class is not far behind.  We saw this with the fiscal cliff where President Obama promised not to raise taxes on the middle class and then did.  We saw it with Obamacare that hit the middle class with new taxes as well.

Similarly, just last year, Heritage explained that in 2013 marginal tax rates would increase, harming middle class Americans.  State and federal taxes combined would amount to about 50 percent of your paycheck.  Remember – for the government to give you money or other services, they have to take that money away from you first:

It is outrageous that any dollar earned by a middle-class taxpayer would go as much to taxes as to supporting the taxpayer’s family. The government didn’t earn the taxpayer’s paycheck and shouldn’t be entitled to it.

What is clear, though, is that Sen. Murray doesn’t see things this way.  In discussing the budget process she said:

We will get out of the Senate.  It’s very clear that the Republicans won’t do anything until the Senate passes a budget.  [Paul Ryan and I are] the only two people in Washington who understand how hard it is to get a resolution across the floor. He laughed. And I am waiting to see if after this is done, there is a Paul Ryan who is willing to put revenue on the table.

Revenue comes from high-income earners, yes, but it also comes from the middle class and from small and large American businesses alike struggling to expand and employ more people.

If their budget is any indication, Senate Democrats are even less willing to reign in the reckless spending that got us in this fiscal crisis in the first place and to reform entitlement programs that consume nearly two-thirds of the federal budget.  Tragically, liberals truly believe that they are better at deciding how to spend your paycheck than you are, and that is ultimately what is reflected by Patty Murray’s reckless budget.

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Morning Action: Liberal Senator Wants Obama to Back Her Assault Weapons Ban

GUNS.   Wrap your mind around this one, because I certainly can’t.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) believes her proposed “assault weapons” ban, which the Senate Judiciary Committee just passed , will have more appeal with Republicans and moderate Democrats if she can get President Barack Obama to back her up.  Here’s the skinny:

Obama made an assault weapons ban part of the gun curbs he proposed in January, a month after a shooter with an assault rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at a school in Newtown, Conn. Feinstein and others have argued that such firearms are used in a disproportionate number of mass shootings and shouldn’t be available to civilians.

The prohibition has emerged as one of the most controversial of the gun restrictions being considered in Congress. Foes of barring the weapons say law-abiding citizens should not lose their Second Amendment right to own the weapons, which they say are popular for self-defense, hunting and collecting.

The measure’s passage by the Judiciary panel has been a foregone conclusion for some time. It will be far more vulnerable in the full Senate, where Democrats are expected to need 60 votes for passage through the 100-member chamber. That is where the NRA and other pro-gun groups are working hard for the ban’s defeat.

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Morning Action: Two Budgets Represent Alternative Visions for America

RYAN BUDGET. Two vastly different budgets will be introduced in Congress this week (sub. req’d), one from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and one from a “dedicated liberal,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA):

Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), heads of the Senate and House budget committees, will propose budget resolutions that set tax and spending targets for the entire federal government starting Oct. 1. Their work marks an attempt to steer Congress back toward its traditional role of passing a budget each year, rather than the stopgap funding measures used to keep government running in recent years.

The blueprints, from the parties’ budget chiefs, cement how far apart Democrats and Republicans are on tax and spending policy. Mr. Ryan’s budget will include no new tax increases or Pentagon cuts while advancing big changes to Medicare and Medicaid, all with the goal of erasing the annual federal deficit in 10 years. Ms. Murray’s plan is expected to increase taxes on upper-income households and corporations and make modest spending cuts to domestic programs; it wouldn’t balance the budget anytime soon.

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Grand Bargain: We Know How This Story Ends

When lawmakers in Congress express a strong desire for President Obama to lead on deficit reduction, that’s our cue to be very wary.  Talk of a so-called “grand bargain” is an indication that someone is going to jettison their principles.  That is why conservatives are not leaping for joy at the first sign of agreement between the President and Congress, which this week was a dinner that the President and several GOP senators shared followed by a lunch between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and President Obama the next day.

When the senators expressed their optimism about striking a deficit reduction deal with the President, Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham was immediately skeptical:

Republican senators who are feeling optimistic about the possibility of a deficit reduction deal after dining with President Obama last night should explain their enthusiasm. The only reason for optimism is if the President promised that tax increases are completely off the table.  A fine dining experience with the President of the United States may be enjoyable, but until he jettisons his flawed, economically damaging approach to deficit reduction, there is little reason for excitement.  

The Wall Street Journal editorial board expresses (sub. req’d) in clear terms why Americans — especially conservatives — should not put blind faith in the President’s proposal:

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