As usual, Tom Huerkamp makes an emergency out of nothing (Dec. 7 letter wanting to tax internet purchases). How does collecting more sales taxes help or protect "traditional brick and mortar retail"? And what is preventing those same brick and mortar retail shops from putting up websites themselves, thereby expanding their sales base past their small community? Or -- gasp -- selling their goods on Amazon?
Huerkamp envisions ALL stores literally disappearing because of online shopping, even though the goods being bought online have to exist somewhere, at the least in a warehouse to be shipped from (and those giant warehouses are paying plenty in property tax, believe me). The people delivering the goods that were bought online are paying hefty gas taxes (and let's not pretend anymore that gas taxes only go to roads, like they're supposed to) plus their own income taxes, sales taxes, vehicle taxes, etc. -- plus all the "hidden taxes"...VAT taxes, corporate taxes, "sin" taxes, excise/customs/tariff taxes, insurance premium taxes, passenger taxes, payroll taxes, inventory taxes, duty taxes, inheritance taxes, capital gains taxes ... obviously this list can go on and on and on.
When people are rigidly afraid of change (personally I'm glad the main mode of transportation is no longer horse and buggy or even trains) they make up (quote) IMPENDING DOOM (end quote) scenarios. And then imply that only the government can save us from that -- by levying more taxes. And indeed -- North Korea has proven to the world that 100 percent taxation leads to widespread prosperity (or maybe that was death by starvation, I forget which is which).
Non-interstate taxing on goods has worked just fine the entire history of our country. But now all of a sudden it's going to be the death of us all!
The "playing field" is already pretty level -- with TOO MUCH tax. A giant bloated government with half of everyone's income looks for things to do with that money well beyond the scope of "public service."
I've been puzzled for a long time as to why I have NEVER heard Tom Huerkamp say that the Cedaredge and Delta governments should sell their golf courses and use that never-ending bottomless pit black hole of millions of dollars sucked into a golf course hole toward all these "DIRE" needs projects? Why is the ONLY solution ALWAYS more taxation?
I have yet to see Cedaredge or Delta say, "If we don't get more tax money, we're going to have to close down the golf course." No, instead it's always the same old song and dance -- basic services. The schools, the police, the roads -- all these things are threatened. Because these local governments obviously place more importance on their golf courses (and other ridiculous uses of tax money) than on schools, police, roads, or water/sewer/utilities (the same places they "borrow" the money from to begin with to fund the golf courses). Some folks approve of that, and want to feed it even more. As if income is endless and people are greedy for wanting to feed their families and compare shop online instead of funding a handful of elite golfers.
I predict Walmart is NOT going to disappear in five years. And when it does, it will be because it will be replaced by something better and more popular.