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September 1, 2015

Cruz Decries Forcing Texans to Support Bloomberg’s ‘Nanny Statism’

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Even though the outcome is not in doubt, senators and outside groups are making their final pitches for and against a Senate plan to allow states to collect sales taxes for Internet purchases.

Freshman GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance, is among those arguing the bill is effectively a tax increase on consumers.

“How is it fair for a Texas business to collect taxes to support California Gov. Jerry Brown’s big spending? Or to underwrite New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s nanny statism or Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s anti-Second Amendment agenda?” Cruz said in a Sunday opinion piece at Real Clear Politics.

Conservative Texans could, of course, avoid any such risk of support for liberal policies by only shopping online at businesses based in red states.

Texas is one of 45 states with a sales tax. Our colleagues at the CQ Roll Call Data Mine have an interactive graphic with all the details.

The National Retail Federation, which has advocated for the new legislation, made its last cry for votes in a letter circulated Monday morning.

“This collection disparity has tilted the competitive landscape against local stores, creating a crisis for brick-and-mortar retailers around the country and in your state,” wrote NRF Senior Vice President David French.

The NRF side is pretty darn near certain to prevail in this round, since the Senate’s already cleared the procedural hurdle of invoking cloture on the measure with 63 votes, leaving only a simple-majority vote ahead. But now is not the time for supporters to rejoice. Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist, who has been pushing against the bill, tweeted Sunday that there was a “real danger” of the measure getting through the Senate, but he noted his side could prevail in the House.

In this case, Norquist prevailing would mean the yearslong effort of Sens. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and others to pass the sales tax collection bill would die in the GOP-controlled House.

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  1. jtkell100

    May 6, 2013
    11:17 a.m.

    I cannot wait until Senator Cruz joins Senator Session to crush this Obama Care Bill.
    You cannot demean, mock or shame this Senator into silence or badger him into being a meeker, milder legislator. In my opinon Ted is one of a few real men in the Senate. In other words, he is doing precisley what he said on the campain trail. Now Rubio seems to have been on an ego trip lately.
    Marco Rubio, who has called Mr. DeMint his best friend endorsed Mr. Rubio early on in his 2010 Senate bid, when he was still a long-shot Tea Party candidate, and Mr. Rubio has said that Mr. DeMint is his best friend.
    When Rubio joined this gang and became the defacto leader he knew that bill the the six senators ( 4 Dems and two Rhinos) would write would be, like the Obama Heath Cair bill, a Christree tree for Democrats. He ran for election on the promise that he would not support any bill unless it had the border security first. Now this bill will financially destroy this Country and the Republican Party.
    Now look what he has done. Betrayed his most early ardent supporter, all his constituents in Florida and most of the Tea Party. What does this tell you about this Man? In my opinion Rubio will be a Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, John McCain man that will say one thing to get elected and then join a gang to write a bill that is mumbo jumbo. No border security first as promised. If this is what your best friends do to you and our Nation you can count me out. When did we start allowing gangs write our legislation?

    • Justapooorpeddler

      May 6, 2013
      1:35 p.m.

      If I believed in god I would pray for you’re sorry ass. We Democrats are not perfect but you guys are nuts.

      • GNH

        May 6, 2013
        6:05 p.m.

        We’ll consider the source.

      • creative_dude

        May 7, 2013
        10:48 p.m.

        Why yes, I am. Spit em out when you’re through with em.

  2. Bill Chelmowski

    May 6, 2013
    1:09 p.m.

    And die it should. Anything Comrade Durbin supports must be bad, and this bill would create a nightmare for any small business doing internet sales. When you add in shipping costs, the competitive landscape is already level. This is just more Democrat tax and spend and would only hurt competition.

  3. Drew Robertson

    May 6, 2013
    1:20 p.m.

    Interesting comments from two SBINOs. Sentient beings in name only.

  4. Henry Clay

    May 6, 2013
    1:46 p.m.

    Tax & Spend Democrats.. They have no plan to improve our economy, but it is clear that they want your hard earned dollars if you are a working American.

  5. Justapooorpeddler

    May 6, 2013
    2:40 p.m.

    It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument and for most of us certainty is an illusion but not for Ted. His TV is forever tuned to FOX the fair and balanced network that makes the viewer mean and stupid.

    • Atticus Fisticuffs

      May 7, 2013
      10:04 a.m.

      haha that “ignorant man” has forgotten more about Contitutional Law than you could ever hope to learn.

  6. GNH

    May 6, 2013
    6:03 p.m.

    Senator Cruz is right. It’s just another tax, and the tax would hinder the growth of businesses, which ultimately hire more employees. A counter productive approach to solving America’s unemployment and debt related problems. There is nothing fair about the proposed tax.

    Continue to give them angina, Ted!

  7. Kevin

    May 6, 2013
    9:44 p.m.

    “Conservative Texans could, of course, avoid any such risk of support for
    liberal policies by only shopping online at businesses based in red

    I think the author misunderstands the law. The Texan who would hypothetically be paying the California state tax is the producer/supplier, not the consumer. To be accurate, that sentence should be rewritten to say:

    “Conservative Texas businesses could, of course, avoid any such risk of support for liberal policies by only selling to customers based in red states.”

  8. sphenoid

    May 6, 2013
    11:02 p.m.

    This is a big business bill. Multi-million dollar profit corporations like Amazon can afford to spend the accounting and technological muscle to handle the dumping of taxes on profit and loss statements. Lower profit businesses, even someone who runs a modest ebay store could not handle such a load, forcing some to scale back, change business plans, reinvest in other sectors, etc. This is further encroaching of the government into a free and open cyber space.

  9. code4blue

    May 7, 2013
    3:36 p.m.

    Many small businesses are moving under ground meaning they are doing more business for cash under the table and there isn’t anything the government can do to stop it or control it and that is exactly what will happen with internet sales. Small business people are survivors and they will always find a way to survive!

  10. Colsrob

    May 8, 2013
    9:50 p.m.

    “This collection disparity has tilted the competitive landscape against local stores, creating a crisis for brick-and-mortar retailers around the country and in your state,” wrote NRF Senior Vice President David French.

    Funny, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down Walmart. This isn’t about fairness in tax practices, it’s about certain companies getting their butts kicked. Just as their was once the cry of Walmart being unfair, now it’s internet giants.

    Why worry about competing when you can get the govt to help you out instead!?

    I hope Best Buy still goes under, if this thing passes.

  11. mrbill59

    May 9, 2013
    10:46 a.m.

    let it die. they dont need any more of our money.
    that is all

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