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Unreasonable argument against Internet sales tax bill

Jeff Jacoby’s column on Republican Senator Mike Enzi’s Internet sales tax bill (“Everything to fear in Internet sales tax,” Op-ed, April 24) is a regretable polemic, not a reasoned analysis of the proposal.

Jacoby argues that the bill represents taxation without representation, but Internet retailers have recourse to Congress and state legislatures through their executives, lawyers, and lobbyists, just as brick-and-mortar stores do.

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He claims that states cannot be allowed to tax beyond their borders, but the bill would obligate Internet sellers to collect a state’s sales tax on the transactions occurring with buyers located in that state, no different than the brick-and-mortar obligation.

Most disturbingly, Jacoby concludes, “Against such antidemocratic unfairness, Americans once fought a revolution.” That reads to me like incitement to violence and overthrow of the government. I am not sure how I feel about Enzi’s bill, but with arguments like Jacoby’s, this country would plunge off the rails.

Edward Goldstein

Newton Centre

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