The Sickness of “Fairness”

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Posted in category Tax Tyranny

So this morning, as I posted a new order through my Amazon Prime account, I was slapped with an Amazon tax for the first time. Starting on October 1st, Michiganders were hit with the new ”Main Street Fairness” law. Indeed, ”Main Street Fairness” is the name of the law – wish I were making this up or stealing this terminology from Atlas Shrugged. A quote:

Traditional retailers had argued that tax-free Internet sales unfairly undermined their business.

Fair, unfair, fair, unfair – this law is intended to be an economic protectionist measure for local retailers, but the fact that it is considered “fair” to tax Main Street (middle class consumers) to benefit big (but local) business should be mocked by us Main Street consumers who must now be involuntarily plundered in the name of “fairness.”

Local, big-box retailers, once again, have had their horse-and-buggy business models turned into relevance – overnight – via government dictate. Still, the reality is that I can sit in my underwear at 5am and click “order” on an oversized, heavy item from Amazon and have that item arrive in about a day, with no additional shipping cost to me as a Prime member. That is in place of me going out and fighting traffic and construction to get to a crowded, suburban shopping mall being converged upon by bored patrons fighting for a parking space, and then wandering around in the mall side-by-side with the catatonic masses only to deal with sour-faced, unhelpful, teenage floor clerks who make me feel as if I am a nuisance for making them work to find me an item in the stockroom based on a floor model, and get that purchased good paid for and out to my car.

Leave no stone untaxed, as only the redistributionist state can do.

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3 Responses to The Sickness of “Fairness”

  1. Matt T. says:

    October 13th, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Amen!  And…the silliest thing of all…this fairness tax benefits government only!  None of that money goes back to main street!  So, government just hoodwinked the rest of us into a tax increase to “help” the little guy!  Insane!

  2. John says:

    October 14th, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I love Amazon, I just bought a TV from them.  I never want to go to a mall or a store again.  After going through the hassles Karen mentions, I would then find that the store doesn’t have the exact product I wanted so I end up buying something that is a compromise product because I didn’t want to go home empty handed after spending all that time getting to the mall, etc.

    With Amazon, I can order exactly what I want, and if they don’t have that, I am out only a small amount of time–but usually find the product elsewhere online.

  3. Michael says:

    October 21st, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Karen,

    I love your posts and I agree with you 100%.  Would much rather order it from Amazon than have to deal with all of what you listed in order to visit a brick-and-mortar store.  Absolutely drives me nuts to have the state think that it is entitled to a portion of everything I earn, buy, own, etc.   

    Keep up the great work.

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