I live in California.
Trust me, we could really use a mass exodus right about now; especially if the ones leaving are those who are leaving because they don't want to
accept the responsibility that comes of being a citizen of this great State.
Sure, you want the sun, and the wine, and the beaches, and the opportunities that the sixth largest economy in the entire world can provide, but
heaven forbid that some evil politician
would suggest that you pay for all that by paying the same sales tax that everyone else in the state
pays on their offline
It seems that it is all about privilege, and the sense of entitlement that privilege endows, isn't it?
Some people are privileged enough to be able to make their
purchases on-line, and in so doing they have had an easy way to evade the sales tax
imposed by the state on their non-essential
(remember, essential items, such as food are not subject to sales tax) purchases. These
(although they'd never
think of themselves like that
, right?) have somehow come to feel that they
to this exemption; maybe because they feel that they are so much more clever than the rest of us schlubs who pay our taxes.
Now that the State has threatened to "level the playing field", they're screaming bloody murder!
Oh, how my poor liberal heart bleeds for them! NOT!
The State of California has to provide services and support for more than 31 MILLION
citizens. To do that, it unfortunately, must impose
taxes, including sales taxes. Every mom & pop "brick & mortar" store in the State must, by law collect sales tax on every, non-essential, item sold;
as a consequence of doing business in the State.
It is patently unfair
for a mega-corporation like Amazon to be allowed to avoid this same reponsibility; especially when their "affiliates" are
brick & mortar business located in the very same state as businesses that must collect and remit those taxes.
So, if you don't like living up to the responsibilities that living and working (and doing business) in California entails,
Get The #*@* ! Out!
We don't Need
you, or your "business", sucking up Our
resources and capital for scant little in return.
And don't let the door hit you in the arse as you leave!
edit on 30-6-2011 by Bhadhidar because: The perils of late night punctuation!