The Journal says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been working his dark magic on the bill behind closed doors in order to re-write the definition of "state." If his definition is broadened, notes the editorial, "The new bureaucratic headaches could number in the hundreds of thousands."
Supporters of the bill claim there would be just one auditing authority in each state, not a potential claim from each of the 9,600 state and local tax collectors. But as another Journal editorial notes, "What matters is not what the bill's supporters 'have explicitly stated,' but what's in the bill." And what's in the bill gives no assurance that supporters' claims will come to pass. Any way you slice it, it's going to be a lot more bureaucracy and a burden on small businesses to collect what will amount to a paltry 1 percent increase in tax revenue for state and local governments. Better they should cut spending by that amount.
Calvin Coolidge noted, "Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery." Too bad the Senate sergeant at arms can't arrest the "robbers."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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