In my state of WA the Democrat/Comm-u-crat controlled legislature passed a law to collect sales tax on firearms transfers so that when buying a firearm that is transferred in from out of state the buyer is supposed to pay tax on the ENTIRE(!)amount of the transaction plus the cost of the transfer fee. What a croc. I for one hope the Dems are politically destroyed (at all levels) for ignoring the people of this country
As to the Dems being politically destroyed, we should, for a moment, reflect back on the Republicans, who controlled both houses of congress during a term of a Republican president, and left us this legacy:
The Alternate Minimum Tax was not indexed to inflation, so every year since, congress must act to avoid the impact of this crazy thing on 25,000,000 to 20,000,000 taxpayers in the middle to lower brackets. Do you know that the AMT test (extra form) applies if you got free government $$$ to buy a Hi-Bred car? Are you aware that congress--both Dems and Reps--often delay their 11th-hour AMT bailout so late that the IRS has to reprint forms? It is late September and we have no idea what the tax situation will be this year or next, not just AMT but most all federal taxes: What a way to run a country!
How about the estate tax: If someone of moderate means checked out in 2008, the estate tax exemption was $2.0M; last year it was $3.5M; this year there is no estate tax--die with $100 billion and your kids get it tax free. But in a short 100 days the estate tax reverts to everything over a $1,000,000 exemption starting at a 55% rate. George Jr's legacy...
As in an earlier post, the government requires reports of all $10,000 cash transactions, supposedly for money laundering investigations. Recently the government told banks to report "suspicious transactions" involving cash to Homeland Security; the banks I am aware of now report any cash transaction of $3,000 and up to Homeland Security in an effort to avoid federally-contrived civil rights lawsuits for profiling ($3,000 is Arab-neutral). You think I'm kidding?
Recently an AP news item cited that the feds are gearing up to take on businesses that screen job applicants on the basis of felony conviction(s). It seems that some government bean counters discovered that a disproportionate percentage of convicted felons are people of color and, thus, using felony convictions as a disqualifying factor in hiring is prima facia
discrimination against minorities. Thank you BHO.
Just last week there was a Yahoo! Finance article about the "Eight Things You Can't Ask a Job Applicant" if you are an employer: GET THIS! You can't ask someone applying for a job if he/she is in the country legally or their citizenship or immigration status (only after you offer them a job can you ask these questions). GO FIGURE!. As Pogo of 1940s-50s-60s comic strip fame famously said: "We have found the enemy and he is us."
As to the WA law to collect "sales taxes" on out of state purchases, this is old news. Most if not all states that levy a sales tax have laws on the books to collect "use tax" on out of state purchases. This use tax is collected on mail order purchases by sellers who have multi-state stores, for example, L. L. Bean from Maine has at least one store in Illinois, so when I order stuff from MA, I get charged the IL tax. If I ordered from Montana, where there is no sales tax, I wouldn't be charged tax. As to the use tax cited by J. Stephens, he correctly says that "...the buyer is supposed
to pay tax..." the operative word being "supposed." We are all supposed to pay use tax, and there is even a special line on the IL income tax form, but until there is some national reporting of all buy/sell transactions this is all but impossible to enforce...BUT WAIT...
Now the national 1099 law was slipped through as part of health reform. As pogo said, "We have found the enemy and he is U.S.