I have long contended that the prime political problem with Congress is too much likeness, rather than too many differences. While there are differences in society at large, that are growing, they are not reflected by the members of Congress. These deep differences of society are certainly not articulated by Congress or the media. What you get from Congress is “scratch fights” and pettiness, which many members have discovered contributes to their re-election. Of course, re-election is paramount.
However, occasionally, a matter comes before Congress that defies party associations. Such is the bill known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, or Internet sales tax.
This bill, which forces on-line retailers to collect sales tax has been a long time coming. After all, Mom and Pop’s, however small, have been collecting sales tax all along. The Senate bill does have a one million dollar exemption. Some would like the exemption raised to ten million. While it want completely level the field, it brings a long overdue fairness in commerce.
The bill is supported by the President and some of the most reliable conservatives in Washington. So, it seems, for this bill, it will be decided on it’s merits alone.