November 14th, 2002

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Online sales taxes? Please...

This story hit the Washington Post today. A group of states are assembling a plan to collect taxes on all internet purchases, an attempt to eliminate the savings most people enjoy when buying from vendors outside their home state.

Here's why it's going to fail: The plan requires participating systems to simplify their sales tax law, including a single statewide tax rate. In too many states, cities and counties have the power to add to the state tax rate to generate revenue for themselves. In California, this is about the only way for cities and counties to raise revenue. (Property taxes here are capped at 1%.)

I honestly don't have a problem with fairly assessing sales taxes. We talk about the Internet bringing us conveniences that we used to have at only great expense by earlier means. Well, that blade cuts both ways. If I drove to a vendor in Arizona to buy something, I'd have to pay sales tax on the purchase, so why should it be any different if I have it shipped to me instead? I just don't think it should be done in a way that strangles already beleaguered agencies.
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EVERYBODY must get stoned!

I heard a story on the news this morning about a Congressman bailing on a speaking engagement before some Christianpsychochristian conference. He learned that this group, the Association of Free Reformed Churches, advocates imposing biblical law over US law. Included in their position is advocating stoning of rebellious children. As I'm laying there in bed listening, the first thing that comes to mind is, "I think a whole lot of rebellious children get pretty stoned on their own, without any help from a buncha fundies!" Reading their little position paper, they're not talking about stoning little Bobby for refusing to eat his vegetables, just the truly troublesome older teenage delinquents. Oh yeah, now that's definitely a crowd with a high likelihood of lighting up fat spliffs.
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One Year Of Slack

Since 2:00pm PST today, I've officially been unemployed for a whole year. Bring on the coke and whores!
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