ITFA was enacted in 1998 with strong bipartisan support, and it has always included a "grandfather clause" that allowed states and localities that were taxing Internet access to keep doing so. Despite its long history, there's widespread misunderstanding about the grandfather clause in the current debate about renewing ITFA.
Hurray for the Republicans! They saved us from defeat by defeating themselves. Now President Obama holds all the cards. He should just hold onto them. What about the fiscal cliff? Indeed, what about it? It is a fiction of rhetoric, foisted on the American people by Wall Street and inside-the-beltway elites.