This latest assault on Internet commerce is wrong for many reasons. It will undermine healthy tax competition -- pressure to keep taxes low in your state. It creates real privacy concerns. And it is only the first step in allowing politicians in another state to tax you in yours.
I have to admit, I've really respected the Republicans in Congress for standing steadfast by their pledge to Grover Norquist not to ever vote to raise taxes. I only wish all those high-principled Republicans felt as honor-bound about the other pledge they made.
When influential guys like LaPierre take a stand like wanting to make an armed fort out of every elementary school, there's no middle ground, there's no compromise, and there's no sane discussion of how to decrease violence in America.
This past election, Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform, spent nearly $16 million to support his favored candidates; that's according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Where did that money come from, and what did it buy?
If more people in America were willing to disagree rather than personally attack someone with different political views, we might actually have a chance to solve problems rather than continue the red/blue polarization that has paralyzed Washington in recent years.
Norquist, in case you don't watch too much cable news, is the Washington lobbyist who for years has threatened hundreds of conservative candidates with defeat unless they signed a pledge to never, ever vote to raise taxes. Until now, it worked.