“I can tell you, as I live there. Unions and weak willed politicians that won't stand up to them. The politicians gave away the store to AFSCME in the past, and now can't pay the pensions that they promised from the past. Knuckle-heads running things then, and now. But if we could only give Chicago to Wisconsin then.....”
“In this economy its not hard to imagine store closings. Whats left of the economy will die when the gov't printing presses stop printing. The old joke about being so broke we can't even pay attention never had more meaning.”
“Hatred of people is a sin. Hatred of sin is good. How many times does he have to say it?”
Dandy72 on Dec 23, 2013 at 11:30:16
“Well I guess He would have to say it to me 1 time and I would believe him. But as far as I know, God has never physically materialized and told anyone anything—not even you.
What you know, or think you know, comes from the interpretation of a book that can be and has been interpreted in myriad ways.
It seems to me that certain Christians will always find a way to justify the hate the feel in their miserable hearts.”
“To simply own a firearm and posess it it your home requires no training. Unless you are a felon, thats the way it should be because thats whats Constitutional. God forbid Big Brother will take that away.”
“If 1/2 the people want expanded gun control and less freedom in that area, then
doesn't that mean 1/2 the people don't? Cleverly written article, with a strong bias.”
disgustedwithall on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:33:45
“Exactly what "less freedom" are you talking about, mine to be assured anyone prancing about with guns is 100% qualified and KNOWS the laws, or the ones who prance about with guns and with no rigorous training/qualifications and zero knowledge of the law? NOTE am long time handgun shooter and news flash kiddies, 10-25 rounds on well lighted range, ear muffs and no panic does not make you qualified to shoot handgun in public area's”
noknrc on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:04:05
“It does not matter since it never happened and most likely never will”
dlrllynn on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:03:04
“AS ALWAYS! PEOPLE FOOLISHLY (AND SADLY) PUT GUNS ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE. PATHETIC”
ddanimal on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:00:25
“No. Bad assumption. In any poll there is a group that has no opinion or is undecided.”
The Linda on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:59:46
“You guys always say that an article, or news story is biased if it shows both sides.”
“one difference is the amount of the taxes involved. The seller that markets an item for $10 on Ebay has to go to the same effort as someone that made the profit on a car.
In illinois car taxes are handled by a partnership between the Secretary of State and Dept. of Revenue. Who is going to monitor home Ebay sellers? More State employees?”
TheHighForester on Dec 2, 2013 at 17:33:48
“They'll probably be checked by the Dept. of Revenue, just as other sales taxes are. The additional money collected from internet will more (much more) than pay for any additional staffing costs.
The big internet retailers are already keeping track of where their customers are. Collecting and paying sales taxes will inconvenience them very little. And most states already have some exemption for occasional sales in small dollar amounts, which exempts garage sales and the like.
States all across the country are strapped for cash. Receiving revenue from internet sales would allow them to meet some of their needs without imposing more onerous taxes on their residents. A lot of big retailers are already complying--I ordered a bimini top for my boat from Bass Pro Shops, and they charged me the proper state sales tax.”
“In that case, i'd agree. I reside in IL, and certainly send in all sales tax from orders sent to IL. So does every other internet seller I know. To not collect on local sales is wrong, but I believe the proposed legislation is for more than local sales.”
TheHighForester on Dec 2, 2013 at 14:59:21
“There is no reason to exempt interstate sales from taxation. If an Illinois resident buys a automobile in an adjacent state which has lower taxes, the dealer is required to collect the full amount of Illinois taxes, pay his own state its portion, and then remit the rest to Illinois. I think that internet sales should be handled in the same way.”
“I agree with you. But consider this. On line sellers have never collected out of state sales tax before, only instate. Since they have never received this in the past, it is "new money". Why would you support anything that taxes you and your neighbors more in new taxes? When has taxation reached enough? Are you happy with the way they are spending what they take in now?”
notalagirl on Dec 2, 2013 at 12:36:21
“There are a lot of things that I don't like supporting with my taxes. A bloated military and a corporate prison system are just two, but in a democracy, your taxes go to a lot of things that you don't support. Do I think that our money could be spent better? definitely, but do I have a problem with paying more taxes? No. I make a solid 6 figure income and pay plenty of taxes, but I know that they are needed to support the things that matter to me. I honestly didn't even notice that I started paying sales tax on my internet orders. That is how much I don't care about paying sales tax.”
“I am a local merchant, and I have no more of a wish for others to pay new taxes than myself. To believe that this will drive more sales into my store is naive. Its nothing other than a government out of control.”
“The point I think you are missing is that the sales affected are not in those states. When someone buys a product on the net, its coming from another state, usually.
No different than 100 years ago when the oldtimers ordered through the Sears and Roebuck catalog. The catalog may be in their state, but the business is not.”
TheHighForester on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:38:34
“The point you are missing is that internet retailers claim exemption from taxation not only in the customer's state, but also in the state in which they are located. In short, they think that their transactions should be exempted from all taxes. To the extent that brick-and-mortar stores lose sales to internet competition, the state loses tax revenue.”
“Geez, they already are. Ebay is full of it. You have to be smarter and compete.
Private business is continually getting more challenging. Try to start a business and make what a federal or state worker does.”
“I have a storefront and sell Ebay. The storefront is becoming outmoded, because of the high cost of realestate taxes, utilities, insurance, bldg. maintenance etc. Not to mention the cost of investment in the property. To buy cheap, its a no-brainer. Ebay and similar sites. Sellers have never been taxed on selling out of their states, only instate sales. Because this is something new, you have to refer to it as a new tax. Brick and mortar whinners need to diversify or many will be forced out. They cannot raise their prices enough to compensate for ever increasing cost of doing business. Keep raising taxes and even the most industrious will give up and suck at the public tit.”
notalagirl on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:20:17
“I am sorry. I am not going to buy everything online. I like going to a physical store to look at products especially clothes and appliances. There is a market for both types of stores. I also like the fact the brick an mortar stores give jobs to my neighbors so I support them because that supports my community. Paying the sales tax for online purchases hasn't changed my buying habits. It is the cost of shipping that effects whether or not I buy it online or try to find something local. That really effects the price much more than the sales tax. I was looking at something the other day that with shipping would add an extra $50 to the price and the sales tax $10. I found it local to save the $50. Unless the company has worked out some sort of discount with a shipper, the shipping costs are often why I don't order from a eretailer.”
Patrick Moctezuma on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:09:56
“Nobody is raising taxes, in spite of your logical gymnastics. It's simply applying an existing tax to people that have long enjoyed a loophole allowing them to ignore it. Way overdue. This is a boon to local merchants.”
Gerry Powers on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:06:17
“I like seeing what I buy and don't care to have to pay higher taxes because others avoid paying them online.”
TheHighForester on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:04:10
“As you point out, "this is something new," but I do not think that it is a "new tax." Historically, those who do business in a state have been subject to sales taxes. The nature of the internet allows retailers who do not have a physical presence in the state to compete directly for customers there, make sales there. What they are doing, selling and delivering a product, is essentially no different from what a brick-and-mortar merchant does, and there is no reason that they should be exempted from taxation. In fact, not paying taxes gives them an artificial (state created) advantage over home-state merchants and is thus detrimental to the interests of the state and its people.
If your state is going to have sales taxes upon certain categories of goods, then the only fair way to go about it is to tax transactions equally, across the board.”
o g on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:01:32
“Lets see how your internet retail business does when China sets up a competing business and sells for less. Then you will be the one crying to the govt to stop foreigners from having a unfair advantage and calling for a tax on them. What goes around comes around.”