Small government's antithesis
I was surprised to read Colin Hanna, a “conservative” leader, opining in favor of the Marketplace “Fairness” Act in his column “Congress should pass e-fairness legislation” . This bill is the antithesis of small government, as it would set tax collectors from almost 10,000 taxing jurisdictions free to roam the Internet in a quest for revenue, threatening thousands of small e-retailers in Pennsylvania and across the country with audits and even bankruptcy.
Instead, I would refer self-styled conservatives to Erick Erickson, a prominent conservative radio host, activist and blogger who wrote recently about “coin operated conservatism” on RedState.com . I may not always agree with Erickson, but I couldn't have agreed more when, writing about the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), he decried “corporate dollars ... being spread around directly and indirectly to claim this ... is somehow conservative.” Where are these corporate dollars coming from? From mega-retailers — the likes of Wal-Mart and Amazon — that are seeking to use their friends in Congress to crush their small, online competitors through the MFA.