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    Morning Bell: What Did Apple Do Wrong?

    Members of Congress called Apple executives to testify on Capitol Hill yesterday. Why? Because the company makes money overseas, and some Senators want to get their hands on the cash. A Senate subcommittee accused the company of “shifting” profits from the U.S. to other countries and avoiding paying taxes. But … More

    Morning Bell: The Ugly Facts About the Internet Sales Tax

    The Internet sales tax passed the Senate, but a growing chorus is pointing out that it would hurt many to help the tax man. The Senate passed the misleadingly named Marketplace Fairness Act last week by a vote of 69-27. But House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that he is … More

    Morning Bell: Remember the Economy? It's Still Bad

    According to a poll earlier this year, voters have a higher opinion of cockroaches than Congressmen. President Obama’s personal popularity remains solid, but his job approval rating is going down. Why are our elected officials unpopular? It might just be because they are not listening. In poll after poll, the … More

    Internet Sales Tax: Your Online Shopping Could Cost More

    Think buying your favorite products online is a good deal? You could face higher costs for online shopping if Congress approves a new sales tax bill that is making its way through the Senate. The bill, dubbed the Marketplace Fairness Act, would allow states to force out-of-state retailers to collect … More

    10 Reasons These Democrats Oppose the Internet Sales Tax

    The Senate is moving closer to passing an Internet sales tax law, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, despite rising opposition that includes Democratic Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Max Baucus (D-MT). Here are 10 reasons for opposing an Internet sales tax, as the Senators state them in the video … More

    9,646 Reasons to Dislike the Internet Sales Tax

    The U.S. Senate is debating the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act. It’s a bill that would result in the taxation of Internet sales, driving up costs for consumers. The legislation cleared a procedural hurdle Monday and could have a floor vote by Thursday. This is a classic case of where the … More

    Morning Bell: Internet Sales Tax Is a State Money Grab

    Why are states so eager to collect taxes on Internet sales? In short, because they could grab money from other states. Heritage legal expert David Addington lays it out: Like the money-hungry federal government, many state governments have financial and political interests in getting their hands on more and more … More

    Conservatives Awaken: Nothing Is Conservative About State Tax Collection on Internet Sales

    The Senate soon will take up ill-advised legislation (S. 743) misnamed the “Marketplace Fairness Act” to authorize every state to force out-of-state businesses to serve as the state’s sales tax collector, overruling the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1992 decision in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota. As Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said … More

    Congress Wants to Tell Americans How to Be More Efficient? Really?

    In the interest of trying to make better choices for consumers, Congress has been determined to legislate efficiency mandates for American homes and businesses since the late 1970s. The latest and much-awaited efficiency legislation is being reintroduced in the Senate tomorrow, with a House companion bill coming as early as … More

    Raising the Minimum Wage to $9 Would Harm Most Vulnerable Job Seekers

    President Obama’s budget proposes raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour. This would hurt the very workers the President wants to help. When the price of something rises, people—both consumers and employers—purchase less of it. Americans responded to the higher cost of gas by driving less. Businesses similarly respond … More