We Care About Roads, Bridges, and Efficiency

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Roads and bridges are important to consumers.  But the proposal to cover the Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) shortfall with savings from reduced postal deliveries leaves us gasping at its arrogance.  The proposal is typical of DC’s flawed “ideas.”  First, some “transportation” projects should not be federally funded.  In addition, the Department of Transportation’s (DoT) […]

Consumer Alert: Unless Congress Acts, We Are Six Months from Internet Taxation

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Last month, representatives from dozens of organizations, including The American Consumer Institute, sent a letter to the leadership of several key committees that oversee various aspects of Internet regulation and economic activity. The letter implored the leadership of the importance of keeping the Internet free of taxation, something that is in jeopardy if the current […]

You Earn It; They Tax and Waste it

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Based on the myriad of reports over the years, the Federal government is wasteful, inefficient and lacks the incentives to act differently.  The news reports of waste, overpayment and abuse are so common and often run in the billions of dollars.  For example, one report looked at about 100 examples of government projects that produced […]

Trawling for Dollars: The Profitable DOJ

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Our federal Department of Justice (DOJ) excels at seizing the cash.  In the past two years, often acting as another Department’s attorney, DOJ has prosecuted violators shaking at least $45 billion in fines and penalties out of companies – notably, JP Morgan ($13B), Bank of America ($9.5B), Anadarko ($5.2B), HSBC ($1.9B), Deutsche Bank ($1.9B), SAC […]

Taxing the Internet is a Bad Idea

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For over 15 years, American’s have enjoyed untaxed access to the Internet, thanks in part to the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998, which provided that no entry point to the Internet could be taxed. Congress at that time understood the importance of keeping the barriers to entry as low as possible, giving as many […]

The Taxing Problem of Internet-Based Sales

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A sales tax imposed on Internet purchases has had many proponents, since the inception of the Internet, wanting to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on items purchased by consumers via their website. Last year, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require retailers to collect sales taxes based on where the […]