Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Amazon says "F-you" to Colorado's tax thiefs

We get so few glorious victories in our love affair with capitalism that when one happens, we get a brief smile and a hardy "Yeah, baby!"

Such is the case with Amazon's decision to drop all of its affiliates in Colorado after the fascist leaders of that state imposed sales-tax regulations on online retailers.

The Colorado fascist-in-chief (aka governor) signed a law last month that requires online retailers to either collect sales tax or share information with the state about all the purchases made by residents, so the state could demand booty (aka taxes) from those residents.

In an email to its Colorado retailers, Amazon called the new laws "burdensome ... and clearly intended to increase the compliance burden to a point where online retailers will be induced to 'voluntarily' collect Colorado sales tax -- a course we won't take."

Of course, we capitalists would enjoy a louder "Yeah, baby!" if Amazon had added, "Colorado has decided to join other fascist government entities in their direct and immoral violations of individual rights, so we will cease and desist operations that allow such transgressions against rational humans and their productive endeavors until the fascist dogs publicly reject such immorality and extinguish the offending laws."

That isn't likely to happen from the fascists. Here's what the Colorado fascist-in-chief, Bill Ritter, had to say about Amazon's move: "Amazon has taken a disappointing -- and completely unjustified -- step. Amazon is simply trying to avoid compliance with Colorado law."

You hear that? That's the sound of a frustrated fascist denied his booty by a company that won't play his jackbooting game.

That's worth another "Yeah, baby!"

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