Orwellian Double-speak – Cubed!

(Orwellian Double-speak)^3

Leave it to the extremely well-funded, big-box retailer backed “Alliance for Main Street” Fairness to take double speak to an entirely new level.

The Marketplace Fairness Act itself is another layer of it – Any act with fairness in the title usually isn’t.

To take it to yet another level – “Doublespeak-cubed” as I call it is an absolutely shameful legislative trick being used by the Senate to try and attach the MFA to existing legislation and pass it along with popular legislation.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Internet Tax Fairness Act (ITFA) by a nearly unanimous vote. The ITFA protects the Internet from usage and access taxes (and has nothing to do with sales tax). Unless the ITFA passes by November, Internet access including email could be taxed.

When this bill went to the Senate for a vote, instead of voting on this clean, non-controversial bill, Senate leadership attached the controversial and unpopular Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) to the bill and announced that unless the House passes the Senate’s version of ITFA with the MFA attached, that taxation of Internet access would commence.

Orwell-cubed is just the fact that the Senate would attach a sales taxation of online sales bill to another bill that would block Internet taxation. I would laugh at the irony if the MFA weren’t such horrific legislation and a small business killer.

There are many reasons why the MFA stalled in the House Judiciary and never made it for a vote. MFA is fundamentally flawed legislation as-is. The head of the House Judiciary, Chairman Goodlatte, published a set of principles that he and their committee would look for in any MFA-like bill. In my opinion, MFA meets none of these. The opposition politely thanked the committee for their thoughtful deliberation and looked forward to addressing the Judiciary’s concerns regarding the legislation.

But instead of actually trying to address the legitimate concerns of tens of thousands of businesses that would be hit by this new regulatory and financial burden, the Senate leadership at the behest of their big-box retail donors is trying to bypass the whole process and the House of Representatives completely by attaching the controversial and unpopular Marketplace Fairness Act to the ITFA. So passing ITFA will continue a freeze on Internet access taxes, while implementing new sales taxes on consumers.

“War is peace

Freedom is slavery

Ignorance is strength”

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

And now “I voted against Internet taxes while voting for them”

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