Internet bill makes state agents of businesses

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What is the Senate doing with the Internet sales-tax bill (“Internet sales tax faces a tougher sell in the House after passing Senate,” Web, Monday)? First of all, the United States is a federation of independent states. Each one has its own laws, taxes, etc. If the Senate is acting to force businesses in one state to collect taxes for another state, those businesses are acting as an agent for that other state.

This reminds me of what King George III and the British Parliament did to us with the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts (“Intolerable Acts”). As those acts forced the Colonists to absorb their costs, the Senate is trying to do the same to the businesses that sell using the Internet. This is wrong and as un-American as you can get.

JAMES HONTZ

Riverdale, Md.

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