TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Successful? Tax it!

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Letter to the Editor
Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

Successful? Tax it!

So, now we have the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passing a bill that would empower states to charge sales tax on online purchases, regardless of whether the seller has a physical location in the buyer's state. The idea is to “level the playing field” with “brick and mortar” stores. Why is government's reaction to anything successful to tax it into oblivion?

Here's a thought: How about eliminating the sales tax in all states? Five currently have no sales tax. This would make all the states even (fair share).

The proponents of the bill claim it could confiscate (my term) $25 billion annually for state governments, which probably will be applied toward grossly underfunded state pension plans. Poor planning and ridiculous pension promises in contracts have led states to this financial mess. Let the states file bankruptcy and renegotiate pension plans to a realistic level, and keep the $25 billion for the president. Heck, that'll pay for the remainder of his golf outings on Campaign One.

Greg Massung

North Huntingdon

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Letters

  1. Trump: Stealing the thunder
  2. Inspiration on ice
  3. Wolf’s budget better
  4. ATI ‘ate its own’
  5. Indians true victims
  6. Sickened by politicians
  7. ATI unfair
  8. Rep. Murphy & Westmoreland
  9. Burden eased
  10. Westmoreland Transit trouble
  11. Schools & taxes