The NY Times runs a story with a lot of sympathy for small business owners opposed to the proposed internet sales tax. Did these small business owners convince the Times they were not part of the dreaded 1 Percent? Well, maybe they saw it as millionaires versus billionaires:
The Senate is poised to pass a bill to require all but the smallest online sellers to collect the tax. The House appears likely to follow suit. Although Amazon’s desire to avoid the tax played a fundamental role in its founding and growth, it is a supporter of the legislation.
Figuring out the tax in thousands of jurisdictions could be a logistical nightmare for merchants just above the legislation’s threshold of $1 million in annual revenue. That is another place where Amazon is expected to benefit; it could sell tax collection services to tens of thousands of third parties.
EBay, Amazon’s close competitor, has fought the bill, saying the threshold to collect the tax should have been substantially higher than $1 million in revenue.
For some eBay sellers, the legislation is less about leveling the playing field than permanently tilting it against them.
“This is all about the big Internet companies — Amazon, Walmart — crushing the small companies,” said Chris Chapman, who sells winter sports equipment on eBay, Amazon and through his own Web site, SnowSportDeals.com.
His sales are slightly over the threshold. That means Mr. Chapman, who is based in Maryland, will either have to spend many hours figuring out how to collect taxes himself or pay someone to do it for him.
“This will make it harder for people like me to start a Web business,” Mr. Chapman said.
“So Amazon will just get more customers. It’s win-win for them.”
This is more of Obama's corporatism in action, aqlthough to be fair, with a different result it would have been McCain's corporatism in action. Being pro-Big Business is not at all the same as being pro-business, as the Times is beginning to understand.