Didn’t President Obama assure voters that our taxes wouldn’t increase if we made less than $250 K a year?  In New Hampshire during the campaign he said, “I can make a firm pledge …Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Maybe our income taxes won’t, for the moment, but the cost of purchasing over the internet will if some in Congress have their way.  From CNET, Tax-free Internet shopping may be at an end

A bill expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress as early as Monday would rewrite the ground rules for mail order and Internet sales by eliminating what its supporters view as a “loophole” that, in many cases, allows Americans to shop over the Internet without paying sales taxes.

Why are they doing this now?  The Supreme Court made them do it:

…Bizarre distinctions like this, coupled with the existence of more than 7,000 different tax agencies, are why the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state retailers generally couldn’t be obligated to collect sales taxes unless Congress changes the law. The justices noted in a 1992 case called Quill v. North Dakota: “Congress is now free to decide whether, when, and to what extent the States may burden interstate mail order concerns with a duty to collect use taxes.”

That, and a precipitous drop in state revenue.  More at the link.

Michelle Malkin has a lot more on this.

Increased taxes on cigarettes to fund S-CHIP.  An energy tax on every kilowatt of electricity you use to let government bureaucrats decide what energy-producing constituencies to reward.  Decreasing charitable deductions to fund rationed healthcare.  It’s as if Congress didn’t hear a word he said.  Maybe the ingrates who attended tea parties can amplify the message.

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