The 'Dimocrats' deserve to lose their majorities in the Colorado legislature ... and the governorship, too.
Last month, the Dimocrat majority in the legislature and the Dimocrat governor of this state enacted into law a provision that now places an even greater tax burden on our recession-stressed citizens and small businesses.
The state government is attempting to collect a regressive sales tax on internet purchases. While the prison system still grows and corporate welfare continues, while the state puts-up more cash to appease the 'No Child Left Behind' schooling scheme -- the politicians want to 'balance' the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable, least able to pay, by raising the sales tax on a variety of items.
Below is the text of a message sent to us today by Amazon, the internet book seller. It means that this small revenue source for www.DaveChandler.us is gone. It means that your contribution to keep DaveChandler.us functioning is even more important. I'll keep the "Recommended Reading" list in the column to the right, but be aware that DaveChandler.us will no longer receive any remuneration for the advertising or sales for Amazon products because of the Dimocrat-controlled state government of Colorado. And be aware, there are charitable and non-profit organizations in this state that raised funds through Amazon Associates Program that will also be negatively effected by this new law.
This development should serve as a reminder of the fraud of the Dimocrat Party as a 'progressive' political "party of the people." There is nothing progressive about sales taxes and there is nothing for the people in making us pay more to enable the corporatized government that we witness now at all levels, local to national.
Dear Colorado-based Amazon Associate:
We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to inform you that the Colorado government recently enacted a law to impose sales tax regulations on online retailers. The regulations are burdensome and no other state has similar rules. The new regulations do not require online retailers to collect sales tax. Instead, they are clearly intended to increase the compliance burden to a point where online retailers will be induced to "voluntarily" collect Colorado sales tax -- a course we won't take.
We and many others strongly opposed this legislation, known as HB 10-1193, but it was enacted anyway. Regrettably, as a result of the new law, we have decided to stop advertising through Associates based in Colorado. We plan to continue to sell to Colorado residents, however, and will advertise through other channels, including through Associates based in other states.
There is a right way for Colorado to pursue its revenue goals, but this new law is a wrong way. As we repeatedly communicated to Colorado legislators, including those who sponsored and supported the new law, we are not opposed to collecting sales tax within a constitutionally-permissible system applied even-handedly. The US Supreme Court has defined what would be constitutional, and if Colorado would repeal the current law or follow the constitutional approach to collection, we would welcome the opportunity to reinstate Colorado-based Associates.
Your Associates account has been closed as of March 8, 2010, and we will no longer pay advertising fees for customers you refer to Amazon.com after that date. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to March 8, 2010, will be processed and paid in accordance with our regular payment schedule. Based on your account closure date of March 8, any final payments will be paid by May 31, 2010.
We have enjoyed working with you and other Colorado-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program, and wish you all the best in your future.
The Amazon Associates Team