Amazon Chased Out of South Carolina by Unholy Alliance of Corporations, Leftists and “Tea Party” Activists
And with them goes more than 1,200 full time jobs paying in excess of $30,000, plus hundreds of part time jobs. That’s at least $36,000,000 in economic activity we just waved goodbye to because Wal-Mart teamed up with leftists who want to institute an Internet sales tax to fund a bloated federal government. To do that, they created a group that attracted small businesses like Fiction Addiction which think nothing of demanding consumers be forced to pay more money for goods during a recession.
Remember, the charges that Amazon is “unfair” competition to places like Fiction Addiction, which is the supposed ax these commies are grinding, is based solely on the fact that Fiction Addiction has a non-competitive business model. The Amazon booksellers the Fiction Addiction owner thinks have an unfair advantage are, often enough, other bookstores or individuals who were smart enough to open a virtual storefront through Amazon rather than a brick and mortar shop on a busy road with no pedestrian traffic across the street from a Costco and near a motel that caters to hookers.
But I digress.
The South Carolina Alliance for Main Street Fairness is even now bragging about costing the state hundreds of jobs and at least $36,000,000 in economic activity. We have one of the worst unemployment rates in America and are in desperate need of jobs and they’re bragging about chasing away more than 1,200 full time jobs and an unknown number of part time jobs. And they did this because, supposedly in support of small business, they are seeking to collect taxes on online sales for each state involved in a transaction. Let’s think about that for a second.
I run a home business, and selling things on Amazon through my websites plays a role in that. Come tax time, I pay taxes on my income – so the state isn’t shorted any money. Because I’m an affiliate of Amazon I don’t ever actually stock any book or item I’ve sold, I just take a small commission from each sale. I imagine it would be even smaller once the buyer’s were being charged a tax from the state I’m in even if both the buyer and seller aren’t in South Carolina. The person who purchased the item – even if they’re in Florida – has to pay tax to South Carolina for the purchase. These taxes will add up to one amount – $0.
Because once all those taxes make buying things online more expensive I’d be out of business. The thousands of dollars of economic activity I generate would be replaced with the welfare checks I apply for when my small business goes bust. This entire movement is a scheme by Wal-Mart and Barnes an Noble to force you to shop there rather than having the opportunity to find better deals online, and more importantly it’s an attempt by these corporations and their supporters, along with small brick and mortar shops, to run their competition out of business through legislation rather than competition. That the people put out of business are stay at home moms, people who were laid off, and all the various people who turn to the Internet to supplement their incomes out of necessity doesn’t matter to them.
But I guess that’s “fair” according to places like Fiction Addiction and morons like Brad Warthen.
I was at the first Greenville Tea Party and I don’t remember the part of the platform where we were deciding that the government should tax Internet entrepreneurs out of business at the behest of special interests. My assumption here is that the term Tea Party is being used very loosely. But I do know that the leftist wet dream of making the Internet into an ATM for their bankrupt welfare state won’t work. It will impoverish thousands of Americans who make a living online and make consumers less able to afford the kinds of things Amazon sells. Ultimately it won’t save small businesses like Fiction Addiction, it’ll just give the owners the satisfaction of running some of their competition into the poorhouse before they end up there.
Sound fair? Maybe to some of you, but none could claim the loss of all those jobs is a good thing. More than 1,200 of you are not going to be working at decent paying jobs next year and there’s a number of people celebrating that fact. I for one will never shop at any of those businesses supporting this group again – including Fiction Addiction where I did in fact buy the occasional novel because I like supporting local businesses.
I didn’t know they were trying to ruin mine.
Simpsonville’s Christy Lane Smith either likes to pop pills or makes some money on the side. The nurse was caught stealing pain pills from the Mary Black Memorial Hospital in Spartanburg. From GoUpstate:
Christy Lane Gibson, 34, of 8 Rustling Creek Court, was charged by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s criminal investigation division with two counts of theft of a controlled substance.
According to arrest warrants, Gibson, a registered nurse at the Spartanburg hospital, took hydromorphone and morphine from the hospital. Both are painkillers used to treat moderate to severe pain.
The incidents occurred between Feb. 28 and March 25, the warrants state.
The arrest was “based on DHEC investigation, Mary Black Memorial Hospital narcotic records, witnesses’ statements and the defendant’s sworn, written, voluntary statement,” according to the warrants.
She is out on a $10,000 bond. The hospital she worked at released a statement that reveled she’d only been working there since January. Think she got the job just to get access to the pills?
Hey, wait a minute. These pills are legal yet drug users still commit crimes involving obtaining them. That doesn’t make sense, right Libertarians?
Some older reports were saying he molested his daughter and there are still headlines in Google that reflect that. But the story was changed so I assume that isn’t true. The facts are this - Michael Moon has been arrested for molesting an 8-year-old and additional charges were slapped on him while he was in custody. The crime happened while the girl was eight but the way the story is being phrased it seems like the crime happened a in the last couple of years.
What’s in the water in Greenville these days? I can’t turn on my computer without someone telling me about some pervert.
All pedophiles are disgusting, pedophiles who rape toddlers are looked down on even by other perverts. Parents before you let some baby boomer babysit your children you may want to get to know him:
GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Greenville man has been arrested after authorities said he molested a three-year-old girl he was baby-sitting.
Greenville County deputies said 56-year-old James Michael Craig committed sex acts on the child while watching her in March.
Arrest warrants say the victim was able to tell investigators what happened.
Craig is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and lewd act upon a child. He remains at the Greenville County jail and it wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.
He’s cooling his heels in the Greenville County Detention Center now. The incident happened about a week ago and it’s being reported that the child was able to tell investigators what happened.
That’s odd, I always heard sex offender registries were lists of people who got caught peeing on a tree or something. But in this case it looks like a literal pervert ended up on the registry. I know Libertarians, this blows your mind!
Greenwood City Police arrested 45-year old Sherman Keith Austin, of Greenwood, and charged him with indecent exposure.
According to an incident report, police officers were dispatched to Twin Oaks Apartments last Friday after a woman said she found Austin masturbating while he was sitting on the steps in front of an apartment. The woman told officers that she was inside an apartment and when she looked out, she saw Austin masturbating. A second person said they also saw Austin masturbating.
The report states that Austin told officers that he had to use the bathroom, but he was unable to get inside his apartment.
Oh, see he was just taking a piss when the Man came and hassled him. Sad really he was just peeing. While sitting down. And moving in such a way that two different people thought he was masturbating. Another innocent schmo victimized by our puritanical society, I’m sure.
Here’s his offender page from which I purloined that awesome photo. Nothing to exciting – basically a small timer, no pun intended.
The only thing I don’t understand is this – if you look out the window and there’s some pervert masturbating on your stoop why not dump a pan of boiling water on him? What’s he going to do have you arrested for stopping him from rubbing one out in public?