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Councilman's support is not about 'fairness'

Aug. 22, 2013 at 3:22 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

Everyone who wants to pay more sales tax and thus pay more for everything you buy online, raise your hand. I thought so. David Hagan thinks you should. It's called H.R. 684, "The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013." Any time you see the word "fairness" in a bill or associated with any government action, you can count on it costing you money and limiting your freedom. To justify this tax increase and governmental encroachment on personal choice, Hagan vilifies online retailers as bullies and portrays in-state retailers as victims. This is a well-worn practice that disingenuous politicians use, polarizing people into competing groups then posturing themselves as saviors of the disadvantaged. Who really loses under H.R. 684? Consumers. Who gains in wealth and power? State government. Who said he would never raise taxes? David Hagan.

By the way, where is the district attorney's case against Hagan and other City Council members in flouting the Texas Open Meetings Law?

Rick Collie, Victoria

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