The U.S. Senate tried to do the right thing with a bill passed to enable states to collect sales taxes for online purchases.
It would level the playing field for stores that sell goods to people the old-fashion way. They get nailed with charging sales taxes, and shoppers reluctantly pay it.
But the country has a better chance of seeing Congress send gun control legislation to President Barack Obama to sign than the House following the Senate on passing a new tax.
The National Rifle Association and other gun lobbying groups have shot down any hope for gun control. Tea party Republicans and Internet sales companies in looking out for their constituents will block any effort to tax online purchases.
Consumers have gotten used to paying no sales taxes when they buy things online, and they are happy about that. It feeds the growth of sales online.
Lawmakers will get people to pay the sales tax only if they peel it out of shoppers’ cold dead hands, to paraphrase Charlton Heston on guns.