Democrats more likely than Republicans to favor taxing Apple iTunes Store downloads

“Democratic politicians in state capitols are more likely than Republicans to permit what critics are calling the ‘iTunes tax’–taxes on digital purchases of songs and movies. A CNET analysis of the states that tax digital downloads, such as those from the iTunes Music Store, shows that nine protax states have legislatures controlled by Democrats. By contrast, five of the protax states have Republican-controlled legislatures,” Declan McCullagh reports for CNET News. “New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, proposed in his budget that ‘downloaded music and videos’ be taxed starting Oct. 1. The state tax agency expects legislation to be introduced in June.”

“Taxpayer advocates have criticized the trend toward increased taxation of downloaded media files,” McCullagh reports. “‘I’m sure that state and local officials, given enough time, will come up with a sky-is-falling study saying that if they’re not allowed to tax this, they’ll lose a trillion dollars a year,’ said Pete Sepp, vice president for communications at the National Taxpayers Union, a nonpartisan group that advocates lower taxes… Sepp also argues that digital downloads are already being taxed. He says that anyone connecting to the Internet through dial-up, DSL or a cable modem is already paying telecommunications taxes; anyone with an iPod paid sales taxes on it; companies offering downloads are paying property taxes; their stockholders are paying dividend or capital gain taxes; their employees are paying income taxes.”

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  1. And in another new study, it was found that Republicans are more likely to send your kids to war in foreign lands based on a trumped up threat, and to milk the cash flow supporting that war to buy themselves very large yachts.

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