David Perdue Thinks You Aren’t Paying Attention

May 16, 2014 12:47 pm

by Stefan · 11 comments


Politico is reporting that though he parries all direct questions about taxation by saying he signed the Americans for Tax reform pledge, at candidate forums and when talking to newspapers he takes a different tack. The initial comments that raised the spectre of the dreaded tax increase were to the Macon Telegraph when he declared support for both cutting spending and raising revenue.

His campaign peddled this as an aberration, just a garbled support for the FairTax. But the Associated Press reports that he was talking internet sales tax, which ATR is vehemently against, as long ago as January:

Here he is talking about the Marketplace Fairness Act, aka the Internet Sales Taxation Act: “Being the only retailer up here, I can tell you I’ve seen both sides,” Perdue said at a January forum, according to The Associated Press. “The federal government should make sure all players are playing on an equal playing field. We should have the same rules apply to both brick-and-mortar and online retailers.”

So that’s fun. I bet this is driving his advisers batty. “David, please, just mumble about business experience and then trail off. Nothing about Uruguayan masseurs/masseuses this time.”



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DrGonzo May 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

As a retailer he knows both sides? Hmm. When’s the last time you bought something at the Dollar General website? Actually, when’s the last time you bought something at a Dollar General STORE?Yeah, me neither.

saltycracker May 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Then you’ve never been in a Dollar General Market. Brand name groceries, great prices. And really appreciated when Publix and Wal-Mart are miles away.

If you apply the sales tax code across expanding types of retailing is it a tax increase or is it closing a loop hole ?

DrGonzo May 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I’ve never even SEEN a Dollar General Market. Maybe I don’t live in the right area for one.

And the answer to your question is: tax increase.

saltycracker May 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm

I don’t either but I get out often !
Ding – wrong answer – it is closing a loop hole and the state can cut 1% or more off for everyone (just kidding on that last part :) )

jiminga May 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Perdue is a one trick pony and doesn’t know how to perform the trick.

South Fulton Guy May 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm

David Perdue’s defensive commercials denying that he supports raising taxes, make me think of the book Herman Cain wrote some years ago called “They Think You’re Stupid”:


Dave Bearse May 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Unless the GOP takes the Senate AND then eliminates the filibuster, a Senator that categorically can’t accept any tax increases (and closing loopholes are tax increases) under any circumstances is useless. But hey, the national GOP’s strategy has been to transition from governing to grandstanding for a half dozen years now, whether they know it or not.

RINOs and the establishment GOP can look forward to Tea Party enragement, accompanied by the jeering of a majority of the rest of the country, when the matter of funding of the Highway Trust Fund is finally resolved.

DrGonzo May 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I think you mean “reinstate the filibuster” right? Harry Reid is the one who changed Senate rules already to effectively eliminate the filibuster. I think it needs to be brought back, though at this point the horse is out of the barn. We can’t let the Democrats kill the rule and use its demise to do things like judicial and other executive appointments more easily, and then if we win turn it around and make it near impossible to get our own nominees through the process but reinstating the filibuster rule. Catch-22.

Dave Bearse May 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm

The filibuster rules changes changed appointment confirmations, not legislation.

Will Durant May 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm

At the risk of repeating myself the Federal Motor Fuel tax has not kept pace with inflation while the costs associated with building and maintaining the infrastructure certainly has continued to climb. When it was last increased the average pump price of a gallon of gas including the tax was just a little over $1. We get a lot of rhetoric blaming every thing under the sun for the bankruptcy of the Highway Trust Fund dancing around this issue. No gimmicks, tolls, or “fees” (my personal favorite euphemism for taxes) can get around this fact. Anyone running for national office that cannot say they see the need for this tax to be raised is either lacking common sense or lying.

Dave Bearse May 19, 2014 at 11:47 pm

The gas tax should be increased a nickel a gallon per year for three years, then be indexed to genera (not motor fuel) inflation. Even then, the Trust Fund’s purchasing power slowly decreases over time as highway vehicles become more fuel efficient or increasingly use alternative fuels.

Lack of common sense or lying? It’s a lack of common sense. It’s the easiest explanation for a 7 person GaGOP Senate field that supports the Fair Tax, opposes Common Core, and won’t vote for its own Senate leadership.

BTW, Lynn forgot to tell the GaGOP Senate field that Benghazi is an important issue.