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Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan at Odds Over Internet Sales Tax

May 6, 2013
Ted Cruz (file photo)

Rep. Paul Ryan said that an Internet tax isn't a bad idea but that the devil was in the details.

"It's got to be done the right way," Mr. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said in The Hill. But the "concept" is right.

"The legitimate concern is can it be used to do other forms of taxation or retroactive taxation? You have got to make sure it doesn't do that. I don't think the Senate bill is written in a tight enough way to do that," Mr. Ryan, the 2012 GOP candidate for vice president, said, as Breitbart reported.

Mr. Ryan made the statements by explanation of his opposition to the Senate bill and said there is a fair "way to address this inequity without giving the government power to expand taxing authority beyond that intent."

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, disagreed. Internet sales taxes won't level the playing field between "brick and mortar stores" and online sellers, he said on Breitbart. The taxes instead would only grow government further.

"Make no mistake," he said, as Breitbart reported. "Big business supports this bill because it will drive smaller competitors off the Internet and out of business."


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