We’ve mentioned this before, about how Chicago passed an “entertainment” tax to tax Netflix users, as well as other streaming services (including Hulu, HBO etc.)
Well, un an unsurprising turn of events, the Netflix users of Chicago have decided they are taxed enough already and are suing the city…
Subscribers to popular streaming services, including XBox Live and Spotify, have filed a lawsuit that claims the city of Chicago’s controversial tax policy on digital entertainment is illegal.
In their court challenge, a group of Chicago residents claim the city comptroller’s decision to apply the Amusement tax to streaming service amounted to a new tax that could only have been imposed by a vote of city officials. They claim they are being harmed since the tax makes them pay more for Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Xbox Live and Spotify.
What’s truly fascinating is seeing that liberals/center left people who probably attacked the tea party (the actual tea party, not The Tea Party Establishment 501c3), are now echoing a lot of the tea party’s arguments…
it’s a f***ing scam. I and a few other people i know have just switched our billing methods to another credit card with an out-of-chicago billing address, so now Chicago gets 0% of our money because they had to be greedy.
I did the same thing in DC with our cell phone bill, DC charged a 10% luxury tax on cell phones. Yes, a luxury, something everyone owns is a luxury.
Everyone I know calls it Crook County. Illinois as a whole isn’t much better, but Crook County is dragging the state under.
This new tax just feels like an obvious, thinly veiled grab for more money so the city can avoid doing any meaningful financial reorganization for a few more years.
The opening is there for Conservatives, particular those running for President, to take advantage of this and spread the message of freedom to a whole new audience.
Think about it? How does the Left win votes? Why is Bernie Sanders gaining steam among young socialist voters? By promising them free stuff. The young, liberal voter-base is comprised almost entirely of people voting in their own self-interest. Voting to get stuff, essentially. Well in this instance, they’re being presented with the bill… and they don’t like it.
Where else will they be presented with an unexpected “bill”? Social Security (when it runs dry for millennials), “free” socialized healthcare, “free” College etc. All of these things have to be paid for somehow. So as popular as “free stuff” from the government really is, the “bill” is equally as unpopular.
So to Conservatives: when Leftists go out there and promise all the cool, “free” stuff, you’re winning argument is to present the public with the bill.
You just need to get over our infatuation with reality show celebrities first.