I guess we can call this yet another example of the Law of Unintended Consequences, something the Left seems to be very good at overlooking.
We've been reading about the effects of California's so-called “Amazon Tax”, which was supposed to force Amazon to collect California sales tax for all sales made to customers in the state because of its presence by way of its affiliates program. The Golden State expected to collect millions in extra revenues, but no surprise to those of us well versed in unintended consequences, they've collected very little.
Because Amazon shut down its affiliates program in California, denying the state any extra sales tax revenues. But there's a secondary effect the legislators didn't foresee that will further decrease tax revenues: loss of income taxes from the affiliates.
Since the now former affiliates are no longer paid a commission from sales made through their links, they no longer generate the income taxes that would have been paid into the state coffers in Sacramento.
Talk about a twofer: no sales tax revenues and even less income tax revenues.
Maybe the pols in Sacramento were expecting Amazon to go to court to block implementation, but leave its affiliates program intact. Instead, Amazon said “Enough!” and pulled the plug, leaving California even worse off than they were before this idiot tax.
But wait! There's more!
Now California wants to pass a “fitted sheet” law that would make it illegal for hotels to not use fitted sheets on their beds. How effin' dumb is that?
It's no wonder California is doomed. All the really smart people have already left, taking their money and their businesses with them.