The scary thing is our currency based on bad mortgages, trading security bills for mortgages securities.
As for the IRS, this is a way for them to track your spending and the first stage to knowing what you did and didn't pay taxes on. Meaning, once this information can be used by the states, they will be able to tax you on internet purchases that you didn't pay state taxes on. It's the first stage of the battle on taxing internet purchases.
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