The idea that people will stop using permanent paper books and switch to temporarily rented e-books seems to be more a figment of the media's imagination than anything else. The past few years have had a lot of hype, but sales numbers don't back it up.
On October 20, 2011 the Family Radio web site had a message which included: "Sadly, as we have earnestly studied the Bible over these five months we have found verse after verse that supports and strengthens the conclusion that the Lord is no longer saving sinners. He has finished that glorious work."
They have never retracted or explained this statement, and it just disappeared from their web site. I saved the entire page if anyone wants it. No one ever held them accountable for this statement.
When civil disobedience reaches a certain level, the laws need to be reconsidered. The government has already deputized businesses and employers to confiscate taxes and not give people any option. People are rebelling against use taxes, since there is no practicable way to track them (except in special circumstances). I think it's a sign that taxation has gone too far, and people see taxes as going beyond what is necessary to maintain a civil society.
I'm always surprised by these appeals for money, because Word of Faith teaches to give away money to get money. Seed time and harvest time. To get money, in their beliefs, you give money away. If you don't have enough money to meet your need, then you have seed you should give away. So why is it that preachers who teach Word of Faith doctrine want people to give them money? (Creflo Dollar did something similar in 2004.) They should be consistent with their own beliefs and give away what they have and let God give them the money they need.
The real issue isn't the sales tax so much as how difficult it is to calculate the sales tax for anyone but a huge company. Companies want the government to create some degree of sanity to make calculating tax easier.
For example, where I live there is 1 day per year with a tax holiday for "back to school" sales. If I buy a Dover math book that day, I pay full sales tax, but if someone buys a computer to play games, they don't pay tax. Imagine how hard it would be to calculate sales tax!
How far do you take this boycott? If you sell your shares, you will get US dollars, and then you will own a stake in the US government, which engages in activities you probably object to. Anywhere you put your money will have some sort of similar objection.
(Remember, if you do boycott, Starbucks is in the S&P 500, so you'll also have to divest any index funds that mirror it.)
If the media did not constantly tell us we were in a "great" recession, would anyone be able to tell by looking? We're living in an age where poor people have cellphones and cable. Pro sports is spending record amounts on free agents, because they're making record revenues from TV. Since the recession started, not a single sporting event has been canceled because no one could afford it. If it wasn't for the media, I'd say we were in a golden age of crazy prosperity.
I do not agree with the conclusion of this study that "secret" information is being discovered. The information is being voluntarily revealed in public. No one is being coerced to publicly click these "like" buttons and leave an obvious trail all over the Internet.
Well, if you read the article, you see they paid up-front for their car and house out of a lump sum of money. Not many people will be able to eliminate the two biggest expenses families have. If this family had paid for the car and house on a monthly basis, their expenses would be about the same as any low-income family's expenses. They're not really living on less money, they're just moving the numbers around.
By the way, they also say they use credit cards only for emergencies. Was it really a wise decision to drain their savings to the point they have to rely on credit cards to cover emergency expenses? A home loan, or a car loan, would have significantly lower interest rates than the credit cards.