The lines for the government gravy train are getting longer. You better grab your sleeping bag and camp out on the White House steps. The latest beggars to board are retailers. Retailers Want In on Stimulus Plan - WSJ.com The National Retail Federation called for three periods of sales tax-free shopping that would last 10 days each in March, July and October 2009. The trade group estimates that it would save consumers about $20 billion, or $175 per family. Under the industry group's proposal, which would exclude alcohol and tobacco sales, the federal government would reimburse states for the lost tax revenue. State sales tax rates range from 2.9% to 7.25%, the group said. The five states without a sales tax -- Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon -- would also receive monies. Now since when does the federal government have the power to compel states to suspend a sales tax? And why should we taxpayers have another 20 billion squandered on yet another bail out? This is just the beginning folks. Who else will come hat in hand begging for your tax dollars?