FairTax Plan is Straight Up American

Like so many others I try my hardest to keep up with the important issues and current events of the day. But, with all the demands that work, family and community place on our time it’s near to impossible to actually keep up. I sometimes suspect that we are all too busy to remain fully informed by design, but that’s a political conspiracy theory I’ll save for another day.

I’ve come to realize, though, that by trying to keep up with every issue I am not truly keeping up with any. While I may be somewhat familiar with the issues surrounding border security and immigration, terrorism and terrorists, tax reform, the economy, the environment, our health, our military conflicts, education, the oil spill in the gulf, and the ongoing tragedy of Lindsay Lohan, just to name a few, I can not hope to become and remain fully informed on all of them. So, what’s a voter to do?

I have decided that for the time being and for the foreseeable future I’m going to pick one as my primary issue. I’ll still follow the other important issues, of course, but my primary issue will be my focus. And, this primary issue is going to be tax reform, or more specifically the FairTax.

The November elections will soon be upon us and all the candidates will march about saying all the things they think we want to hear. Their position on most issues is predictable. No candidate is going to come out against border security, or for terrorism. Their positions on most issues will differ only by degrees and approach.

But, the issue of the FairTax is a line in the sand. The FairTax specifically proposes the abolishment of the federal income tax, and its replacement with a national consumption tax. American citizens, tourists, immigrants, anyone who spends money in America at the retail level will contribute to our national coffers. We determine how much tax we pay by how much we spend, and everyone pays the same percentage amount. The government’s ability to control the Country by manipulating the tax code goes away. And, any political candidate who supports handing the reins of the Country back over to the citizens of the Country by passing and enacting the FairTax is worthy of serious consideration.

I chose this as my primary issue because I am convinced that passing the FairTax plan is the single most important step we can take in preserving this republic of the United States of America. Our politicians and our government have become corrupt beyond reason and they will not correct themselves. Only by forcing them to relinquish their power to manipulate the flow of money can we hope to find equilibrium.

This is not to say that the other issues we face are not equally important, but I believe the FairTax is our best chance of returning our Country to prosperity through government by the people.

So, in the coming months we will be looking more closely at the FairTax plan and how it is meant to work. We will also look into the political candidates who support it or don’t support, as well as those who merely claim to support it as a bid for your vote.

If you want to learn more about the FairTax I urge you to visit the Americans for Fair Taxation Web site at www.FairTax.org.

7 thoughts on “FairTax Plan is Straight Up American”

  1. I call it the "Luxury flat Consumption tax". Luxury because of the prebate. Flat because of the percentage. Consumption because it’s no longer on the income side. It’s a great Idea for all parties to support.

    1. Thanks for the comment. The FairTax is a great idea and a great plan, but it’s even more than that. It is our best, and possibly last, hope of regaining control of our Country through civil revolution.

  2. I would love to see a website focus on the FairTax. I assume that you support the FairTax. However, I hope that you will take the time to read the myriad of criticism of the FairTax, try to review original sources, contact some of the critics, and present a balanced view of the issue.

    Unfortunately, the vast majority of “information” on the FairTax comes from sources that have a vested interest in promoting the FairTax, not in analyzing it.

    So good luck in your endeavors and I look forward to intelligent discussion on the issue going forward!

    1. Thank you for your comment and for the well wishes. My goal here will be to inform, analyze and discuss with as much objectivity as I can muster considering that I do support the FairTax plan. I would be interested in what you mean by ‘vested interest.’ The support for the FairTax is almost entirely grassroots. Can you give me an example of someone with a vested interest in promoting it?

  3. Sure.

    There are three primary sources of information in support of the FairTax.

    Neal Boortz — His vested interest is to sell books and promote he talk show. He has made the FairTax his pet issue (and a very profitable one) and is going to ride it for as long as he can.

    John Linder — His vested interest is to sell books and (was) to get re-elected. He is retiring this year, but like Boortz has made the FairTax a very profitable issue for himself.

    Americans for Fair Taxation (AFFT) – They are the group that developed and promotes the FairTax and run fairtax.org. Their interest is to get supporters of the FairTax and contributors to their organization. Incidentally, the AFFT was founded by three Houston billionaires who would stand to reap tremendous financial gains if the FairTax were enacted (since they would no longer need to pay income taxes, capital gains taxes, or estate taxes.)

    As a subset of AFFT, you will find Ken Hoagland, who is an employee of AFFT and has a vested interest in keeping his salary.

    Virtually all of the research you will find in support of the FairTax comes from Beacon Hill Institute, which is paid by AFFT to put out “research” supporting the FairTax.

    So, my point is that you will probably be unable to find any support for the FairTax other than from one of the above-referenced sources. And you will find that there is a circular support network that relies exclusively on one another’s “research.” That is, Boortz will reference AFFT which will reference Beacon Hill which will reference Boortz, etc.

    On the other hand, virtually every government agency, think-tank and independent economist who’s not being paid by AFFT who’s studied the FairTax has concluded, among other things, that the numbers don’t add up, the required tax rate would be very high (probably over 50%), it would be impossible to enforce and would increase the tax burden on the middle class.

    You will find some independent research (as well as research supporting the FairTax) at http://www.fairtaxblog.com. Don’t worry. I don’t have any connection with that website.

    Again. Good luck on your endeavor. It will be interesting to see if you come up with something different.

    1. Tim: The support for the FairTax is almost entirely grassroots. Can you give me an example of someone with a vested interest in promoting it?

      TruthSeeker: Sure, Neal Boortz — His vested interest is to sell books and promote he talk show. He has made the FairTax his pet issue (and a very profitable one) and is going to ride it for as long as he can.

      Yes, Neal Boortz is a strong supporter of the FairTax plan and he has written a couple of books on the subject. The first one, The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS
      is very good and continues to be very popular. You can buy it all day long on Amazon for under three bucks. His royalty checks must be huge. But, let’s try to avoid making assumptions that we can’t back up. Profitable or not, he does an excellent job of explaining the FairTax plan in plain English. He was already well known long before he started talking about the FairTax, but in the FairTax he found a cause that he could believe in and gave it his voice.

      But, let’s see if I’m following your logic correctly. As I see it there are two possibilities. One, you know Mr. Boortz personally and can speak authoritatively to his character. Or two, it’s your opinion that anyone who supports a cause and receives remuneration must be doing it only for the money. If it’s number one then by all means I want to hear what you have to say regarding Mr. BOortz. But, if it’s number two then your cynicism is just sad.

      The biggest complaint I hear regarding Neal Boortz’s radio show is that he doesn’t talk about the FairTax enough. And, I’ve read his books on the FairTax and he doesn’t promote his radio show in them. So, I’m sorry but I have to conclude that your opinion that Neal Boortz has a vested interest in promoting the FairTax is number two.

  4. Tim — I certainly don’t expect you to take anything I say at face value without your first attempting to verify it. Unfortunately, many (if not most) FairTax suppoters tend to accept what they hear or read from Boortz, Linder, et al at face value without any attempt whatsoever at verifying their assertions. Hopefully, you will not be one of them.

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