Billy Long weak on FairTax

The Congressional race for the Missouri District 7, U.S. Representative seat is wide open with eight Republican and two Democrat candidates competing in the upcoming primary. There is no incumbent in this race as Congressman Roy Blunt is making a bid for the Senate seat of Senator Kit Bond. So, the question is where do these candidates stand on the FairTax?

Billy Long seems to be leading the pack of the Republican candidates so I decided to take a look at his position first. Mr. Long seems like a strong candidate in most respects, but unfortunately when it comes to the FairTax his position is a little weak and muddled. In his ads online and in print he indicates that he is in favor of “Fair Tax” (with the space between the two words). There’s a big difference between “Fair Tax” and the FairTax plan. Everyone claims to be in favor of “Fair Tax.” That is not specific support of the FairTax plan. In fact, Mr. Long’s stance on the issue of taxes states, “Billy is open to either a flat tax or a fair tax as a way to fix our tax system.”

This is like saying, “I’d be happy to take more poison or the antidote as a way to recovery.” The tax on income is the fundamental problem, and no amount of tinkering with it is going to fix it. Mr. Long’s openness to a flat tax indicates that he either doesn’t truly understand the problem, or he wants to ride the wave of support for the FairTax into a Congressional office.

I placed a call to the offices of ‘Billy Long for Congress’ to confirm his position on the issue, and was told that although his first choice would be the FairTax he is also open to a flat tax on income because of the difficulty of getting the FairTax passed. I’m sorry, but this is exactly the kind of wishy-washy stance we do not need in Washington.

There is no ‘either, or’ in the issue of tax reform. This Country will crumble under the weight and corruption of the income tax system, and we need representatives that understand that and are eager to fight for a new future. Accepting more of the same just because something is better than nothing isn’t going to cut it any longer. The only solution to our Country’s fiscal woes is to rid ourselves of taxes on income. Anything less is just politics. I wish Mr. Long all the best, but at this point I couldn’t vote for him.

3 thoughts on “Billy Long weak on FairTax”

  1. The question to ask these candidates is why in the world would anybody want to keep an Income Tax system going that does not work?
    It is paper intensive, complicated, confusing and mind numbing.
    It is made up of over 44,000 pages that is then backed up by Revenue Rulings that are written to explain the 44,000 pages, followed by case after case after case after case in Tax Court where citizens and businesses hire lawyers to argue about what is taxable at what rates, what is deductible at what rates, what is deductible in certain circumstances and what is not deductible in other circumstances.
    The whole thing is an utter insanity and waste of time.
    In addition, members of Congress and the current Administration can’t even follow the Income Tax code.
    (A recent example of that is when Treasury Secretary Geithner did not even know how to correctly fill out his own personal Income tax returns.)
    And to make matters worse, government officials in charge of the Income Tax can’t even give its citizens answers to tax questions.
    The Income Tax was once very simple.
    Today look at the monstrocity it has turned into.
    So if the candidate is not willing to do away with the Income Tax, i.e., they just want to make it more “fair”, then they are still in support of a confusing, complicated and paper intensive Income Tax system that does NOT work.
    So the question is, are they as candidates able to recognize the mind numbing insanity of this Income Tax system?
    That’s the point to hit home with them

    1. Scott,

      Great comment and excellent point. It should be obvious to anyone at this point that a tax on income is a formula for failure. Any candidate who refuses to acknowledge this or support an alternative to income taxation should not be representing the people.


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