Fair Tax in 2012

By Bob Keefe
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WASHINGTON — Congressman-elect Rob Woodall campaigned on the Fair Tax idea that his former boss, retiring Rep. John Linder, has championed for years.

Woodall won the right to represent the conservative 7th Congressional District in northeast metro Atlanta, in fact, mainly because he out-Fair Tax-talked his Republican primary opponents.

Fair Tax supporters basically want to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, get rid of the federal income tax, corporate income taxes and other federal taxes and replace them with a national retail sales tax. Doing so, they say, will decrease the overall tax burden on consumers, reduce government spending and stimulate the economy.

So it wasn’t surprising that Woodall’s first meet-and-greet with the Washington press corps last week focused on his plans to reintroduce the Fair Tax bill that Linder has pushed for in Congress since 1999.

Between now and then, Woodall told me, he is busy rounding up a new posse of supporters on Capitol Hill.

“I only made one campaign promise,” he said. “If you elect me, you will see me put more co-sponsors on Fair Tax than ever before.”

Already, Woodall has 55 co-sponsors (10 former co-sponsors aren’t returning in January) and has talked to at least 10 new Congress members who support the idea, he said.

With one of the biggest influxes of newcomers to Congress in recent history, and Washington intent on overhauling federal spending and taxes, Woodall and his former boss say there has never been a better time for the Fair Tax idea.

“He [Woodall] is in a perfect position, with a lot younger legs than I have and a lot more fertile mind,” Linder said of his successor, protégé and former chief of staff.

Doing something as radical as abolishing the IRS and income taxes will take more than just dropping a bill in Congress, both Linder and Woodall acknowledge. That’s why both mentor and protégé also are working on making their Fair Tax idea an issue in the 2012 Presidential campaign, just like Republican primary contender Mike Huckabee did in 2008.

“Whenever you want to make huge changes or have big ideas, the President really has to lead the way,” Linder said.

2 thoughts on “Fair Tax in 2012”

  1. The current Income Tax system is a psychotic legal system and only gets worse year after year after year.

    Citizens and businesses of this country spend close to 140 Billion Dollars a year and spend 7 Billion Hours in attempted tax compliance.

    The Income Tax code itself is 70,000 pages of arbitrary and contradictory laws and opinions.

    This plus at least a million more pages of Revenue Rulings, Letter Rulings, Tax Memorandums, Tax Publications, Tax Court, Federal Court and Supreme Court Opinions that are written in an effort to explain the mind numbing Income Tax code.

    Most personal, financial and business decisions all have to take into account the Income Tax system and generally require assistance from tax accountants and lawyers who themselves do not even understand the Income Tax code.

    This is no way to fund a government and unless something is done, like instituting the Fair Tax, this Income Tax system is going to continue to destroy the US economy.

    1. Scott,

      Thank you for your comment. I could not agree more. I only hope there is still time to make the necessary changes before the economy is completely destroyed.

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