FairTax Repeals Federal Income Tax

The FairTax plan is intended to be revenue neutral, meaning that it is a tax system that replaces dollar for dollar the current federal income and payroll based taxes. The FairTax bill, however, goes one step further by calling for the repeal of the sixteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allows Congress to levy an income tax. Without the repeal of the sixteenth amendment we could eventually have both, a federal consumption tax and a federal income tax. So, the repeal of the sixteenth amendment is imperative and in fact is written into the FairTax bill, H.R. 25. If, for whatever reason, the sixteenth amendment has not been repealed within seven years of the FairTax being enacted, then the FairTax bill has a sunset clause that will eliminate the federal sales tax to ensure that we are not saddled with both forms of taxation.

Congressman Steve King on the FairTax

Congressman Steve King explains how adoption of H.R. 25, the Fair Tax, would strengthen the American economy.?

In this video Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) describes a conversation with Alan Greenspan regarding the FairTax plan. He then goes on to give an excellent explanation of exactly how the FairTax would bring jobs back to the U.S. and help turn our economy around.

King made this statement shortly after attending a 12/09/10 press conference in which he joined Congressman John Linder, Congressman Tom Price, Congressman Phil Gingrey and Congressman-elect Rob Woodall to call for passage of HR 25 in the 112th Congress.

the Guys

I took my truck in to have some service work done this morning. After dropping it off I walked down to the local McDonald’s for breakfast. Just as I was finishing off a second McMuffin my phone rang, and as these things go my one hour service job suddenly became a three hour repair job. As I had some time on my hands I took the opportunity to do a little people watching.

I had taken up temporary residence in a quiet corner of the restaurant where I had a pretty good view of the action. I watched as the customers came and went. I observed the bustle behind the counter as the employees went about their business. It was all pretty ordinary fare for a Friday morning McDonald’s, even down to the “Guys.”

The Guys are as much a staple of McDonald’s as is Ronald. No matter where in the world you go to a McDonald’s restaurant, during a particular part of the day, most every day of the week you will find, the Guys. They are a group of men, usually retired but not always, who gather over cups of steaming coffee for discussion. They sit and sip coffee and discuss current events and politics and philosophy and girls and cars and physical ailments and absent friends and whatever else comes up. And, at some point someone will approach their table and with genuine cheer they will say, “Hi Guys!”

But, there was something different about the Guys this morning. Maybe it was the way they were positioned around the table that made it look more like a Board meeting than a gathering of the Guys. Perhaps it was their obvious ease with their surroundings that made them seem somehow, authoritative. I watched them, these silver haired elders, as they discussed the current topic with energy and animation. It occurred to me that if you replaced the baseball caps and the denim and fleece and flannel and tennis shoes with expensive suits, shirts, ties, and dress shoes, and then if you plucked these men from their seats and deposited them around a conference table in a swank office they would look exactly like the men of Congress and other politicians that we see on television.

And why couldn’t they be? What’s the difference between these men sitting around a table at McDonald’s, and the men and women on Capitol Hill whom we entrust to make decisions that effect our lives and the lives of our children? Is it intelligence? I don’t think so. This Country is swarming with intelligent people, and our politicians have not proven to be exceptionally intelligent or insightful. Is it wealth? Some of the wealthiest have tried and couldn’t get elected. The only difference between the Guys at McDonald’s and the Guys on the Hill is connections. Those with the connections get the votes.

So, why do we entrust them with our lives? The Guys at McDonald’s looked like a smart upstanding group of men, but I wouldn’t entrust them with my life or the future of my children. And yet, that’s exactly what we do with the Guys on the Hill every day. We elect ’em and forget ’em, and then if our lives aren’t better when the next election cycle comes around we elect someone else who promises change. The change we need is not going to come from government or occur within government. The change is going to have to come from us. Ideas, Solutions, Insistence; that is the change we need.

The time is come to pay attention, to step up, and to make your voice heard. Stop looking to government for the answers. Government doesn’t hold the answers; government holds the purse strings, and as long as it does you are at its mercy. Learn about the FairTax plan. It returns control of your money to you. It’s our best hope of restoring sanity to our government. And, it will only happen when enough people rise up and demand it.


Tim Couch

FairTax Debate on C-Span: time change

Word has just gone out that the ‘Special Order’ non-legislative debate on the FairTax to be held today in Congress and televised on C-Span will be earlier than 6:00 PM, possibly as early as 4:00 or 4:15 EST this afternoon.
The debate will be recorded and posted on YouTube for those who are unable to watch it live. Below is our original announcement with the times changed:

On Tuesday, March 17, 2009, beginning around 4:00 PM EST, Iowa Congressman Steve King will host a ‘Special Order‘ hour of non-legislative debate on the FairTax bill (HR 25, S 296). This event will be televised on C-Span.

If you are not yet familiar with the FairTax plan this will be an excellent opportunity to find out what’s the big deal. Tune in to this televised event to find out not only what the FairTax is about, but also to get an idea of the ignorant, self-serving, and political arguments against it. Should be fun for everyone.

To learn more about the FairTax bill visit www.FairTax.org

To get involved in supporting the FairTax visit FairTaxNation and/or ZapTheIRS.

The money you earn and pay in taxes determines the extent to which the government controls your life. Isn’t it time you had a say in how much that is? Become informed. Get involved. Be a citizen.


Tim Couch