Fair Tax is the only way out

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I have commented on the Fair Tax before, but with mid-term elections coming up, it's worth mentioning again.

We hear about tax cuts here and spending cuts there, and our representatives honestly believe those two items are going to help. It may help, but it won't help enough to assure our children, and maybe even grandchildren, a rewarding economic future.

I think it is evident to most people that the present tax system is counterproductive to economic success. Billions of dollars are spent by the wealthy and by corporations to minimize taxes owed. Billions more are spent by individuals to have their tax returns prepared. The obvious solution to America's economic problems is the Fair Tax.

Yes the rate of the Fair Tax is 23 percent, but there is at least a rate of 22 percent in taxes already embedded in the cost of nearly everything we buy at the retail level. So the Fair Tax merely replaces these embedded taxes.

Imagine no income taxes to pay; no payroll taxes; no Social Security or Medicare tax; and no corporate income taxes, either. With a consumption tax, everybody who buys something at the retail level contributes. That means 300 million people in America will be contributing, plus anyone who visits us as a tourist.

Read Neal Boortz's and John Linder's books The Fair Tax Book and the sequel The Fair Tax Book -- Answering the Critics. After reading these books, contact your representatives to find out if they support the Fair Tax. Their answer should be a resounding "yes," because the Fair Tax is the only way out of the economic mess America is in.

Reuben Rockwell

Waynesboro

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soldout 10/09/10 - 10:55 pm
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It would be excellent in all

It would be excellent in all regards and would spur the economy that is dying a fast death.

curly123053
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curly123053 10/09/10 - 11:38 pm
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It is time for the FairTax.

It is time for the FairTax. There is also a SC State FairTax in the SC House. Contact your SC Reps and Senators and ask them to support the state version of the FairTax also.

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dani 10/10/10 - 01:51 am
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Who would collect this tax?

Who would collect this tax? Who would disperse it? Is this another means of spreading the wealth? I'll bet the powers-that-be in Atlanta would pour money into Richmond County. Uh-huh. (:-)

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Fundamental_Arminian 10/10/10 - 03:40 am
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"Who would collect this tax?

"Who would collect this tax? Who would disperse it? Is this another means of spreading the wealth? I'll bet the powers-that-be in Atlanta would pour money into Richmond County. Uh-huh. (:-)" (dani).

The FairTax is a federal consumption tax, not a local one. The money collected would go toward running the federal government. If sales taxes work for funding local governments, they should also work for funding our federal government, and merchants could collect the federal consumption tax just like state and local sales taxes.

One good thing about the FairTax is everybody will pay, even criminals and illegal aliens. Something else is that the FairTax will make our nation a tax haven for people and companies worldwide to pour their money into, building up our banking system.

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Rhetor 10/10/10 - 06:52 am
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Of course, the Fair Tax is

Of course, the Fair Tax is highly regressive (because the rich spend a smaller percentage of their income on retail purchases), so we should really call it the Unfair Tax, which is its true name.

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 10/10/10 - 07:19 am
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Retired.......where's this

Retired.......where's this criminal underground that State sales tax created? Why the fear mongering about a black market?

confederatelady319
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confederatelady319 10/10/10 - 08:03 am
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Rhetor as usual i see that

Rhetor as usual i see that you haven't read the books,your mouth comes open before your brain goes into gear.

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johnston.cliff 10/10/10 - 08:17 am
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dani, Retired Army, Rhetor,

dani, Retired Army, Rhetor, why is ignorance so popular with the liberal left?
The Fair Tax is written on a level that government school graduates can understand. References are included so facts can be verified by the more diligent.
All of your questions and misconceptions (thank you CNN) are addressed in the second book.
Is this the perfect tax? Who knows, but it's a thousand times better than what we have now.
READ THE BOOK. It's only 180 pages. Amazon has used copies for $.08

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/10/10 - 08:29 am
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The primary drawback to the

The primary drawback to the Fair Tax Plan is that 100% of the ability to increase personal wealth through lobbyists is represented by the congress' ability to manipulate taxes. The Fair Tax ends the IRS.
What are the odds that our current congressmen will give up this power?

dani
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dani 10/10/10 - 08:39 am
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I will admit that I haven't

I will admit that I haven't read the book. I actually never thought it was a serious subject. Since it appears that it could become one, maybe I will educate myself.

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 10/10/10 - 09:02 am
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Good idea dani............now

Good idea dani............now if the rest would do the same........but I doubt it.

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TrukinRanger 10/10/10 - 09:05 am
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It's an excellent idea!!!
Unpublished

It's an excellent idea!!! Just think... everyone that dodges their tax liabilities will be forced to pay their fair share-- even the millions of illegals in this country!

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getalife 10/10/10 - 09:27 am
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My concern is this, the very

My concern is this, the very thing that has happened to our state sales tax, when the economy is bad it reduces the amount of tax taken in. In Georgia alone millions of dollars have been cut from the local school systems because of less sales tax dollars coming in. Our problem is, our politicians keep spending more and more money and at some point the fair tax would not handle the load. Same as the give-away programs, at some point they will be larger than the taxes paid in to pay for them.

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Georgiajack 10/10/10 - 09:29 am
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If something that would cost

If something that would cost $75 now costs $100---that would be a 34% tax, not 23%. The IRS isn't the problem, congress makes the tax laws.

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 10/10/10 - 09:33 am
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Techfan, have you read the

Techfan, have you read the book? There's no reason to rely on someone else's "factcheck" of what's in it when you can simply read it for yourself.

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johnston.cliff 10/10/10 - 09:50 am
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Georgiajack, if a frog had

Georgiajack, if a frog had feathers ....
Please, read the book. It's simple to understand. It's everything the power brokers hate.
This isn't a Repub or Dem issue.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/10/10 - 09:58 am
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Ends the IRS? "A rose by any

Ends the IRS? "A rose by any other name..." Of course no governmental agency would be in charge of compliance, they'll just take your word for it. Sales Tax Bureau and Office of Revenue Allocation ring any bells unFair Taxers?

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 10/10/10 - 10:04 am
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What's unfair about it?

What's unfair about it?

Techfan
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Techfan 10/10/10 - 10:06 am
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mh: Yes, I read the first one

mh: Yes, I read the first one and it was so full of lies and distortions I wouldn't waste my time on the second. Do you take everything you read at face value, or do you do research to see if they're feeding you a line of bull? I would suggest you research, especially when the authors obviously have an agenda they are pushing.

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 10/10/10 - 10:08 am
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What lies are in there? Can

What lies are in there? Can you list them?

Techfan
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Techfan 10/10/10 - 10:10 am
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mh: If you call shifting the

mh: If you call shifting the tax burden to the lower and middle classes and having the largest middle class tax increase in history fair, so be it.

Tigger__The_Tiger
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Tigger__The_Tiger 10/10/10 - 10:11 am
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And while you are at it, can

And while you are at it, can you actually PROVE anything in the book is a lie?

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 10/10/10 - 10:14 am
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Currently the tax burden is

Currently the tax burden is highly concentrated on the upper class...........how is THAT fair? Seems the middle and lower class need to pay MORE of their share for a change. Would you rather just have your income tax raised to match that of the 2% of the country that currently pays 50% of the tax? I seriously doubt it.

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truthteller 10/10/10 - 10:17 am
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Another article in today's AC

Another article in today's AC reports that Nathan Deal paid federal taxes at a rate of less than 3% in recent years on income of about $200,000. Does anyone honestly think Mr. Deal will support a Fair Tax rate of 23% for everyone--including himself?

Techfan
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Techfan 10/10/10 - 10:20 am
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You get to keep your entire

You get to keep your entire paycheck and prices fall. Sounds like you've just equaled out the 30% tax. They base this on a reasearch by Dr Dale Jorgenson. Slight problem, Dr Jorgenson said prices COULD fall ONLY IF EMPLOYERS CONTINUED TO PAY CURRENT NET PAY, NOT 100% OF YOUR GROSS PAY. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1470200/posts

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Mad Hatter 10/10/10 - 10:22 am
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And that is a lie how? I'm

And that is a lie how? I'm beginning to think that you read the book but are having a hard time understanding. Just my opinion, based on what you are saying.

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corgimom 10/10/10 - 10:23 am
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"Imagine no income taxes to

"Imagine no income taxes to pay; no payroll taxes; no Social Security or Medicare tax; and no corporate income taxes, either. With a consumption tax, everybody who buys something at the retail level contributes. That means 300 million people in America will be contributing, plus anyone who visits us as a tourist."

Sure, make people who don't pay income taxes now, pay 23% taxes- so that we can turn around and give them more handouts. They don't make enough to live on now, so TAX THEM! They pay taxes, we turn around and give it right back to them- with all the administrative costs added, so that we LOSE MORE MONEY!

Put more people in poverty- who can argue with that?

What a plan! What a great idea!

Tigger__The_Tiger
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Tigger__The_Tiger 10/10/10 - 10:25 am
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I asked for proof of a

I asked for proof of a lie........... And still nothing.

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corgimom 10/10/10 - 10:26 am
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"One good thing about the

"One good thing about the FairTax is everybody will pay, even criminals and illegal aliens."

This is the part that makes me laugh.

Sure, right.

You can't make this stuff up, you know?

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