And our leaders should take note.
We editorialized last Sunday in favor of the "Fair Tax" - a national sales tax that would replace income, payroll and other federal taxes and end the reign of the IRS.
It's not getting a lot of attention in the mainstream media. But it's an idea that is bubbling up from the grass roots, as evidenced by a Fair Tax rally May 15 across the street from the Republican presidential debate in Columbia, S.C.
Further evidence of its grass-roots popularity comes as a result of last Sunday's editorial: A poll at augustachronicle.com the day after the editorial asked readers, "Are you in favor of replacing federal income and payroll-based taxes with a federal sales tax, more commonly referred to as Fair Tax?"
The result: Responses far outnumbered those from our other online polls, and 84 percent of the respondents said "Yes."
That's an outpouring.
Fair Tax champion and rally speaker Neal Boortz - who has published one book on the Fair Tax with U.S. Rep. John Linder of Georgia, with another coming out soon - says that the people are going to educate themselves on this subject to the point where they cannot any longer be ignored by politicians and the mainstream media.
Our poll results suggest he is right on target.
And that the people are already well on their way to educating themselves on it.
That's what it's going to take.
During recent national elections, the issue has been demagogued by some politicians who simply lied and said their opponents' support of the Fair Tax amounted to support of a tax increase. How disingenuous! In actuality, Boortz says, it's a historic power shift from the government - which monitors your income and checks your receipts and considers you guilty until proven innocent each April 15 - to the people, who control what they buy and when.
Other opponents prey upon the legitimate and heartfelt concerns of those who worry that the tax will be regressive and hurt the poor. But those opponents are being just as disingenuous: The Fair Tax proposal is structured to provide relief to low-income families.
The augustachronicle.com poll shows people will find this all out, whether the mainstream media help them or not.