April 30, 2009

American Spectator article on Fair Tax Plan

American Spectator

Not Fair Weather Friends

Covering the nationwide Tea Parties held in various cities on Tax Day, Southern Political Report's Tom Baxter wrote of the Atlanta event: "What it looked like most of all was a Fair Tax rally. Advocates of the national sales tax idea looked like the largest and most enthusiastic contingent in the crowd." Conservative commentator Sean Hannity agreed, pronouncing Atlanta "Fair Tax land."

And indeed it was. Watching Fox News coverage of the local tax revolts, one could not help but notice the many protesters showing support for a House bill popularly known as the "Fair Tax," which calls for the abolishment of the IRS and the replacement of the income tax with a national sales tax. ...


Leading Republicans have been slow to grasp the increasing anger of conservative activists over taxes, spending, and monetary policy. In 2008, only Mike Huckabee and libertarian firebrand Ron Paul expressed qualified support for the Fair Tax, while the other Republican presidential candidates kept their distance. Mitt Romney, a favorite of many conservatives, went so far as to laugh at the idea during a radio interview in Florida.

Yet if the tea party trend showed anything, it's that the most passionate conservative activists in the country are tired of such weak tea. The Fair Tax may not be the best policy idea for reversing the federal government's explosive growth. But far from being a danger or even a distraction to the anti-government message, the Fair Tax movement is valuable precisely because it helps cultivate citizens' willingness to consider radical changes, pushing back against resurgent big-government liberalism.

The conservative cause of reducing government and slashing spending has always been an ambitious effort. Libertarian and conservative critics of the Fair Tax must express their valid policy concerns, but without dismissing the thousands of committed activists who have been mobilized by the proposal.

Any serious challenges to the status quo will require serious challengers. And whatever the shortcomings of a national sales tax, the patriotic Americans who make up the Fair Tax movement are at least dead serious about a kind of change that small-government supporters of all stripes can believe in.


my comment:
The tax to be implemented is 23%, not 30.  That is a bogus number being used by the communist types and the lobbyist and big government types to stop the fair tax.
The Fair Tax Plan has in it a provision that if the 16th Amendment is not repealed in five years, the fair tax plan is dissolved, to prevent duel taxation.
The reason Romney laughed out loud at the Fair Tax plan is he is very much against it.  It would dip into his fortune setting his company back on it's heels.  Why?  Romney is all about imports.  When the fair Tax Plan is implemented, it will remove the production tax built into the price of domestic manufacturing and will tax imports equally with our domestic production, creating a true level free trade competition.  I am waiting for Pat Buchanan to wake up one day and say YES! Fair Tax!  To put it simple, Romney is Big Government and don't let him lie to you otherwise, as he is good at saying what he wants you to hear.  We called him Slick Willie two during the primaries.
Fair Tax is not a radicalism tool, that is nuts.  It is a tool to bring about jobs, jobs and more jobs, so many jobs that the never again Federal Reserve would be raising interest rates to prevent too much of a shortage of employees to cause inflation to be at the need of workers.  (every time I think of that I get steamed)
The tea parties I have read about and the one in Michigan I attended were central to Fair Tax support.  We had Joe the Plumber in Lansing and he is going to Petoskey in Northern Michigan on May 6th.  His main theme is always the Fair Tax Plan. 
Tea Parties in Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma California, South Carolina, I imagine in all the States had Fair Tax a part of it.  Just as important to everyone is not simply smaller government, Constitutional Government.  The people are fed up with our Federal Government failing to adhere to the Law of the land.  Those laws are put in place to protect our liberty and freedoms and by God as our Witness we will have our Constitution back and freedom from the direct taxation we are now experiencing that is drowning us.  Who in there right mind would tax and so doing punish someone who works, saves invests.  That is so STUPID!!!
By the way, this is a great article, just a little weak on the whole truth, but very close.  We will have Fair Tax!!!  We will once again be a Federalist Union!
R. George Dunn

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