Skip to comments."The Fair Tax Fantasy"
Posted on 04/20/2009 3:15:05 PM PDT by pissant
This is a new book that I have co-authored with Hank Adler, a professor at Chapman University's business school, a post he took up after retirement from a long and successful career as a partner with Deloitte.
Hank and I undertook this project because we had --independent of each other and for different reasons-- arrived at the same conclusion: That the "Fair Tax" proposal put forward by my radio tal show host Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder is a disastrous mirage that far too many Republicans have been drawn too, and for all the wrong reasons. "The Fair Tax" is a hopelessly flawed fantasy, but one with a surface appeal of simplicity that attracts especially politicians in need of energetic volunteers and quick headlines. But if the "Fair Tax" becomes the "Kemp-Roth" of the next few years, the GOP will be rightly punished at the polls as the details of the plan make it to the desks of serious political and economic analysts and from there to large numbers of voters who will examine the plan carefully and reject it almost immediately upon doing so. In short, not only should Republicans and conservatives not endorse the Fair Tax, they ought to affirmatively disavow the plan and press instead for serious and thoroughgoing tax reform, including lower and flatter tax rates.
Fair Tax enthusiasts often call my show and demand that I "read the book," by which they mean one or both of Neal's books. We have, and they do nothing to persuade serious readers of the plans merits, but much to camouflage the scheme's many deeply embedded flaws. Henceforth I'll be able to respond "Yes, but have you read the book that exposes the Fair tax as a destructive fantasy it is?"
(Excerpt) Read more at hughhewitt.townhall.com ...
Hugh better hope Romney doesn't come out in support of the fair tax. He'll find himself doing another violent 180 spin. Just as he did on amnesty after Mitt started sounding more like Tancredo.
I favor the Low Tax or No Tax approach
Ditto. 85% of government at the local/state level is redundant or better served by the private sector.
No such animal exists.
A tax is someone taking something from you to support something you may not benefit from or support.
I do not suport abortion but my tax dollars do.
Someone may not support war, any war Quakers etc.But their tax dollars do.
So you need to get away from the idea that any type taxation can ever be fair.
What it needs to be is SIMPLE and LOW.Period...
No one should have topay another person to have their taxes done. That is the most asinine situation I ever heard of...
The only “fair tax” is land rent taxation. People as diverse as Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Milton Friedman and William Buckley agreed on the basic logic of this tax. If you’re interested, here’s a place to start, http://www.groundswellusa.org/thekey.htm
Fair Tax = National Budget/# of Residences in the USA
Imagine how fast spending would decrease.
I don’t have any real feelings on fair tax either way but the real problem we face today is spending.
Hugh is in favor of whatever the GOP tells him to be in favor of.
I don't know if this suffices as an example but Hewitt will constantly ask people to send money to the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) even though he inadvertently said on air once that the NRSC f**ked up Minnesota and caused Coleman the seat.
The NRSC is backing Specter instead of Toomey in the primary. Guess who Hewitt will back? Will he still shill for the GOP even as they sell us out?
Yes, but there are some real FT nuts out there that won’t listen to reason about it’s chances. I’d love for FT to happen. Problem is why would the 50+ % of asswipes in this country who pay NO taxes at all be interested in something like a ‘fair tax’? No reason whatsoever, period.
Point well taken.
I think I have written that book 20 times over over that last 10 years.
I do worry about FT combined with already sky high taxes within my state.
The government will never reduce a tax, once imposed.
Question for you. If you have a $100 item before tax, but the final cost after sales tax is $130, how much sales tax is being charged?
A. 23% (The Fair Tax answer)
B. 30% (As this book states)
With out fiat currency, why tax at all? Just spend and let inflation take care of the tax? That would be the fairest tax and most efficient.
Depends, who’s receiving the tax money? If the federal gubmint sees 23% of that $100, then their tax rate is 23%. If the final bill is $130 on an item that costs $100, and the Fair Tax is 23%, then it stands to reason the state sales tax is 7%.
All I’m saying is, the explanation in the book promo contains spin. I’m not promoting the Fair Tax. I think it’s a bad idea because it’s a disincentive for consumption, which is the sole generator of tax revenue under the plan.
Under the fair tax, the government gets all $30 and calls it a 23% tax. They arrive at their rate by stating the tax as a percentage of the after tax cost, 23% of $130. It is the fairtaxers who spin. I was not including any state tax in my example.
I am a fervent believer that most local services should be privatized
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