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JORGENSON EXPLODES FAIRTAX MYTH (FR Exclusive)
self | August 25, 2005 | RobFromGa

Posted on 08/24/2005 9:40:44 PM PDT by RobFromGa

August 24, 2005

U.S. Representative John Linder
1026 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 770-232-3005
Fax: 770-232-2909
Copy: Neal Boortz, WSB Radio,
Dr. Dale Jorgenson, Harvard University

Dear Representative Linder:

I wrote to you two days ago regarding what I consider to be serious misrepresentations of the Fair Tax plan contained in your book, “The FairTax Book”. On page 2, you state “Let’s agree up front that this book is about honesty” and I intend to hold you at your word. Since that time, I have been in contact with Dr. Jorgenson in an attempt to clarify his understanding of this Plan and his calculation of expected price declines.

On pp. 22-23, your book states: “An extensive study of tax costs was completed a few years ago by Dr. Dale Jorgenson, then chairman of the Harvard Economics Department. On average, Jorgenson concluded, 22 percent of the price paid for a consumer product represents embedded taxes.”

You then went on to show a Chart (Fig 5.1) which shows the expected price decline without embedded costs for various goods and services as prepared by Jorgenson during his study.

On page 55, you go on to explain that these embedded taxes are “in addition to the money taken out of your check in income and payroll taxes.”

On page 59, you again invoke Dr. Jorgenson’s study: “If you’re looking for scholarly support for the proposition that prices will fall once the embedded taxes are removed, we can check back with [Jorgenson’s] “The Economic Impact of the National Retail Sales Tax” and you quote his report:

Since producers would no longer pay taxes on profits or other forms of capital income under the NRST and workers would no longer pay taxes on wages, prices received by producers… would fall by an average of twenty percent”

In this statement, Jorgenson seems to say that one of the reasons for the price drop at the producer level was the elimination of the tax on wages paid to workers. So, naturally if the business is going to realize this benefit it must reduce the workers gross pay be the amount that is currently being paid in the form of income and payroll taxes. This only makes sense because how can the business reduce costs if it gives the worker tax savings to the worker?

Later on page 59, you state: “Once the FairTax takes effect, you’ll be receiving 100 percent of every paycheck, with no withholding of federal income taxes, Social security taxes, or Medicare taxes and you’ll be paying just about the same price for T-shirts and other consumer goods and services that you were paying before the FairTax.”

Dr. Jorgenson’s report clearly showed that under his study the worker would not get their complete paycheck, because if he/she did, there would be no cost savings to the business and therefore no price drop associated with worker taxes.

You continue this theme on page 83: “Remember that the poor, along with everyone else—will no longer have Social Security taxes or Medicare taxes removed from their paychecks. Whatever they earn, they get on payday. For most of those we categorize as poor, this would mean an immediate 25 to 30 percent increase in their take-home pay.”

On page 84, you make it clear though that even though the workers will keep all of their paychecks for a big raise, you still believe that because of “the disappearance of the embedded taxes, the total price paid for consumer goods will remain very nearly the same”.

By assuming these two things together, you are misrepresenting Jorgenson’s report and double-counting the tax savings, first by giving them to the worker as a pay raise, and then at the same time assuming that there was a cost savings to the business.

On page 85 you make it clear the worker will get the pay raise.

And then on page 111, you tie it all together with a Quick Review in which you erroneously assert that “Here’s what happens when we pass and implement the FairTax plan:”

“We start collecting 100 percent of our earnings on our paycheck.

“We all get virtual raises, since payroll taxes are no longer siphoned from our checks.

“The prices of consumer goods and services remain essentially the same, with the removal of the embedded taxes compensating for the added consumption tax.”

Dr. Jorgenson’s report seemed pretty clear to me, but I felt it was necessary to ask him directly what he meant so I sent him this e-mail:

At 09:29 AM 8/24/2005 -0400, you wrote:

Dear Dr. Jorgenson,

I am a private US citizen who is concerned that the FairTax proponents are misrepresenting your conclusions. Would you please comment on the attached letter I sent to Mr. Boortz and Rep. Linder? I think that they are being dishonest to imply that the wage earner will keep his entire paycheck, while at the same time businesses will be able to reduce costs? Your March 1996 testimony stated, in part:

5.Since producers would no longer pay taxes on profits or other forms of capital income under the NRST and workers would no longer pay taxes on wages, prices received by producers, shown in the sixth chart, would fall by an average of twenty percent

Are you expecting business to reap a benefit from the taxes that that the worker no longer pays? It certainly sounds like that is part of where you see the business reducing its costs.

Rob

Dr. Jorgenson responded:

From: Dale Jorgenson [mailto:djorgenson@harvard.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 10:28 AM
To: Rob xxx
Re: Fair Tax- Is your 1995-6 Testimony being misrepresented by Boortz/Linder book?

August 24

Dear Rob,

A more reasonable interpretation of my 1996 testimony is that workers would keep that after-tax pay; producers' prices would fall, but retail prices would be increased by the national retail sales tax. Any gains by workers and investors would be the result of increase economic efficiency.

[He then went on to recommend his book called LIFTING THE BURDEN, about another tax reform plan he calls Efficient Taxation]

Best,
Dale

I wanted to be perfectly clear what he was saying, so I asked him to clarify his email:

At 06:41 PM 8/24/2005 -0400, you wrote:
Dr. Jorgenson,

Excuse me for my lack of understanding of your answer, when you say "workers would keep that after-tax pay" are you saying that if they are making $1000 a week now, and paying $200 payroll+income taxes now, that under the FairTax you were assuming that workers would get paid $800 and keep all of that? Or are you saying that you meant they would make $1000 under the FairTax?

Regards,
Rob xxx

Dr Jorgenson responded:

August 24

Dear Rob,

I am saying that the worker would continue to receive the after-tax amount of $800. Prices received by producers would decline to cover the cost of after-tax wages to workers and after-tax dividends and interest to investors. However, taxes paid at the retail level would include the Fair Tax.

Best,
Dale

So, Dr. Jorgenson, whose report you are relying on to support your calculation of embedded taxes, is stating that in making those embedded tax calculations he was not assuming that the worker would keep his current after-tax amount, NOT that the worker would keep all of his current gross pay-check. By reducing the gross pay of the worker to the current after-tax amount, the producers would see a cost reduction that would allow them to reduce selling prices. There would be no increase in take-home pay.

I think you need to carefully review the misrepresentations in your book and offer a retraction and modify subsequent printings to remove these errors. You have spent a large amount of time on this plan, and it is still a viable option for debate even without the bug windfall pay raise for everyone. I would enjoy the opportunity to discuss this with you further if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Rob xxx
xxxxxxx


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I contacted Dr. Dale Jorgenson, the Harvard economist who did the FairTax models, earlier today. He said that he assumed workers would keep their current after-tax income, NOT their current gross pay.

There is no pay raise with the FairTax plan, as many of us have stated, and been ridiculed for stating.

RobFromGa

1 posted on 08/24/2005 9:40:47 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: Always Right; lewislynn; sitetest; Your Nightmare

Here is what I found out today. It backs up our contention that the FairTax Book is misrepresenting Dr. Jorgenson's testimony and report.


2 posted on 08/24/2005 9:42:02 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: pigdog; ancient_geezer

Pinging you to some detective work I have been working on today.


3 posted on 08/24/2005 9:43:20 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: RobFromGa

Dude, you have way too much time on your hands!


4 posted on 08/24/2005 9:43:22 PM PDT by avant_garde
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To: RobFromGa

Dude, you have way too much time on your hands!


5 posted on 08/24/2005 9:43:26 PM PDT by avant_garde
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To: avant_garde

I happen to think it is important to make sure that this FairTax plan is accurately debated.


6 posted on 08/24/2005 9:44:47 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: RobFromGa

While I'm generally in favor of FairTax, I'm glad to see this post. I've always felt something didn't quite add up with this. I mean, if the government is taking in a certain amount of money via the current tax system, and after the FairTax they are still taking in the same amount of money, how can everyone be paying less taxes? You can alot a certain amount for the overhead that is eliminated, and you can also expect a certain amount of growth, but I don't think the proponents are counting on the growth in their models, and the elimination of the overhead doesn't account for all the benefits they are touting. It just doesn't add up.


7 posted on 08/24/2005 9:47:19 PM PDT by Scutter
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To: RobFromGa
Correct. TANSTAAFL.
8 posted on 08/24/2005 9:47:20 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: avant_garde

He just can't do math.


9 posted on 08/24/2005 9:47:35 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I wish those on the Left would just do us all a favor and take themselves out of their misery.)
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To: pigdog

ping!!


10 posted on 08/24/2005 9:49:27 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. -Churchill)
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To: Scutter

As I say at the end of the letter, this plan is still worth debating without the windfall pay increase for every wage earner. And there won't be any income or payroll taxes taken out of the new lower salary. And efficiences can cause the amount to rise back up later to everyone's benefit.

The point is that we need to discuss this plan honestly.


11 posted on 08/24/2005 9:55:45 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: Fledermaus

are you saying that Dr. Jorgenson can't do math?


12 posted on 08/24/2005 9:56:44 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: Carry_Okie

It should have been a giveaway that everyone can't come out 25% plus ahead in purchasing power.


13 posted on 08/24/2005 9:57:36 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

Our first editions might be a collector's item when they make the necessary revisions to the FairTax Book.


14 posted on 08/24/2005 10:00:16 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: RobFromGa
There is no pay raise with the FairTax plan, as many of us have stated, and been ridiculed for stating.

That depends entirely on how you are currently paid. My brother's business, for example, pays his employees as contracted labor at a set rate. He does this to limit mandates and red tape from the government being imposed on him. The individuals are responsible for their tax burden, and the Fair Tax would eliminate that burden from them.

I have my own concerns about how the monthly stipend the Fair Tax advocates would be abused by the class warfare crowd, but increased take home pay is possible for many.

15 posted on 08/24/2005 10:00:34 PM PDT by Gunslingr3
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To: RobFromGa
This is the part of the FairTax I just couldn't accept. I searched the FairTax site and I could not find a definition of what was really included in the embedded tax.

I had done some quick calculations and couldn't get the embedded tax above about 9% (employer SS+Medicare + tax on profits) + costs of collection and no one could convince me that the cost of collection was up around 15%. That would have implied that the total cost of collection in the entire economy was around $1.5 trillion/year. It might be a lot, but not that much.

Even with this I still like the FairTax. I could accept an 18% net increase in prices to keep my gross paycheck and eliminate all income and payroll taxes.

16 posted on 08/24/2005 10:02:29 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Bork should have had Kennedy's USSC seat and Kelo v. New London would have gone the other way.)
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To: RobFromGa
The other big flaw is the assumption that with the combined effect of Federal and State sales taxes there won't be a burgeoning black market against which there would be incredibly intrusive enforcement provisions.
17 posted on 08/24/2005 10:05:05 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Heinlein fan?


18 posted on 08/24/2005 10:05:59 PM PDT by DC Bound (American greatness is the result of great individuals seeking to be anything but equal.)
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To: KarlInOhio
I could accept an 18% net increase in prices to keep my gross paycheck and eliminate all income and payroll taxes.

That won't work because it would screw people with accumulated wealth or on a fixed income. It also wouldn't help us be more competitive with foreigners.

The only workable approach is lower gross salaries, equal to what we take home now, with prices that remain the same for domestic goods.

19 posted on 08/24/2005 10:06:06 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: RobFromGa

"A more reasonable interpretation of my 1996 testimony is that workers would keep that after-tax pay; producers' prices would fall, but retail prices would be increased by the national retail sales tax. Any gains by workers and investors would be the result of increase economic efficiency."

I think I'm failing to see the problem here. A person's income is a rate agreed to between the employer and employee. The taxes that are taken out of the salary of the employee are taken out after it's been accounted to that employee. It's a cost to the company through labor costs, not an tax paid outside of the person's wages. To assume that an employee would still receive their current take home pay is to assume that the employee would receive a pay cut and/or that a person's wages are artificially inflated to take taxes into account.

With labor costs remaining the same, a company might not elect to drop their products prices. Heck, a company might just enjoy trying to reap a bigger profit margin by keeping their prices the same. That would increase the consumers' prices with the large sales tax added on.

The point of the fair tax to me is to wrest back some form of control from Congress regarding our money. While Congress will still try to spend, more people will be aware of just how much the fed takes from them. It might make people more responsible, especially in elections. The talk of wage increases, price drops, etc. are not unlike President Bush throwing out an exact dollar amount of how much an average family would save with his tax cuts, instead of giving people a more accurate percentage figure.


20 posted on 08/24/2005 10:09:53 PM PDT by kenth
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To: All
There is a typo in the underlined sentence, it should read:

So, Dr. Jorgenson, whose report you are relying on to support your calculation of embedded taxes, is stating that in making those embedded tax calculations he was assuming that the worker would keep his current after-tax amount, NOT that the worker would keep all of his current gross pay-check.

Error was made while I was formatting for FR post, not in original letter.

22 posted on 08/24/2005 10:11:38 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: Gunslingr3
The individuals are responsible for their tax burden, and the Fair Tax would eliminate that burden from them.
If the individuals are performing a service their gross income could be subject to the 23% fairtax....then they'd pay tax again when they spend what's left.

In the mean time the IRS has strict requirements for determining independent contractors from employees...tell your brother to be careful.

23 posted on 08/24/2005 10:11:44 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: RobFromGa
Just imagine an employer telling everyone that their pay is going to be cut when the sales tax starts. Also, the pay of singles will have to be cut more than married couples with kids because singles are hit harder by the current income tax system. It's more likely that they just pay the employees the gross.

I would expect that domestic producers would be aided against imports. Importers can now play around with the amount which their US subsidiary pays for the import to make sure that little or no profit is made in the US. If a sales tax is put in place, that advantage disappears.

24 posted on 08/24/2005 10:14:00 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Bork should have had Kennedy's USSC seat and Kelo v. New London would have gone the other way.)
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To: Sprite518
Look at his home page: Dale Jorgenson's Home Page

Do you really think I would make this up? You are nuts.

25 posted on 08/24/2005 10:14:03 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: DC Bound
Heinlein fan?

Not really. The big advantage of the NRST is that it would finally get people to realize what government is costing them.

26 posted on 08/24/2005 10:14:38 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: RobFromGa
No suprise to me ...

I I raised that very question on this thread four years ago:

Can the NRST Really Reduce Consumer Prices by 20% to 30%?

It seemed pretty clear to me that Dr. Jorgensen was being misrepresented, or at best, misunderstood. Though I contacted Dr. Jorgensen about this at the time, I never received a response. I'm glad this has finally been cleared up.

27 posted on 08/24/2005 10:14:43 PM PDT by Dimples
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To: lewislynn; Gunslingr3
lewislynn is a Troll... Don't waste your time. Just look at his post. I like to call him RobFromGa.... LOL!
28 posted on 08/24/2005 10:15:41 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518
http://post.economics.harvard.edu/faculty/jorgenson/ lists djorgenson@harvard.edu as his address.
29 posted on 08/24/2005 10:17:19 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Bork should have had Kennedy's USSC seat and Kelo v. New London would have gone the other way.)
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To: Sprite518; RobFromGa
EVERYBODY THIS LOOKS LIKE A BOGUS E-MAIL FROM HERE.
Uh oh, You too have been outed by the narrow minded self professed arbiter of good and evil...

It couldn't possibly be true even if it was clear in his 96 or 97 testimony.

One of you is lying for sure robfromga....< /sarcasm >

30 posted on 08/24/2005 10:18:53 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: Dimples

Good job on that earlier thread, how in the world do they publish a book and make these claims?

Boortz I can understand embellishing, Linder I am just shocked. He seems like a good man the times I have talked to him. I can only assume that he doesn't understand the plan real well.


31 posted on 08/24/2005 10:19:40 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: Sprite518
lewislynn is a Troll... Don't waste your time. Just look at his post. I like to call him RobFromGa....

Who's the idiot in this picture?

32 posted on 08/24/2005 10:21:53 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: RobFromGa

I never seen a Freeper so determined to keep the current tax code.. You love taxes just admit it... I am going to bed now. However, I can promise you I am going to contact the Dr. and see if this is valid, what does he thing of the fair tax and if your conclusion was correct.


33 posted on 08/24/2005 10:22:22 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: lewislynn
You Troll.. Love all your anti fair tax post..hmmmm...hmmm...LMAO!
34 posted on 08/24/2005 10:23:51 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: KarlInOhio

thanks for helping to verify the email address. Like I would make up emails from a Harvard economist to make my case. Sheesh...


35 posted on 08/24/2005 10:23:57 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: Sprite518
I can promise you I am going to contact the Dr.

Knock yourself out. I'm sure you'll tell him what he meant and why he was wrong when he thunk it.

36 posted on 08/24/2005 10:25:47 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: Sprite518

Knock off the troll comments

Thanks


37 posted on 08/24/2005 10:26:19 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: RobFromGa
There is no pay raise with the FairTax plan, as many of us have stated, and been ridiculed for stating.

Stop talking sense, dammit! DRINK THE KOOL-AID!!!

;o)

The "FairTax" crowd is deluding none save themselves.

38 posted on 08/24/2005 10:27:24 PM PDT by Prime Choice (E=mc^3. Don't drink and derive.)
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To: RobFromGa
I happen to think it is important to make sure that this FairTax plan is accurately debated.

Naturally, you will be mobbed and maligned by the Kool-Aid drinkers who live under the illusion that taxing items at 23+% (for starters) won't have a negative effect on purchases. And they also think it won't create a burgeoning black market.

They'd just as soon want you to forget that the "fair tax" notion has been run before and consistently discovered to be an abysmal failure. But they're willing to risk tanking the U.S. economy for a regressive tax scheme. What cretins...

39 posted on 08/24/2005 10:31:01 PM PDT by Prime Choice (E=mc^3. Don't drink and derive.)
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To: Carry_Okie
The big advantage of the NRST is that it would finally get people to realize what government is costing them.
Unless you're poor, or a business that isn't retail or doesn't perform a service....

Doesn't everyone have w2's, check stubs, tax returns, 1099's etc.? What would a government check for everyone every month and a worthless receipt thrown away in the bag you carried it home in prove?

40 posted on 08/24/2005 10:32:30 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: RobFromGa
I suspect most just "don't understand the plan" and very few will take the time to dig into the fundamentals. My attempt took a fair amount of research, a background in economics, many years of high level math experience, a smattering of statistics, a working knowledge of budgets and taxation and a generally skeptical outlook. At the time, I had WAY too much time on my hands, so I could afford the time to dig in.

Ultimately, politics and emotion drive these discussions more than economics or math. The math just gets in the way of good talking points!

41 posted on 08/24/2005 10:34:43 PM PDT by Dimples
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To: RobFromGa
Dr. Jorgenson’s report clearly showed that under his study the worker would not get their complete paycheck, because if he/she did, there would be no cost savings to the business and therefore no price drop associated with worker taxes.

The fallacy in this argument lies in this statement. Businesses pay an additional tax over and above what you as a worker pay on your money. There is no reason to believe that employers would decrease anyones pay. Their savings would be on the amount they pay in on you over what you pay in (approximately the same amount held out of your wages). Check all the facts before you decide someone is right.

42 posted on 08/24/2005 10:35:40 PM PDT by Originalist (Clarence Thomas for Chief Justice!!)
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To: Sprite518
You Troll.. Love all your anti fair tax post..hmmmm...hmmm...LMAO!

----

Knock off the troll comments

Thanks

LMAO! yourself, who's the fool now?
43 posted on 08/24/2005 10:37:07 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: Dimples

I've spent at least 40 hours on this and I'm about through I figure, I'm not sure that it is time well-spent because someone else would've shot it down along the way before passage, but I was tired of watching the DC Chapter and the people in Crawford get to do all of the actual activism and wanted to do something besides post on FR about this.

I will followup with Linder and I am trying to get a meeting with him.


44 posted on 08/24/2005 10:38:14 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: Sprite518
You Troll.. Love all your anti fair tax post..hmmmm...hmmm...LMAO!
I'm right, you're wrong...live with it...LMAO!
45 posted on 08/24/2005 10:38:55 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: Originalist
Their savings would be on the amount they pay in on you over what you pay in (approximately the same amount held out of your wages).

If you are talking about the employer half of payroll taxes, we've included that in all our previous discussions-- employers match is 7.65% of labor. They do NOT match income taxes. We've agreed that business could save maybe 10% max, with corporate taxes included where they apply.

46 posted on 08/24/2005 10:41:37 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: lewislynn
Ok keep living in your fantasy world. While the Fair Tax Book remains number 1 on the Best Sellers. You can smug all you want, and so will I because I know my side is gaining ground. If you are so right, then why don't you call Neal's talk show? That way you can show all the world how right you are since you know it all.. LOL!
47 posted on 08/24/2005 10:41:47 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: RobFromGa

I believe labor contracts are for gross pay, not after tax income. By what mechanism does the Fair Tax eliminate every labor contract in the country?


48 posted on 08/24/2005 10:43:17 PM PDT by yoswif
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To: Sprite518
You live in denial, this is the author of your report that is saying that he expected wages to drop to current after-tax wages. It was obvious before, now it has been confirmed from the horse's mouth.

Just go away quietly if you have nothing new to add to the conversation. We get it that you think we are evil.

49 posted on 08/24/2005 10:45:10 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: RobFromGa
We've agreed that business could save maybe 10% max, with corporate taxes included where they apply.

So, explain to me how a 10% savings for the employer is bad. Explain to me why the employer would need to cut my pay down to my post tax levels in order to save money. Explain how getting my full paycheck is a bad thing. I think we can debate the black market as a reasonable possibility. I'm just not real clear on your other points. Enlighten me please.

50 posted on 08/24/2005 10:46:44 PM PDT by Originalist (Clarence Thomas for Chief Justice!!)
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