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Will President Obama Sit Down With Me To Discuss the FairTax?
Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Neal Boortz

Posted on 02/08/2013 8:17:59 AM PST by Kaslin

When someone says “First Amendment” you immediately think about your right to free speech, or perhaps freedom of religion. The First Amendment actually goes beyond that. For those of you who attended government schools, it’s time for a refresher. Here’s the actual wording:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Most people have a handle on the free speech, freedom of religion and the right to assemble parts of that paragraph. But what about the right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”? Just when is the last time THAT particular right was on your radar screen?

Surprisingly enough the Obama Administration honored the idea of petitioning for a redress of grievances when it set up a method for doing just that on the WhiteHouse.gov website under the heading “We the People, Your Voice in Our Government.” Originally the White House promised a response to any petition that gathered 25,000 signatures. That threshold was raised to 100,000 when the system was flooded with asinine petitions exhorting the government to build a death star or make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday.

So … on January 8th I created a petition on the White House site. The petition reads:

We petition the Obama administration to:

Invite Neal Boortz, the author of The FairTax Book, to spend one hour talking with the President about tax reform.

A petition to request that the President spend one hour discussing The FairTax, the most thoroughly researched tax reform legislation in history, with Neal Boortz and former GOP Congressman John Linder, co-authors of The FairTax Book and FairTax, The Truth.

We had one month to gather the required 25,000 signatures, and we accomplished the goal. Now we await the promised White House response.

The president has been quite vocal in his support for tax reform, though it would seem that his concept of reform is to raise taxes on the rich and free the middle class of any tax burden whatsoever. Well, here are a few ideas!

· What about a tax reform proposal that would guarantee that no head of household in America pays one penny of taxes to the federal government until they have satisfied the basic needs of their own families? Cover your family’s needs first – then the government.

· How about a tax code that allows every working American to take home 100% of their paycheck every payday?

· What about a tax code that allows every American to transfer their wealth to their children, their grandchildren, or to any party they chose, whether in life or upon their death, with no tax consequences whatsoever?

· What about a tax code where labor and capital are not taxed at any level?

· And what about a tax code that accomplishes all of this, and more, without raising the price of consumer goods or cutting government spending. Pure tax reform --- not a politically targeted change in the tax code aimed at one segment of the population.

Such a tax reform proposal does exist. It’s called The FairTax, and is currently before both the House and the Senate. This is a tax reform plan developed by accountants, economists, business people and ordinary citizens using $22 million in donated funds to develop the most researched piece of legislation ever placed before the Congress of the United States.

So now we wait for the response from the White House. The inclination of many is to believe that the White House will simply issue a statement to the effect that “The President understands the desires of the American people for tax reform and is dedicated to working with representatives of both parties to reach an agreement on comprehensive tax reform that will be fair to all.” Well there you go … you get the words “comprehensive” and “fair” into the statement!

There is also, of course, the fact that I’m a harsh critic of the president – and that doesn’t exactly spell success for the idea of a meeting. .

But … who knows? There could be some advantages to the White House in doing just what the petition asks … inviting me to the White House to put the FairTax plan before the president and his advisors. When the FairTax was first introduced into the congress Charlie Rangel, then the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee – the committee responsible for considering changes to our tax laws – told Congressman Linder that the FairTax was a wonderful idea. When Linder asked him why they didn’t go ahead and pass it, Rangel responded that they would, but when the Democrats were in charge.

Well … the Democrats were in charge for two years, and nothing happened. Now the people have spoken through a petition – a petition for a redress of grievances – a petition for relief from an onerous tax code that punishes hard work, discourages achievement, and costs hundreds of billions of dollars a year to implement.

Here is the White House’s chance to show that the whole petition process on Whitehouse.gov isn’t just window dressing; that they will give serious consideration to a petition asking for a reasonable accommodation, a one-hour meeting. This is a chance for the White House to actually honor – and breath new life into – a provision in the First Amendment designed to empower the people.

We’ll see. I’m not holding my breath – and I’m not clearing my busy retirement schedule yet – but we’ll see.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 113th; barackobama; boortz; fairtax; firstamendment; obama; petition; president; residentnotpres; taxes

1 posted on 02/08/2013 8:18:07 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Don’t count on it.


2 posted on 02/08/2013 8:18:51 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Kaslin

No.

Taxation isn’t about fairness, it isn’t even about revenue.

It’s about punishing success.


3 posted on 02/08/2013 8:23:08 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Kaslin

Neal should just go the hell away.....trying to revamp sales of his book? Anyone with any sense knows that nothing like a fair tax, a 999 tax plan, a flat tax are just pipe dreams in this day and age where Obama is very very close to becoming a complete dictator. If Rove and his traitorous super PAC succeed, our only bastion of hope, a Republican House will fall in 2014.

Boortz is just trying to re-feather his retirement nestegg and still stay in the slimelight. He can just go off in his “Boortz Bus” and shut the hell up.


4 posted on 02/08/2013 8:24:01 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Kaslin

Uhh probably not.


5 posted on 02/08/2013 8:25:02 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: Kaslin

Does anyone have an opinion on replacing the payroll tax with a 1% national sales tax to fund SS and Medicare?


6 posted on 02/08/2013 8:27:24 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Kaslin

I HOPE NOT~!

The “Fair Tax” is a liberals dream come true.

Right from it’s Orwellian name (there is nothing ‘fair’ about it) to the deceptive “tax-inclusive” rates they keep wanting to use, this is a P.O.S. waiting for a liberal to fall in love and run with it.

And they would once they realize it is not some evil conservative plan to cut revenue to the govt.

They can buy votes with the flick of a switch with this piece of garbage. Every election will be a fight to see which libtard will offer the biggest ‘pre-bate’

Eliminate the ‘prebate’, and use a normal “price + %tax” calculation method (like you see every day in the supermarket) and we’ll talk.

Otherwise the ONLY ‘fair’ tax is a flat tax. 10% across the board and the govt has to live with that - with NO new deficit spending (borrowing more debt).


7 posted on 02/08/2013 8:27:35 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Kaslin

While the tax COLLECTION certainly needs to be address, SPENDING is what is going to kill this nation. Until the current 24% spending of GDP gets downsized to 18%, we will continue down the death spiral.

And do not tell me that any particular tax strategy or framework will “starve the beast”. As long as Congress has the constitutional authority to borrow money, it is not possible to starve the beast.


8 posted on 02/08/2013 8:32:09 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Kaslin

While the tax COLLECTION certainly needs to be address, SPENDING is what is going to kill this nation. Until the current 24% spending of GDP gets downsized to 18%, we will continue down the death spiral.

And do not tell me that any particular tax strategy or framework will “starve the beast”. As long as Congress has the constitutional authority to borrow money, it is not possible to starve the beast.


9 posted on 02/08/2013 8:32:33 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Kaslin

Our tax code, in addition to revenue collection, is about wealth redistribution, punishment of success, prevention of success, and behavior modification. The governing class will not give up on those goals.

No, it’s a fantasy to think that there is any chance of the teleprompter in chief sitting down to discuss any flat rate tax with anyone.


10 posted on 02/08/2013 8:33:49 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Kaslin

I’m fairly certain petitioning for redress of grievances refers to access to courts and the power of the courts to redress wrongs. After all, how can a piece of paper with signatures or the digital equivalent redress anything? It would be entirely up to the receiving authority to do what it wanted, which likely would be to crumpled it up and throw it away.

Why would such empty ceremony be guaranteed by the Bill of Rights?


11 posted on 02/08/2013 8:39:33 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Mr. K

That’s a flat rate tax. How about a true flat tax: one round amount from every citizen of age.


12 posted on 02/08/2013 8:40:31 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: taxcontrol

You’re right, considering they’ll always just tax us with inflation to make up the difference, at least up to the edge of hyperinflation.


13 posted on 02/08/2013 8:42:29 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: All

The fairscam is not tax reform it is just another entitlement check. it, by its own words, is a way for the government to decide what is or is not a family and what is or is not “business.”

It is MORE intrusive than the current system (which needs to go).

FairScam is dead and should stay so.


14 posted on 02/08/2013 8:45:58 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Kaslin
The Fair Tax is a great idea. But it has one, insurmountable problem: it cannot be explained adequately in 30 seconds. Low information voters' eyes glaze over after 30 seconds. And their eyes, ears and brains shutdown when you get to the "prebate." Way, way too complicated for them to grasp.

As an alternative I like the flat tax idea: "How much money did you make last year? Kindly remit 10% to the government." Period. No exceptions, no deductions, 10% and you're done.

Granted, there are problems with the flat tax: charities will scream as will municipalities. But I'm sure that can be worked out without destroying the simplicity of the flat tax.

15 posted on 02/08/2013 8:46:25 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: upchuck

Charitable deductions would still be allowed- you just pay 10% on whatever is left AFTER that...

You might even convince me to include mortgage interest (it is, after all, money you are paying someone else)

but thats it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wipe out the government washington lobbyists in one fell swoop!


16 posted on 02/08/2013 8:50:06 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Gaffer

Blah, blah, blah


17 posted on 02/08/2013 8:55:51 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: csmusaret

You mean add to, they will never drop one method for another only compound them.


18 posted on 02/08/2013 8:56:45 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Mr. K; upchuck

I humbly object as you fall again in the same dilemma we have today. When you are able to hide, or 3rd party the payments, is when you lose interest.

What I’d rip out of the Fair Tax is 2 fold: the ‘pre-bate’, and the % (revenue neutral when the gov’t takes in WAY too $$ for what A1S8 specify). Poor != free ride from service(s)/gov’t function costs.

Labor (income) should NEVER be taxed; contract is between me and other end...gov’t have no biz in my biz or anyone elses. You also lose the funding from all ‘under the table’, unemployed, welfare, etc.

Tax on consumption. You get EVERYONE in the game. Make it a line on every receipt so everyone sees what gov’t costs. Congress can try to up the %, but you watch the riots if they try.


19 posted on 02/08/2013 9:57:59 AM PST by i_robot73
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To: Kaslin

No. The fair tax would remove the ability of government to change the behavior of the public through the tax code; they want MORE control, not less!


20 posted on 02/08/2013 9:59:46 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Kaslin
Now we await the promised White House response.

I can pretty much bet on what it will be.

21 posted on 02/08/2013 10:00:26 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Mr. K
Every election will be a fight to see which libtard will offer the biggest ‘pre-bate’

Yeah, that's a killer. The freeloaders stay freeloaders.
The 18-20% tax on something like a car or house would, IMO kill that market.
Then there's the double taxation problem on Roth IRAs and the like.

22 posted on 02/08/2013 10:06:59 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: csmusaret
Does anyone have an opinion on replacing the payroll tax with a 1% national sales tax to fund SS and Medicare?

A one percent sales tax wouldn't fund it. In 2012 we spend roughly $1.45 trillion on Social Security and Medicare. For a 1 percent sales tax to cover that you would have to have $143 trillion in taxable sales. That's considerably higher than our total GDP by a factor of 8 or 9.

23 posted on 02/08/2013 10:08:41 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

If your math is correct how would using the sales tax just to fund SS work out. I am not so sure Medicare will survive Obamacare anyway.


24 posted on 02/08/2013 12:10:12 PM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Vinnie
and imagine getting a lump sum ‘pre-bate’ every tax year? it would be worse than a tax-refund is now, because ALL the morons would be getting one- there would be a rush on flat-screen TV’s and the latest iPhone every year, and then they would complain they are starving and need more money the rest of the year
25 posted on 02/12/2013 5:37:25 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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