A recent post by FlaGator got me thinking.
It is hard, even amongst mainly like-minded conservatives, to beat out a set of issues, platforms and tenets that we can all agree on. We all have our pet issues, to say nothing of our day-to-day concerns. However, there is one issue that we should all be able to come together on.Too bad that we can't get two conservatives to agree on every point what conservates actually stand for.
That issue is the FairTax.
For those of you unfamiliar with the FairTax, I'll briefly sum it up. The FairTax would take away the government's power to directly tax income, and replace all of our current 'on the book' taxes with a national retail sales tax. You no longer have to think about what your gross and net incomes are - if you're hired at $40K a year, you bring home $40K a year. You pay 23% extra at the register (actually about the same price since the FairTax eliminates the embedded tax in goods) for the things you buy, and you receive a 'prebate' every month to cover the sales tax on the basic necessities of life.
Now I'd like to give you some of the implications of the FairTax. This would be a step in the right direction on our immigration problems, because only legal American citizens are eligible for the FairTax 'prebate'. This would be a step in the right direction in reducing the size of government, because the IRS would cease to exist in its current form. This would be a step in the right direction on the economy, because we would inject trillions more dollars just by bringing businesses operating overseas to American shores. This would be a step in the right direction on personal freedom, because any and all taxes you pay become voluntary.
So here's my proposal:
If you want tax reform,
If you are concerned about illegal immigration,
If you are concerned about government waste,
If you are concerned about the size of government,
If you would like to remove all involuntary taxes from your financial picture,
If you want to see price competition at work in the economy,
If you would like to start bringing businesses operating overseas into America,
If you would like to see economic and personal liberty take a huge leap forward,
look no further; the FairTax is your issue. Start writing your Congressmen about the FairTax. Tell them that the FairTax is the issue you're watching. Keep on top of them - they won't do this by themselves, because this is transferring power out of Washington directly to you. Are the 'tea parties' your thing? Bring FairTax signs to the next one.
When we get the FairTax passed, all the conservatives of every stripe can all re-adopt our pet issues, be it gay marriage, immigration, abortion or pork-barrel spending. But I cannot think of another piece of legislation currently in Congress that would at least partially address so many other issues.
Even to CU's lurking liberals, you should at least consider that the FairTax would completely remove the tax burden from the lower/middle class.
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