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FairTax not Flat tax!

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams
This letter was written in response to Jim Inhoff’s reply to an inquiry 
regarding his position on the Fairtax, A grass roots movement to 
completely overhaul our federal tax system. Spurred on by Neal Boortz 
and congressman john Lender as well as the people of the United 
States it is gaining support throughout the country. It would change 
our tax system from income based to consumption based. The plan
 is the most studied ever although there are many misunderstandings 
and misconceptions being perpetuated regarding it. Most opposition 
comes from people who think that it could never be realized (such 
as with Inhoff) or those who stand to lose  money because 
they have learned how to cheat the current system. For more
information go to fairtax.org or buy the books “the Fairtax” 
and its sequel “Answering the critics”.  The logic in the books is 
inarguable.   
 
I appreciate your interest and response regarding my Inquiry 
on your position regarding the Fairtax. I understand that 
amending the constitution is a monumental task; however, with 
broad support the path would be eased. The voice of the 
American people presenting a cohesive united front would 
precipitate both the congress and the state legislatures to 
take action. But you are our voice! We need your support! 
Your position that a flat tax would be superior to the Fairtax 
is not an easy one to support.  The complications begin 
with the government prying into people’s private lives and 
businesses to ascertain income. Along with the intrusion into 
our finance’s, a burdensome system inevitably develops to 
prevent cheating and to attempt to be fair, making the 
regulations become ever more complicated and impossible to 
interpret and enforce. Sound familiar? You betcha! Our current 
tax system started out as a flat tax!  The system we have 
today is a flat tax that has evolved in an effort to accommodate
 the amazingly complex financial world.  Since 1986 when the tax
 was “re-flattened”, it has been amended 16,000 times. It has 
67,000 pages of rules and regulations! Under a flat tax system, 
money would still be involuntarily withdrawn from the pockets of 
the people and a flat tax would not eliminate the inevitable
 regulatory mess that results from having to report income. In 
addition, a flat tax would not take advantage of tourist dollars 
or make our products more competitive. The regulations would put 
people with higher incomes at an advantage because they can afford
 to pay people to interpret the codes and manage their money 
(not very fair at all). Of course, the cost of this money management 
as well as the actual taxes would only be passed on to consumers
 and employees in lower income brackets just as it is now. A flat tax 
may sound efficient, equitable and simple” (your quotes) and in a 
utopian world it would be. Unfortunately, this is the real world and a flat 
tax would result in the same monstrous, indecipherable tax system 
we have now. You need only to look at how we got where we are to 
see what a “new” flat tax would become. A revised flat tax would be
 nothing more than a band-aid over a gaping wound. It may cover it 
up but it will continue to fester. It will leave nothing positive to posterity. 
You may be long gone by the time the rose-colored glasses are removed
 once again from the eyes of the American people but they will be. Do
 you want to be a part of history repeating itself or history made?