Chairman’s Report – January 29, 2016

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The Elephant In The Room

For those of us who have been working for many years to get real tax reform, it is very frustrating to see the D.C. politicians express their agreement with real tax reform.  However, after wringing their hands and acknowledging the following about the present income tax system:

• Evasion is rapidly increasing
• U.S. exports are being punished and imports rewarded
• U.S. money is trapped overseas and is not coming back to the U.S.
• Encourages U.S. jobs to be moved overseas
• The IRS is corrupt and unfairly acts against whomever it is directed
• $450 billion is spent just trying to comply, not to pay the tax
• Punishes hard work and savings

They also readily acknowledge that the FAIRtax will:

• Have much less evasion
• Reward U.S. exports and tax U.S. imports, making U.S. products more competitive in world markets
• Allow money to be returned to the U.S.
• Attract vast amounts of foreign investment to our country
• Reward companies operating in the U.S. and creating jobs in the U.S.
• Eliminate at least 80% of the compliance cost of the income tax system
• Ensure the funding of Social Security
• Reward hard work and savings

The Elephant

The elephant in the room is that the FAIRtax will pull back the curtain and clear the smoke that has been obscuring the true cost of government for so long.  Under the present system and even under the flat income tax that many discuss with such glee, the true cost of government is hidden.

Contrast this with the FAIRtax.  Everyone in America, young, older, retired and working are all consumers.  They will all see the cost of the FAIRtax because it will be levied on all the new goods and services they consume.

In 1994, I met with a Member of Congress who was considered a conservative and vocally proclaimed the need to “reform” the income tax code and reduce the size of government.  However, when I described using a national retail sales tax, he looked quizzically at me and clarified that everyone would see the cost of government reflected in the amount of the sales tax.  He then turned a bit ashen and said to me, “My god, there will be a rebellion if the people see this.”

At the time, I was more naïve and felt that this was not an important point because it was the right of people to see the cost of their government.  Of course, I now see that it is an important point. 

Why Are They Afraid Of The Public Knowing The True Cost Of Government?

There are probably many reasons, but I think many Members, who consider themselves supporters of smaller government and less taxes, worry that the public will be so enraged when forced to confront the true cost of the U.S. government, they will be tossed out along with people who have promoted more and more spending.

In the 1990’s the chief promoter of the retail sales tax replacing the income tax was Congressman Billy Tauzin from Louisiana.  He told me that the way to understand Members of Congress was to know that 10% on the left and 10% on the right were devoted to supporting any issue that was part of their agenda—regardless of the cost to themselves.  The other 80% just wanted to keep their jobs.

Most of the Members really enjoy being treated like kings and queens in D.C.  If they return to their homes, they may be able to make more money, but they will be just like the rest of us.

The Solution To Members Afraid To Show Voters The Truth

We need to politely but firmly tell our respective Members that they have to do the right thing and support the FAIRtax or we will work to have them replaced.  That seems to be the only language they accept.  If they want to keep their jobs, they need to do the right thing and not “hide the ball” from their constituents but do what is best for America, even if it means having to face a very upset public that realizes they have been treated like children being told there is a Santa Claus.

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