A GREAT NATIONAL VOICE FOR THE FAIRTAX
Many of us smile and agree with the statement by Spenser Tracy, “Acting is not the noblest profession in the world, but there are things lower than acting. Not many, mind you - but politicians give you something to look down on from time to time.”
The rest of us who have to work for a living and who look with disbelief on many of the actions of politicians and bureaucrats don’t find this statement by humorist P.J. O’Rourke funny at all but all too true: “Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away from things they don't understand, such as working for a living.”
That is why we should always acknowledge and applaud any politician who is willing to defy the Swamp and their servants in Congress and advocate something that is good for the rest of us—not just them. A former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee is a politician. However, since he first ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, Governor Mike Huckabee has been a steadfast proponent of replacing the income/payroll tax system with the FAIRtax.
He has taken this position in Presidential debates and all across the country. He has proven wrong the politicians who have co-sponsored the FAIRtax bill but who refuse to talk about the FAIRtax in their campaigns because, “They won’t be able to answer the critics who say it is regressive or that it hurts lower income people or how the new taxation system really works.”
Not only has Governor Huckabee answered all of the critics of the FAIRtax, he has embarrassed many politicians who are dedicated to preserving the income tax and all of the benefits from the Swamp—even if their position is clearly not the best for all of us.
He is not a candidate now, but he has a national podium and still speaks out about things that are important—like the FAIRtax. The Governor kindly gave his permission for us to reprint his article.
Remind me again why we haven’t replaced the IRS with the FAIRtax
July 5, 2018
It seems as if Congress is always trying to pass some bill that that’s so big, we won’t know what’s in it until it’s the law. And that always works out swell…for the government, not for us.
For instance, in 2015, Congress voted on an 864-page highway funding bill. The Wall Street Journal, which was one of the few media outlets that actually took the time to slog through the whole thing, discovered that buried deep inside it was yet another new power for the Internal Revenue Service (I don’t know how the IRS relates to highways, unless it’s because they treat us like speed bumps, or maybe because some tax rates are highway robbery.)
For some inexplicable reason, the proposed “highway funding bill” gave the State Department the right to revoke or deny your passport if you owed the IRS more than $50,000. Once it was spotted, its backers assured us this would “usually” only apply to Americans with IRS liens on their property, and “likely” wouldn’t hit those who’d made payment arrangements. I don’t know about you, but I’m “usually” not comfortable with giving broad new powers to the IRS on the promise that they “usually” wouldn’t expand them and “likely” wouldn’t abuse them.
This is why I never understood why I remain the only major Presidential candidate who’s run on a platform of replacing the income tax with the consumption-based Fair Tax. Any other proposal to flatten rates or simplify the tax code still keeps the IRS in place in some form. And from their targeting of taxpayers for their political beliefs to taking the Fifth and destroying evidence; from unconstitutionally acting as prosecutor, judge and jury; to their unlawful seizing of property and jailing of Americans, the IRS has proven that it is unworthy of the powers it already has.
As of 2015, we already had 85,000 IRS agents. That was over twice as many IRS agents as FBI agents, and over 14 times more IRS agents than CIA agents. During the hearings into the targeting of conservative nonprofits, IRS officials displayed undisguised contempt both for the rules they’re supposed to obey and the people’s representatives who are supposed to be their watchdogs. To add even more insult to injury, they later begged that their testimony - which was on the record and the property of the American people -- not be publicly released because they feared retribution if the American people found out what they said. This out-of-control agency certainly didn’t need new powers to curtail our right to move about freely.
The day the IRS was created, the fundamental relationship between the American people (the boss) and the government (their servant) was turned upside down. The government has no business demanding to know your income or controlling how you spend your own money. It certainly has no right to seize your property without due process of law, or to assume you're guilty until you prove yourself innocent. It’s time not only to stop punishing productivity, but to restore the proper relationship of government as the servant of the people, not the people as servants of the government. That can begin only when the Fair Tax replaces the income tax, and the IRS is no more.
We need to remind President Trump that we took seriously what he said in his 2016 speech accepting the Republican nomination. “Our aims – the aims of this Republican crusade – are clear: to sweep from office an administration which has fastened on every one of us the wastefulness, the arrogance and corruption in high places, the heavy burdens and anxieties which are the bitter fruit of a party too long in power.”
The President has been hard at work stopping new regulations and removing old regulations and that is great. He has not yet addressed the biggest source of arrogance and corruption—the income/payroll tax system and the IRS.
President Trump, Will Rogers said something in the 1930’s that is applicable today. “Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”
It is time to PASS THE FAIRTAX!
The truth is the truth. Remember, if we don't continue to tell the truth and demand a change, then this quote from George Orwell's 1984 may foretell our children's future:
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”
WHAT CAN EACH OF US DO
Call up the local or D.C. offices of your House Member and two Senators and you can use the following script:
- I am sure that Representative ____ or Senator ____ is in favor of everyone obeying the income tax laws.
- After they assure you that their boss is not in favor of anyone breaking the law, ask if they are aware of the Cebula study showing $9 trillion of evaded income/payroll taxes over the next ten years.
- Since most will say they don’t believe their boss has seen the study, either drop off a copy or get an email address and send a copy to them for their boss.
- Say you are going to call back in a week and ask what the Representative or Senator is going to do to stop this evasion.
- In a week, call back and ask specifically what the Representative or Senator is going to do to enforce the law.
- They probably will say their boss believes that simplifying the income tax will handle the problem.
- Explain that when people evade income taxes, they are also evading the 15.3% payroll/Medicare tax and state income tax. So it is unlikely that they are going to pay 30% or 40% when they were paying 0% because they have already decided it is okay to cheat.
- Say that the only way to reduce evasion is to increase by tens or hundreds of thousands the number of comprehensive IRS audits done each year.
- Point out that Evaders do not self-identify by putting an “E” on their income tax return.
- 80% of the people likely to be audited are trying to comply, but they will be forced to endure these IRS audits as well.
- Ask if the Member is in favor of this?
- If they say no, then ask again how the Member proposes to stop people breaking the income tax laws.
- Then explain that the way to handle evasion without unleashing the IRS audits is the FAIRtax.
If you can see your Member or attend a town hall and ask these questions, you can be even more effective.
#116 PROMOTING THE FAIRTAX VIA A NEGATIVE REVIEW
The booklet America’s Big Solution is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple iBook Store. On Amazon it has a number of positive reviews and one negative review. This provides us with a “teachable moment” which The FAIRtax Guys used to teach more people about what the FAIRtax is and what it is not.
In order to properly understand the FAIRtax, we must think outside the income tax “box” which is sometimes difficult since it’s all we’ve know for over 100 years. Fortunately, the FAIRtax is very simple and therefore easy to adapt to once we shrug off the mental constraints of the current system.
And since this was the first broadcast in which we were able to take live phone calls, our viewers and listeners were able to contribute to the show. We received phone calls from Minnesota to Florida. If you could not watch or listen live, see below on how to catch up with this ground breaking episode of FTPR.
Be sure to let everyone you know about the New and Improved FAIRtax Power Radio. Watch and Listen every Wednesday at 11:30 AM (ET). We are streaming to Facebook LIVE (https://www.facebook.com/FairTax/) followed by podcasts posted on Spreaker (http://bit.ly/2oesbk7), iTunes & iHeart Radio.
PAST EPISODES - Wondering what we talked about in past episodes? Each episode is saved as both video on Facebook and podcasts on Spreaker, iTunes and iHeart Radio. Watch or listen later - or any time!
The Facebook videos are saved to a number of pages: FAIRtax Official (https://www.facebook.com/FairTax/), The FAIRtax Guys (https://www.facebook.com/thefairtaxguys/), Democrats for FAIRtax (https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsForFairTax/) and many others.
Or search for FAIRtax Power Radio on your favorite podcast platform. See below for links.
Not only will we be LIVE but eventually we will be set up to take phone calls from the public. And we will do our best to land interviews with influential people to see what they think of the only REAL tax reform plan in Congress, HR 25, The FAIRtax.
Be a part of this cutting edge news/talk show featuring The FAIRtax Guys. Stay tuned to get more details as this develops.
PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE FAIRTAX?
Telling your friends and relatives about our new and improved FAIRtax Power Radio is a great way to help us garner more support. It is the American people who must demand REAL tax reform in Congress. We are trying our best to inform America about the FAIRtax! Please help us.
Tune into our video broadcast each Wednesday. If you can’t watch live, then listen to the podcast of the show later. You can listen to FTPR on any platform - Mac or PC, iPhone or Android. And it’s 100% free. Listen on Spreaker.com (http://bit.ly/2oesbk7), iTunes (http://apple.co/1Te8VdF) or iHeart Radio (http://bit.ly/2eqEG7y) on your computer or smartphone. The easiest way to listen to FTPR on your smartphone is by downloading the free FTPR app. Just search for “FAIRtax Power Radio” in your app store, download the app and start listening.
A new podcast follows the live show every Wednesday just after High Noon. Please listen and tell everyone you know about the FAIRtax Power Radio. The FAIRtax: Once You Understand It, You’ll Demand It!
THE FAIRTAX BOOK FOR NEWBIES - AMERICA’S BIG SOLUTION
LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION
These links will help you promote and support the FAIRtax, make yourself familiar with the links below. We always do our best to keep our AFFT community up to date, and you can stay ahead of the curve using these convenient sites.
- The website of Americans for Fair Taxation (www.fairtax.org)
- Read the Summary of the Evasion Study.
- Welcome to the Online FAIRtax Community (member.fairtax.org)
- The website at which you can help make it happen. (www.bigsolution.org)
- The Facebook page for Americans for Fair Taxation
- The Facebook page for The FAIRtax Guys
- The Twitter page for Americans for Fair Taxation
- PopVox - Connecting people and lawmakers for more effective participation and better governing
- YouTube channel for AFFT
- The Official FAIRtax Logo Store (www.fairtaxlogostore.org)
- Xcluded.tv - The new home of FAIRtax Power Radio Video
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