The Chairman’s Report - August 12th, 2016

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  • 04/09/2021

Growth of Economy and Employment
Although it seems difficult to imagine, there are some people who wonder why the increased economic growth resulting from replacing the present income/payroll tax system with the FAIRtax is so important.  Many of these people believe that the benefits of economic growth would go only to a relatively few wealthy people who have the “right connections.”
While it is likely that as long as government money is used to fund projects the bureaucrats like, the people who donate to politicians will receive benefits.  However, if you want to help everyone and not just the people who buy favors from politicians, it is important to understand that economic growth does benefit everyone.
Arthur Okun
Arthur Okun was an American economist who served as chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors from 1968-1969.  He considered himself a progressive Democrat and was very interested in creating a “law” that would correlate how people in the economy were affected by a growing or shrinking economy. 
Although he died in 1980, Okun was highly regarded by his fellow economists and his conclusions have largely withstood the tests of time.  His definition of a recession, two consecutive quarters of negative gross national product (“GDP”), is still widely accepted.
Okun’s Law

His research into the effect of economic growth on employment has become known as Okun’s Law.  Okun determined that there was a measurable relationship between the rate of employment and the rate of a nation’s economic growth.  It is accepted that a country’s products depend to a large extent on the amount of labor used.

Simply explained, Okun’s Law states that if you want to reduce real unemployment by one percent, you need to increase the present growth of GDP by two percent. 

Real U.S. Unemployment Rate

There is much confusion about the actual unemployment rate in the U.S.  Recently the press trumpeted that the unemployment rate fell to 4.7%. This number is called “the U-3 rate.”  The U-3 rate is derived by taking the total number of unemployed people as a percent of the civilian labor force.

However, many economists believe that is not the best way to define unemployment.  They believe that a better measure includes not only the unemployed but also the underemployed and the people who have given up and are no longer looking.  This is called the U-6 rate which is currently at 10.1%.


All of the economic studies show that the FAIRtax will grow the economy much more rapidly than now.  The anemic growth of GDP of about one percent this last quarter is a terrible indicator.  If the FAIRtax does help the GDP grow at four percent, a three percent increase, then by applying Okun’s Law we see that the U-6 rate should reduce by 1.5%. 

If the D.C. Elites and the Members of Congress really care about the welfare of our citizens, they should look no further than the FAIRtax.  The FAIRtax will help people by providing more jobs which will lead to more production and this will lead to more revenues for government at all levels.  In short, with the FAIRtax, everyone wins.

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AFFT has been working for a long time to educate people about the FAIRtax. We are still running into people who have not heard about the FAIRtax, but what a difference it is from even five years ago.  The biggest fear of the D.C. Elites is if the American people realize that they have been “had” and demand common sense reform like the FAIRtax.  The Elites know that their “friends” in Congress will desert them if threatened with being thrown out of office.
There is going to be some sort of change in the income tax code in 2017.  If AFFT is not demanding, on behalf of you, that Congress not just make a few changes but make real reform, then there will be more of the same and America will continue to lose jobs and more of our children will be living with us because they cannot find jobs.
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In last week’s FAIRtax Friday, Ron Maiellaro explained how America’s Big Solution was written and why it is an essential tool to help others understand the FAIRtax.  Do you know someone who would like to learn more about the FAIRtax in a format longer than 140 characters at a time? Maybe something like a booklet that presents the basics of the FAIRtax?  Well, America’s Big Solution is here!  America’s Big Solution is a booklet written by Ocala volunteer Terry Tibbetts and can be purchased as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook and Apple mobile devices thru the iBook store.  And if you prefer a good old fashioned print copy, that’s also available at the above Amazon site. 
We all know someone who would prefer a brief introduction to the FAIRtax and are not very active on social media.  These potential supporters may be interested in this booklet which is less than 30 pages long.  
In order to help the FAIRtax become the law of the land, we need to reach out to everyone possible.  This booklet will hopefully reach another important segment of our society.  Please do what you can to promote it.
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FAIRtax Power Radio
America’s Big Solution: An Introduction to the FAIRtax is now available in print and in electronic form for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iPad in the iBook store as well as on the following services: Scribd, Inktera (formerly Page Foundry) and Kobo
There are many ways in which people can help us educate more Americans about the FAIRtax.  In Programs 29 & 30, the FAIRtax Guys describe how listeners can support and promote our efforts. Program 29 concentrates on simple but effective things for people with busy schedules, whereas Program 30 suggests some activities that might take a little more time.  The programs are free to the listeners.  Please share these links with your friends and relatives.
FAIRtax Power Radio is now available on iTunes and Spreaker.  A new episode will be posted every Friday morning but you can listen at any time by going to one of these sites.  There is no cost to listen.

In Episode 3, Thomas Jefferson paid us a visit and gave his opinion of our federal income tax.  As you might guess, he wasn’t very happy with what he saw.  Then we searched for “the perfect tax system”.  
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Bob and Ron will continue with FAIRtax Power Radio until HR 25 becomes the law of the land in 2017.  After that, I’m sure our episodes will go into the Radio Hall of Fame!  Please share this information with your constituents and anyone else you care to.  The more people we educate about the FAIRtax, the better the chances are that it will become a reality next year.
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