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The Chairman's Report July 17 2020

The Chairman's Report July 17 2020
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Assisted Suicide

According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary the definition of “suicide” is:
1. Act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally,  2. Ruin of one's own interests.

The same dictionary defines “assisted” as 1. Give usually supplementary support or aid to.

While suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., many people think of assisted suicide only in the first meaning.  Until recently, in almost every state, assisting someone in taking their own life was a crime.  The punishments were severe.  Some states are now passing legislation allowing a person to end their life by having a physician give them a lethal injection.

All of us know people who commit “financial” suicide by reckless spending or by unwise investing.  In fact, some of the people who commit actual suicide are motivated by the effects of financial suicide or the ruin of one’s own interests.

For some who ruin their own interests they are assisted by alcohol or drugs. Others are assisted by greed or a willingness to break the law.  The result is the same, a ruin of their financial interests.

Throughout history, great civilizations have formed, existed for varying amounts of time and then declined to where they either vanished entirely or became much less dominant and powerful.

Why did these civilizations decline?  There are many reasons but, in all cases, their citizens/inhabitants just stopped supporting their governments.  They have:

* Crippled their government by evading taxes to the point the government didn’t have enough funding to operate

* Citizens refused to obey the laws and society degenerated into anarchy

* Citizens refused to join in the fight against invading enemies who eventually overwhelmed them

* Of course, there was always the more direct way, such as an armed rebellion where the citizenry rose up and overthrew the existing government


Prior to the French Revolution, the French government became more and more corrupt.  It kept assessing higher and higher taxes on the fewer and fewer people who were creating the products and services the country needed.

People eventually realized the only people who actually paid those taxes were the ones who could not bribe the government.  Sound familiar?

Eventually, the taxes became so oppressive the people began to starve because they couldn’t pay their taxes and feed their families.  At that point, they revolted and many of the nobles and the government officials literally lost their heads.



In Russia, the corruption and perceived contempt for the people led to the overthrow of the Tsar and the rise of communism.

It seems, like today, The Ruling Classes in those countries openly manipulated their tax systems for the benefit of those who could pay for favorable treatment. Maybe they were careful at first to “appear” to have the people’s best interests at heart, but after a time they dropped any pretense of doing what was best for the people and did only what was best for themselves and their well-connected friends.

The Ruling Class in this country and their minions in D.C. are now at that point. They have dropped any pretense of doing what’s best for the people, and are now openly operating solely in their own best interests.

They flagrantly boast they were the ones who wrote a myriad of incomprehensible laws, with the crown jewel being the Infernal Revenue Code.  They are now commanding enormous amounts of money to help people avoid the negative impact of the laws they drafted, or to purchase exemptions from those laws.  The net effect is The Ruling Class and their friends are protected while the brunt of all these laws falls heavily on all the rest of us.

It’s easy to focus attention on the politicians who took bribes.  Even The Ruling Class will attack those politicians, not necessarily because they took the bribes, but because they got caught.  They know there are so many other ways you can get much more money without violating any law, that taking a bribe is pretty stupid.

The Income Tax & Assisted Suicide

The progressive income tax is based on the principle the more a person has, the more he should pay.  The idea is those who have more should pay more.

This in itself isn’t a new concept.  Almost all of the taxes throughout history have been based on the idea taxes should be proportional to the value of what is being taxed.  A tax on crops was often based on the size of the crops.  One farmer who produced 100 bushels and paid three bushels in tax paid less than the farmer who produced 1000 bushels and paid 30 bushels in tax.

Property taxes are based on the value of the property.  If you have a large, expensive home, then you will pay more property tax than your neighbor whose home is less valuable.

The amount of The FAIRtax is based on the amount of the purchase.  Obviously 23% of $100 is less than 23% of $1,000.

However, unlike almost all of the taxes throughout history people accepted, you don’t just pay more if you produce more, you pay a lot more if you produce more, but there’s a limit.  Even advocates of an income tax system admit there is a level at which increasing taxation kills peoples’ incentive to work harder if it means forking over more and more of their increase to a government they trust less and less.

With all the noise coming from D.C. and the media, it’s easy to be distracted and not really see the clear evidence of just how really bad is our income/payroll tax system.

One way to look at it is to imagine you were put in charge of designing a tax system for a brand new country.  Your system needs to raise enough money so the government can meet the demand for services.  But you also want your system to promote a thriving economy so the people can grow and prosper.  You were given a blank sheet of paper and are free to design your system any way you want.

Would your proposed tax system:

😡 Require almost all of your country’s citizens to spend unproductive hours keeping numerous otherwise unneeded records and share the intimate details of their personal finances with the government on a tax return?

😡 Require the government employ large numbers of bureaucrats and spend billions of dollars processing the tax returns, checking them for accuracy and being sure no one is trying to cheat the system?

😡 Actually encourage cheating and evasion?

😡 Allow the government to harass, intimidate and seize the property of innocent individuals who have done absolutely nothing wrong?

😡 Directly punish harder work and savings because as a citizens’ earnings and savings increase, they pay an increasingly higher tax rate?

😡 Be so complex no one can really understand it?

😡 Reward only those citizens who can afford to pay huge amounts for tax advice or make huge contributions to The Ruling Class and their minions in Congress so they can pay much less tax than others making the same amount of income?

😡 Put your country’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage on the world market while at the same time subsidizing their foreign competitors?

Most people would think you had lost your mind if you proposed such a tax system.  Sadly, those statements accurately describe our current income/payroll tax system.

Conclusion

The Ruling Class and their minions in D.C. are using the income/payroll tax system to assist the ECONOMIC SUICIDE of WE THE PEOPLE.

IT MUST STOP NOW!

In his book, 1984, George Orwell said, "Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two make four.  If that is granted, all else follows".

Throughout history, The Ruling Classes and their minions have always felt they were the only ones who knew “what the people really needed”.  This arrogance has led them to believe and assert two plus two equals whatever number furthers their agenda.

Two plus two does equal four and it’s time for Americans to start taking back control of their lives by wresting away from The Ruling Class and their minions in D.C. one of their most lucrative sources of income;  selling federal income tax benefits to the highest bidder and not being concerned at all about how it adversely affects the rest of us.

We deserve and demand The FAIRtax become the law of the land and replace the corrupt income/payroll tax system.

If you are ready to take a very significant step toward taking control of your government back from a small group of corrupt people and making it possible for all to prosper, but first want to learn more, here is our Video "How The FAIRtax Works".





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President Trump, Embrace The FAIRtax, the only real tax reform!  Stand up to the Swamp.  They will oppose you anyway because they see you as a threat.  What have you got to lose?

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Yours In Liberty!   Yours In Freedom!

Steve Hayes
Chairman, Americans For Fair Taxation


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