Thursday, May 11, 2006

A great post on the Fair Tax

In one of the many online forums that I look at I recently joined "fairtaxgroups" (been lurking there for some time) and ran across this post "Reasons I continue to support the Fair Tax".

Not only did I find this post interesting and well written, but I felt I needed to share it with everyone here. I asked the author and he agreed, so here it is:

It's been an interesting week, and I'd like to tell you about two items I've learned. It could make a difference to your support of the Fair Tax also.

Most importantly, there are some larger, privately owned companies involved in making this change to the federal revenue collection method. (Recall, we are advocating replacement of all income, payroll, estate, and death taxes and replacing them with one, National Retail Sales Tax).

My research this week lead to me learning about a man who is the second generation in his construction company. His company was started in 1941 by his dad, and this man continues to produce jobs and fuel the economy in his city through his company's contracts. He has put his professional reputation on the line to support HR 25 and S 25 (House and Senate bills in Congress that describe the requirements the government will have to follow when passed into law.)

The man's name is Leo Linbeck, and his company is Linbeck Construction, Houston Texas. His company's average annual gross business volume is $150 million, or as stated in the information I read, $1.5 billion over the last ten years. That's a lot to put on the line to support a change in the way we tell our government to do business.

Another proponent of the Fair Tax? Look at the website for the Houston Texans, the NFL football team. Look at the name of the owner, and you'll be looking at another proponent of the Fair Tax bills.

If you would like to check out more names and business support for the Fair Tax, write me. I now have a whole list of them to share.

My point here is that this is not an academic idea, its not just a political proposal. This is an idea started by business people, for all of us to have some advantage in. Those are the best kinds of ideas to build our country on, or to make changes to how our government does business.

The second idea I want to ask you to consider is this; the IRS released information this last week stating that 32% of all people required to file for income tax end up paying none. That's fully 1/3rd of our citizen population that does not help pay the way for the goods and services provided by our government (no, don't anyone point at 'the rich' because they don't make up a third of the required filings). Add to this number, the number of people in our country who still can take advantage of our social services without paying tax, and you'll get a pretty good idea of why we need the Fair Tax to become law.

Here's the key, though. This is not a 'rich vs. poor' issue (though it has been portrayed that way since income taxes were initiated). It is not an 'us vs. them' issue (which we must prevent anyone from co-opting it in this way).

The Fair Tax is about an equitable way for every person in our country to help support and pay the bills for our country, according to their own abilities to do so as well as their own choice as to how much to do so.

I hope you'll take some time this week to look more closely at If you'd like more detailed information, I have a couple more sites you can check out. Drop me a note.


"Let the word go forth from this time and place,... ...that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,..." JFK

BTW... A plug for the "fairtaxgroups"... Go become part of the debate!

-End of Ramble

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