And Now To Say Something Good About the Boortz FairTax Book

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I've
stated my problems with the FairTax proposal in previous articles
here
and here.
But libertarians can take a great deal of joy in knowing that the
thousands of readers of the Neal Boortz/John Linder best-selling
book are being exposed to some excellent, fundamental points and
facts which they would otherwise rarely encounter.

The
following is a comprehensive recounting of the good to be found
in The
FairTax Book
:

The
progressive income tax is noted as a major plank in Karl Marx's
ten-point plan for a communist society (p. xx–1) as are government
schools (1).

Tax
confiscations are limited only by the people's willingness to tolerate
it; politicians have no limit to what they would take (10).

The
U.S. survived with no income tax for most of its history (10).

The
intended federal system, with 95% of the governing at the local
level and a mere 5% by the national government, is noted (10–11).

Citing
Thomas Woods, it is noted that the war of 1861–1865 was not a civil
war, but a war for independence from the national government (11).

The
sordid history of the income tax, based on the work of Arthur Ekirch,
is recounted in detail (11–30).

It
is routine for politicians to give a bill a deceptive title (12).

Charlotee Twight is referenced regarding the history of the withholding
feature of the income tax (23).

Corporations
don't pay taxes; only individuals do (32–37).

The
high cost of tax compliance is noted (39–50).

The
employer's share of Social Security and Medicare is actually paid
by the employee (42, 125).

The
IRS helpline gives out faulty information as a matter of routine
(48).

Taxes
add significantly to the cost of goods we buy (51–60).

Corporations
move offshore to avoid the high US tax rates (62–67).

The
fraud of the Earned Income Tax is noted (83).

The
politicians have the audacity to call any money they don't tax away
from those earning it, "tax expenditures" (96).

Milton
Friedman is quoted on the relation of economic freedom to freedom
in general (109–110).

Knowledge
of the tax code is the lobbyists' intellectual capital (114).

There
have been ten thousand amendments to the simplified tax code of
1986, all to the benefit of those lobbying for the changes (115).

Unearned
income is set off in quotation marks to indicate the phony distinction
between it and earned income (126–128).

James
Bovard's book Lost Rights is recommended (145).

An
entire chapter is devoted to IRS outrages (139–146).

Milton
Friedman is quoted on the ill effects of a Value Added Tax (154).

Congress
can be depended on to spend every dollar it gets its hands on to
fund vote-buying programs (136).

Frank
Chodorov is favorably cited as a champion of liberty (175).

America
became great due to the freedom of the people rather than due to
government programs (176).

All
of these facts show all the more reason to GET RID OF THE INCOME
TAX. But why replace it with another government program that we
know from history will only create more government growth and fraud?

Next
article: what's offensive in this "libertarian" book.

November
4, 2005

Jim
Cox is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Lawrenceville
Campus of Georgia Perimeter College and author of Minimum
Wage, Maximum Damage
.

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