• 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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