Chuck Norris

Every week, we receive more bad news about the American economy. Last week was no exception.

The Fed began monetizing the national debt, while China's gross domestic product for the third quarter expanded 8.9 percent from the previous quarter, Dagong (the Chinese quasi-government ratings agency) downgraded the credit rating of the United States, and billionaire George Soros expanded his global economic warlording by opening an office in Hong Kong -- advancing his goal of making China a part of the new world order.

If America ever needed economic stability, it is now. And that is why I'm espousing that we advance on our new representatives to address the one thing that could stabilize and rebuild our economy: tax reform (or, even better, replacement).

The Heritage Foundation figured that even President Barack Obama's 2011 budget calls for $2 trillion in higher taxes over 10 years -- and that's after accounting for the $154 billion in additional tax revenue that would result from Obama's allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for families making more than $250,000 a year. And what will 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 have in store for our taxes? More of the same!

The fact is -- and President Obama knows it all too well -- that even if Washington makes extreme spending cuts, the only way the feds can pay for rapidly escalating national deficits, debts, entitlements and their extravagant expenditures is to double your taxes over the next decade.

What we need now more than ever is a flat tax or the FairTax.


First, because the Internal Revenue Service is an unconstitutional system that is totally overreaching and overpowering for our republic, as well as a bureaucratic nightmare for anyone caught in its auditing web. It has no checks or balances; it can't be held accountable by we the people.

Secondly, as it stands, the present tax code penalizes productivity and cripples entrepreneurs and our capitalist economy. As The Heritage Foundation reports, the top 10 percent of income earners pay 71 percent of income taxes, and more than a third of U.S. households pay no income taxes at all; 47 percent pay no federal taxes.

It's time we had a system through which people don't have to figure out ways to cheat in order to save their money. As my friend Mike Huckabee says, "the FairTax is a completely transparent tax system. It doesn't increase taxes. It's revenue-neutral. But here's what it will do: It will bring business back to the United States that is leaving our shores because our tax laws make it impossible for an American-based business to compete. ... The FairTax was designed by economists from Harvard and Stanford and some of the leading think tanks across the country."

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a columnist and impossible to kill.