More than 200 years ago a new idea about the rights of individuals and the rights of government began as a tax protest in Boston Harbor. “No taxation without representation” was the rallying cry that led to the new concept that all government power and authority should derive from the consent of those governed. Is a second American tax revolt now needed to restore that noble but increasingly tattered idea?
Somehow, these many years later a new American aristocracy is taxing generations of future citizens, not even yet born, in order to secure mind-numbing levels of national debt today. With government debt now totaling more than $500,000 per household, the voice and best interests of the average American seem lost. We have taken a destructive national path of spending beyond our means that retards job creation, shreds responsible fiscal policy and undermines the pursuit of happiness itself.
The foundation for the second American tax revolt might very well be found in HR25, the long-pending FairTax legislation that most in Washington love to hate. The FairTax replaces all federal taxes on income with a simple and transparent tax on personal retail consumption. It raises the same amount of revenues now raised but in a way that helps the economy rather than hurting it and, most importantly, doing so in a manner that restores the role of the American citizen. In one stroke the earnings of American citizens are again defined as belonging, first, to the citizen, not to the federal government. No single piece of legislation in the history of the nation would do more to shift power from our government back to the individual citizen.
Today our federal taxes are hidden from plain sight through withheld payroll taxes and by embedding and hiding tax costs in the price of American goods and services. The relationship between personal wealth and the cost of government has been effectively hidden, making almost impossible any real check and balance on government spending and self-defeating debt. For candidates from both parties, the promise of new spending buys elections and to many citizens it is “free money" instead of "our money" that is being thrown around like Monopoly paper. The FairTax ends this destructive sleight-of-hand and establishes that the fruits of our labors belong first to us with taxes paid out of the entirety of what we take home in our paychecks.
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