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Additional comment: the fair tax doesn't have a chance. Why? Because this takes the power away from the politicians. It puts the "spender" in complete control of his tax situation. If you don't spend, you don't pay the tax. Very simple.
The flat tax doesn't fix the problem. Here's why: the flat tax presumes you work for someone and receive a W-2 for your income. It doesn't deal with the "underground economy", the billions that are spent in the system but are never reported, so no tax is paid. The only true tax is the "fair tax" which causes everyone to pay something. And don't give me the excuse it is unfair to the lower income individual. 45 of the 50 States have a sales tax that seems to work quite well, and it causes everyone who purchase goods to pay. Review the entire proposal of the Fair Tax document before throwing it "over the cliff". Obviously, the existing tax code would need to be repealed in its entirety with never the chance of it being enacted again.
While I agree it might make those who are on the dole feel "good" to "take" money from the rich, don't these high wealth individuals keep their money off shore somewhere so they don't have to pay taxes on it? I prefer to "contribute" my small amounts as I see fit to whomever I please and not as the government sees fit. I'm perfectly capable of managing my miniscule resources and I don't need help from the wealthy.
Sorry Zombie. Giles has it right. The Bible has more to say about sin and the wrath of God than it does about Love. While Atheists are - as you say - about 1% of the populace, they are just like the gay community and gain traction because of their bluster. It also helps their "cause" when they manage to get the main stream media and the weak kneed politicians behind them.
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