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FairTax: The Truth: Answering the Critics Paperback – Bargain Price, February 12, 2008
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About the Author
The host of radio's The Neal Boortz Show, syndicated in nearly two hundred national markets, Neal Boortz is the author (with Congressman John Linder) of the New York Times bestsellers The FairTax Book and FairTax: The Truth, and author of The Terrible Truth About Liberals. He has been nominated twice for the National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Award and divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Naples, Florida.
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book, just as I did the first FairTax book. It is nice read, and I enjoy Boortz's writing in particular. Probably one of the biggest flaws of the book is the extreme length of what is probably the most important chapter in the book: that is, the chapter that deals with what the authors consider legitimate criticisms to address. Even as an ardent reader and supporter of the FairTax, getting through this chapter was a bit tough. Surely they could have broken it up a bit.
There is nothing abstract in the book. Examples are clear cut and well explained. Having the footnotes in there also really helps, as the authors have highlighted for you, the reader, the same things they read.
All in all, a good read, and highly recommended to both those who support the FairTax and even those who don't. For those that do, this will clear up the major issues, and give you, as the authors say, the ammunition you need to refute some of the claims. For those that don't support the FairTax, you'll have a better understanding of your enemy's idea.
Boortz and Linder "ignore" the reviews by various organizations that alter the FairTax in some way. In other words, these organizations established guidelines for their reviews of proposed tax plans that change how the FairTax would work. Imagine it like this: an independent organization is going to rate every car on the road in terms of safety features, but in their guidelines, they state that solid steel bars running down the sides of a car shouldn't be considered. My car, and all the others like it, take a hit in those safety ratings. Why?Read more ›
One by one, the questions are answered in a logical, calm manner. The misunderstandings and intentional misrepresentations are taken on by Boortz and Linder in a point by point response. While I do have disagreements from time to time with Mr. Boortz when I listen to him on the radio I am 100% on the same page with him on the tax issue. His and John Linders system makes so much sense I can't see how anyone doesn't get it.
This isn't just a rehash of the first Fair Tax book either. There is new information contained in Fair Tax: The Truth.
Well done Neal and John.
This is the best book by far on this topic, far better than the first one explaining the entire concept. Just as with anything else in life, if you are to have an educated opinion on anything, you must first fully research the facts revolving around what you want to talk about. Unfortunately this is not what the pundits, critics, and media surrounding the Fair-Tax have done.
95% of people against the Fair-Tax don't fully understand or have not properly researched this topic before opening their mouth. And the other 5% of people against the fair tax are against the Fair-Tax because they want the government to have a vice grip on the America Public and Private sector in some way, shape or form.
What you really need to do, is just to borrow this book, and read the last chapter. I do want Boortz to get #1 on the best seller list, but for those of who do not want to spend the proper time to educate themselves as they should in this matter, should look to the final chapter. This gives a perspective view of what life would be like if you lived under the fair tax. If you read the last chapter and still are in favor of the Federal Income Tax when you are done, you clearly cannot grasp the full benefit of the Fair Tax to yourself, your loved ones, your friends, your company (or your employer), and your country.
I bought about 30 books to give to people when the first book came out, I am sure I will do the same this time.
On xxi on the introduction, the book makes a key point that the Fair Tax proposal is "revenue neutral", claiming that the Fair Tax would simply be a more efficient mechanism for collecting X revenue. Fair enough. But then the book proceeds, on page 18, to wax philosophic of the halcyon days of generations past, when taxes were much lower. It fails to acknowledge that the government provides a lot more services than it did when "the parents of today's baby boomers" worked. So yes, taxes will naturally be lower when not paying for Medicaid/Medicare, veteran's health care, affirmative action programs, great society anti-poverty programs, a military industrial complex developed despite Eisenhower's warnings back in the 1950's, etc. I think criticizing any of these programs is fair game, but mentioning such points strays from the original "revenue neutral' point expressed earlier. Pages 23-25 and 61-65 focus on spending criticisms, many of which are valid, of how tax money is wasted (though implying all welfare recipients buy brand new cars on page 23 is a bit "disingenuous", a term of which the authors seem to be fond).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Fair Tax initiative is easily the best tax system for the U.S. Neal is great.Published 10 days ago by quixote
This is mostly an advertisement for the "FairTax" With a lot of rah rah, but not much in the way of specifics. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James G. Broadwell
The only plan that will restore our country to what it should bePublished 2 months ago by Billy Stone
I had read the original book. I loved it. I sent this one to my brother.
Democrats need a little persuasion on such a dynamic tax
This tax reform would really propel our great nation back to greatness. I'll do my best to spread the truth about The Fair Tax.Published 4 months ago by Beverly A Harper