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Ken Hoagland serves as the national communications director for Americans for Fair Taxation, the sponsoring organization for the FairTax legislation. He is a public policy consultant on a wide range of issues and has appeard on hundreds of radio and television programs, written opinion pieces for newspapers across the country and spoken at scores of FairTax rallies. He lives with his wife and two sons in Houston, Texas.
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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230602
  • ASIN: B0043RT8G8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Hoagland is a long time public policy advocate and consultant who has worked on a wide range of issues. He is the Chairman of the National FairTax Victory Campaign and is well known by FairTax fans as an impassioned and articulate spokesman for the cause. He has organized and spoken at rallies, appeared on hundreds of talk and public affairs programs and has authored scores of guest editorials that have appeared in papers across the country and on popular websites on the FairTax and other issues.

He began his career doing extensive economic development and policy work along the Texas/Mexico border for former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe. He later helped design employment and training programs for older workers and went on to become a tough Washington, D.C. advocate for the elderly. As such, Hoagland engineered powerful grassroots campaigns on behalf of senior citizens including defense of senior employment programs and repeal of the controversial "seniors only" tax contained within the Catastrophic Care Act of 1988.

In his own words Hoagland is attracted to advocacy work to correct, "a disconnect between the best interests and wishes of the public and the existing policies favored by politicians...". He headed a Ralph Nader aviation safety group, did extensive work for lawsuit reforms in Texas and has worked to open up educational options for low income parents in cities where 50% dropout rates are common--even though huge sums of public wealth have been devoted to failed schools. "When organized and unified, grassroots America is a force that can sweep aside corrupt policies and practices that, left alone, damage and bedevil citizens and our nation." Hoagland says that political titles and pigeonholes don't deter him from work on the right, center or left,"if it means better public policy that actually benefits the public."

"I've worked on legislation and policy in the halls of Congress, in statehouses and in city halls--and directly for grassroots organizations. I prefer working for real people in grassroots campaigns because it is a reminder that it is citizens who were actually intended to direct government and public policy. The outcomes of such campaigns are always superior to backroom deals among political insiders motivated by any number of reasons that often have little to do with the public interest. The often forgotten or ignored ethic of public involvement is desperately needed if we are to put our government and policies back on track," said Hoagland.

A devoted father, Hoagland is the proud parent of two school age boys. "Much of my passion for issues and public policy work derives from the plain truth that this generation has an obligation to leave a better life for their children than the one inherited from their parents," he said. Hoagland lives in Houston, Texas and has been married for 22 years to Wendy Hoagland, a nationally respected journalist who works as a senior Associated Press editor.

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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill VINE VOICE on March 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Into the ongoing - and often dreadfully unproductive - debate on fiscal policy, Ken Hoagland offers at least as much light as heat in his slim, tautly written polemic, "The Fairtax Solution." Hoagland offers a fine explanation of the Fair Tax, even as he raises a spirited defense against many of the criticisms leveled against this proposal.

What is the Fair Tax? In brief, it would replace all income, payroll, and inheritance taxes with a consumption tax on all new goods and services which would be collected at the point of sale. All families would receive a "prebate" - which is monthly remittance meant to cover the cost of the tax paid on necessities and calculated by the size of the family, but generally in the $500-600 per month range. While the rate to which the Fair Tax must be set to achieve revenue neutrality (more on this later) is subject to debate, Hoagland unsurprisingly uses the one favored by Fair Tax advocates of 23% inclusive or 30% exclusive (more on this later as well).

In such areas as the mad complexity of our current tax system, its negative economic impact on productivity, as well as the way it invites political corruption, Hoagland offers a brief that is as spirited as it is persuasive. No thoughtful reader will be able to easily refute his thoughtful explanation of "imbedded" taxes (how taxes on businesses are converted into costs and passed onto the consumer) and who won't be given pause at the $300 billion annually spent as a "cost of tax compliance" though largely spent on tax avoidance (which even represented as 2.3% of GDP is pretty enormous).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. A. Church on April 8, 2010
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This book outlines The Fair Tax and what it would do to help our economy. The beauty of it is it's simplicity, and this idea (and movement) comes from all points of the compass from Harvard economists to everyday businessmen to average citizens. I would also suggest reading The Fair Tax Book & Fair Tax, The Truth, both written by Neal Boortz and John Linder.

If you are tired of 67,500 pages of Tax Code and the IRS; if you are tired of spending hours on hours preparing your Income Tax Return; if you are tired of giving a large part of your paycheck to the government up-front (withholding); if you are tired of Congress picking tax winners and losers, then you need to study up on The Fair Tax. If adopted, our country's economy would experience the biggest growth in history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Smith on May 9, 2010
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Ken Hoagland has written a thorough, succinct, and easily understandable overview of the Fair Tax Proposal and H.R. 25 in Congress at the present time, awaiting its hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about this tax which will do away with the over 69,000 pages of our current federal income tax code, will end the IRS (maybe those folks could be utilized to make our borders more secure), will end estate taxes, and will end payroll taxes. Ken's book shows how this could very well be the answer to our current economic crisis with everyone paying their fair share of taxes, without causing an unfair burden on any individual citizen. Read this book; you'll be glad you did so.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Hoover on May 28, 2010
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have read both of Neal Boortz's books and I really like how clear and read-able this book is. You don't need to be a policy wonk to understand this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Howser on July 16, 2011
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I fist purchased this for my Kindle, and was surprised at the cost of $16.00+. This is the only time I have paid that much for a Kindle book. After reading I wanted to purchase the book, and have it sent to a friend. The cost of the book was $6.00+. In this situtation I question why they would even make it available on Kindle, or a red warning when ordering on Kindle.

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Jim
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By Acute Observer on October 2, 2014
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Comments on The so-called “Fair Tax”

1) Can we really say "Goodbye" to the Income Tax and the IRS? Not as long as the Federal government needs money to pay for the laws passed by Congress. The US Constitution had to add the Sixteenth Amendment to allow the Income Tax. Originally the Federal government only taxed alcohol, tobacco, the carriages of the rich, and imports. When the tariffs on imports was raised after the Civil War it helped American manufacturing to prosper but reduced the taxes from imports. The solution was the income tax for those who benefitted from high import tariffs. The idea of a Federal sales tax was obviously rejected. An amendment would be needed for a sales tax.

2) Their claim is that without the Income Tax prices will fall by 23%, and, employees will get all their pay. Can that be done without Federal Wage Controls? Without payments to Social Security (and Medicare) wages should be increased by over 6% (the so-called "Employer's portion"). Will that happen? Who will keep track of employee earnings to credit them for their retirement? Is this a sneak attack on Social Security?

3) Will prices fall by "23%" as they claim? Won't we need Federal Price Controls to make prices drop? If prices fall by 23% then there has to be a 30% sales tax to recover that 23%. You can check this out on your calculator. A 23% drop on a $100 leaves $77, you need a 30% tax to recover that $23. Those who know about this scheme say the sales tax will have to be higher.

4) How honest are their figures about embedded taxes? That "23%" has to be an average figure, which leads to another problem. If the average price of a new automobile is $23,000 should all new cars have a $23,000 price tag?
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