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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.
Congressman John Linder (R-Ga) is a longtime champion of tax reform and the primary sponsor of the FairTax Act. He divides his time between Duluth, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.
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Another point of detractors are for the "transitionary" period. Those that hold Roth IRAs are going to stand up and complain that those with regular IRAs that are supposed to be taxed when money is taken out are getting an unfair advantage because the Roth contributors have already paid income taxes on their money where as the traditional IRA folks have not. To those, I say this: don't stop this from going through which we all will benefit for to spite those that benefit a tiny bit more. If you want to complain, tell your congressmen to give you back some of that savings account money ONCE THE FAIRTAX HAS BEEN ENACTED. Sadly, I think the demise of the Fairtax is in the perception that contributions made in the UNFAIR system will not be compensated for in the transition to a Fairtax. Once again, even though everybody gains there will be those that bog the process down because somebody is gaining more than they are... a ground that is fertile for politicians to exploit to put the kabash on the Fairtax.
Another thing: DO NOT LET THE GOVERNMENT SPENDING ISSUE GET IN THE WAY OF IMPLEMENTING THIS. I was listening to a radio program where a caller called in to tout the Fairtax and the host immediately said "well, I think the larger issue is in government spending." Folks, the reason people don't give a damn about government spending is because they are oblivious to how much of their own money goes to the government. We can attack spending once it becomes clear to everyone how much money they are giving the government. MAKE THE FAIRTAX HAPPEN NOW.
To me this is such a no-brainer it's depressing to think that there are so many detractors.
Neal and Congressman Linder hit a home run with this book. It's an easy read (I couldn't put it down and almost considered taking a day off from work to finish it!!) and is a much easier concept to understand than most people think, if you just give it a chance and go into it with an open mind. I did have to re-read the part about the prebate but after a second read I totally understood the concept behind it. The prebate is a key part of this plan so read it carefully.
I had two questions when I was done with the book. 1) How do we get this damn thing passed and 2) How will this affect our state sales tax? Those are things I am currently researching.
For a long time we've all been complacent with the government taking our money from us. Neal's right on about the federal income tax system being an income redistribution program. For my thirtysomething generation, keeping as much of what we earn as possible is important to our future. Just because the current tax system has been in place for years doesn't mean it should continue. Those of us who pay taxes are being taxed to death. It's time for us to make a serious change.
This book does not offer solutions to all the problems related to our government, that's not the objective. What it does is lay out in easy to understand terms, a feasible alternative plan for funding the federal government. The FairTax plan reeks of government accountability which is extremely important these days. The best way to reign in your politicians is to have direct control over how much they spend. The FairTax does that--the more you buy the more government is funded, the less you buy the less money they get. Yes, they will eventually get the point that you mean business and that they work for US!!! What an incredibly simple concept. The plan also has promise---of boosting the economy in America and the financial portfolios of ALL Americans.
Even if you don't like Neal's radio program, at least read the book with an open mind. If you don't agree with the FairTax concept fine, but at least think--about the current tax system and how unfair and disproportionate it is to those of us who pay so much into it.
The FairTax book makes you want to do your own research and get involved to make change. At the least, that makes it a winner!
Some people think that they are getting 'government money' when they get their tax 'refund' back. They forget that the money was taken from their paycheck each pay period.
There are so many things to consider about the current taxing system. At least read the book before making up your mind based on opinions by people that have obviously not read the book or don't understand the concepts. I have yet to read a rebuttal that looks at the big picture. Sure there can, and probably will, be problems in the transition; however, we can not continue along the current path of taxation.