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Tax Lovers of America,
Thanks to Tom Solari for his “refreshing and satirical” view of our tax system.

And you thought our national pastime was baseball!

I wish to alert you to a serious problem.  There is a movement across
the country to dispose of the Federal Income Tax System and replace
it with a National Sales Tax, also called a “consumption tax.”  It’s
known as the FairTax proposal.

Not only will we lose our income and payroll taxes but we will also lose
our gift taxes, estate taxes, capital gains taxes, alternative minimum
taxes, Social Security/Medicare taxes, self-employment taxes, and
corporate taxes.  All this WITHOUT reducing revenue to the Federal
Government!

The problems with this may already be obvious to you but I will go over
them just in case.

NO RECORDS

First of all, you will no longer be required to keep any records for tax
purposes–no record of income and no record of expenditures. Do you
understand??–NO RECORDS OF ANY KIND!

Tell me–how is the federal government going to keep track of our
individual personal finances if there are NO RECORDS???

Fortunately, with this proposed National Sales Tax, the businesses that
sell goods and services WILL have to keep records and they will have
to forward the sales tax money to the government just as they do now
with state sales taxes.

But you and I, the citizenry, will NOT have to keep records. This is
very upsetting!  I am sure you are as upset by this as I am.

And it doesn’t stop there.  Under this new system, no one will be
required to file an Income Tax Return!!! NO RECORDS!! NO RETURNS!!
NO APRIL 15th DEADLINE!!  NO IRS!!!!!!!

This is un-American.  I weep for our country.

TRASHING THE 16TH AMENDMENT

In fact, the 16th Amendment to our United States Constitution (put there in 1913), which authorizes the government to collect income taxes from its citizens, will be REPEALED!  That means it will be gone
from the Constitution, just as PROHIBITION is now gone from the Constitution.

We let them repeal PROHIBITION!  Are we now going to allow them to repeal INCOME TAXES?

With an income tax, a portion of your income goes directly to the
government before you have a chance to spend it. Then the government
spends it for you.  What a beautiful system!!  Why would anyone want
to change that??

With a consumption tax, you get all the money you earn (minus any state
income taxes) and the only way you will be allowed to pay federal taxes
is by buying things.  And here is where it gets really insidious.  If you
don’t buy a lot of things, you will pay LESS TAXES.  This drives me
crazy!

It gets worse.

FAVORING THE RICH

If we only pay taxes when we buy things, whom do you suppose will end up paying the most taxes?  RIGHT!  RICH PEOPLE!!!!  What will happen to all those great tax shelters and foundations and accountancy tricks and loopholes rich people use to avoid paying taxes? They will become USELESS!!!!

There will be no way for rich people to avoid paying taxes because they are not going to want to stop buying things–because what is the point of being rich if you don’t buy things?  DUH!!!

So the rich people will end up paying the lion’s share of the taxes
because they are going to keep buying things–luxurious, high-priced
things–because that is how you let people know you are rich and
successful–you buy things!  They are not going to stop this practice
and this is a direct assault on our democracy–for what good is a
democracy if there is no way to cheat the system!!!???

SPOILING CRIME

But this “FairTax” proposal will not just affect the rich.  It will also seriously impact organized crime!

Let me ask you this.  When was the last time organized crime paid
taxes?  RIGHT!  NEVER!  Organized crime does not pay income taxes because what they are making their income from is ILLEGAL and needs to remain HIDDEN!  They do NOT fill out an IRS return which says they made $100 million dollars from drug sales so they can pay taxes on it.

Remember, only HONEST people pay income taxes!  It is a right and
a privilege reserved for honest, hardworking Americans.

But criminals do BUY things with their ill-gotten gains.  Under the
“FairTax”/consumption tax plan, criminals will be taxed like everyone
else
.  Can you imagine what that will do to their bottom line? From
zero taxes to a sales tax on everything they buy–suddenly they will
be sharing in the support of the country.  They will be helping to
fund the very law-enforcement organizations that are there to put
them behind bars.

Now, you may wonder what is wrong with that?  I will tell you.
Organized crime and all criminals are a precious part of our national
heritage.  Imagine life without “The Godfather” series of motion
pictures or “Good Fellas,” “The Sopranos,” “Married To The Mob.”

There is a whole criminal culture here and part of its appeal is that
they get a free ride.  Dent that free ride and we could lose that
culture!

Criminals, who operate completely on the idea of non-contribution–
something for nothing–will now be forced to contribute to the society
like everybody else, when they BUY things.  Is criminal activity going
to be worth the risk if they end up having to pay taxes just like the
average Joe?

I don’t know if the criminal psyche can deal with this, not to mention
putting a lot of good cops and prison guards out of work.

I’m sure you see the seriousness of the threat and why we need to
stop this “consumption tax” movement before it ruins everything.

UNTAXING THE POOR

Now you need to be alert for arguments from the other side. For
example, here is a direct quote issued by one of their propaganda
outlets.

“To ensure no American  pays tax on necessities, the FairTax plan provides a prepaid, monthly rebate… for every registered household to cover the consumption tax spent on necessities up to the federal poverty level. This, along with several other features, is how the FairTax completely untaxes the poor, lowers the tax burden on most, while making the overall rate progressive.”

Okay, there you have it in their own words.  The FairTax completely
untaxes the poor and they call that “progressive.”

It’s always the poor, isn’t it, who get the short end of the stick,
while the rich get to pay nearly all of the taxes because they buy
so damn much.

CRASHING PRICES

Another argument that is made in favor of a consumption tax is that the current income tax system results in higher prices for consumer goods and services, because of the tremendous income tax compliance costs that end up being added into the prices of things.

Well, that is what is so fabulous about an income tax!!  These costs
are HIDDEN!!  No one thinks about them!!!  We don’t know we are
being charged for this!!!

With a consumption/national sales tax, it will all be right out there in
the OPEN!!!  Every time you buy something you will be aware of exactly
what the tax is!!!  A lot of people will be upset by this!!!  They will start
to complain and they will demand that the government stop SPENDING
so much!!!  That is like asking the government to stop BREATHING!!!!!!!!!!!

MY GOD, PEOPLE, I HOPE YOU ARE GETTING THIS!  WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF A TERRIBLE CATASTROPHE IF THIS ANTI-INCOME TAX LEGISLATION GOES THROUGH!!

(Deep breath…)  I’m sorry.  It’s important not to panic.

THE ANSWER

The answer to these arguments, of course, is the pure beauty of the
income tax system, which only you, my fellow tax lover, can completely
appreciate.  I must admit, it gives me chills of pleasure just thinking
about it.  Here it is:

With an INCOME TAX, every working person in the country pays taxes
in proportion to how much he or she earns (excepting criminals and the
tax-dodging rich).  Earnings are, more or less, based on production.
The more a person produces or the better the product or service, the
more the person earns.  The more the person earns, the more the
person is TAXED.

To the tax lover, this is pure joy. To the person who does not
appreciate taxation the way we do, this is looked upon as “punishing”
production.  They make the analogy of a football team where the star
running back gets FINED every time he makes a touchdown. Can you
imagine? They have a problem with this!!!

OUR FABULOUS TAX CODE

But there’s more.  Not only do the successful producers pay more
taxes, they spend countless hours each year keeping records and
compiling data in anticipation of their annual tax filing.  Most hire tax accountants who are needed to interpret the 7 million word tax code.

When it comes to businesses and corporations, the time and money spent
on this process is HUGE!  In fact, it is estimated that it costs taxpayers
$225 BILLION per year for tax filing, tax record keeping and tax
reduction advice.

Well, it is true that this expense is passed on to consumers in the form
of higher prices, and some complain about that.  But they are just not
looking at the big picture.

GLOBAL IMPACT

When our prices are high, people around the world cannot easily afford
to buy what we produce. This helps countries like China and India take
over the world markets. That means less jobs for us and more for them.
Hey!  What are unemployment lines for!!!???

You see how beautifully this all works?  And these “consumption tax” types want to CHANGE all that!  They will completely eliminate the time and expense of income tax compliance that individuals, businesses and corporations have to deal with, and our prices will come DOWN, making
us MORE competitive on world markets and creating MORE AMERICAN JOBS!!!.

Do you really want to live in a country where everyone WORKS!!??
I don’t think so.

Needless to say, I hate and despise these “FairTax” people. But don’t
despair.  We can defeat them if we just continue to spread the
incredible logic of our position.

TO THE STATUS QUO!!!!

As always,

Tax Lover
Copyright@2004,2011 Tom Solari

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