Tax Reform - Can It Be Done?
Will our Legislators Do The Right Thing for American and Relinquish Their Control Over Americans?
I write this Blog post tonight with concerns and fears that government and IRS representatives will seek me out to question my patriotism and my political preferences for expressing these opinions. I am really embarrassed to admit this however our country is not the same as it used to be. My choices for government are smaller size rather than larger, fiscal budgeting, much less spending and more constraint, adherence to the Constitution and Laws of the land, avoidance of waste, and changing the tax code to be fair to every citizen as opposed to favoring specific sectors of the economy as it does now. The Internal Revenue Code and the Legal System give political parties in this country incredible amounts of power that can be wielded to control political opinion, businesses, and the population as a whole. We know that either party can be in power at one time or another and citizens should not fear that any government is going to penalize them for free speech. Free speech is the pillar of our democracy!
As I consider all of the possible actions that we could take to make this country a better
place to live, my favorite is Tax Reform. Why? The reasons are many.
Our government controls each citizen with the current legal Internal Revenue Code. The Internal Revenue Code consists of thousands of pages of regulations and can be viewed online in its entirety at http://www.fourmilab.ch/uscode/26usc . Several thousand lobbyists, businesses, special interest groups, labor groups, individuals and others are constantly trying to accomplish changes to the IRC to benefit their causes.
Changes are accomplished through the Congress and Senate and this gives the power to members of those legislative branches. The President approves or disapproves the laws and the Supreme Court decides the Constitutionality of those laws passed.
According to the IRS in 2008 there were a bit over 142 million individual tax returns filed. There are many estimates as to how much time it takes on average to file a return. I will not enter into that arena of guessing however I bet it averages more than 10 hours per person. There are also 1.3 million accountants employed in the business of filing tax returns. Some guesses have been made as high as a total of 6.2 billion hours go into tax preparation and filings although this is an estimate.
To me it would be much better if the government did not have any controls over it’s citizens. I always thought that the citizens should have control over the government??? Have we given up on this right? How do we get our country back? By changing our tax code for one!
For years I have followed proponents of the FAIR TAX. I really like the idea as it would be fair to everyone who buys anything, it takes cash businesses out of the darkness, there would be no Internal Revenue Code and no filing of individual income taxes…which means a very strongly reduced IRS with limited power. How nice would that be? If you haven’t heard of this yet…I hope that you will do some reading…John Linder and Neal Boortz are the proponents of this Bill and have published several books on The Fair Tax...The Fair Tax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS [Paperback] Neal Boortz (Author), John Linder (Author)
The Fair Tax Act
First proposed in Congress in 1999, the Fair Act has since been re-introduced at the beginning of each new congressional session. Some of the most respected federal lawmakers have signed on to help sponsor this bill each time a new congressional session begins. Georgia’s Saxby Chambliss helped sponsor this bill in the Senate, while Georgia Rep. John Linder did so in the House. While this bill hasn’t been passed, it is gaining new sponsors every year. Read more: The Fair Tax Act | eHow http://www.ehow.com/about_6668942_fair-tax-act.html#ixzz2VlWQCOu9
We could do our country and it’s citizens a tremendous service by understanding how a flat tax would work and to realize all the advantages that are available to us. Are you interested? Why not?
I believe the key question is whether Americans can realize the powerful advantages of The FAIR TAX and insist that our Legislators do the right things for America by passing the Bill!
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