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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

March of the 'Fair Tax' Sheep | Creative Loafing

I've wondered this aloud before: Why is John Sugg such an idiot? What exactly is his beef with Neal Boortz? And why is he such a sour puss about E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G?

His latest selective "journalism" effort us to ignore the man behind the curtain (of the voting booth) and dismiss the phenomenal showing of the FairTax in Georgia's recent primary.

Sugg refuses to debate the FairTax on its merits and on the facts. He instead spews forth with all kinds of jabs against Boortz.

Sugg worries that politicians will be "stampeded on the very complicated issue of tax reform." He illustrates the "complexities of taxation" with examples that to most people would seem crystal clear. Like most opponents of the FairTax, Sugg banks on YOUR ignorance. The most beautiful aspect of the Fair tax is it's simplicity!

The few real arguments presented have been nullified many times over:
"Sales taxes by nature fluctuate with the economy. If we have a recession, revenues will nosedive."
Look at the data... wages almost always nosedive during a recession far greater than spending. So, your perfect little income tax is already an inferior solution to the FairTax.

Sugg worries about the "tremendous impacts on state revenue systems." Yes, there will be tremendous impacts.... positive impacts. There is no reason why Georgia -- or any other state -- can't continue to collect an income tax (even though they, too, should adopt the FairTax and see their economies explode) while the federal government implements the FairTax.

John selectively quotes the Cato Institute out of context:
"Even the libertarian Cato Institute stated in a 2005 report that the prebate 'would get Americans hooked on receiving money from Washington each month, akin to a welfare check.'"
True, the Cato Institute said that, as they abhor any dependence upon government for individual responsibilities. But, that was one line from a massive report that found the FairTax would create the biggest boon for the American economy ever seen.

And then there's the tired old argument that people will cheat. Sugg's money quote is from some tired GSU staffer who wrote a report and is quoted as saying "People are going to look for ways to avoid paying." Well duh?!? And do people not look for ways to avoid paying now? Right now I can cheat on my taxes and not tell a soul. Under the FairTax it takes at least TWO people to cheat. I'm not sure about you, but I don't have many friends that are going to help me cheat on my taxes, much less a random clerk at the QuickTrip.

Sugg completely ignores other benefits like taxation of the underground economy. What is most confusing is that these Democrats and liberals are always whining about how the "working class" need economic help. Under the FairTax, those people the Democrats supposedly want to help will keep 100% of their paycheck AND pay zero taxes on the basic necessities of life. Once they spend beyond those basic necessities THEY decide how much they will spend and therefore how much they will be taxed.

The thing that scares opponents the most is that the FairTax is transparent. Voters will know exactly what they pay in taxes, unlike today's system. It will be on every receipt and any efforts to monkey with the system will be immediately apparent to voters, unlike today's system. But politicians like for us to be hoodwinked. That's where their power comes from.

As Boortz says, the FairTax will constitute the largest transfer of power from government to the people in the history of our contry.

Watch this video, and then tell me what part you don't like about it...

John Sugg must be brighter than all the economists (representing diverse ideologies and political thoughts) from places like Yale and Duke and the Brookings Institute, etc.

Has John Sugg ever had an original idea of his own?


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