Why do people attack things that they don’t understand.
Is it outta fear of the unkown?
Is it because they don’t want to appear not to know something?
Do they think that any new idea could not possibly be better than the way things are currently done?
I have to ask myself these questions when I debate someone on the fair tax. They don’t know what it is or what it is designed to do, yet they will fervently bad mouth it.
I don’t know what would compel someone to take a position on something they have done no research on. Why not say, I haven’t done my homework on this and from there either say, and I’m not going to or say, I’ll look into it.
I first heard of the fair tax about a year ago. One of the guys I was stationed with was a big Gov. Huckabee fan and brought up the fair tax. A different guy started laying into him about how stupid that was even though it was obvious he had not researched the subject. They appealed to me for my opinions to settle the dispute, I told them I didn’t know anything about it, I would have to do my homework.
So I read two books on the subject and looked through various internet articles. I can’t say that I am an expert, but I do at least have enough to form an educated opinion.
It is easy to see why some people would oppose the idea with the amount of misinformation that is pushed upon us by the government.
On Thursday, Neil Boortz was taking about a congressional race in Georgia. Saxby Chambliss, a fair tax supporter, is running against a democat newcomer, Jim Martin. Jim Martin’s platform is Bush did X and Bush did Y, Bush screwed us all. Take what you want from that, but Mr. Martin is also getting a lot of help from Chuck Schumer’s Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has sunk about a million bucks in ads that spread lies about the fair tax. They say that the Sen. Chambliss wants to increase the tax on everything you buy by 23%.
That is a flat out lie! But if you don’t know anything else about it, it is easy to see why you would be opposed to this.
It is weird, I figured the one thing on this good Earth that nobody would ever defend is the Internal Revenue Service. But when you offer an alternative, the barriers fly up and they don’t want to listen. I guess it is more popular than I anticipated.
They great hurdle is getting people to understand that it is not a tax increase, it is a change in the method by which taxes are collected.
It streamlines a complex and cumbersome system.
It shuts the door on tax loop holes and tax evasion.
It makes things simple, transparent, and easy to understand.
I think that if most Americans would look at the plan objectively, they would eventually become supporters. The problem is, most people fear real change. They ask themselves, if this is so great, why don’t we already do it this way? Why don’t other countries do it like this?
We don’t do it like this because of politicians. Most Americans don’t want it because they don’t understand it; most politicians don’t want it because they do understand it. Under the current system, it is very easy for politicians to manipulate tax rates to do favors for people who give them contributions and kick-backs. They can also use it to flex muscle on industries that they don’t like. And since there is no transparency and the system is so complex, nobody is the wiser. It is one little line buried in hundreds of thousands of pages of tax code. The fair tax will take that power away from members of congress.
Also, America has been without a tax on income longer than it has had one. The 16th Amendment is less than 100 years old.
I’m not going to go into the details of the fair tax.
But I will say, do some research before you bad mouth the thing. Check out Congressman John Linder’s website or google Americans for Fair Taxation. Read the Fair Tax Book. Then form your own opinion.
If you still don’t like it, come seek me out and give me a piece of your mind. Then we could have a worthwhile debate.