Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Debating the Fair Tax: when the Progressive Left should quit while behind

I have been an advocate for the Fair Tax for almost a year.

(I used to promote a flat tax, but an explanation for that change of heart is forthcoming…)

In my occasional use of Twitter, a few weeks ago I mentioned the Fair Tax in a tweet (one of a series of tweets) to a conservative who was promoting Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Naturally, I was espousing the virtues of Gary Johnson.

A third individual – who enjoys trolling the “Twitterverse” for #FairTax mentions – using the handle @FilmCriticOne and goes by the moniker Mark DC injected himself into the exchange out-of-the-blue with a string of tweets. It was a rather spirited conversation (the link doesn’t display every single tweet, unfortunately), full of colorful commentary on Mark DC’s part. I thought I had managed to shake him loose, but it was only for a few hours.

By the time the cyber-dust settled, I had reasoned that even if his arguments are accurate and reliable regarding the specifics promoted by Fair Tax-dot-org, I still fully believe in the concept of a fair tax, even if it’s not the Fair Tax presently being touted.

But wait! There’s more...
What continued to linger in my mind in all my silent deliberations over the Fair Tax were the contents of a pair of Mark DC’s later replies to me.

He posted, “Those ‘provisions’ are 3/4 of it’s [sic] revenue...from city county and state ‘expenditure’ taxes.” and, “If you remove ‘those provisions’ you have to triple the tax rate.”

For a time after reading that specific portion of his feedback, I knew I was missing a very important point – and it would turn-out to be one he had unknowingly raised. While on the surface it may not seem reasonable to tax federal, state, and local government expenditures and the numbers he presented initially appear startling – making it an easy red flag for him to wave – the epiphany eventually hit me.

Disguised as outrage over a supposed “fraud” was his real driving force: fear that is intense enough to wedge his knickers into a knot.

What it boils-down-to
If Mark DC’s assertion is correct – that almost 75 percent of revenues generated from the Fair Tax as it is presently written would come from taxes on government expenditures – then the absolute last nugget of knowledge the Progressive Left in America wants entering the popular consciousness is this: public-sector consumption is outpacing private consumption three times over!

Of course, there is some truth in popular discourse over the fact Americans have become too accustomed to excessive consumption of goods: from electronics to automobiles to various novelties. And, we are reminded endlessly of the ruthless avarice of the corporate world.

But, if the Fair Tax were to be enacted and if the numbers being trumpeted by its opponents such as Mark DC accurately reflect the actual revenue streams, Americans would have statistical evidence at their disposal of how much government in general consumes in comparison to the overall private sector – to reiterate: three times the rate of consumption by government at all levels in comparison to consumption rates in corporate America and by individuals combined.

As that conversation would take-on a life of its own, we could expect to see a rise in the number of residents in almost every conceivable jurisdiction who begin to demand government spending be reined-in – as opposed to clamoring for higher state and local taxes to offset what would be due to the U.S. Treasury.

And, as public sentiment turns against Big Government, the libertarian movement will pick-up even greater steam.

So, thank you, Mark DC. As a Progressive, your impassioned criticism of the Fair Tax could be a Libertarian’s best argument for it.

1 comment:

  1. Dumb ass, I said 3/4 of Fairtax comes from taxes that are not personal retail sales tax. Dumb fuck, learn whats in the legislation.

    Personal retail taxes are part of Fairtax, but thats only a small part. IS cancer surgery a personal retail sale you stupid shit? IS it, or not, dumb fuck. Get off your ass and decide.

    Is medicare benefits a retail sale? All medical consumption is taxed -- per Fairtax. The person using or consuming the goods or services are liable -- no exceptions. They make no distinction if you paid for the surgery in cash, paid for it with insurance, or if medicare paid it.

    All CONSUMPTION -- is taxed. Regardless of who pays it. That;s how their math works. That's the hustle.

    Do they really expect all cancer victims to pay this huge tax? No, dumb fuck, they don't. They aren't crazy, they are lying bastards. They had to make their math add up. Got that? To make their math add up, they tax all CONSUMPTION, personal and governmental.

    They don't tax all sales, they tax all consumption, to make their math add up. All the fucking bullshit in Fairtax is to make their math add up.

    They tax the state of CA 14-18 billion -- because they tax all city county and states on all non-educational expenditures. Do they really expect CA will cut a check for 14 billion? Of course not. BUt they had to tax all government consumption (other than education) to make the math add up.

    Do they expect all nursing home patients to pay 23% tax on their nursing home care? No, of course not. But that's in their tax base --

    Do you even know what the fuck a tax base is? Seriously, do you know or not? Read Fairtax own document about what's in their tax base. All government expenditures, other than education, are in their tax base.

    Got that? Am I going too fast?

    Why do they have all these impossible fucking taxes? To make their math add up.

    If they ONLY taxed retail sales, the kind we are used to paying at the store, they would have to charge 89%. They don't want to sell an 89% tax, so they lie their ass off, like the lying bastards they are, and pretend to be a personal retail sales tax.

    Meanwhile, stupid fucks like you are too stupid to read the fine print. Just fucking read it, moron. When it says they tax all government conssumption expenditures, other than education, what the fuck do you think that means?

    When they say all wage and pension expenditures on all city county states -- and the fed gov -- are taxed -- what the fuck do you think that means?

    Why don't you tell us how much your city or county or state would have to pay? It' indisputable.

    Dumb fuck, don't get mad at me cause you were fooled by lying bastards. Get mad at them.