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Fairtax Smear Campaign Rebutted

This article, by John McMillen, is an excellent rebuttal to claims made against the Fair Tax (http://FairTax.org).  Please read.  Anywhere you see the word ‘gentleman’, think ‘Democrat’:

I implore you to take the time to read this in its entirety to arm yourself with the facts, and to understand what a liberating opportunity American has, and can achieve with your support.

Below is a follow up to ‘The Right Voice’ blog radio interview I had Tuesday 8/18. It is an illustration of the misinformation we have to overcome in order to get your ‘support’ and the support of millions more Americans out there who don’t know what the Fairtax really is.

If you haven’t heard the interview, and have interest, here’s the archive link. After the audio starts to play, you will have to scroll horizontally on the time tracking bar to about the 18:40 time mark to get the beginning of my segment.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/therightvoice/2015/08/19/blacks-and-tax-black-lives-matter-movement-and-the-fairtax-phenomenon-part-ii


I followed up with the post below onFace book to set the record straight…

This is to illustrate what the Fairtax must overcome to get people to understand the truth about the Fairtax…………………………………….

I did a radio interview Tuesday night the 18th on a web radio called “The Right Voice.”

A fellow from West Palm Beach, Florida called in to filibuster and dominate the very limited amount of time I was allotted to try and get just a few simple facts out to your audience about the Fairtax bill in congress right now, House Bill HR-25 and senate bill S-155.

The gentleman called in and tried to make a case against the Fairtax with a made up scenario with the intent to totally disrupt, distract and destroy the Fairtax message I was attempting to convey.

He threw out the hypothetical example of a Billionaire with a taxable income of 1 Billion Dollars in the tax year 2014. He first made the false assertion that a billionaire would have paid a 40% tax rate on his on earnings of 1 billion dollar in 2014.

I called him on the 40% tax rate in his made up scenario, and pointed out that a Billionaire would not have filed his billion dollar income under the 40% tax rate rubric subject to an income tax, but those types of incomes are typically earned through investments, and they pay a much lower percentage rate under the capital gains tax provision of the IRS code.
So that was his first blatant misrepresentation purposely proposed to listeners in an attempt to deceive.

His whole point was to illustrate how ‘unfair’ the Fairtax is. So he continued his Billionaire example to try and make a point of unfairness of how the current lower income W-2 wage earning taxpayers would have the Fairtax tax burden unfairly dumped on their shoulders to provide the shortfall between what the Billionaire pays now, and what he would pay under the Fairtax. “Just another tax cut for the Rich, on the backs of the poor”…same ole rhetoric we always hear when a proposal to allow W-2 income earners to keep more of their hard-earned paycheck. It’s a diversionary tactic to prevent the busy public from understanding what a beneficial proposal the Fairtax really means to the average Joe.

So the gentleman continued with his skewed made up example. He insisted that the Billionaire would only spend a minuscule amount (1/1000th) of his income buying goods and services; claiming out of a thousand million dollars in income the billionaire would only spend one million dollars in purchases of goods and services in a year…as if that is the universal absolute reality of what Billionaires does with his or her money.

First, of all it is none of that gentleman’s business, nor mine, or anyone else’s business how a billionaire spends money he or she has ‘earned’ or “how much” they choose to spend! It is none of his business ‘how I spend money that have earned or how much I spend.’ It is none of his business ‘how you spend money that you have earned, or how much you spend.’

The gentleman completely ignored the bigger picture. Billionaires like Donald Trump for instance, create 10’s of thousands, if not millions, of jobs for thousands, if not millions, of Americans.

That gentleman has no way of computing how much money a billionaire’s investments generates in salaries of those thousands if not millions of employees that gets poured into our economy that circulates, and circulates, getting turned over and over many, many times to the benefit of Thousands and Thousands of earnest hard working Americans and business owners.
There are Trillions of dollars that are controlled by ‘Billionaires’ and ‘Millionaires’ that have fled the shores of America’s immoral covetous, confiscatory, IRS Tax code.
The gentleman purposely ignores or is completely ignorant of the Trillions of dollars under the control of ‘Billionaires and Millionaires’ that would flood back to America’s shores if we got rid of the IRS tax code, and quite punishing success, and only tax what you spend instead of what you earn.

This repatriation to our American economy would provide thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of new jobs. This creation of more jobs would generate an increase in consumer spending, revive our American spirit and reinvigorate our economy.

The unshackling of what you do with you money would be a liberating, inspiring thing to the individual soul who alone would have the decision to purchase or not to purchase…or to save tax free tax penalties, or more confiscation from the interest income or capital gains. No more crippling regulations on investments. How much money you make and what you do with you own money is nobody’s business but yours.

You would get your paycheck; free of withholding that now amounts to 15, 20, 25% of a paycheck… The embedded tax that is currently in the cost you pay at retail right now is another significant amount…Fairtax analysts say it’s an avg. 22%…critics say it’s only 13%….who do you believe? I would welcome either one in a reduction in prices before the 23 cents on the dollar Fairtax is added back on…with 15% or 20% more in my take home pay to make purchase with! Add to that the fact that I will receive a little over $600 per month to pay the taxes on spending. That’s the amount for a family of 4. A family of 4 making 31,000 per year would pay zero in sales tax.

So, IT IS NOT REGRESSIVE… …as critics claim.

This is why we must abolish that immoral bureaucracy that dips into your earned paycheck to fund things you find abhorrent to you and your personal morals. Yet they add insult to injury by dictating how and what you do with your money.

The caller from West Palm Beach, FL attempted to launch a filibustering screed torpedo that he thought destroyed the Fairtax concept. He spewed misleading false assertions that without Billionaires paying the current amount to the Federal General Revenue fund under the current income tax, there is no way the Fairtax could be revenue neutral as we claim.
Let’s examine the facts and truth about that false and erroneous assumption.

A.) There are 2,089 Billionaires in in the world as of Feb. 5, 2015 today…http://www.independent.co.uk/…/there-are-now-2089-billionai…

B.) In 2014 the tax year the gentleman from Florida used, of those 2,089 billionaires, there were 537 billionaires living in the United States. (Source, same link as above.)

C.) What would all of those 537 billionaires the gentleman was berating have paid to the IRS in 2014 using his one billion dollar earnings figure @ a 15% capital gains rate equate to collectively? … let’s see…537 X 1 Billion = 537 Billion dollars in collective earnings taxed at .15% = $80,550,000.00 (That’s 80 Billion, 550 Million Dollars) total revenue those billionaires would have paid into the total General Revenue fund using Dennis’ made up scenario and Dennis’ made up figures.

D.) In 2014, the total tax revenue collected by the IRS was $3,064,301,358,000.00…(that’s, 3 Trillion, 64 Billion, 3 Hundred and one Million, Three Hundred Fifty Eight Thousand Dollars.)

E.) Now, what percent of all those billionaires’ tax contribution equate to in the total Amount of revenue collected by the IRS in 2014? $80,550,000.00 contributions by Billionaires divided by the total $3,064,301,358,000.00 collected by the IRS = ONLY 3% of the Total!

The gentleman’s point is impotent — a seriously misleading distraction ploy.

The lower income Americans will not have to make up an ungodly percentage left void by the shortfall in revenue collected under the draconian Income Tax Code vs what would be collected under the Fairtax as the gentleman so desperately attempted to illustrate with bogus numbers.

As you can see if the 537 Billionaires in the United States didn’t spend one dollar in the United States, we only have to make up $80,550.000.00 (80 and a half billion dollars) in revenue to be revenue neutral (raise the same amount of revenue as the IRS Income Tax code is raising currently) …and that’s if those billionaires didn’t contribute one dollar to the general revenue fund, which we know darn well they will.

F.) How does that $80,550,000.00 compare to the taxes owed under the income tax, but are not paid? Depending on which article you read, that amount is $280 billion/year, $410 billion/year or $500 billion/year… …and rising!

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=86649
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71174.html
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/unpaid-taxes-total-400b-but-little-political-will-to-pursue-it/

G.) Tax-refund fraud is expected to soar again this tax season, and hit a whopping $21 billion by 2016, from just $6.5 billion two years ago, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Source:

http://www.cnbc.com/…/tax-refund-fraud-to-hit-21-billion-an…

H.) Scrapping those two sources of Fraud alone would equate to 3.7 times more money in collected revenue than the $80,550,000.00, because we know these people an millions more who are currently paying no federal income tax, will be purchasing daily. So the revenue stream will be there daily. And that even if those Billionaires in America didn’t spend a single dime! That money would sure be welcomed to shore up Veteran’s benefits, or Social Security, or Medicare.

Why do people come onto talk shows to deceive the people with talking points they’ve read on a hit piece blog somewhere, without figuring things out for themselves to verify that false information?

That gentleman from Florida appears to be far less intelligent and sincere than he tried to present himself to be.

I cannot understand, why? Why do people want to keep such a corrupt system as the IRS INCOME TAX?

Why do they want to call into a show to muddy the waters and distract from people’s understanding of the true facts with their misleading fabricated scenarios to demonize the Fairtax?

Why do we want to keep allowing one of the largest behemoth agencies of Government to be used to steal from those who produce and give to a constituency of non-producers dependent on politicians for their sustenance?

Go to http://www.Fairtax.org and learn the truth about the Fairtax

There was some editing for clarity.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Amendments, Taxes

 

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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Abortion

 

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GOP and Obama vs Democrats: TPP / TPA / TAA

From our friend Aaron in Virginia:

Hi everyone,

A short while ago, I participated in a conference call on the Fast-Track/TPP/TPA/TAA legislation that is currently under consideration by the House of Representatives. As with the conference call last Thursday evening, this one was organized by Mark Lloyd (new Chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation); and also featured Richard Manning (President of Americans for Limited Government), who has been in DC full-time since last week lobbying congressmen to educate them on the destructive consequences of passing this legislation.

From tonight’s call, I gleaned the following significant points. You may already know some of them, but I want to make sure!

1. As you probaPaul Ryan - We Have To Pass It - 01bly already know, the TAA was first defeated by a wide margin last Friday; and then the TPA was passed by a small margin. Because the TPA requires passage of the TAA, the TPA’s passage was of no consequence. HOWEVER, Boehner has arranged for a 2nd vote on TAA; and that is expected either late tomorrow (Monday), or, more likely, on Tuesday. Between now and then, Boehner will continue to twist arms to try to get the votes he needs for passage. The rumor is that he has already succeeded in getting some congressmen, who voted NO the first time, to switch their votes to YES!!!

2. Even if Boehner’s effort to get TAA passed is unsuccessful, it is likely that he will “repackage” both the TPA and TAA legislation into a single bill; and that will then be voted on sometime soon (probably after Tuesday). Knowing only that, there should be ZERO doubt in anyone’s mind that Boehner is hell-bent on giving Obama more unconstitutional authority!!

3. Remember: If this legislation is passed, it will give Obama unilateral authority to also “reconcile” existing US law with whatever these trade agreements stipulate. In essence, he would finally have the authority to “fundamentally transform America” — which was one of his statements on election night in 2008!!!

4. If you need any extra motivation to call your congressman (Hurt for most of you) to try to get him to change his prior TAA vote from YES to NO, you can find it in a statement made within a Washington Post opinion article by Lawrence Summers(see http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rescuing-the-free-trade-deals/2015/06/14/f10d82c2-1119-11e5-9726-49d6fa26a8c6_story.html): “The repudiation of the TPP would neuter the U.S. presidency for the next 19 months.” I believe I speak for everyone on the conference call tonight when I say that this would be an absolutely wonderful thing!!!!

If you live in Hurt’s district, call any of his offices and/or email/talk to anyone to whom you think he might listen. If you live in Brat’s or Goodlatte’s districts, call them and let them know you appreciated their NO vote on TAA the last time; and to hold firm on that position. You need to ensure that theirs (ESPECIALLY Goodlattee’s) aren’t two of the votes that get changed by Boehner’s current arm-twisting!!!! If none of the three above is your congressman, then find out how he/she previously voted on TAA and take the appropriate action.

In summary, to me this feels a lot like the 2010 struggle to pass Obamacare all over again — only this time it is the blankety-blank Republicans that are trying to ram this through congress, not the Democrats!! If this legislation gets passed, it will likely ruin any hope of a near-term recovery of the American economy — not to mention giving Obama even more unilateral power to circumvent existing immigration law and grant amnesty/visas to more foreigners!

Oh, and don’t forget “climate change”: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/06/obama_admits_that_climate_change_will_be_in_obamatrade.html#ixzz3cMjmlCbt

– Aaron

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Miscellaneous

 

Real Work Force – 05/31/15

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The FedGov released its unemployment propaganda for May 2015 showing a slight uptick in the unemployment rate from 5.4% to 5.5% with 280,000  jobs created.

At Forbes, a cautiously optimistic tone:

Currently 8.7 million Americans are unemployed. At issue for months, however, has been the large percentage of people who are working part-time not by choice but because they had no better option. The U-6 rate, which measures under-employment, came in at 10.8% in May unchanged from a month earlier but down from 12.1% a year earlier. “These are elevated numbers compared to what a normal labor market looks like but they are declining rapidly.” says Robin Anderson, senior economist Principal Global Investors

FedGov calculations still don’t really show the true picture of employment in America.  They don’t answer this question:

Ignoring all demographics, who is in the wagon versus who is pulling the wagon?

How many people are working as a percent of all the people in the United States?  Here’s the trend…

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After a dismal 2014, the rate is struggling to rise back to the levels of 2013.  There was little change in the labor force number this month, so while 280,000 jobs is a good headline, only 289,000 net jobs have been added since the beginning of the year.

At the end of Clinton’s administration, over 50% of the population in America were in the labor force!  That number stayed mostly the same and then increased through through the early parts of 2007.  That percentage has decreased since the beginning of 2007 and is now down by fully 2%.  You’re welcome to comment below as to what happened in early 2007 to turn the trend around.

In today’s numbers, that’s a reduction of almost 6,000,000 jobs.

Below is the percentage of change from month-to-month

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Labor Force Data from bls.gov:

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Population Estimate from census.gov

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Things won’t get better in this country until millions more people are pulling the wagon!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Economy, Unemployment

 

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Freedom To Work

Dear Missouri Senator,

It’s been interesting as the debate has raged on Right To Work that Union Members and Bosses have felt comfortable fighting against a “Right”… …the right of an employer and employee to define the terms of their association.

I support the workers’ right to form a union, but I do not support special legislation that tells workers that they must join the union, have their dues used to benefit a political party, and see their labors used to enrich union bosses.

The worker must be allowed to exercise the right of free association with the employer (notice I didn’t say “given the right”).  The union fights to take away that right.

h/t dailykos.comThat’s why I call it the Freedom To Work instead.  Imagine all those bumper stickers that say “Right To Work Wrong For Missouri” now saying “Freedom To Work Wrong For Missouri”.  That would make the most apolitical Missourian cock their head and raise an eyebrow.

Please vote YES on Right To Work.  Make the state of Missouri attractive to businesses, so we don’t have to run back to Jeff City for more special sessions to create the Boeing Bribe!

In some states, like Indiana, union membership has increased after Freedom To Work has become law.

The bottom line is this question:  If unions are so great, why do we need a law that forces people to join?

Thanks and please vote Yes!

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Miscellaneous

 

Upcoming Center For Self Governance Classes

It’s an admonishment you’ve heard dozens of times.  Dr. Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention on September 17th, 1787 and was met by a woman who asked, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”  Dr. Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Do you feel like we’re losing the republic?

We are.

I’ve investigated a dozen different school districts from Denver to Richmond, and at the earliest of ages (kindergarten and first grade), our children are being indoctrinated into the false teaching that America is a Constitutional Democracy. Of course, they want to say “Constitutional Democracy” since the vast majority of educrats are liberals and Democrats… …and Democracy sounds like Democrats.  A republic, well, sounds like those ‘evil Republicans’.

Our Constitution and Freedoms are under constant attack, and even after we gave the Republicans all the power they need to stop the out-of-control spending, force massive reduction in the size of the Federal Government, and enjoin it to live within the confines of the document which they swore an oath to defend, the train continues full-steam towards the edge of the cliff.

What do we do?

We save the republic.

How?

Ask Thomas Jefferson…

“I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their controul with a wholsome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. this is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” [sic]

The people have given up control of the ultimate powers of the society.  It’s time to take it back.  And, citizens across the nation are doing just that.

What have you done to Keep The Republic?

Isn’t it about time YOU did something?

Join other patriots throughout May, June and July in training to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to articulate your desire to make the policy changes necessary to restore our governments to their proper roles!  Current liberty-minded civics training only teaches theory.  This is application training, practical exercises, and instruction to turn you into a Citizen Lobbyist with the skills to affect the direction of your local government as well as state and federal government.

Take the classes, join your local team, and get busy about Keeping The Republic!

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Miscellaneous

 

The Task Force Of New Americans

From Aaron Moyer

Hi Folks,

You may have already heard about this, but in case you haven’t, I think it’s WAY too important not to share.  If you have already heard about it, then my apologies for the repetition.

As many of you know, I’m a regular listener to Mark Levin’s syndicated radio program.  Unfortunately, I’m usually a few days late in listening to his broadcasts because the only time I have to listen to him is when I play his recent podcasts during my local commutes.  (That’s why this email is a few days late.)  On his 2/26/15 radio broadcast, Mark interviewed a lady named Susan Payne — who is apparently also a less well known radio talk-show host in some local community.  From that interview, I learned a number of important facts surrounding the current uproar over Obama’s quasi-legalization of illegal immigrants.  Among those are the following:

1. Contrary to what is generally portrayed by the mainstream media, Obama never signed an Executive Order in November of last year on this subject.  Instead, he signed an “Executive Memorandum”; and this set up a “Task Force of New Americans”.

2. The “Task Force of New Americans” has a representative of each of Obama’s 16 Cabinet members; and this means that all areas of the federal government are being given their “marching orders” regarding the implementation of Obama’s plan for legalization of illegal immigrants.

3. The number of illegal immigrants expected to “come out of the shadows” is really 13 to 15 million — not the 5 million that has routinely been reported!!

4. These 13 to 15 million people will be considered “seedlings” in their communities; and one of the charters for “Task Force of New Americans” is to ensure that these “seedlings” end up in “fertile ground” and are “properly cultivated” to ensure that this latest effort will totally reshape American society!!  In essence, the purpose of Obama’s latest effort is to “conquer” America from within!!

If you haven’t already heard this interview, I believe it is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that you do so.  Please click on the link below to read a short article about this information; and listen to the 9.5-minute audio clip of Mark’s interview with Susan Payne.  It is truly stunning and chilling information!!

http://www.independentsentinel.com/breaking-wh-plans-to-develop-a-country-within-a-country-of-15-million-new-americans/

If you have not yet recognized and/or acknowledged that America is at the precipice and looking into the abyss, this should remove all doubt!!  PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE WHO YOU THINK WILL LISTEN!!

Finally, if you want to keep up with the information regularly provided by Mark Levin on his radio show, you can do that here:  http://www.marklevinshow.com/ dailyrecap

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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Illegal Immigration

 

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