Fair Hearing for Fair Tax – Commentary by Frank Gillispie 3/17/10
Congressman John Linder’s recent announcement that he plans to retire after this term
brought out a series of comments about his pet project, the so called Fair Tax.
During my time as editor and publisher of the Journal, Madison County was in his
district. On several occasions, he visited the Journal office in Danielsville and
engaged us in conversations about his opinions and ideas. Even then, he was interested
in the fair tax proposal.
The Fair Tax would have eliminated all payroll, capital gains and estate taxes in favor
of a national sales tax. It would also have eliminated, or greatly reduced, the Internal
Revenue Service. While the tax would have caused a considerable increase in the price of
goods, it would have also increased the take home pay of workers and simplified life for
buyers and sellers throughout the nation.
One of the complaints about the plan is that the tax would have to be very high to cover
the cost of government, and that is correct. Another argument was that the tax would be
figured into the price of goods, and people would not know how much tax they were
paying. Nothing on their payroll slip would reveal the tax burden to them, and that is
But there are some clear advantages to the idea. For example, if you purchase American
made goods, a major part of the price is created by payroll taxes on each person involved
from the miners who dug the ore, to the foundry workers, to the factories that made the
stuff, to the truck drivers who delivered it and finally the clerks who sold it to you.
Whereas, imported goods only paid taxes for the last two people. Imported goods pay far
fewer taxes than do domestic ones.
The Fair Tax would collect an equal amount of taxes on all goods, domestic or imported.
That would reduce the advantage of imports and give American Made goods an even break.
By keeping more manufacturing jobs in America, our unemployment figures would improve
dramatically. People would have more money to spend generating revenue to support the
government. Fewer people would be on welfare reducing the cost of government.
By cutting out the amount of record keeping, more people would be able to open and
operate family businesses. Couple that with a dramatic reduction in rules and regulations
and we could dramatically reduce the impact of government on them and giving them more
control over their own lives.
To me, the Fair Tax idea has merit and ought to be given full consideration. It may be
a good idea, or it may not work. But until Congress gives it a fair hearing, we will
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