Skip to comments."The Fair Tax Book" New York Times #1
Posted on 08/11/2005 7:27:51 AM PDT by GPBurdell
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!!
We got the word just as we were arriving at our Gainesville, Florida hotel. The FairTax Book will debut at No. 1 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller's list. In a word .... unbelievable. Oddly enough, this list won't actually be published until September 21st. Go figure.
Last winter I spent week after week doing my radio show, grabbing a sandwich for lunch, and then sitting down in front of the word processor and stacks of research to pound out my portion of this book. Congressman Linder was doing the same thing at his home in Washington DC or Atlanta. We both believe totally in the FairTax idea, and we wanted to have a book out there for people who were similarly dedicated, or who just had a curiosity that needed to be satisfied. Neither of us ever imagined what would happen. Neither, frankly, did the publisher. It was only about six weeks ago that we started to wonder whether or not we might be able to make it to the New York Times bestseller's list. Now that we know we will debut September 21st No. 1, we're just blown away.
This means so much for The FairTax movement. Any book that rises to No. 1 creates a buzz ... whether it's about teenaged wizards or tax reform. Well ... especially tax reform. This just doesn't happen. Books on tax reform don't go to No. 1. So now opinion makers, politicians, pundits, editorial writers, reporters, columnists and others will take notice and start paying attention. This will result in more and more efforts such as this opinion piece that appeared in the Clark Times-Courier in Berryville, Virginia. Late yesterday I was notified that a writer and photographer from a major national magazine will join the book tour today to see just what is going on here. This will mean that more and more Americans will become aware of the essence of the FairTax, and what it can mean to both their personal financial picture and to the American economy. As the people become aware this idea becomes more and more impossible for the political class to ignore.
Do we have hopes that The FairTax Book will stay at No. 1? Well, that would be nice ... but I'm not expecting it. Our best hope is that continued interest in this fantastic tax reform idea will keep the book up there in the top five for weeks ... and that the FairTax will continue to generate conversation across the country.
Again. Congressman Linder and I thank you ... as do the tens of millions of Americans who have been laboring under a punishing and confiscatory tax system for generations. This is a great country, and a country of bold ideas. The current income tax is beyond salvaging. In 1986 we enacted what was supposed to be a wonderful tax reform plan that eliminated most tax deductions and instituted what was essentially a two-tiered flat tax. There were two tax brackets, 15% and 28%. Simple as that. But it didn't stay simple. That tax law has now been amended and modified more than 10,000 times.
Thanks. I was hoping one of you guys would show up.
I have just been assured I was correct about the rent.
They get elected appeasing the voters. You are seeing the result.
That is why we must become strong enough to be the ones they must appease.
One thing I find puzzling is that section eight in Article one list all the powers granted to Congress by the Constitution including entering into treaties with foreign powers, coining money, laying and collect taxes etc...
Taxation is an original power to the states and they are only prohibited from levying interstate duties and international tariffs under the Constitution.
The prohibition of a thing implies remainder powers under common law construction of Constitutions and legislation used in the founder's era. This is especially true as the states had the plenary power to tax prior to the Constitution under the Articles of Confederation, only specific tax modes were expressly prohibited to them in the text of Constitution.
It is to be noted that the writings of the founders in the Federalist and debate during the constitutional convention, maintained the federal power to tax was a concurrent one with the states rather than a exclusive power prohibiting the states or the feds from taxing the same objects as the other.
That is why, for example states can lay excises as well as income taxes the same as the federal government does today.
- ``A CONCURRENT JURISDICTION in the article of taxation was the only admissible substitute for an entire subordination, in respect to this branch of power, of State authority to that of the Union.'' Any separation of the objects of revenue that could have been fallen upon, would have amounted to a sacrifice of the great INTERESTS of the Union to the POWER of the individual States. The convention thought the concurrent jurisdiction preferable to that subordination; and it is evident that it has at least the merit of reconciling an indefinite constitutional power of taxation in the Federal government with an adequate and independent power in the States to provide for their own necessities.
The Courts really do sometime pay attention to the intent of the founders, sometimes anyway.
I don't understand why the old car wouldn't be taxed.
The tax has already been paid. "USED" by definition in the legislation = federal tax previously paid on item.
Are you sure a consumption tax only applies on retail transactions?
The legislation expressly exempts tax on purchases by businesses for business use.
If so, why would a tenant pay the tax, or a landlord either (for that matter)?
The tenant pays the tax on his rent because the tenant is the final consumer of the use of the property.
The landlord does not pay the tax, he collects it from the tenant and remits to the state sales tax authority, since the property is a business property held for legitimate business purpose collect tax on sale of product, as opposed to personal use and consumption when one pays tax with the purchase of product.
For example, if a business takes "used" personal or residential property on which prior tax has been paid and converts it to use in the business, the busines receives a business conversion credit for the prior tax as the product is incorporated & sold, or rented out profit in the conduct of that businesses commercial activity.
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