Monday, July 09, 2007

The" Fair Tax"

There is an issue these days called the "Fair Tax". There are lots of folks in favor of this, and at times I wish I could join the party. However, there are many things to think about.
The Camel Syndrome A camel is a horse made by a committee. This is how laws are made, by committees and general assemblies. The process is often compared to the procedure that converts hog parts into sausage.
The "Fair Tax" might sound like a good idea at this stage. Congress has not enacted it into law, however. If this were to happen, there would be amendments. There would be a house version and a senate version, which would be cobbled into a single entity. The Frankenstein stitches would be in full view, though probably ignored by the media. At all stages of the journey, the lawmakers will be hearing from those who finance them, with "suggestions" about this new tax scheme. If the "Fair Tax" ever goes to the President for his signature, you can rest assured that it will be very different from the proposal that Squeal uses to sell books. In fact, it will be as different from the original proposal as Joe Camel is from Secretariat.
The law of unexpected consequences The American economy is a marvel of history. Our economy has given the United States a lifestyle unique in the history of the world.
Now, free market "conservatives" don't want to tell you this, but the role of the Government in this economy is huge. Many business decisions are guided by the tax implications. Government spending, often with borrowed money, is a driving force behind many industries.
The truth is, we don't know how the "Fair Tax" would affect the economy. And we won't know until it is put into place, at which point it will be too late.
Who do you believe? Neal Boortz, aka Squeal, enthusiastically supports the “Fair Tax”. An Atlanta based talk show host with a national audience, he co wrote a book about the “Fair Tax” with republican congressman John Linder.
Squeal has a disclaimer on his web page:
Don't believe anything you read on this web page, or, for that matter, anything you hear on The Neal Boortz Show, unless it is consistent with what you already know to be true, or unless you have taken the time to research the matter to prove its accuracy to your satisfaction. This is known as "doing your homework."

Squeal is an entertainer, and a cynic. I cannot prove it, but I don't think he really believes in the "Fair Tax". This is the star he has hitched his wagon to, and it has taken him places. You can always get attention by trashing the taxman. But can you provide a good alternative?

There is a blog called "deer hunting with jesus", where an veteran reporter named Joe Bageant shares his view of the world. He compares the world view of the media to a can see it, it appears real from a distance, but if you try to slap it your hand keeps on going.
Squeal, much as he may deny it, is a creation of main stream media. He is a creation partner of the hologram, and I think he knows this. This smokescreen talk about a "Fair Tax" is just another game.


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