Letter to the Editor: Fair tax can fix the U.S. tax system

Dear Editor,

Jobs have been lost in this country for over 30 years due to our lack of competitiveness. It’s cheaper to go out of the country for most manufacturers than to make products here.

People who haven’t lost their jobs are squeezed to do more with less. Sound familiar? How do we fix this? There a few ways, but two of them are: cut 75 percent out of our wages and benefits (a $20 an hour job is reduced to $5 an hour) or change our income tax system – a no-brainer. There is a bill in Congress, HR25 the Fair Tax bill, which guts the current federal tax on income and replaces it with a tax on consumption of new goods and services. The economy thrives, as good paying jobs return.

Without taxes on income, $14 trillion that sits offshore can return to be invested in America. More than 95 percent of the Internal Revenue Service is no longer needed and the $400 billion that is spent annually to comply with our current tax system can be invested in more productive things.

Today’s system penalizes productivity, hard work, investments, savings, and other things Americans and good old common sense tells us to do.

Call your congressman today and tell him to support the Fair Tax Bill.

There would have been no IRS scandal if the FairTax was the law of the land because the FairTax proposes the elimination of the IRS. (That is a major difference from the flat tax, which does not propose that elimination.)

The FairTax continues to garner support from members of our federal Congress, where the bill was first introduced in 1999 by Rep. John Linder (R-Georgia) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota). The bill had its first reading and discussion in The House Ways and Means Committee (Chairman, Camp R-Michigan) last year.

Information about the FairTax is available at fairtax.org.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne Riggs
Burlingame, Kansas


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