Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hello Again!

I haven't posted here in a LOOOONNNNNG time. There really hasn't been much news regarding the FairTax. The occasional new legislative supporter (thanks!), and of course the occasional talk radio personality talk about the FairTax. 

I didn't want to put up a post everytime someone mentioned something good about the FairTax. That would be sort of posting just because. I wanted to post only when something new happened.

In 2006, Neal Boortz and Representative John Linder of Georgia published The Fair Tax Book (available through a click on the Amazon link on the sidebar). It's a very good and easy read. In fact, the Fair Tax itself is very easy to read and understand. 

More recently, several prominent names have been reported as not having reported income on their income tax filings. Timothy Geithner, the new Treasury secretary, is one of them. As Secretary of the Treasure, Geithner is also head of the IRS. Rather embarrasing for Mr. Geithner to have been revealed as a tax cheat, intentional or not. 

Now tell me: if the man who is head of the IRS can't file his income taxes correctly (for several years as it turned out), how is someone like you or me supposed to file our taxes completely, properly, and on time year after year? We are told "ignorance of the law is no excuse" but legislators, former legislators, the Secretary of the Treasury, and others simply pay the taxes and penalties and go on about their business. You and I would be in tax court forever, or paying off the tax and penalty for years if our assests weren't seized for sale at auction. 

The news that brought me back to dust off this blog is that a Special Order Hour was called by Representative Steven King of Iowa. As I understand it, a Special Order Hour can be called by any House member, but is rarely used. On March 17, 2009, after the regular House session, the following members of the House of Representatives spoke:

Rep. Cliff Stearns (FL-06)
Rep. Nathan Deal (GA-09)
Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-01)
Rep. John Mica (FL-07)
Rep. John Linder (GA-07)
Rep. John Duncan (TN-02)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
Rep. Henry Brown (SC-01)
Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10)

Congratulations to each of them for having the courage to step forward and speak on a subject that most politicians wouldn't dream of: putting money back into the hands of the people who actually earned it - The American wage earner.

The video below is of that Special Orders Hour. Nine men spoke from their hearts, so, be warned, it's long. Grab something to drink and get comfortable.


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