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Letter to the editor: Looking at the 113th Congress

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2013

On Jan. 3, Congressman Rob Woodall re-introduced HR 25, “The Fair Tax Act” in the 113th Congress. The Fair Tax currently has a significant 53 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It is a national sales tax that would replace all other taxes and effectively get rid of the IRS. You would take your entire paycheck home and only pay taxes on purchases. Used cars would have no tax. A “Prebate” would cover everyone’s food and basic expenses. The rich would pay more whenever they purchased big ticket items. Criminals would pay taxes every time they purchased an item. Ordinary store clerks would serve as the “agents” of the IRS.

Having a master’s degree in journalism and having read both of Neal Boortz’s books about the Fair Tax, I have personally determined that its passage is one of the greatest things I can do for my children and future grandchildren. The more I study the Fair Tax, the better I like it.

The point of this letter is to alert our Wyoming citizens that our Congresswoman, Cynthia Lummis, is not among those co-sponsors. Despite my writing the Congresswoman no less than three times to discover her thoughts on the Fair Tax, and despite my numerous attempts to educate her on the topic, she remains non-committal.

This concerns me even more considering the rare replies I have received from her on the the matter. In her replies, Lummis demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge regarding the issue. In the one comment I have received, she says she “doesn’t support additional taxes.” What? It is a replacement, not an addition. I am hoping this was just a mistake committed by one of her legislative interns.

The Fair Tax was developed by a professional team of businessmen, professors of economics, Congressman John Linder and numerous others. Their goal was to develop from the ground up the fairest, most economically friendly system of taxation. I believe they have succeeded, but the horde of beltway profiteers are working night and day to kill it, in any way possible. Watch out! They are slick about it.

So, think of our future, and please contact Congresswoman Lummis to encourage her to support (or at least study) the Fair Tax. Do yourself a big favor, too, by studying Neal Boortz’s books yourself. They are No. 1 New York Times best sellers and are published by Regan Books (Harper Collins).

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