Posted: May 20, 2005 By: Michael Atkins

Subject: The Fairtax is, well, fair!

Comment: Ladies and Gentlemen of the committee,

I am writing to urge you to consider and recommend the consumption-based Fairtax for immediate passage by the Congress.

The benefits of taxing consumption instead of production include moral and economic superiority. Funding the government with money generated by the labor of its citizens is, whether this is acknowledged or not, a form of slavery. Government should be funded to the level that citizens choose to participate. Government exists for the people, not the people for the government.
It would remove the regressive burden of the payroll tax from poorer Americans. It would be inherently progressive based on the spending of individuals (more tax on a Lexus than a Hyundai). It would bring the so-called "underground economy" out of the underground. Drug dealers, prostitutes, thieves...would all pay taxes when they consumed just like the rest of us.

In closing, please do not make the mistake of believing that people are ambivalent on this issue. Anyone I've been able to discuss the Fairtax with have all come out of the discussion as a supporter. We are not apathetic when it comes to the way governemnt gets its money.