the political and economic theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, later developed by their followers to form the basis for the theory and practice of communism.
Central to Marxist theory is an explanation of social change in terms of economic factors, according to which the means of production provide the economic base, which influences or determines the political and ideological superstructure. Marx and Engels predicted the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism by the proletariat and the eventual attainment of a classless communist society.
If the Michigan FairTax gets on the ballot for 2010, and passes, you will be taxed on food as well as any and all co-pays for doctor visits and prescription drugs.
The Fair Tax would, if adopted, give birth to a new tax raising code to satisfy the wants and fancies of tyrants in government___ all the above to be implemented under the pretext of the "Fair Tax Reform“, a reform which promises to abolish the IRS and income taxation, but in substance and truth will only tighten the iron fist of government around the people’s productivity, and demand the less fortunate people in our society to shamefully kneel to the iron fist of government to receive their monthly government check___ a family consumption allowance which cleverly creates a new army of voters dependent upon folks in government for their subsistence.
Were we not warned by Hamilton in Federalist Paper 79 that “A POWER OVER A MAN’s SUBSISTENCE AMOUNTS TO A POWER OVER HIS WILL”?
Here's what one FairTax promoter is saying.
Under the proposed MI FairTax, not only will every legal Michigan resident NOT have a paycheck deficit, they will enjoy their full paycheck (minus unchanged federal, city income tax withholding) but will receive a state "prebate" amount, monthly - based on family size, that will UNtax poverty-level spending (as determined by the Commerce Dept. from time to time). Thus, the monthly $85 prebate received from the state effectively UN-taxes $1,014 spent per month for a "family of one," a monthly prebate of $172 effectively UN-taxes $2,067 spent each month for a family of four. (See chart at http://www.mifairtax.org/resrcs/RebateTable-MI_Explanation.pdf )
"a family consumption allowance which cleverly creates a new army of voters dependent upon folks in government for their subsistence."
Back in April I had an email debate with some of the Michigan FairTax promoters and asked some pointed questions about what they claimed it would do and what I actually read in the FairTax bill that it would do. I received this response from Roger Bucchholtz, the volunteer director of this movement.
The MI FairTax is not the answer to all problems.
It does not immediately cut the funds to the state as many citizens think would be desirable. However, it makes our true tax burden visible for the first time in generations. This knowledge is essential for citizens to address the level of taxation. If we aren't aware that on average 20% of the price of the goods and services we buy that are produced in the U.S. are taxes embedded in the price, we citizens will not be able to address the problem. The MI FairTax will appear on every sales receipt.
It does not create jobs directly, but by removing embedded taxes from the prices of Michigan produced goods and services Michigan business and labor will be better able to compete in the global economy. The elimination of most business taxes will give Michigan the most business friendly tax environment in the U.S. ... and this just might cause companies and jobs to move to Michigan.
It does not eliminate the problem of high individual real estate taxes (property taxes) however, by eliminating the state (not local) property taxes on business property we decrease the cost of products made in Michigan, thus lowering our cost of purchasing these products and making Michigan business and labor more competitive. Although much consideration was given to eliminating local property taxes via the MI FairTax, it was not done at this time primarily because doing so would result in the sales tax rate being too high relative to other states which would make purchasing from out of state economically attractive.
The MI FairTax proposal does not eliminate city income taxes. This is partially because doing so would cause the sales tax rate to be too high relative to other states, and it is generally considered to be a local issue rather than a statewide issue.
The proposal does allow for the tax rate to be increased... but only by a vote of the people. It can not be increased by the legislature.
The MI FairTax does not dismantle all of the state tax collection and enforcement bureaucracy, but by eliminating state income tax and business taxes the Treasury Department will be cut in half at a minimum. At the national level the the FairTax the IRS will be replaced by a Treasury group 10% of today's size.
MI FairTax is supported by Republicans... and Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Constitutional, independents, etc. We welcome all who want to bring about real tax reform and to introduce a tax system consistent with what our Founding Fathers intended.
I appreciate your passion for change that is real and lasting. I encourage you to visit www.fairtax.org to view the economic studies done by top economists from America's best universities and think tanks... including the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank. I also encourage you to look more at the MI FairTax website www.fairtax.org for how the MI FairTax will do more for Michigan and its citizens and our freedom than any other legislation contemplated or possible.
We are all working for major change in the same direction... toward that which our Founding Fathers intended. We have assembled on the eve of Tax Day Tea Parties across the state in a combined effort to bring about this change. It is counterproductive to point at each other to find fault, whether that fault is real or mistaken. We must work together now and in the future or we will all fail. We know the enemy and it is not us. Let's get the job done.
MI FairTax diirector (volunteer)
It's up to each and every one of you to fully examine this FairTax proposal with open eyes before making up your mind about supporting or not supporting it. I did and I do not support this Amendment to our State Constitution.