"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
Does the Fair Tax address this? Sadly no. The Fair Tax only want's to shift the burden away from the Privilege Corporations and place it on the back of the citizen.
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
This is what government is doing today, wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Does the Fair Tax address this issue. NO. It only exchanges one method of collection for another, wasting the labors of the people, another pretense of "Government is "God" and will take care of you."
"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe,"
Does the Fair Tax address the corruption? No, it only continues to feed the Beast when we should be confronting the beast head on.
"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical."
The Fair Taxers would have you continue to fund the government who compels you to furnish contributions of money for things which you believe to be sinful and tyrannical.
"A wise and frugal government,
...leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."
The Fair Tax by their own promoters mouths, admit that the Fair Tax does not address one of the root issues that Thomas Jefferson warned us about.
God Bless our Country and God Bless us.
I posted this over at http://thefraudtax.blogspot.com/2009/10/thomas-jeffersons-prophetic-wisdom.html
Rose, (A wonderful and inspiring video. Thanks for posting.)
At about 1:10 into the video, we read these wise words by Jefferson,
"A wise and frugal government,...leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."
Yet, this is precisely what the current income tax system does - it confiscates and withholds money from our paychecks, depriving families of monies which are rightly theirs to dispose of as they see fit.
The FairTax conforms to this wisdom (see this posting, and search the terms, "FairTaxers believe").
Regarding your other quips:
Jefferson said "it's incumbent on each generation to pay its own debts as it goes...". The FairTax is the preferred, least damaging vehicle to raise the Revenues.
The only tax shift that FairTax makes is from that of invisibility (tax/compliance costs that business passes along to you and me in higher prices), to that of visibility, an entry on a retail purchase receipt of a new product or service that shows us our true tax burden. (With accurate knowledge, what we decide to do about the tax burden is another matter - but, at least, our true tax load is no longer disguised, and politicians will not be able to "con" taxpayers any longer with the statement, "Oh, we're not going to tax you, we're going to tax business!")
The FairTax not only addresses the issue of wasting peoples' labor, but it gives them options to address it! Here's how:
Under the current income tax system, if one wants to deprive the government of income, in protest of its spending, one must stop working a wage-earning job (because of tax withholding), and starve, or seek income that is not automatically reported - which places a considerable burden on families that have bills to pay. Now, under the FairTax, family income doesn't suffer. Familes can make a statement by curbing spending, new, at retail.
Not clear on your link between population growth in cities, subsequent European-style corruption, and how the FairTax can address that particular issue.
As far as to "compel a man to furnish contributions ..." again, this is what happens when governments withhold our "fruits of labor" from our paychecks. FairTax corrects is obvious injustice. (As for how the money is spent, that is a serious - albeit different - issue.)
Oh, look at that, you and I both were struck with the profundity of the Jefferson quote on "wise and frugal government," which I pinpointed in the video and addressed at the top of this reply!
My observation is that you're throwing everything but the proverbial "kitchen sink" into the mix as items that the FairTax does not address - just so you can continue "dissing" the FairTax. Or, you're trying to associate problems specifically identifiable to the income tax, with the FairTax. I think such an approach fails to respect the intelligence of your readers.
Your anti-FairTax posts resemble propaganda in their attempt to associate the FairTax with a lot of negative conditions that are either non-existent (with respect to the FairTax), or that cannot possibly be addressed by the FairTax plan (in and of itself).
Why work so hard against the FairTax that seems to address many of your observed problems about the present income tax system??
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