typewriterking (typewriterking) wrote in thefairtax,

Overselling The Fair Tax

There's a lot of good in the fair tax, but some people seem to embellish it with Chuck Norris type powers.

I hope this guy doesn't actually believe the Fair Tax will bring forth a Millennial Reign  of Christ and Disney outcomes to all problems.

Here are a few selections from his list:

The study of Latin and Greek reappears in American as a part of a normal private school K-12 education. A restoration of Puritan values sweeps America as communities began devote their lives to promoting Crown Rights of King Jesus.
Elected officials now have twice as much time to address the spending side of government because the Fairtax, which has become the Third Rail of politics, can not be touched. The Sixth Amendment becomes obsolete and no longer talked about.

The United Nations is kicked out of the United States. The League of Fairtax Nations takes over the building.  Nations must have a Fairtax and an American Bill of rights to join the new League of Fairtax Nations.


Social Security is on stable footing for the first time in years! It eventually becomes an obsolete government program no longer wanted or needed.


Medicare is paying its own way and is no longer in danger of default! It eventually becomes an obsolete government program no longer wanted or needed.


The average person who starts work at 15 years of age can retire by 35 years of age, with or without a college degree. Most college graduates go back to school by age 30 and have two or three different professional careers in their lifetime.

I doubt anyone seriously expects the Fair Tax to change the world that much, but I still find this sort of enthusiasm a little ominous, as it reminds me of Leo Tolstoy's rallying for the Georgist Single Tax at the beginning of the Russian Revolution. He got swept up into a similar tax reform movement, and he too expected it to fix all the world's problems.

Come to think of it, our time is a lot like Tolstoy's time, as so many of the things he endorsed seem popular again. His attitudes toward copyright were a lot like what the open source community advocates today, and his ideas toward farming and diet sound a lot like green and organic concepts today. Perhaps the Cold War squeezed out Tolstoy's ideas for a few decades, and we're seeing a revival now.

I'm optimistic, and hope to see many good things happen in my lifetime. I hope the income tax will die, I hope the world will painlessly switch from crude oil to natural gas quickly before moving on to something more perfect like fusion, I hope Americans will choose HSAs over a universal government health care system, and I hope every little town gets a free daily newspaper of high quality. But my eyes are wide open, and I don't see a time where I'll get to
be in peace without a legion of problems.
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