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Gary Johnson wants a 23% national sales tax.

Gary Johnson is pushing for the so called "fair tax" which would institute a 23% national sales tax. This is something Ron has warned against over the years.

I wonder when the Libertarian party became the party of higher taxes?

I have not been a fan of Johnson, but even I was sort of surprised to hear he was pushing for a 23% national sales tax.

EDIT: For those who have requested a link. Straight from Gary's website point number 2. http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/issues/economy-and-taxes

EDIT: From Gary's website specifically referencing his support for a 23% national sales tax. http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/presidential-candidate-gary-j...

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This confirms...

...that Johnson supports the FairTax (already knew that), but where is the evidence that Johnson supports a 23% tax rate?

Given that he favors balancing the budget purely through reductions in spending, 23% strikes me as rather more than would be needed to fund the much-reduced government, though I suppose it depends on the size of this "prebate."

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

The FAIR TAX is a piece of

The FAIR TAX is a piece of legislation (that Gary says he supports and has linked to) calling for a 23% national sales tax. It is not a sliding scale. The Fair Tax and the 23% national sales are one and the same.

Ron Paul 2012 - It's Almost Here!

I don't always talk taxes.....

but when I do I prefer no Taxes!!

...stay free my friends

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"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

I think an NST would bring a revolt

If something like an NST doesn't wake up the apathetic public nothing will.

Here in FuhKing County the state and local sales tax is 9.8% which would make your total sales tax rate 32.8%. Most people don't pay 1/3 of their salary in income taxes and this will hit them hard.

It could be Johnson's goal is just to make the income tax an "in your face" tax so people would take notice of how much they're being robbed by the feds.

Massive, extraordinary transfer of tax burden away from the rich

This tax-happy idiot wants me to vote for him in November instead of writing in Ron Paul? LOL. Ron Paul is right about taxes and Gary Johnson is just plain stupid. What's libertarian about a new f'ing tax???

We need to get rid of the income tax and absolutely not replace it with a consumption tax! This is an extraordinarily regressive scheme and a blatant giveaway to high income earners.

The USA has to eliminate all personal taxes and drastically cut spending by turning over entitlements, infrastructure costs and other non-defense responsibilities to the states to fund as they see fit.

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

The 'On The Issues' site seems to confirm this

"23% national sales tax while eliminating the IRS. (May 2012)"

http://www.ontheissues.org/gary_johnson.htm

I thought the idea was to have a SMALL consumption tax as the government's primary source of funding. So as to SHRINK the government. Not keep it the same size or almost as big with a huge sales tax!

He supports murdering babies and now a new tax. No Way!

Bob Barr 2.0

And US intervention in

And US intervention in Uganda.

Ron Paul 2012 - It's Almost Here!

I like Gary Johnson, and

I like Gary Johnson, and while I agree more with the principle of the consumption tax over coercive taxes like the income, estate and property tax, I still do worry about the immediate effects on the very poor with a sales tax of 23%. Is that the rate with our with out all the foreign wars and bailouts?

How is it less coercive?

So they put a gun to your head and shake you down while you're trying to buy things rather than when you get a paycheck. It's the same thing. The point is we need as little of it as possible and 23% does not seem that little if that number is accurate.

i wouldn't post this here at the dailyjohnson

if you shine any negative lighting at johnson, they will accuse you of trying to be all about Ron Paul and not about the message.

or worse. that you support romney.

LOL

Well I am hoping that this is still the Daily Paul and once the Johnson trolls realize they cannot fool us with a fraudulent liberty candidate like Johnson...They will go away!

Ron Paul 2012 - It's Almost Here!

Turn retailers and businessmen into tax collectors. Yuk!

I have a netter idea cut government to the size that can be afforded by voluntary contributions.

Free includes debt-free!