Comment: I'm not an advoate of the Fair Tax

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I'm not an advoate of the Fair Tax

I know that I look like an advocate of the so-called Fair Tax, but in reality, I'm not.

I do consider myself educated on what it claims to be, and I hate it when anything that has been well thought out is ridiculed by people who haven't studied into the subject before criticizing it (and I'm not implying you are in that camp, I'm just saying that is why I keep posting in its defense).

I do see it as an improvement to the current system which is a swiss cheese of a tax code, even if the fair tax is "revenue neutral" (meaning it doesn't limit spending any more than what we have today). Because its an improvement, if it had momentum, I'd help it along.

I agree that it doesn't solve the liberty problem. Which requires a gold standard, or some other sound currency standard, or it wont make much difference what kind of tax reform we have, the spending will continue to ruin the economy as well as the country. Inflation is the universal, guaranteed tax, and that is what we get from the system we have.

In a constitutionally driven system, the federal government would expect the states to fund it, rather than the people. And the senators would be appointed by the states, rather than elected directly, so budgets wouldn't make it through the senate if they didn't have buy in from the states.

Getting back to those checks and balances would require two amendments to be repealed. I'm all for repealing them, but that's going to require a super-majority of the population to support the idea, which is currently not the case.

As far as your question about what those who are at or below the poverty line ought to do... read the book, its interesting if nothing else. There is nothing wrong with pondering upon things you disagree with. In the end it either makes you more sure of your own convictions, and more able to defend them ... or helps you see where you have been short sighted. Either way, you benefit from it.