The Fair Tax (FT) changes dynamics for the poor and encourages them to create more income instead of relying on the Government. The FT thus reverses the nanny state or the progression towards a deep socialist jungle.
Since LBJ’s 1964 start of war on poverty (when poverty rate was 15%), the US has taxed, borrowed, and spent $21 Trillion on wide variety of poverty programs. Since then the poverty rate has fluctuated between 11% and 15% and has been 15% the past 4 years. Many poverty programs simply decreased the poors motivation to better themselves. The Left brainwashed the poor, drilling into them, that they are poor due to greedy rich who take advantage of them and do not pay their fair share of taxes. The rich are villains per the Left. The elite Left know that if the poor better themselves that the Left will be out of power. Hence they continue promoting policies that increase a Dependency on Government class. The Left therefore attacks the FT as a give away to the rich but it is clearly not. Some on the Right mistakenly attack the FT as an extension of the nanny state. This also is incorrect. Next we further debunk the Left and then focus on the attacks from the Right.
The poverty rate was in sharp decline when Johnson initiated the war on poverty program. It fell from almost 23% in the late 1950s to 17.3% in 1965, a year after the program was announced and before it could have made any significant impact.
Meanwhile, an all-time high of Americans — nearly 9 million, 20% more than when Obama walked into the White House — are on disability. And not because they’re disabled, but rather because they can’t find jobs in Obama’s economy and have exited the workforce. And what is Obama’s economy? In a nutshell it is to increase the Dependency on Government class to keep the poor as poor and keep the Left in power. Nearly a $trillion to the non productive public sector in stimulus was a total waste. It is the private sector of the economy that creates new jobs that self sustain them, create ancillary jobs, new products, services, and industries. In essence Obama focused on the wrong sector.
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To the Right objectors:
The prebate is just up to poverty level and is fair; most poor will spend up to this point. It is not a give away to the poor. All will receive prebates up to the poverty level to offset the impact of the revenue neutral consumption tax.
FT taxes only new products and services and is revenue neutral. The % is simple. For something costing $77 one will pay total of $100. This is 23% of the total cost or 23/77 or 30% of net cost. Again this is required to make the FT revenue neutral.
Regarding Social Security (SS) and Medicare: – all payroll taxes are eliminated for all. Whoever works generates income which is not taxed at federal income level with the FT. This pays for SS and Medicare. By encouraging the poor to generate more income, the FT thus increases odds that the poor contribute more for payment of all entitlements by generating more income and consumption and thus tax and entitlement revenue.
Why do the gaps between the rich and poor continue to increase?
Two main factors are:
1 – Government policies that have encouraged many to become overly dependent on Government welfare programs. Think of the Great Society programs that started in the mid 1960′s (already discussed).
2 – Archaic tax system that benefits the very rich at expense of the poor, small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The poor rely on the rich providing them with handouts and jobs. New jobs are limited with a tax system that punishes success (income). Our tax system retards our private entrepreneurial activity that in the past fueled our economy much faster. Hence the poor stay poor while the rich become richer.
Given our tax system, many of the poor lack incentives to better themselves. Many have developed a mindset that entrenches them to stay poor long term if not forever. Many of the poor likely realize that income is heavily taxed so why risk getting a job when the Government provides so much?
The Fair Tax, in Congress as HR 25, provides incentives for all, by not taxing income and thus encouraging one to generate more income.
The Fair Tax eliminates all deductions. It also eliminates federal personal and corporate income and payroll taxes and replaces that with a revenue neutral consumption tax. This will empower the private sector to significantly lead us back to prosperity as our businesses will be able to more strongly compete globally.
The elimination of federal income and payroll taxes will encourage all workers including the poor to improve their skills to earn more. Upon examination, more of the poor will realize they can better themselves significantly by earning tax free income and not being punished by earning as much as they can. This will encourage many to leap from their comfort zone of Government dependency.
The zero percent corporate income tax will entice domestic and foreign entrepreneurs to create new businesses and jobs in the US. The increased jobs growth will provide yet another incentive for the poor to strive for higher incomes.
In conclusion the FT is progressive while at same time reversing US drive to socialism.
More details in https://economics501.wordpress.com/category/tax-reform/.
To learn more also please visit www.fairtax.org