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"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams

Campaign Alert: They're At It Again!

Your efforts on behalf of the FairTax are being heard loud and clear. You know how we know?

More and more candidates are recycling inaccurate and outright false claims about their opponents who have supported the FairTax.

Weapons of choice are videos and press releases designed to present FairTax supporters as “radical” advocates for raising taxes on the poor and middle class while giving tax cuts to the wealthy. For example:

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill spins: “Both [Opponents] Have Endorsed Radical Tax Plan That Makes Middle Class Families Pay More so Mega-Millionaires Don't Have to”

Ron Barber, running for Congress in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district, claims his opponent’s “radical statements in favor of a tax policy will hurt middle class families.”

Both campaigns dusted off an eight-year-old paper by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.  This “study” looked at a mythical national sales tax while loosely referencing H.R. 25, but did not analyze the actual pending FairTax legislation, HR 25/S 13. 

Karen Walby, Ph.D. conducted a thoughtful analysis of the ITEP paper against the actual FairTax legislation and documented numerous flaws including:

The ITEP paper did not model nor analyze the actual FairTax plan - Dr. Walby found that ITEP fabricated its own version of a national retail sales tax, rather than analyzing HR 25, even though various campaigns have very specifically named this legislation in their Campaign language, literature, and graphics.”

The ITEP work keeps the sales tax rate a mystery - In analyzing their “national sales tax” ITEP clearly substituted their own sales tax base and rate though just what’s in that tax base and what rate remains a mystery, right along with the identities of the work’s authors. 

Finally, the ITEP paper doesn’t share the details of its methodology and relies on static modeling that “assumes away” the behavioral effect of tax law changes!

Fact:  The FairTax benefits the middle class

Dan Mastromarco, co-developer of the FairTax plan, penned a factual defense to similar tired claims that the FairTax actually increases the  middle class tax burden.  Mr. Mastromarco opined:

The Kotlikoff study [of the FairTax] examined 42 hypothetical families, including a middle-aged couple with two children earning $20,000, $70,000 and $500,000 per year…

The low-income family received an 86 percent cut in its average remaining lifetime tax rate; the middle-income family a 46 percent cut, and the high-income family a 42 percent cut. The Fair Tax's progressivity is attributable partly to repeal of payroll taxes middle-income wage earners bear, and to the novel concept that government should not tax us before we have met our own sustenance. The Fair Tax totally exempts from taxation expenditures below the poverty threshold for all households.

But fairness is defined in many ways. Whether taxpayers have more money in their pockets after enactment is one common-sense definition. Another Kotlikoff study shows that low, middle and high-income households respectively experience a 26.7, 10.9 and 4.7 percent welfare gain.

Fact: Candidates who defend the FairTax win

The 2010 election is a great example of Americans rejecting lies about the FairTax. Candidates running against incumbents, who strongly supported the FairTax, and defended that position during their election campaign, were nearly six times more likely to win than challengers who did not support the FairTax!

Fact: The FairTax Truth Squad needs your help!

It is imperative that FairTaxers everywhere hold campaigns and candidates accountable when they provide voters with false or inaccurate information about one of the most important public policy issues this country has ever faced. 

This will require relentless scrutiny of local, state and national print, broadcast and social media, and campaign websites to document, call out and correct false and misleading statements and assertions about the FairTax.

Please join the FairTax Truth Squad by sending an email to grassroots@fairtax.org with “Truth Squad” in the subject line. Thanks to all who’ve already joined!

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The FairTax in the News

Rep. Graves: It's Time To Pass The Fair TaxThe Chattanoogan.com

…Now, more than ever, America needs to implement a more efficient and fairer tax system in order to increase economic freedom and spur economic growth.  It’s time to pass the Fair Tax.

“The current U.S. tax code is unfair, costly, and unreasonably confusing.  It also hampers financial opportunity, allows for massive loopholes, and encourages politicians and lobbyists to pick winners and losers.  Bottom line:  It’s unfair to the American people.  The Fair Tax would not only level the playing field for all Americans, it would also increase our competitiveness in the global marketplace, helping to boost the economy and attract jobs and businesses to the United States.  President Obama repeatedly says every American should pay their ‘fair share’ in federal taxes.  There is no simpler solution to solving this issue than the Fair Tax.”

Brunner, Steelman signal opposition to national ‘Fair Tax’PoliticMO.com

For some conservative voters, ending the national income tax in exchange for a national consumption tax is a top priority.

For years, groups like “Americans for Fair Taxation” have lobbied Congress to pass what supporters call the “Fair Tax,” a new proposal that would end the income tax in favor of a national sales tax. Supporters believe the tax would ultimately lessen the tax burden for individuals and businesses, while opponents argue it would unfairly increase the burden on lower income families.

The debate is one of the many issues dividing Republicans in the heated primary for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill this year…

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, the third Republican Senate hopeful, supports the “Fair Tax” to the point that he sponsored the measure in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year.

The June FairTax Webinar

With Special Topic: Simplifying the savings of purchasing used vs. new goods under the FairTax

When: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Time: 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain, 5 pm Pacific

Where: At your personal computer, anywhere!

Why: To provide an interactive forum for people who cannot get to local meetings to learn about the FairTax and to present special topics that are frequently misunderstood or not generally discussed.

Who: Join Marc Manieri, webinar producer and host from Orlando, Florida. In their fourth year, Marc’s webinars draw national participation from seasoned FairTax supporters as well as those just getting introduced to the FairTax.

Join: To participate, register here and watch for the confirmation email. For more information contact Larry Walters at repeal_16@earthlink.net.

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FairTax Fact:

The FairTax benefits all income groups. Of 42 household types (classified by income, marital status, age), all have lower average remaining lifetime tax rates under the FairTax than they would experience under the current tax system.

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The FairTax: Fundamentals and Facts

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