"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their
just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government
becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to
abolish it." - Declaration of Independence
Rep Woodall on FairTax and Your Freedom
This week America celebrated
her independence and freedom from British rule. Families and friends gathered for patriotic parades, held cookouts and
watched brilliant firework displays. It was a wonderful day!
Congressman Rob Woodall, who
sponsors H.R. 25, The FairTax Act of 2011, in the U.S. House of
Representatives, shared his thoughts about this special day honoring America’s freedom
and independence, here. We wanted to share excerpts of
his comments with you.
Rob Woodall (GA-7)
"The FairTax “is the most exciting tax proposal to ever come before the
American people. The reason for this is that the FairTax isn't about simply taxes; it is about freedom, jobs, smaller government and the economy.
It is about returning power to the people and finally finding a way to ensure America's economic growth.
It is about completely abolishing the IRS and stripping the Federal government
of the opportunity to dig deeper and deeper in the American people's personal
It is a plan to remove the heavy hand of government from your
personal pocketbook and put you in charge of your finances and your life.
Our current income tax system taxes hard work—stripping
Americans of their incentive to work hard and pursue the American dream. People
from all over the world flock to America to pursue a better life free from
tyranny and oppression, yet as government and taxation grows this vision is
Our founders came to America seeking independence and
freedom, and when that freedom was challenged by the British government, they
threw off the shackles of tyranny and made a radical decision. History shows us
that the critical decision our Founding Fathers made on July 4, 1776,
reverberated around the world in defense of freedom. Our Founding Fathers were
not afraid to challenge a government that was infringing on their personal
freedoms, and today we cannot be afraid either. Though we thankfully do not
face such dire circumstances as our Founding Fathers did, we do face a
government gone out of control. I believe that one simple solution to this
problem is the FairTax.
The FairTax is a plan for every American, no matter what his
or her income might be. Specifically, the FairTax would repeal all Federal
corporate and individual income taxes, payroll taxes, self-employment taxes,
capital gains taxes, the death tax, and gift taxes - and replace them with a
revenue-neutral personal consumption tax. Overnight, the FairTax would allow
individuals to keep 100% of their income without the government first taking a
penny. Overnight, we would eliminate the IRS from the lives of all American
• Transparency: Under
the FairTax, every American will pay the same percentage of tax on every new
item they purchase.
• Simplicity: The FairTax would
eliminate the frustrating mess and hassle of exceptions, exemptions,
deductions, and credits that Americans suffer through each April.
• Fairness: Every American is
treated the same.
• American Dream: The
FairTax would allow every American to achieve the American Dream. Hard-working
Americans would keep their entire salary and pay taxes on their terms.
• Freedom: We would abolish all of the
power that Congress has today to manipulate you through the tax code, and we
would transfer that power to the individual, from whom it was stolen and to
whom it rightfully belongs.
The promise of the FairTax is an American economy that can
continue to grow and thrive in the 21st century. To learn more, please visit
the FairTax website at http://www.fairtax.org."