"Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo
Rep. Woodall: The FairTax Means Freedom
The Nobel Prize-winning economist, Milton Friedman, once
said, “Sloth and lack of enterprise flourish when hard work and the taking of
risks are not rewarded.”
While I believe this statement to be true, I am
grateful it has never characterized the American spirit. Hard work and
risk taking are precisely what built our great nation, and it is through these
traits in Americans across the nation that we will once again have a thriving
To unleash the tremendous resource that is the American worker,
entrepreneur and innovator, we need only to align the tax code with our core
principles. That is what excites me about the FairTax.
The FairTax means freedom. Those of us who are
fighting so hard for it understand this. It is freedom from a burdensome,
manipulative tax code that penalizes the very things we need to grow our
economy. The FairTax means freedom for business owners and entrepreneurs
to make decisions based on their own resources and vision, not a convoluted,
punitive compilation of regulations.
It is no small thing that the
FairTax also returns to Americans the freedom of anonymity. No federal
bureaucracy should ever know as much about us as the IRS knows, particularly a
federal bureaucracy as powerful as the IRS. Our Founders never intended
this level of personal intrusion, and the FairTax is a giant step in the
direction of personal liberty.
Any proposal that shifts the balance of power from
Washington back to the people in such a significant way as the FairTax is
certain to encounter political inertia. From its inception, we have all
experienced the pushback of those with a vested interest in the status
The current tax code is by far the most effective tool for
politicians to manipulate the behavior of Americans, and the FairTax removes
this very powerful weapon from their arsenal. The fact that there is a
strong resistance to it can neither surprise, nor discourage us.
immense dedication of those in the FairTax community across the country is
directly responsible for the consistent and significant progress we are seeing
in Washington. Members of Congress become a co-sponsor of this bill
because their constituents demand it, and that is exactly how it should be.
With 84 co-sponsors, the FairTax has become the most popular
fundamental tax reform bill in Congress, and its support continues to
grow. Your commitment has led to more FairTax supporters on the Ways
& Means Committee than ever before and a committee hearing specifically on
H.R. 25 for the first time in a decade.
As the Ways & Means Committee
discusses tax reform, the FairTax emerges as a powerful voice in the
conversation that is impossible to ignore, try as Washington special interests
might. Its strength, however, is not found in bearing the seal of
approval from the political establishment, but rather in who fuels the
movement: the American people.
If we continue to convince more and more
of our neighbors of the benefits of the FairTax, the call to action in
Washington will one day overcome the loud voices calling for more of the
same. Make no mistake—you all are leading that effort to change hearts
and minds across America.
I cannot thank you enough for your commitment
to our success and your conviction that our great nation deserves nothing less
than the FairTax.
Congressman Rob Woodall represents the 7th district of Georgia and is the sponsor of HR 25.