The following letter was sent to me by a fellow FairTax Volunteer:
Dear Ms. Strassel:
I will answer your question as to why the Thompson tax proposal went into the media black hole. Its that his proposal is nothing new or, in your words, 'the most creative tax proposal yet in the race for President.' It is just more of the same. Keep the current code and make little nips and tucks here and there that will never be enacted, or if they are, will be modified every year thereafter. Your statement tells me that you have not been paying much attention to this race, or the tax issue, in any detail.
Mike Huckabee has come from below nowhere to a real contender in very little time with very little money, despite being attacked by the mainstream conservatives and the Club for Growth. Why? The FairTax. In case you don't know what it is, the Fairtax is the only creative tax reform proposed by any candidate. It is by far the most supported tax reform in Congress today. While several other candidates support the Fairtax, Huckabee is the only one that has made it one of his core issues and talks about it all the time. His support is far beyond his share of the Christian Right, which is divided among several candidates. It is because millions of Fairtax supporters are getting behind him. Americans for Fair Taxation, the group and economists that researched and put together this comprehensive proposal, is non-partisan. But ordinary Americans who support the Fairtax are going with the leader on this issue, Huckabee. Americans realize what the pundits and media elite do not, that the Founders knew the evils of taxation on income and practically eliminated it in the Constitution. They realize that the 16th Amendment was the worst mistake in American history. They realize that the 1986 tax reform, while better than nothing, soon turned into an even worse nightmare. They know that the current code corrupts everything it touches, which means all otherwise honest Americans and otherwise honest Members of Congress. They know that they will never have their privacy back until they don't have to share the most intimate details of their personal and business lives with the Federal and State governments. They know that the Fairtax will eliminate the hundreds of billions of compliance costs, will lower the price of exports, that will return trillions of dollars to America, and will unleash the American economy for the shackles of the income tax.
I hope you will write again on the tax issue in a balanced way, and address the Fairtax and Mike Huckabee's support of it. You can learn all about the Fairtax at www.Fairtax.org, or by calling me or Americans for Fair Taxation. My number is 602-291-4805, and AFT is 1-800-Fairtax. As you so eloquently point out, we cannot count on CNN/Youtube or any of the uninformative television media to bring this issue to the fore in a meaningful way, so we need outstanding journalists and writers like yourself to get the ball rolling. I enjoy all your articles.
Gary H. Burger Jones,
Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
Phoenix, AZ 85012