An open letter to Congress:
Recently we have seen a series of books documenting the role of the lobbyist and the use of privileged information for personal stock trading profit. Against a background of a favorability rating in single digits, it all seems like “piling on”. The sad fact, however, is that you deserve every bit of it, probably more. You are presiding over a time of serious decline in this unique experiment in representational democracy, as well as in our international influence, but most troubling, in our overall economic well-being. We, the people, know it and so should you.
Let’s focus on the economic issue. More and more of you are beginning to see that the income tax is standing in the way of a robust and sustainable economic recovery. Very likely this will dominate discussion in upcoming sessions, as well it should. Several schemes have been proposed to reform the income tax, such as a VAT, a “flat” tax, and a federal consumption tax. Of all the options, only one meets the urgent need, not simply of reform, but of outright replacement of the income tax. What’s needed is the FairTax.
The FairTax bill has been held captive in the House Ways and Means Committee since 1999. Whenever we advocates send pleadings to our representatives, they are more often than not answered with polite, boilerplate protestations which sidestep our concerns with impertinent drivel. To the 76 members of Congress who have cosponsored HR25 and S13, consider yourselves exempt from this message. Thank you, you need read no further.
To the rest of you, ignorance of the FairTax bill is inexcusable after $23 million dollars worth of research and countless pleadings from your “employers” from around the country. One cannot help but conclude the role of lobbyists and personal profit has something to do with your reticence to deal forthrightly with the FairTax.
If you are serious about bringing back jobs, and the “made in USA” label, you can redeem your poor ratings, by the immediate passage of the FairTax bill. Your grandchildren will see you in a much more favorable light than your contemporaries see you now.