Thank you, Marilyn Rickert, for alerting Fair Tax supporters to this broadcast. Here is my letter to the McLaughlin Group sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was puzzled by the comment of Clarence Page on December 27, 2008, during an airing of the McLaughlin Group, that he thinks the Fair Tax merits an award for the most stagnant idea. If Page's idea of a dynamic code is today's living breathing Leviathan, with over 20,000 pages (plus 47,000 pages of regulations and revenue rulings) which leaves the economy stagnant, I cannot argue with Page. However if one measures stagnation and dynamism of an idea by its effect on the economy instead of on the code itself, the Fair Tax is indeed dynamic. Economists agree that taxing consumption instead of income, as the Fair Tax does, reduces economic distortion.
I give Page my award for the most glib statement.