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The following are articles and letters from other people and organizations that are also critical of the FairTax.
Twenty Two FairTax Criticisms by Hank Van Gieson
"The problem, the biggest problem by far, with a consumption tax is that it directly promotes an underground economy. If the only time you get taxed is if you "officially" purchase an item, then there's a huge incentive to "unofficially" purchase things." -Ed
"The FairTax will result in the largest double taxation in American history. Upon transition, all sources of funds which have been previously taxed will suddenly become taxable again upon consumption as the bill contains no intervening mechanism to alleviate such unjust double taxation. When passed, everyone with any form of savings will be faced with the decision of losing upwards of 50% of purchasing power or immediately rushing to the store to acquire as much as possible before the sales tax is in force." - Mike M.
"Suppose a bunch of rich people want to promote a national sales tax to replace the Federal income tax. How do they try to persuade the public to support such a plan? Simple: play with the arithmetic." -Traveshamockery
"Taxes are the price of civilization. They are what you pay to live in America – your dues – to have democracy, opportunity and access to all the infrastructure that previous taxpayers have built up and made available to you. No entrepreneur makes it on his own in America. The American infrastructure makes entrepreneurship possible, and others have put it in place. If you've made a bundle, you owe a bundle. The least painful way to repay your debt to the nation is posthumously, through the inheritance tax. " - Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Government is the people's business and every man, woman and child becomes a shareholder with the first penny of tax paid.” -- Ronald Reagan
A tax loophole is "something that benefits the
other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform.''
— Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator
“A lot of Americans think they got a tax cut, and they didn't because their local property tax went up, their excise tax went up, their sales tax went up, and their prices went up and everything else, because we failed to invest in some of these other things we ought to be doing. ... We are squeezing the middle class, we are losing the middle class, and the gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider and wider, not closing as it used to be.” -- John Kerry
"There is No Such Thing as a Fair Tax" by Lawrence Vance.
"Why the FairTax is a Sham" by Allen Buckley
"Here we go again: More Boortz lies about Fair Tax" by John Sugg.
"A FairTax Primer" by RobFromGa.
"The FairTax Fraud" by Lawrence Vance
"The Unfair FairTax" by LittleDavid
"March of the FairTax Sheep" by John Sugg
"Debunking The FairTax Myth" by CrellMosett (Daily KOS)
"Benefits of the Estate Tax" by Bruce Bartlett
"Boot Boortz" by Justin Raimondo
"Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else" by David Cay Johnston
"Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight over Taxing Inherited Wealth" by Michael J. Graetz