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We’ve got to change! (Part I)

Posted By Donald Koop, Monday, May 14, 2018

The times, they are a’ changin’.  And, if we intend to get the FAIRtax passed into law, so must we.

Created, and $upported, by a group of civic-minded Texans in the ‘90s, the FairTax was first introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999 as H.R. 25.  The bill was sent to apparent permanent residency in a file drawer of the Ways&Means Committee.  Out of sight, out of mind.

Heady days were soon to follow!  Fellow Texan George W. Bush was elected in 2000 along with a Republican House and 49 Senators.  His re-election in 2004 brought an all-Republican Congress.  Support for the FairTax and its volunteers grew continuously.

With calls for tax reform growing, what could be a more obvious choice than the consumption-based FairTax?  An attitude settled in that, with the Bush administration, how could H.R. 25 not be passed into law?  There was a feeling that we should just get out of the way and let the inevitable happen.  Supporters chanted, “simplicity, fairness, convenience, relief for the long-suffering taxpayer.”  Politicians heard, “giving power back to the people.”  Nothing happened.

Fast forward to 2017 when the Trump administration brought real effort at reforming the tax code.  What spelled reform more than the FAIRtax, the lingering H.R. 25?  However, I think it’s safe to say, in the heavy discussions about reform, the words “consumption-based” or “FAIRtax” never passed through the lips of anyone, especially those who expected to progress in the “Club.”

More soon!

The views expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans for Fair Taxation.

Tags:  Consumption tax  consumption-based tax  FAIRtax  FAIRtax USA  tax reform 

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