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Subject:  Re: FairTax Date:  1/23/2013  9:03 PM
Author:  joelcorley Number:  117514 of 123001

edranoff,

You wrote, I too was very interested in the FairTax known as H.R 25 and S 25. ...

Actually it's H.R. 25 / S. 13. And there is a pretty good write-up on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FairTax

Personally I wouldn't have too much of a problem with a FairTax. But as I get older, I have more and more pre-existing assets to consider. Switching to a "FairTax" would benefit people that have been spendthrifts relative to savers in prior years because the savers would have had to pay taxes on both earnings and purchases, while the spendthrift would not.

Of course this is obviously why getting such a tax through Congress is so difficult. The transition means that "wealthy" individuals will be double-taxed on existing assets - at least once they go to spend their money. And in general, it's the wealthy that control Congress so passing such a tax is asking the same people that would vote on the issue to take a huge haircut on their existing net worth.

Much of the populate might respond by saying, "So what? They're rich! They can afford it!" But the real problem with the FairTax is with people of modest means that are approaching their retirement goals. (Like me.) You're asking us to give up our goal