Diary

Blogging the Right Thing: The Fairness and Force of the Fair Tax

Chapter 10 of “Doing the Right Thing” is the Fair Tax Chapter.  Huckabee begins by telling the story of a mechanist who was working an extra shift to put his daughter through Graduate School, but found him shoved into a higher tax bracket, meaning much of what he earned from his extra work just went to cover the taxes.

Huckabee adds the insanity of the system is that if the man quit his job, stayed at home and watched ESPN, his income would be so low, his daughter would be elligible for special grants and loans. Thus, the need for tax reform.

Huckabee answers a longheld question, “How did he come to support a National Retail Sales Tax?” Some have seen it as pure opportunism. While the mechanism changed, in his Huckabee’s prior book, “From Hope to Higher Ground“, Huckabee suggested a flat tax as a preferred mechanism and in the early part of the campaign, saying he concluded it would be a significant improvement. The problem with the Flat Tax according to Huckabee is that “it still represents a tax on work and productivity and therefore discourages the very thing that creates capital.”

Huckabee heard about the Fair Tax from voters and didn’t know what the plan was until someone gave him a copy of the Fair Tax book. He read the book through twice, consulted with his CPA as well other CPA,  and by the end of the campaign, he’d become one of its most enthusiastic supporters.

His argument is pretty standard Fair Tax advocacy, though done in a fairly easy to understand way. Huckabee argues that there are four keys to responsible structure. That the tax is Flat, Fair, Finite, and Family Friendly. Oddly enough, Huckabee argues that the Fair Tax would even benefit same sex couples.

Huckabee credits Fair Tax supporters in part for his strong Iowa Strawpoll finish as they’d shown up at the strawpoll in force, and as Huckabee was one of the biggest advocates of the plan, he was the biggest beneficiary of it.

Huckabee said the Fair Tax was one reason, he was reluctant to end his campaign becuase he knew “the remaining public voice for the Fair Tax would be silenced. I was not merely an advocate for the Fair Tax because of the campaign. I hope to continue to be a cheerleader for an idea I truly believe can and will change America for the better.”

Huckabee, however, realized that as with his campaign, the Fair Tax proposal was being pushed through grassroots efforts. This led to one of the more amazing stories of the campaign. A trucker who supported Huckabee, Randy Bishop informed Huckabee of a large vent in Traverse City, Michigan in January, but Huckabee had to get back to South Carolina, so he sent the Truck Driver to represent him at a Lincoln Dinner and by all accounts he was represented quite well.

Regardless of his own future, Huckabee believes the Fair Tax will eventually be passed if the level of grassroots support for the tax refrom grows to the point that members