My First Fair Tax Townhall

I know you’ve been waiting for my post about the Fair Tax Brown Bag Townhall sponsored by Georgia Insurance Commissioner (and candidate for Governor) John Oxendine.

As I said before, I’ve been suffering from severe information overload this week and I needed time this weekend to allow my brain time to process everything and catch up with the rest of me.

Tim Echols, Oxendine’s campaign manager was hanging up this banner as I pulled into the parking lot of the Douglas County Library.

I thought of stopping for a bite to eat on the way to the “brown bag” but decided at the last minute that my round belly didn’t need any more encouragement so I passed on that option. I’m glad I did too, since no one else at the Fair Tax “brown bag brought a brown bag either. It sure would have been awkward eating a burger from Five Guys in front of all those people.

The speakers for the townhall meeting were John Oxendine, state director for Americans for Fair Taxation, Lloyd Newsome, and past director Gene Key.

I have been a supporter of the Fair Tax for a long time now, but this was my first townhall meeting. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I wasn’t disappointed at all. The turnout could have been higher, but the smaller size crowd actually worked to our advantage, because it allowed people to ask more questions than they could have if the crowd had been larger.

You can visit the FairTax website to learn more about the Fair Tax which is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes. Most importantly, it would abolish the IRS.

Another benefit of the Fair Tax includes all segments of society paying into the system, unlike now. Drug dealers, illegal immigrants, and everyone else who fail to report income each year on their tax returns all spend the money they earn. The Fair Tax would guarantee that those people actually paid into the system when they walked into a store to spend their spoils.

I am pretty confident in the Fair Tax bill, but I do have a problem with it. While the Fair Tax, in principle would make it “fair” for everyone, what’s to stop Congress from amending the Fair tax after it becomes law so it’s not quite as fair as we thought it was going to be? I didn’t think to ask the question at the time, but I still walked away quite impressed with the entire meeting.

I’ll be attending the Douglas County TEA Party later tonight, and I should have lots of photos to share with you. I’ve been looking forward to the TEA Party for quite a while now.