Tax Code Manipulation
- Don't this practice is limited to Dems; it isn't. It's just rare that it shows its ugly head in public.Bill S.From: Philip Hinson <plh001@...>
To: Georgia Fair Tax <email@example.com>; FLFair Tax <firstname.lastname@example.org>; SCFair Tax <email@example.com>; NCFair Tax <firstname.lastname@example.org>; ALFair Tax <email@example.com>; Mississippi Fair Tax <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Fair Tax District Directors <FAIRTAX_DD@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, March 2, 2012 1:24 PM
Subject: [FAIRTAX_DD] Tax Code Manipulation
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73479.html"Democrats on K Street are warning their corporate clients: Give to Republican challengers in the 2012 election, and you’ll regret it come tax reform time.Lobbyists are getting that message from allies of powerful Democrats such as Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who is closely watching support for Rep. Denny Rehberg, a Republican challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). Baucus supporters fear that if Rehberg ousts Tester, Baucus could be next to face a serious Republican challenge in the state.One K-Streeter close to the Baucus operation said the senator considers a gift to Rehberg a contribution against him. Another Democratic lobbyist told a client to take his name off a Rehberg fundraising event because it would be hurtful to his company, according to sources.The case K-Streeters are making to their clients: It will be a hard sell next year to get Baucus’s support on business-friendly tax perks set to expire or the Bush-era tax cuts that must get through his committee.The game of hardball is a bold example of a powerful chairman willing to leverage his power to protect his party’s majority, his home-state colleague and potentially his own seat.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73479.html#ixzz1nzRrPjuJ
As we all know, the economic case for the FairTax is a slam-dunk. There is little question that the FairTax would provide more economic stimulus and put more Americans back to work than any other bill that congress could pass.
However, I have come to believe that the case for political reform of our badly broken legislative process and addressing the corrupt system in Washington is both (a) the main reason that we have so much camouflaged resistance and (b) one of the main reasons that we need the FairTax very badly.
This article makes the case for that second proposition very forcefully, in my view. Regardless of your political ideology, few among us would defend (at least in public) the notion of using the tax system as a means of punishing political enemies and rewarding friends or, more specifically, of influencing campaign donations. In other areas of our society, there is a word for this type of behavior. The legal definition of extortion is as follows:
the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one's office or authority. If true, then in my opinion what Senator Baucus is guilty of is every bit as reprehensible as what got Martha Stewart and Jack Abramoff prison sentences. The difference, of course, is that since the laws which apply to the rest of us do not apply to members of congress, there will never be a formal investigation opened up on this matter, much less any indictments handed down.
Under the FairTax, this abuse of power would no longer be possible. Every legal American family would be entitled to the same rebate as every other American family of the same size. Everyone would pay the same sales tax rate on the same items at the retail counter. Equal protection under the law would be extended to the tax field and tax preferences would be obsolete. This all assumes that we could keep the FairTax "pure", which would be no small feat in and of itself.
Thanks to Jim Tomasik for calling this to our attention. He linked to an article on a website called Hotair.com, which appears to be a conservative leaning web site. However, the original "scoop' cam from the Politico article shown here.