I have been a fan of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) for quite some time. I have also been a fan of the FairTax proposal for the last couple of years. I never knew where Rep. Paul stood on the FairTax so I asked him. This was the email I just received from him:
Dear Mr. Burton:
Thank you for contacting my office regarding the FAIR TAX. I agree with you that massive tax reform is needed in this country. More specifically, I agree with the provisions of the FAIR TAX which repeal income, payroll, and estate taxes.
As you may know, it’s not easy for me to advocate any new tax! However, I certainly think a sales tax is better than an income tax- PROVIDED the income tax is truly eliminated. I would hate to see America end up with both a national sales tax and an income tax, much like socialist European countries.
However, the real key to tax reform is dramatically reduced spending by the federal government. Until the government spends far less, taxes (in whatever form) will remain too high. While I certainly support eliminating the income tax, I do not want to see it replaced with a high national sales tax which attempts to collect the same amount of revenue. Spending is the real problem.
Please understand that we share wide areas of agreement on tax issues. I will continue to consider the Americans for Fair Taxation plan. Proponents of real tax reform (whether they support a national sales tax, flat tax, or other plan) must unite in their efforts to eliminate the present unworkable income tax structure.
I’m pleasantly pleased. Rep. Paul is not a resounding supporter of the FairTax but he is inclined to support it as long as certain guarantees are in place and, of course, he believes the only true tax reform will come from reducing government spending, his trademark cause.