November 28, 2006
“Ignorance is Strength
Freedom is Slavery
War is Peace”
From the Ministry of Truth in “1984” by George Orwell
Lately, supporters of HR-25 the so-called “Fair Tax” have been contacting Libertarian officers and seeking their support. I oppose this proposal as much, if not more than, any abomination put forth by Republocrats for a number of reasons:
1. While I have heard some complicated (and possibly correct) arguments that this would be a net tax reduction, on the surface it would appear to be a tax increase. Especially for low-income people. The 30% sales tax is enough to make a Marxist salivate. Certainly anyone who is poor enough to get a 100% refund on income tax would face significant hardship from this huge tax hike on them. Thus it would be a PR nightmare. We would solidly position ourselves as the party of large taxes.
2. This proposed tax is 13% higher than the 17% flat tax proposed by several Republican politicians a few years back.
3. The only reason such a rate could be justified is to maintain the current level of federal excess. If such a huge tax was needed after eliminating federal drug laws, ending government subsidies for political campaigns, stopping domestic spying, recalling foreign occupation troops, ending corporate welfare, and releasing all US political prisoners than you might get me to look closer at it.
4. As it is I have already given it far more attention than it has earned from any libertarian (Moderate or otherwise). I suppose accepting a minimal tax to subsidize deficits in the federal operating expenses, and funding prior unpaid obligations may be regarded as moderate. A true Libertarian views no tax as good, and can only except the existence of some taxes as an intermediate step between the present and an ethical future.
For more a more in depth analysis of the fair tax visit:
In case the Calendar wasn't enough...
December 03, 2006 - 1:00 PM
Libertarian Executive Committee meeting at our new HQ. Topics will include post election analysis, and planning the 2007 (pre-convention) Leadership Conference.
Location: New LPM Headquarters. Lansing, Michigan.
New LPM Headquarters at 2722 E. Michigan Ave., Ste 22, Lansing, just west of US-127 Michigan Ave exit. Park and enter in the back of the building - Ste. 22 is on the lower level. "Xango" office is in the front of the building. About five miles away from the current HQ.
Now that we have had a moment to exhale, we now must prepare for the next convention. The first order of business is finding a host.
I have composed such a short article because I don't want to overshadow my primary message here.
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