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FairTax: The Truth: Answering the Critics

FairTax: The Truth: Answering the Critics

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by Neal Boortz, John Linder, Rob Woodall (With)

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In 2005, firebrand radio talk show host Neal Boortz and Georgia congressman John Linder created The FairTax Book, presenting the American public with a bold new plan designed to eliminate federal taxes and the IRS, jump-start the U.S. economy, bring back lost industries and jobs, and recapture billions of untaxed dollars hoarded by criminal and offshore


In 2005, firebrand radio talk show host Neal Boortz and Georgia congressman John Linder created The FairTax Book, presenting the American public with a bold new plan designed to eliminate federal taxes and the IRS, jump-start the U.S. economy, bring back lost industries and jobs, and recapture billions of untaxed dollars hoarded by criminal and offshore businesses. Their book became an immediate #1 New York Times bestseller, propelling a powerful grassroots tax reform movement that's spreading like wildfire across our nation.

Now, three years later, the authors are back to answer the outspoken and misinformed critics of their innovative proposal. Offering eye-opening new insights not covered in the original book, FairTax: The Truth debunks the negative myths and gross misrepresentations of this groundbreaking idea. The FairTax plan is simple, brilliant, and it will work—enabling you to keep all the money in your paycheck; eliminating the fraud, hassle, and waste of our current system; and revolutionizing the way America pays for itself.

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FairTax: The Truth
Answering the Critics

By Neal Boortz
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008 Neal Boortz
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ISBN: 9780061540462

Chapter One

The Ball is Rolling

"Books on taxes usually sell by the dozens."

So said a conservative iconic columnist to Congressman John Linder on the occasion of the release of The FairTax Book. But he didn't mean it as a critique. Rather, he made the statement in utter amazement upon learning that the book had debuted at number one on the New York Times best-seller list.

You think the media were surprised?

Trust us, nobody was as surprised as we were when the news came (except maybe our publishers). We can't think of a book on a subject so seemingly mundane that debuted at number one. After a few weeks at the top of the list, copies of The FairTax Book became scarce—but the presses were put into overdrive, and before long the book became a nationwide phenomenon.

Our experience with The FairTax Book was a completely unexpected and thoroughly exhilarating roller-coaster ride. We learned more than we could ever have imagined about the American public and its passion for change.

We learned, for instance, that thousands of people would be willing to drive hundreds of miles just to show their support for an idea. Notfor a sports team, not for a political candidate, not for a day at Disney World or the beach . . . but for an idea.

The date was May 24, 2006. The place was Duluth, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. With the help of Neal's flagship radio station, News/Talk 750 WSB, we rented a convention center with room for 4,500 people for a FairTax rally. Sean Hannity arranged to be there, and we lined up other guests like John Stossel, Herman Cain, and Clark Howard, 1 plus a little entertainment from Atlanta's own Banks and Shane.

Then we sat back and fretted. Here we were, setting up a rally in the middle of the week. After a long day at work, wouldn't people want to be home with their families? And there were plenty of other events competing for attention—including a high school graduation taking place next door to the convention center. But it was too late to turn back now—so there we sat, hoping not to be embarrassed by a lot of empty seats.

We weren't.

Hours before the start of the rally, the local police had their hands full with traffic. When the 4,500-seat venue sold out, WSB radio announced that any FairTax supporters still en route to the event should turn around and go home—there was no more room.

Some did . . . many didn't.

They kept coming, even though they knew they couldn't get inside. While 4,500 people celebrated and enjoyed the rally inside the arena, another 5,000 sat in their cars in the convention center parking lot, listening and cheering as the rally unfolded on their car radios. Rob Woodall, Linder's chief of staff and a coconspirator on these FairTax books, was one of those turned away.

In case you missed it:

"Rally for National Sales Tax Draws Overflow Crowd"

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 25, 2006

After the Atlanta rally we received literally hundreds of e-mails from people who hadn't made it inside the convention center and others who had simply turned around and headed home when they heard the radio announcements. One woman who'd come all the way from Louisiana was making her way through Atlanta traffic with her husband and two neighbors when they heard on the radio that they wouldn't be able to get into the building. They turned around and went back to Louisiana but promised to be at the next rally—and early.

Now, think about that for a moment. Four people in a car drive hundreds of miles . . . for a tax reform rally? Then, when they're turned away, they don't scream, shout, and spin around on their eyebrows—but instead actually write us to apologize for not getting there earlier and then promise to make the next rally?

Our Louisiana friends didn't have to wait long. The second FairTax rally was held two months later, on July 29, in the streets of downtown Orlando. That's right: noontime . . . in July . . . in Orlando. Hot? Let us tell you about hot. The temperature on those streets was 97 degrees when the rally began—and the crowd ran as high as 11,000 people. Despite the heat and the Florida humidity, they came—and stayed—to show their support for the FairTax.

But we learned something else at that Orlando rally: that this new FairTax movement might be in for a bit of stonewalling from the media. Aerial photographs clearly showed the size of the crowd, yet at least one local television station persisted in broadcasting the "news" that only about 2,000 people had attended. We knew how many seats there were, and it was clear from the number of filled seats and the numbers standing behind those seats and down the street that this was a five-figure crowd. Somehow those 10,000 or 11,000 really sweaty people were invisible to this TV reporter.

They were all there to try to do something about taxes, mind you. Not for a football game, not for a rock concert, not for the American Idol tryouts . . . but for a tax rally.

And the momentum kept building. By Tuesday, May 15, 2007, when the Republicans held one of their first presidential debates in Columbia, South Carolina, we rented an arena right next to the debate venue, brought in Sean Hannity, Herman Cain, Banks and Shane, John Stossel, and the crew from Americans for Fair Taxation, and had ourselves another rally. About 8,000 people showed up this time, and just before the debate was to start all 8,000 took to the streets to march around the presidential debate venue with FairTax signs. The media? Well, they completely ignored us; instead they led the news with the exciting story that a small band of antiwar protestors had shown up nearby.


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Meet the Author

The host of radio's The Neal Boortz Show, syndicated in nearly two hundred national markets, Neal Boortz is the author (with Congressman John Linder) of the New York Times bestsellers The FairTax Book and FairTax: The Truth, and author of The Terrible Truth About Liberals. He has been nominated twice for the National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Award and divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Naples, Florida.

Congressman John Linder (R-Ga) is a longtime champion of tax reform and the primary sponsor of the FairTax Act. He divides his time between Duluth, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.

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jas527 More than 1 year ago
Don't start a fight with a national syndicated radio host and an U.S. congressman. They will let the public know what is being said and the truth will come out. That is what this book is all about. Fair Tax the Book was so well written that I was surprised to see a second book by the same authors on the same topic. If you read and understood Fair Tax the Book you will not need to read this one. On the other hand, if you have heard negative things about The Fair Tax or have more questions, you need to read this book. I am a fair tax supporter. I got all the information I needed from the first well written book. If you still have questions or concerns read this book! It will NOT be a waste of time.
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just_gene More than 1 year ago
the tax code is a mess... when is the next story of of DC going to break... come on you know what i'm talking about... Congressman Charlie Rangel and US Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner they are in charge or write the laws make it simple... make it easy... make it fool proof my hope is this will give us control over all the spending... we can not charge it off to the future... stop programs that are not funded... fiscal responsibility is required on our check books and credit cards... we know what will happen if we run crazy with our credit... YET the GOVERNMENT continues to run amock so check this out... if you agree with any part contact your Congressmen, Senators and State Governors
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P2 More than 1 year ago
One of the most important concepts tax concepts ever. The idea is simple and powerful. The second book answers many questions with more depth and consideration to the critics of this concept. Highly recommend this book and its companion...buy copies for all of your friends and family and start talking!!!
Kay3714 More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for every person in the USA. You will find out just how much the government lies and cheats us all. Plwase read this book for your own sake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When people actually read the FairTax book and FairTax: the Truth, their eyes will open and they will see the opportunities which lie ahead for this country. Cast out your old tired ways of thinking and see the light of The FairTax.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book that inspired me to start a focus group/book club for the American Citizen. After reading this book, I feel the need to share it with others from cover to cover. Eye opening. I hope to run a series of focus/interest groups on this book for the next three months.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading 'The FairTax Book' I dove right into 'FairTax: The Truth'. This book is well-written just as the first book, though it goes into much more detail. If you are at all curious about tax reform, read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors point out several myths about the Fair Tax. At the start it seems to repeat itself a lot but I think that is to get the points across. Also, points out President's Advisory Panel and how they made an empty committee to come up with nothing after 10 months and how that same panel barely talked about this tax plan. Its plain and simple: the politians do not want to change it to give up their power and it points it out several times in this book. The book also states it is not perfect but would get the economy going again. Great book! Buy one and then let everyone else you know read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't a big fan of the Fair Tax, but Boortz helped clear the air about some of my misconceptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
whean neal boortzs book 'fair tax' first came out it started a movment cause so many people were fed up with wasteful goverment spending so the second book came out 'defending the fair tax' which is a small paper back which has some amazing documented research that awnsers questians about the flat tax plan which shows how the american people can get a break on their wallots so they will have more money to spend and save for their familys and possibly in 2008 this bestseller might get our politicans and candidates to take a serious look at this blue print that seems to be in the news so much.great gift idea for family and friends.
pccoder More than 1 year ago
This was a dissapointment. The first book was mind boggling. This book simply attempts to make money off of the same, original idea, without introducing any new data.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors never discuss the fact that the Fair Tax is the consummate tax break for the rich. That will lead to a huge wealth gap, which will initiate an aristocracy in this country. Even the ancient Greeks knew that a democracy and wealth concentration cannot exist together.