The November-December 2010 edition of the NJ Libertarian News included a piece by NJ District #11's Libertarian Party candidate for Congress Jim Gawron who most of you know Carol & I (& many of you who live in the district) supported in his run for Congress last fall.
For Carol & me it all started with a phone call I made to Jim's home one Saturday morning in July 2010 - he said he had heard of the FairTax but did not know much about it. He then began his own detailed & intensive study of the FairTax, including reading The FairTax Book & many pieces on ReturnToExcellence.net & called me about a month later to join the FairTax effort in NJ.
Jim met with Carol, Sandy Sherman, & me @ my home one day during his lunch hour for a FairTax briefing & it was so obvious that his knowledge of the principles taught by the Austrian school of economics would put any of his establishment Republican or Democrat opponents to shame without even mentioning the FairTax that the briefing was a mere fine tuning & hardly necessary - this is the type of candidate that America needs.
Although starting very late & running a low key campaign Mr. Gawron received 4,163 votes on November 2 - I can guarantee you that @ least 4,163 people in NJ heard about the FairTax from Jim.
Mr. Gawron attended FairTax events - the Morristown Tea Party on Labor Day & the election analysis on November 13 @ Tessa & Sandy Sherman's home re the campaigns of Mike Agosta & Anna Little.
Below is Mr. Gawron's contribution to the aforementioned Libertarian Party newsletter. I just hope he runs again in 2012 - we are running out of people of his quality.
---FairTax Newsletter By Jim Gawron---
I am a Fair Tax supporter. Quite frankly I do not think there is any one single thing that could be done to as drastically improve the economic situation in this country as adoption of HR25, "The Fair Tax."
HR25 does address which taxes it eliminates....income tax, personal withholding, Social Security withholding, & Medicare withholding...all of it...you get your entire paycheck free of federal taxes without deduction. It also eliminates all income taxation of business...we would go from the highest corporate tax rate in the world to the lowest in an eye blink....now THAT will bring businesses back to this country !
For those concerned that elimination of business taxation shifts the tax burden from companies to individuals...that is an economic fallacy, all businesses pass their taxes on to the consumers. Businesses will be suddenly freed from making business decisions due to tax consequences, which is currently one of the major components of their decision making.
Elimination of the income tax and repeal of the 16th amendment is a part of the bill....if the Amendment is not successfully repealed the Fair Tax goes away, the bill will not allow us to be back-doored into a situation where we have BOTH an income tax and a national consumption tax.
The impact it will have on personal privacy and productivity though is perhaps one of the biggest positive elements from a libertarian perspective. After enactment of the FairTax you can work as much as you want, as many jobs as you want, as much overtime as you want, and you have no need to tell the government any of it...most of the personal privacy we have lost in this country is due to the Federal Government's need to track our every productive effort. I would support the bill for that reason alone, but there are many many others.
It also strips Congress of much of its power. Much lobbying and deal making goes on in order to gain businesses and industries favorable tax treatment. Congress grants most of its favors either by doling money out, or doling tax breaks....one half of that equation will be forever broken.
Most of those in power now despise it, and that should tell most of what you need to know. - Jim Gawron