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MI’s Depression: Are MI Tea Parties Missing-In-Action? MI FairTax Will Put Us 1st in the Nation!

We, the people of Michigan, are alarmed, and we have taken to the streets because of the loss of proper respect and service by those we’ve sent to Lansing (and Washington) to represent US! However, unless our Michigan Tea Parties can channel energy into a vehicle of concrete action, the past century has shown us that we’ll continue to proceed down the path to less freedom, fewer liberties, less economic opportunity, more taxes, and larger government!

Michigan Tea Party participants have an opportunity to unite around the dismantling of our state’s income tax system, and its income tax code, which is a key tool of political power and tyranny! Replacing the income tax with the Michigan FairTax is the vehicle of concrete action that will restore much of the power and accountability we’ve lost to those who, despite having been sworn to uphold the Constitution, have put we, the People, last. More than two centuries ago, our fore-fathers took action in Boston Harbor alleging “taxation without representation.” Today, in Michigan , we must take action against “taxation with mis-representation.” By “following the money,” as action participants to enact the Michigan FairTax, we concerned citizens will demonstrate a modus certain to remove the primary locus of political power and abuse – income tax policy!

By wedding the Michigan FairTax plan with the energy of the rising patriot movement, we have an extraordinary “window of opportunity” to effect change - in the next few months!. Within our hands, we can reverse a situation in which we have become “working servant” to our politician “masters” who both set, and confiscate, the “first fruits” from our paychecks - every working hour (as seen on our paystub every two weeks). They then require us to file income tax returns and divulge the totality of our personal financial information (violating our 5th Amendment right) in order that they can determine how much of our own money we can keep! They have saddled us with a complicated tax code that they continually grow, and on account of which tax deficiencies become more frequent. This provides them yet additional opportunity to tax us more via collection fees, interest and penalties. Indeed, to ultimately enforce powers granted under the income tax code, they may help themselves to our substance by presentments of levies and liens, abrogating our 4th Amendment right to be secure in our “persons, houses, papers, and effects.”

The Michigan FairTax is multi-dimensional in what it accomplishes. From the perspective of freedom and liberty, it returns control of the family purse to the family. Economically, it eliminates much mischief by politicians because it removes the income tax code, the gaming of which results in tax favors to the few at expense to the many. The non-uniform, selective nature of the tax code results in market distortions. If ignored by us, our state, and national, economy will fold in on itself as each so-called fix creates yet more distortions.

In terms of economic viability, the Michigan FairTax is more viable than the current income tax system. It is simpler, and uniformly applied. It bases taxation on consumption, rather than income. Under a state FairTax regime, paying taxes will be less taxing (pun intended) on all of us, for a number of solid reasons:

• A consumption basis, upon which to establish a tax rate, is less volatile than is income. Thus, there will be less severe revenue swings by basing taxes on how much we consume, rather than how much we earn.

• The Michigan FairTax (sales tax) rate of 9.75% would replace several current taxes: the current 6% sales tax; personal income tax, Personal Property tax (on equipment / furnishings) and the 6 mill state education tax, both levied on business; and the business income and payroll tax.

• The tax is paid by consumers, when they purchase new goods and services, at retail – “at the cash register!” Thus, no more income tax returns to file for the average Michigan wage-earning family.

• In addition to the end of state tax-withholding from workers wages, all legal resident Michigan families would receive an advance monthly rebate (called a “prebate”), at the beginning of each month – an advance tax rebate to apply against taxable essentials in that month.

• The prebate amount is based on family size. For example, a Michigan family comprised of a single adult would receive $88 per month. This equals 9.75% of $903 in monthly spending (below which one is said to live “in poverty”). A single person could spend up to $10,830 a year and, by virtue of the prebate, have net tax expense of $ -0-. Likewise, a family of four would receive a monthly prebate of $179 per month, and could spend $22,050 a year before any tax would start being paid. Thus, where the static rate is 9.75%, the effective rate will likely be far less for the typical Michigan-resident family (see p.2 of a brochure that you may reproduce, and distribute).

• No “income tax code” necessary. The prebate replaces “credits, deductions, exemptions, etc.” with a simple advance rebate. (The rich no longer have privileged options under the FairTax – every Michigan citizen is treated the same.)

Next, the Michigan FairTax goes a long way toward cleaning up a corruption-prone income tax system:

• We expect that as many as half the lobbyists in Lansing will be forced to seek more productive employment, as the Michigan FairTax will do away with “special tax treatment” for the few, at expense to the many.

• Politicians will no longer be able to tell constituents that they’re “taxing business,” while, in fact, consumers end up paying for business’s compliance and other tax costs in the form of higher prices.

• Without coercive power to administer a tax code, our politicians will no longer be able to pit “poor against rich” and employer against employee, because the more you spend, the greater will be your share of the tax burden. But no one will even start paying until they exceed the poverty-level spending. Thereafter effective (post-prebate) tax rates on spending will begin to climb from -0- toward 9.75% at the highest spending levels. Wealth will no longer find shelter in tax attorneys, or off-shore accounts.

Business returns to Michigan under the FairTax:

• With the elimination of the corporate income and payroll tax, businesses will find tax compliance infinitely less complicated and less expensive.

• Michigan will become the focal point for both foreign and domestic business creation.

• Capital will become more available, because earnings on capital will not be taxed. More capital, means greater access to funds by business.

• More businesses, create more jobs, which will keep a positive pressure on wages due to demand for workers to fill more positions.

• As the economic pie grows, pressure will be downward on the MI FairTax rate to the extent that newly-empowered workers focus on the legislature’s spending. That will be possible because politicians will no longer be able to utilize the “divide and conquer” strategy they currently use to pit social classes against each other, and worker against business – all while they continue to spend away!

• Taxing consumption doesn’t penalize a business for creating jobs. Under the current income tax system, a business’s employment tax liabilities increase with every job it creates.

FairTax restores freedom and liberty to those who produce the state’s wealth!

• No more compulsory filing of tax returns on the government’s time table.

• No longer are average working persons required to be “unpaid accountants,” having to keep receipts, and even pay for accounting services.

No more threats of audit, interest and penalties, etc. Under FairTax, we just “pay it at the cash register.”

• By paying the tax at retail, we’ll understand the true cost of our government. Under the current corporate income and payroll tax system, we end up paying business’s taxes in higher consumer prices.

• No more April-15th MI income tax filings. We will pay the tax, when we decide to purchase something new, or pay for a service.

• Government will no longer be able to lay claim to our wages, and take theirs first through paycheck withholding. Under FairTax, the government benefits only as we and/or our families benefit by a new purchase. Under the current system, money withheld from paychecks is often compensated for by the use of expensive credit cards. Wealth-creation is easier under FairTax, because we have more control over how we spend and save our money, and how and when we pay the tax.

The Michigan FairTax realigns the power dynamics between us and those whom we elect to public office. Under the Michigan FairTax, our politicians will once again work for us – and they will not have access into our personal financial matters. Politicians will also more directly feel the result of legislation that impinges upon the productive sector, for its revenues will more directly bear on the productive health of the economy as measured in sales.

The only ones who will be unhappy with the Michigan FairTax are the politicians, lobbyists, and special interests who thrive off of taxpayer dollars to both effect the ends they seek, and finance their lobbyists who make it possible to do so.

Michigan Tea Parties will be wise if they put they place their first priority on restoring Liberty – and the economy – here in Michigan! We can mobilize this effort in an extraordinary way – ONLY if we unite to get this job done. We've got the plan, and plenty of leadership positions are available. But, like the announcer says on TV commercials, you must ACT NOW!

Join Michigan FairTax – enter your email and location, so we can match your MI House and Senate Districts).

Spread the message – email calendar@mifairtax.org and reserve a date on our Events Calendar for a presentation in your community (it’s up to you to make this happen!)

Fuel the message – join our "10 bucks a month” club; everyone doing a little can give us the visibility to reach millions across Michigan

As we work together to educate our fellow Michiganders, they’ll awaken to realize how the income tax has eroded our freedoms, and how it has been a major contributor to our state’s economic decline. The Michigan FairTax is the key prescription to restoring our dignity and freedom, while bringing companies, jobs, and families back to our truly beautiful state. ( And, as capital returns to Michigan and we remove Lansing’s hands from our family purse, our Tea Parties will see financial increase to power our efforts, here, and across America! )

Let’s be a light to the nation by uniting, and executing well, here in Michigan!

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While I find the effort for the "Fair Tax" commendable, I believe we need to end the illegal taxation from all sources we face, and figure out exactly what we need to run the state, and local legislations. This of course will put a hurt on those who've sticking their hands in the cookie jar. The same needs to be done at the Federal Level. There is way too much spending on government's part for things it shouldn't be involved in, in the first place. As a for instance, it was estimated that the military budget to support bases overseas was half a trillion dollars per year. There roughly 190 sovereign countries in the world, and what are we doing with bases in about 130 of them? And it all started in 1989 in the Spanish American War. That is one of the places where our government ran off the rails, as it is considered our firsty "imperialistic expansion".

Couple that with all the other junk like education that they are involved in, and with the education level of the kids, were getting ripped off. Smae for all those "socialist" programs like I like to call them. There would ahve been no need for them, if the Fed hadn't contracted the money supply so grossly in the Depression and caused all those small community run charities to fail. Ya' know, if people don't have money, they can't exactly donate. One of things that worked well, was a thing called "Community Chest". My great grampa used to tell how he would donate 100 dollars a month to them when they came by his shop between the end of WWI and the crash of 29. And it worked, because there weren't thousands on it all the time. It was a local program used to help people who fell on hard times, or had a tradgety happen, and needed something until they could get back up again. But it was temporary, and they would help you find work, a new place to live, without any help from Uncle Sam.

So before we talk any new taxation, let's get the system back to something cohesive, that at least resembles something of the Republic the Framers envisioned.
I just don't get it - how intelligent people, like yourself and others like you, completely miss the pragmatics of how the current income tax "collection process" makes the idealistic goals you speak of, nearly impossible to achieve. The "power and control" that accrues to politicians, lobbyists (and the special interests who hire them), reduces citizens' effectiveness at effecting change.

You and I can agree on the things you say - however, the FairTax - and most especially here in Michigan, because of the urgency of our economic meltdown - is the FIRST VITAL step toward the goal - for the government's ability to keep us economically depressed will be greatly lessened. The economy of our families and businesses will improve, and the financial resources available to put toward our continued Constitutional quests will be GREATLY AND DRAMATICALLY enhanced.

Consider it from the perspective of Ian, from Ann Arbor, who sees the problem, clearly:

Hmmm... now, let's see... Income Tax (IT) vs FairTax (FT):

IT: Confiscates wages, MI takes theirs first every working hour.
FT: Ends wage withholding.

IT: "We work for the pol's every working hour." They create a deficit in family pay, which the family may make up for by using CREDIT CARDS (and paying another "hidden tax" CC interest - OH, THE BANKERS LOVE IT).
FT: Because MI gov't would be put on the SPENDING SIDE of the family ledger, the gov't benefits ONLY AS OUR FAMILY BENEFITS thru purchases.

IT: Want to lessen your tax burden? Don't work.
FT: Want to lessen your tax burden? Make your own clothes. Grow your own food. BUY USED. (You can still plan for wealth, because you are FREE TO WORK ALL YOU WANT WITHOUT PENALTY.)

IT: Taxes business income & payrolls.
FT: Ends this. Makes true tax cost to consumers, visible.

IT: Biz taxes not removable from (higher) prices (paid by consumers) and accompanies goods shipped to export markets (lessening competitiveness).
FT: Ends this self-wound-inflicting trade policy.

IT: Biz taxes = hidden taxes.
FT: Visible.

IT: Penalizes productivity: Hire an employee? Hit with more taxes.
FT: ENDS this.

IT: Deprives families of the "fruits of labor."
FT: ENDS this. Rightfully restores the "bread" to those who make the "dough."

IT: Has a TAX CODE with which politicians and lobbyists love to play footsie.
FT: ENDS tax favors to the few at cost to the many - because the TAX CODE (favoring the power elite) is replaced with a simple PREBATE that UN-taxes all poverty level spending for the family. BRILLIANT! NO TAX CODE NEEDED.

IT: Taxes us multiple times.
FT: Taxes NEW goods and services AT RETAIL only ONCE! (And NO TAX on business-to-business sales, which replicates hiding taxes in prices consumers pay.)

IT: Every working person is a candidate for COLLECTION (read: interest, penalties, audits).
FT: Only those who own retail businesses will be required to COLLECT the tax ("at the cash register"). Reduces "points of collection" by 90%!

IT: Requires income tax return, only after complicated calculation - IN ARREARS - of "taxable income."
FT: ENDS INCOME TAX RETURNS. Sales & Use tax returns (already operational in MI), much easier to fill out - not 60,000 pages of Income Tax Code to follow. Precise amount of tax easily known, based on sales - remitted monthly.

IT: Every working person is a candidate for a "tax deficiency."
FT: PAID IN FULL (at the cash register).

IT: Taxes income, regardless if from sales of new, or used, goods.
FT: USED GOODS NOT TAXED.

IT: Look it up, Rose - it was a heavily progressive INCOME TAX - that was a tenet of Marxism.
FT: Anti-thetical to Marxism, because control of the family purse is in the hands of the family.

IT: Annualized basis, NOT UNIFORMLY APPLIED. The wealthier one is, the greater access to tax professionals. And, the tax code is ONLY TO HAPPY to provide shelters to the super-rich.
FT: Non-annualized basis. UNIFORMLY APPLIED without special treatment for the wealthy. The more you spend, the higher the FT rate you pay. Using a family of four, MI FT rate of 9.75% (BEFORE APPLYING THE REBATE) and spending shown (over 12 monthly periods) result in the EFFECTIVE (post-REBATE APPLIED) rate for that family:

Spending of $21,200 = NO TAX(Prebates rec'd covered all taxes.)
Of $ 42,400 = 4.88% (effective MI FairTax %, after prebate applied)
Of $ 50,000 = 5.62%
Of $100,000 = 7.68%
Of $200,000 = 8.72%
Of $800,000 = 9.49%

Please, SOMEBODY, TELL ME THAT THE MICHIGAN FAIRTAX IS NOT FAIR???! (and I'll tell you to get your head examined).

Generally, you have interesting and informative stuff posted. But, on the subject of FairTax, YOU'RE ALL SCREWED UP.

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