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Issue Position: Reform of Tax Code

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The primary reason that Washington spending continues to grow significantly every year, in spite of the clear danger it represents to our country, is because our tax code has been hijacked by special interest groups.

The Federal Tax Code was 400 pages long when it was enacted in 1913. By 2007 our tax code had grown to over 68,000 pages in length and continues to grow at an average rate of 710 pages each year. This begs the following question: If raising revenues is the fundamental reason that we even have a Congress, why is it that in 94 years they have still not been able to get the system right? Why is it necessary that Congress must continue to add even more pages to the Federal Tax Code at an average annual rate equal to the size of Harry Potter 4?

The reason is this: our elected officials in Washington use the Federal Tax Code to reward Special Interest groups that support their re-election. The tax code is now so incomprehensible that Congress is able to reward their supporters without their actions being apparent to our citizens. They do this through complex legislation and earmarks in a manner that is, for all practical purposes, invisible to the American people.

It is essential that we eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and replacing it with a tax code is FAIR and SIMPLE. A tax code that is fair and simple cannot be easily manipulated behind the scenes, adding loopholes for some groups while penalizing others, all to the detriment of the average American taxpayer. I believe that the FAIR TAX is the best
option to accomplish this goal, but there are other approaches, such as a flat tax, that also merit discussion. Any of these would be far preferable to the current system. Our Federal Tax Code has become a club that Congress uses to beat up the average American. Congress needs to be disarmed so that fiscal sanity can be restored to OUR government.

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