- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Harbor Freight Tools plans to move ahead with Cape Girardeau store (12/5/17)2
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Business Notebook: Yule Log Cabin gets home feel honestly (12/4/17)
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
- Fire displaces family of seven (12/5/17)1
- Fruitland Army veteran spends weeks helping in ravaged Puerto Rico (12/5/17)2
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
FairTax is the best answer
It is time to stop taxing productivity in our country.
The current income tax, payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare), capital-gains tax, inheritance tax and corporate tax are a disincentive to productivity. Productivity is the only way wealth is created. Individuals and businesses produce goods and services that benefit themselves, benefit others and create wealth.
The FairTax is the answer to this disincentive. The FairTax is a consumption-based tax that encourages saving, investment and productivity.
The FairTax bill (HR 25) before Congress, as currently written, would create a revenue-neutral consumption tax, meaning the same amount of revenue would come into the federal government as the under the current system. There would be no more income-tax withholding. Workers would keep their entire paycheck. It would eliminate all filing of individual tax returns. April 15 would be just another beautiful spring day. It would eliminate the 54,000-page, 2.8 million-word tax code. It would jump-start the economy and make the U.S. the tax haven of the world. Investment, business and jobs would flow into the U.S. rather than out. And it would be the largest transfer of power from the federal government back to the American people in history.
The FairTax has the endorsement of more than 80 professional and university economists and is gaining support nationwide. I encourage readers to go to FairTax.org or call 1-800-FairTax (324-7829) for more information and a more detailed description of this exciting proposal.
JOHN KINDER, Fruitland