I do have a problem with the hype of the Fair Tax. I fully support it without any reservation, but I'm a realist. There is one major dilemma that many supporters fail to mention. In order to make this work, we have to repeal the 16th Amendment of the Constitution.
Huckabee is the only candidate that is focusing his efforts on revamping the tax system in the United States with a national sales tax. The fair tax, also known as the national sales tax or consumption tax, will eliminate all other form of taxes that we have to pay for one national sale tax. This will generate more revenue than the current system because it will affect everybody, including visitors from abroad. No one will be exempt from paying a sales tax.
Huckabee spewing false hope to the country about the Fair Tax plan will fail just like past presidential candidates Jerry Brown and Steven Forbes and their Flat Tax plan. The biggest difference between Huckabees Fair Tax proposal and Jerry Brown and Steven Forbes Flat Tax is that there will be several major obstacles to overcome before one can implement the Fair Tax.
The 16th Amendment states, "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."
This particular amendment took four years to get it ratified in 1913 and this is the root problem. Books and articles briefly mentioned that this small problem can be easily remedied by making the 16th Amendment null and void. Yeah right, think again! To add or amend the US Constitution is not easy as it may sound. To delete something in the Constitution is almost impossible. The intent of the framers of the Constitution is to make it difficult to change the Constitution, but not stringent enough to render it inflexible instrument of the government. These laws will take precedent over all other laws and it is important to get it right the first time around.
To amend a Constitution, one needs a 2/3 majority vote in both chambers of Congress and a signature of the President of the United States. Before the amendment can be enacted, it needs to get ratified by 3/4 of the states (38 of the 50 states). We are not talking about adding an Amendment to the Constitution, but to delete it. By making void of an Amendment is a daunting task and practically impossible to get a consensus. With special interest groups, corrupt politicians and ill-inform American public, there is no way such plans can come to fruition. The way this Democrat Majority behaved in 2007 and its low approval rating leads me to believe that it will take a miracle from above to get everybody on the same page. If we couldn't get the Flat Tax endorse in the halls of Congress in the 1980's, what makes you think the Fair Tax will do any better?
We do need a change in our tax system. There are 1,700 pages of documents that make our tax code. That is equivalent to a person whose height is 6'1". We can significantly eliminate many pages of the current tax code and file our tax return on a size of a postcard by implementing the Flat Tax. Once enacted, Congress can take their time to make the transition go smother to a national sales tax system.
I support the Flat tax because the current tax code does not work and to implement it will take just weeks than years. I am a realist believing that there are too many corrupt politicians who do not have our best interest. Allowing Congress to support the Fair Tax will strip their control over the American public. I don't think Congress is willing to give that part up.