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Marty Jones: Don’t tax me, tax the person behind the tree

Marty Jones
Summit County

A “fair value tax” (national sales tax) has been suggested by Republican Senate candidate, tea party supporter, and former Department of Justice criminal tax prosecutor Ken Buck. The national sales tax would replace an income tax.

The other day I saw an older gentlemen pull out a hundred-dollar bill for his groceries. The national sales tax would require another $25 for his grocery bill plus $7 for the governor.

Can you afford a national sales tax if it is added to your grocery bill, automobile purchase, doctor bill, hospital bill etc.? It may even be added to the monthly mortgage bill that is paid. Mortgage interest and charitable contributions would no longer be allowed as an itemized deduction under a national sales tax. The seller of the service would be required to collect the tax.

Who would have money left over at the end of the day under a national sales tax?

A. Average Joe and Jane

B. David H. and Charles Koch (co-owners of the second-largest private company in the United States)

C. Rupert Murdoch (Owner of Fox News)

Yes you guessed right: Average Joe and Jane would have a few pennies left.

Meanwhile, the Koch Brothers and Rupert Murdoch would be wealthy at the beginning and end of the day. They are the ones yelling “Don’t Tax Me.”

The tea party wants no income tax and smaller government. Who are the major supporters of the tea party? The ones yelling “Don’t Tax Me!”

And now who do you think is standing behind the tree?

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