Rep. Rob Woodall, Republican congressman from Georgia's 7th District
The time of year that we approach with equal parts dread and animus is once again upon us -- Tax Day, the time to give your hard-earned money to a government that can never seem to get enough of it. The deadline is April 17 this year, so you still have time to file your return. Today, though, let's turn our focus to working together to end Tax Day and our broken tax system entirely. Let's work together to pass the FairTax and ensure that no American ever has to face April 15 (or April 17) ever again.
Candidly, I don't think about our tax code in terms of dollars and cents. I think about it in terms of freedom. That's right: freedom. Every new law and every new regulation that comes out of Washington, D.C., is a withdrawal from the Bank of Individual American Freedom. Our tax code -- buttressed by the 16th Amendment and made up of more than 73,000 total pages of codes, regulations and rulings -- is the very worst offender. It has become an outright assault on the fundamental liberties that make American freedoms the envy of the world and that made the American people the most prosperous in the history of the world. Instead of embracing this freedom -- including the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail -- our federal government uses the tax code to prop up some companies, punish others, and put you -- the American taxpayer -- on the hook for the inevitable failures that follow. President Ronald Reagan accurately characterized the federal government's philosophy: "If it moves, tax it; if it keeps moving, regulate it; and if it stops moving, subsidize it."
Where does that leave us? After all, Democrats say they don't like our tax code. Republicans say they don't like our tax code. So why haven't we been able to change it? Perhaps it is because politicians and bureaucrats of all political stripes in Washington want to control our behavior, and the income tax code provides the power and tools that they need.
Indeed, passing the FairTax would be the greatest transfer of power away from the government and back to the people since 1789, and it's the only way that America will truly free herself from this devastating tax system and allow us to reclaim the freedom our Founding Fathers envisioned for us. Despite Washington's best intentions, big government solutions have failed us time and time again. The broken promises of new jobs and economic growth have led folks to grow skeptical of Washington's ability to govern, and that is exactly why we need to get Washington -- and those who want to control, manipulate, and destroy through our tax code -- out of the way. If we simply give American families and American businesses the freedom to succeed -- if we pass the FairTax -- we will see an economic revolution unlike any before. We must urge our leaders to think big ... just like the American people do. We must demand that they stand on principle, and stand for freedom. We must remind them to be focused not on the next election, but on the next generation. We must remind them that America needs the FairTax now. And they must listen, before it's too late.
Congressman Rob Woodall represents the 7th District.