Kurt Nimmo
October 25, 2011

Establishment Republican presidential contender Rick Perry has recycled Steve Forbes and proposed modifying the current tax scheme and instituting a flat tax. Perry is set to officially announce his plan today in South Carolina.

“The plan starts with giving Americans a choice between a new, flat tax rate of 20% or their current income tax rate,” Perry wrote in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

Rick Perry – like most Republicans – is not opposed to income taxes and wealth confiscation. Instead, he claims to be opposed to the “mind-boggling complexity of the current tax code” that allows “large corporations with lawyers and accountants devise the best tax-avoidance strategies money can buy.” He claims his scheme will allow Americans to file the income taxes the government claims they owe on a postcard.

Perry rival Herman Cain kicked off the supposed tax debate with his 9-9-9 plan that would replace the current byzantine tax system with a 9 percent personal income tax, a 9 percent corporate income tax and a 9 percent national sales tax.

“Our tax code is the 21st Century version of slavery. The IRS has become the overseer of the American people,” said Cain, the former boss of the Kansas City Federal Reserve.

Cain has not proposed banishing that slavery, but merely reducing the load somewhat.

Mitt Romney and John Huntsman have not proposed reducing wealth confiscation and tax code slavery imposed by the government, but they may soon jump on the bandwagon.

None of the candidates dare call for the elimination of the IRS and repealing the 16th Amendment. The only candidate who has proposed that – and also getting rid of the Federal Reserve – is Ron Paul.

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Establishment Republicans love the idea of wooing taxpayer citizens with such schemes. The flat tax has been pushed by a number of Republicans, including Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo.

In 1997, Georgia Republican John Linder introduced in Congress a flat tax bill crafted by Americans for Fair Taxation. It is habitually introduced at the start of every session and continues to languish in the House Committee on Ways and Means because both Republicans and Democrats have no real interest in reducing taxes, let alone abolishing them.

“The FairTax is a consumption tax,” writes Laurence M. Vance. “It is the most radical tax reform plan, bar none.” It is not only not flat, Vance argues, but it is not fair. “Just because every American would pay the same rate under the Flat Tax doesn’t necessarily make it a fair tax. Making the tax code less progressive is not enough.”

Rick Perry’s tax scheme is an election season gimmick. Both Republicans and Democrats are addicted to stealing your money at gunpoint. Like Democrats and other state worshippers, they have no problem throwing scofflaws in hell-hole prisons along with murderers and rapists if they refuse to fork over their hard-earned money to the government.

As Vance notes, the the flat tax scheme adored by establishment Republicans is a sneaky way to deflate the anti-tax movement. It is designed to perpetuate theft under the guise of a kinder and gentler tax system.

“We don’t need compassionate tax reform that makes people feel better about paying their taxes,” writes Vance, “we need radical tax reform that reduces, cuts, eliminates, and abolishes taxes without replacing them with other taxes.”

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