Friday, October 20, 2006

Heath Shuler, lying sack of garbage

Heath Shuler is running for congress in the 11th congressional district of North Carolina against incumbent Charles Taylor. Taylor has a long record of service representing the people of Western North Carolina and has been a priority target of the NC Democrat machine for years. They have even gerrymandered his district in order to unseat him and failed. This year they have brought in a millionaire carpetbagger from neighboring Tennessee to attempt to unseat him.

Heath Shuler is a former NFL quarterback who has managed to parlay his name recognition and pretty-boy looks into a real estate fortune in the Knoxville, TN area. Shuler is running a highly negative campaign and Taylor is responding in kind.

This is not a problem for me. I realize that politics is a knife fight, in a sewer and that people who play nice lose. I’m OK with that.

What I am not OK with is the fact that Shuler, in his lust for power, is running an ad which goes beyond simply lying and crosses into the “Serpent in the garden” level of falsehood.
I’m talking about Shuler’s attempt to turn Taylor’s support for the national sales tax into a negative. Shuler is running an ad in which he accuses Taylor of wanting to “make everything more expensive in order to give a tax break to the rich and corporations”.

The truth about the national sales tax is this. If enacted it would eliminate all federal taxes except the sales tax. It would do away with the IRS completely. It would send a rebate check every month to every household equal to the amount sales tax that a person living at the poverty level would have paid the previous month multiplied by the number of people living in the household.

That way the poor would pay no federal tax whatsoever. In fact no one would pay federal tax on the amount of money they made up to the poverty level. People would be taxed only on the income they had over the poverty level.

There would be no personal income tax. No corporate income tax. No capital gains tax. No death tax. Every purchase you make has tax payments built into it. Whether you are buying a car, a house, a new Glock, a week’s worth of groceries or paying your rent you are paying the corporate income taxes for every business in the chain of production.

If you buy a new Ford Taurus you are paying Ford’s tax and the tax for the mining companies who dig the iron that makes the steel and the glass companies that make the windshields and the textile companies that make the seat covers and the petrochemical companies that make the plastic that goes into the dashboard and every other thing that Ford buys to build its cars out of.

Get it? Companies do not pay tax. Taxes are a business expense that they pass along to their customers and the end use buyer (the guy who drives the car) winds up paying ALL the taxes.

The national sales tax eliminates ALL those hidden tax payments in favor of one 23% tax added at the cash register. Under the “Taylor Tax”, as Shuler calls it, EVERYBODY who earns above the poverty level pays in proportion to the amount he spends. Since rich people spend more than poor people they pay more.

It literally can not get fairer than that.

And did I mention that there would be no IRS?

Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Yet Shuler is attempting to turn this into a negative!

That 2 point whatever “earthquake” we had the other day. . . That was my head exploding when I heard the Shuler ad.

The national sales tax is right up there equal with effective border control and winning the war as a GOOD THING and lying sack of garbage Shuler is trying to poison the well by painting it as some kind of give away to the plutocrats.

Listen up Shuler, you great steaming pile of weasel feces, the national sales tax is bigger than you and your piss ant political career. It is bigger than Congressman Taylor. It is bigger than Republican or Democrat. So lay the frak off of it! You want to lie about Taylor so you can slime your way into the House because you heard somewhere that it was easy for a congressman to get laid in DC go right ahead. Taylor’s a big boy and can give as good as he gets, but keep your grubby mitts off the best idea anyone has had in this country since Pat Henry said, “give me liberty or give me death”.

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