Product Code: HH_BK_011
Publisher: Townhall Press
Publication Date: April 2009
Launched by talk radio host Neal Boortz and Georgia Congressman John Linder and embraced by Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, the FairTax movement, though relatively small, has grown into a significant and very media-savvy force pushing for radical changes in the way the federal government will collect taxes.
The details of that plan, and why its advocacy is a disaster for the GOP and why its implementation would be a disaster for the United States are discussed in this book. Put simply, the imposition of a massive new sales tax --at least 30 percent but probably much higher-- on every product consumed in the United States and accompanied by the simultaneous repeal of the federal income tax code is a risky and deeply dangerous attempt to sell simplicity to a tax weary public. Hank Adler and Hugh Hewitt both favor real tax reform, but don't advocate either economic or political suicide. The FairTax is both.
If you think what the FairTax folks are selling sounds good, then you haven't studied the fine print. Do yourself and your country a favor and get informed about this FairTax Fantasy today. And the next time a FairTax proponent asks "Have your read the book?" as they are fond of doing, reply, "Yes we have. Have you?"
About the Author
Hugh Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School. Hewitt spent six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of positions including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States. He began his radio broadcast career in 1990 with KFI in Los Angeles, his television career at LA’s KCET in 1992 and his law teaching career in 1995 at Chapman University School of Law. Professor Hewitt is the author of ten previous books including Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That is Changing Your World and Searching for God in America, the companion volume to the PBS television series by the same name which Hewitt conceived and hosted. Hewitt has received three Emmys for his work as co-host for the ground-breaking nightly news program in Los Angeles, Life & Times, which he hosted from 1992 until his nationally syndicated radio show moved to afternoons in the fall of 2001. Professor Hewitt’s talk show is heard in more than 100 cities Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 PM EST, including most of the major markets in the US such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta and far flung outposts from Alaska to Honolulu. Hewitt blogs daily at HughHewitt.com where this book and others are available. Hugh can be reached at email@example.com.
Hank Adler is an assistant professor of accounting at the George Argyros School of Business & Economics at Chapman University in Orange, California. Prior to taking early retirement to join the faculty at Chapman University, he was a tax partner and spent the bulk of his thirty-five year business career at Deloitte & Touche, one of the big four accounting firms. Adler has served on the boards of directors of many for-profit and not-for-profit entities as well as having served an elected term on the Irvine Unified School District School Board of Education. Adler has published many professional pieces during his career regarding U.S. taxation. He is also a frequent guest columnist for Townhall.com. Hank can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.