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Time for a fair, flat tax
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With rogue Internal Revenue Service bureaucrats running roughshod over American  taxpayers, it’s time for serious tax reform. Actually, it’s way past time. The IRS has been abusing its coercive powers for decades. This latest scandal of targeting individuals and groups, based on their ideology, is just another example of how power corrupts.
I favor some form of a fair, flat federal income tax system. There are several versions floating around, mostly from fiscal conservatives and groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute.
Liberty Guard proposes a new “Federal Flat Rate Tax that would lower taxes and make them simpler and fairer.” The problem Liberty Guard and other economic experts assert is “Washington politicians’ longtime habit of reckless, uncontrolled spending for pet special interests – in exchange for “in-kind” political support – has put America on a collision course toward a complete economic collapse.”
Liberty Guard’s solution to the problem of profligate taxing and spending is, “The adoption of a simple and genuine Federal Flat Rate Tax system [that] would eliminate the tax loopholes, special exemptions and privileges that are the root of political corruption in Washington and wreak havoc with our economic prosperity.”
Liberty Guard claims “all taxpayers might benefit from a “pro-growth, pro-family, pro-taxpayer Federal Flat Rate Tax which would: reduce federal income tax to a flat 17 percent on income over $36,000 (the first $36,000 would be tax-free!); eliminate tax on Social Security, pensions, personal savings or capital gains; get the suffocating weight of the IRS off taxpayers, and eliminate the time-consuming maze of complicated instructions and bureaucratic tax forms ... and it would force politicians to curb irresponsible deficit spending to satisfy huge special interests who want more and more from the government in exchange for campaign support.”
Like any tax reform issue, “the devil’s  in the details” of the Federal Flat Rate Tax proposal from Liberty Guard-and proposals offered by other groups. However, the  IRS situation is more onerous and more scandalous than ever. This is no time for status quo thinking. It’s time for putting bold, serious tax reform ideas at the top of the economic and political agenda.
Whatever tax reform suggestions you may have, let your U.S. Senators and Congressmen know. Fellow Tennesseans: contact Sen. Lamar Alexander at: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 455, Washington, DC 20510, (202) 224-4944; Sen. Bob Corker at: 185 Dirksen Senate office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, (202) 224-3344. Contact Congressman Scott Desjarlais at: 413 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, (202) 225-6831.
Finally, don’t expect Congress to tackle federal tax reform on its own initiative. They need to hear – loud and clear – from “we the people” on this issue that affects all of us.    
 Retired Army Col. Thomas B. Vaughn can be reached at