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Letter: Congress should adopt FairTax

To the editor:

One of the reasons our United States Congress, consisting of 100 senators and 435 representatives (all 535 are congressmen), refuses to adopt FairTax as the law of the land is they would lose the power to regulate the tax system, by telling taxpayers how much to pay.

Within that regulation are the required answers to such questions as, “What’s the source of your income?” “How much did you give to charity?” “How much rent do you pay?” and “How much do you have in savings?”

Those questions are an invasion in privacy and may well be a violation of the Fourth Amendment, the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated ... particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

When is the last time an agent described your place in his (“unreasonable”) search? When is the last time an agent described what he was seizing?

Our present unworkable, complex tax code does not need to be reformed. It’s been reformed dozens of times, each time adding dozens of pages to the 70,000-paged code. It doesn’t need to be reformed, it needs to be replaced with the fair, workable, common-sense FairTax.

Dick Grenell

Brandon, MN