LETTER: Plenty of reasons Missouri needs a consumption tax

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | 3:14 p.m. CDT

“Unemployment rate in Callaway, Cole and Boone counties ticked up a tenth of a point in August.”

“Missouri jobless rate … highest levels in the last 26 years.”

“Unemployment rate increased in Callaway County from 8 to 8.2 percent.”

“Cole County increased from 7.0 percent in July to 7.1 percent in August.”

“Boone County increased from 6.6 percent in July to 6.7 percent in August.”

“Even higher in other counties … 9.2 percent Audrain … 10.3 percent in Osage … 11.1 percent in Montgomery County.”

“1,847 Callaway County residents ... unemployed.”

“Missouri lost another 6,700 jobs during August … statewide unemployment rate of 9.5 percent ... from 9.3 percent in July.”

“Missouri manufacturing lost 3,500 jobs during August.”

“Construction jobs in Missouri fell by 1,600 jobs in August.”

“Administrative and support sectors shed another 2,300 jobs.”

“Leisure and hospitality vacation-related employment lost 1,400 jobs in August.”

“Kansas City area lost 3,200 jobs.”

“St. Louis area lost 1,300 jobs.”

(Figures quoted from “Jobless rate rises in Callaway, Central Missouri,” by Don Norfleet, The Fulton Sun, September 25, 2009.)

Need any more reasons for why Missouri needs the FairTax? Our current tax system drives jobs and trillions of dollars offshore, punishes workers, small businesses, investors, corporations and seniors. Research supports eliminating the income tax. The statistics above need to be posted in every government office in this state as a reminder of the economic failure of our current tax system, the same system that is killing American prosperity.

Every citizen of Callaway county needs to ask his or her elected official (city, county and state) to explain their position on the FairTax. Does your elected official know about the FairTax? If your elected official cannot tell you about the FairTax or cannot explain opposition to the FairTax, then ask them to attend the Callaway Citizens for FairTax meetings. Here is what they will learn about the Missouri FairTax Bill sponsored by Ed Emery and passed through the House of Representatives last year:

  • It eliminates the state’s 6 percent tax on personal income.
  • It eliminates the state’s 6.25 percent tax on corporate income.
  • It lowers the economic hurdles for starting a new business.
  • It replaces the current Missouri sales tax of 4.225 percent by a 5.11 percent sales tax on new goods and services.
  • It does not tax purchases of used items.
  • It is revenue-neutral for state and local communities.
  • It effectively triples the tax base by collecting taxes from services, illegal aliens and the black market industry.
  • It makes Missouri a more attractive business location than competing states.

Missouri must stop bleeding money and compliance man-hours into the broken income tax system. For more information go to and, or join Callaway Citizens for FairTax and work for a better future for our children.

Beverly Martin is a member of Callaway Citizens for FairTax. She lives in Fulton.




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Patrick Sweet September 29, 2009 | 8:08 p.m.

With Missouri's two largest cities on the borders of the state, how do we avoid losing a lot of tax revenue to Kansas and Illinois?

That's my only question. I'm neither for nor against, just curious.

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Allan Sharrock September 30, 2009 | 7:36 p.m.

With the fair tax our rates are still lower than the two border states. Plus who is really going to drive over 20 miles to save a few bucks. I know my time is worth more.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 4, 2009 | 2:29 p.m.

If they put a consumption tax on all fast food chains,soda,cigarettes and all alcohol across this nation we could be out of the national debt in ten years.

Just think about how much tax dollars could be generated from all of those items named above across this nation.

The amount seems incredible.

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John Schultz October 4, 2009 | 4:16 p.m.

Think how much tax dollars could be returned to citizens if the federal government didn't wastefully spend billions of it each year? I say less spending and lower taxes, unlike calling for more taxes like you Chuck.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 4, 2009 | 6:25 p.m.

Ya John Schultz less spending on those "Entitlement" Highways,Freeways,Railroads,Storm Water Drains,Fuel Research,Energy Research,Health Research,Educational Programs, and all of those other Government Entitlement Programs you cannot live with out there John Schultz.

None of those are mandated by the Constitution now are they?

At least by taxing those things I mentioned the Government would recoup a little bit if not much of something and get the citizens of the nation thinking of their health more and all of those taxes collected would go directly into the Government Health Care General Fund.

Oh but we could not have that now could we? Or could we?

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John Schultz October 5, 2009 | 9:54 a.m.

Chuck, you seem to have a problem with mandated vs. enumerated powers, there's a difference. Check out article 1, section 8 of the US Constitution, as well as the Tenth Amendment. If the federal government only undertook those activities which it is clearly authorized and left the remainder to the UNITED states as the Constitution was designed, the federal government wouldn't need the amount of taxes it does now. Got it?

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Charles Dudley Jr October 5, 2009 | 11:55 a.m.

John Schultz it says "Postal Roads" not 4 lane super freeways/highways.

Sorry there Johny you are NOT as Entitled as you think you are by any means.

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Ellis Smith October 5, 2009 | 12:35 p.m.

"The art of taxation consists of so plucking the goose to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest amount of hissing." - Attributed to Jean Baptiste Colbet.

Colbert was King Louis XIV's finance minister. Louis required large tax revenues to support his ambitions and life style. Taxes continued to remain high during the reign of his successor, Louis XV.

By the time Louis XVI came along, people were tired of unbearable taxes. You remember what happened to Louis XVI, don't you?

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John Schultz October 5, 2009 | 2:30 p.m.

Chuck, I would be quite happy if MODOT was involved in all state roads, not just the building portion of it as they are now. Keep the federal gas tax in Missouri as it ought to be, instead of relying on Senator Bond to bring back about 97 cents on the dollar as it currently is.

Is there anything else I've said before that you would like to respout now? If you're arguing about my alleged entitlements, don't forget that the roof over your head wouldn't be paid for by the federal government either.

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