And stop letting the political class and the MSM treat the idea as ridiculous.
If someone on this planet can come up with an improved axe, which they did, then why can't we put an axe to our current tax code and replace it?
Answer! Career politicians and career bureaucrats consider it a radical idea.
The political class and the various federal agencies have a vested interest in keeping the current tax code. It's a tool to control and intimidate the working class and dole out favors to their political friends. It’s also job security for IRS employees and career lobbyists.
I even had someone ask me, "What would all those IRS employees (over 100,000) do if we replaced the tax code and eliminated the IRS?" Holding back the laughter. I said that since they were capable enough to get a job working for the IRS, they are certainly capable enough to find another more productive job. Besides, that's worrying about the wrong problem.
The last thing the political class wants to do is to give people more freedom over how they keep and spend their money. Most presidents have not led the charge to replace the tax code because their career staffers and political friends advise them not to propose such a radical idea. They say it's politically impossible.
Therein lies the biggest barrier to solving a 101-year old problem. It's not about the people. It's about the politics.
This nation has a flood of good ideas for how to solve national policy issues, but they disappear once they encounter the mainstream media cutting board, and become little bits and pieces in the very crowded national narrative. They get washed away and forgotten before the next election.
There is more than enough overwhelming evidence that the MSM selectively reports the news. Understandably, they do so because there is so much stuff to report, and they are constantly looking for the big shocking story of the day. When there is no big story, they selectively tell people what they want them to believe by not telling the whole story. That's not journalism. That's dishonest.
If it were not for alternative media such as cable news and trustworthy Internet websites, we would all be wandering in the deceptive news wilderness. And no, Moses has not returned yet to lead us to the promised land of journalistic truth.
Big example! In the first three months of 2014, the three legacy MSM TV networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) reported on the problems with ObamaCare for only 31 minutes of air time combined! Their focus was not on the problems that millions of people were experiencing, but on the number of people signing up just as the administration had wanted them to focus on, despite the problems with the "never ready" health care exchanges.
I don't give a rat’s-you-know-what about the number of people signing up! I care about the number of people losing their health insurance and the number of people who can no longer afford health insurance because of ObamaCare. The administration claims they do not have that information, which means they know but don't want to tell the general public. After all, this is the digital age of quick and readily accessible information of all types, but maybe the federal bureaucrats didn't get the memo.
This is why most people don’t understand how important and viable it is to throw out the tax code in its entirety and replace it with a new one that simplifies the process and returns power back to the people. The idea is treated by the MSM like it’s implausible and ridiculous, because the MSM follows the lead of the political class.
The MSM's viewing audience is about 50 percent of those who at least try to keep up with the news. This means that those people are getting slanted news, and not the rest of the story as Paul Harvey would say. People who are depending on alternative media are finding the rest of the story, and sometimes getting the stories that are not being reported at all, and are connecting the dots for the truth.
November 2014 is a critical election for the soul and future of our country. But I have yet to hear any person running for federal office say the words "replace the federal tax code", and be willing to fight for making it happen.
All roads of economic despair in this country lead back to the current tax code.
We must reject the rhetoric of "reform and simplify" the tax code. That's political establishment code for "status quo". What part of replace don't they understand?
They understand it. They would just rather keep the old pile of wood.
We will have to keep chopping away until we have a leader with the courage to lead.