In an email to supporters, Senator Pat Roberts took tax day as and opportunity to Re-affirm his undying support for the Fair Tax:
April 14, 2014
Dear << First Name >>,
Tax day is fast approaching. While it's in the news and fresh on the minds of most Americans, I want to reinvigorate the fight to gut the IRS and establish a system that is fair to everyone and that puts more money back in your pockets and less in the pockets of Reid and Obama!
If you are with me in this fight, take the following steps now:
1. Respond below and automatically add your name to our open letter to Senator Reid calling on him to allow debate on a fair tax system before the November elections!
2. Contribute any amount you can today. I promise to invest it immediately in our efforts to elect a Senate that will implement a fair tax code that respects taxpayers and encourages economic growth.
3. Forward this email to as many friends and neighbors as possible and impress upon them the importance of being engaged.
We need all hands on deck this week!
Thanks for being an active part of our team!
The announcement is not only timely, but is likely targeted specifically at Milton Wolf's base of support which is largely made up of Fair Tax supporters. But, KC area Fair Tax supporters aren't buying into his devotion to the cause.
"Republican Senator Pat Roberts is trying to look all Conservative now by appealing to the FairTaxKC board for our support and by becoming a Fair Tax Co-Sponsor after thumbing his nose at us for a decade," wrote one Fair Tax board member on his blog.
To be fair (see what I did there?), Senator Roberts did sign on as a co-sponsor to Fair Tax legislation in September of 2013, making Kansas the only state where their entire congressional delegation has signed on to the plan.
For those who are unaware, the Fair Tax plan would replace federal income taxes with a consumption or sales tax. Many argue the plan is regressive, resulting in the poor paying a higher percentage of their income on taxes. However, the Fair Tax plan calls for an annual prebate payment to the poor to alleviate the taxes on food and clothing.
Unfortunately the plan is pretty much unattainable at the federal level because it requires the repeal of the 16th amendment, something Democrats, to say nothing of the fear mongering media, will ever allow to happen. So, it is difficult to see just how many votes Roberts or Wolf wins for their side by latching on to the plan.