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GOP congressman says don’t ‘buy a boat’ when asked about plans to raise sales tax

The Republican congressman who proposed replacing federal income tax with a national sales tax defended his plan by saying that if people bought a boat they would pay taxes and if they didn’t, they wouldn’t pay taxes.

Representative Buddy Carter is the main sponsor of the Fair Tax Act, which would replace federal income tax with a 30% consumption tax.

Democrats said the legislation would disproportionately hit the poorest Americans because a sales tax would eat more of their income than that of wealthier people.

But Mr. Carter defended his legislation to The Independent.

“Democrats want to have control over everyone,” he said. “They want to have control over your salary. Fair tax gives you control over your pay.

Mr Carter said his legislation was much fairer.

“That’s what we’re talking about a national sales tax or a consumption tax where you decide if you want to buy a boat, you’re going to pay taxes,” he said. “You don’t want to pay taxes, don’t buy the boat.”

Many Republicans did not sign the legislation. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters he opposed it.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia looked incredulous when The Independent asked him about it.

“You are serious,” he said. “Oh my God, a 30% sales tax will kill the average American.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries slammed it at a joint news conference on Monday and said it was important to point that out even though the bill could not pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

“It’s very important, first, to make sure this plan dies, as I said. Right-wing MAGA Republicans have a lot of power, certainly in the House,” Schumer said in response to a question from The Independent.

But Mr Carter said such criticism was unfair and said families would receive a discount to cover basic expenses.

“Everyone gets a prepayment on the first of the month to cover the bare necessities to cover food, clothing,” he said. “To cover the rent.”




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