Wednesday's letter by Kerry Hunt ("'Fair Tax' proponents should be consistent") was well written but misguided.

The main premise was built on one statement: "In his rebuttal, Mr. Joiner stated, 'I'm assuming she's adding the 7 percent state tax to the 23 percent federal tax to reach the 30 percent.' This led me to believe that perhaps Mr. Joiner doesn't understand the inclusive and exclusive tax rates."

I understand full well the notion of inclusive/exclusive tax rates. The reason I framed my argument as I did was because Ella Johnson's whole letter ("Nothing fair about columnist's tax reform," Tuesday, Feb. 14) was built around state tax code, not federal. Given the level of misunderstanding Ms. Johnson had regarding the Fair Tax, I simply used Achems Razor and applied my argument to the simplest form of what I thought she was stating, i.e., federal plus state equals 30 percent.

While Mr. Hunt was correct on his following economics lesson on inclusive/exclusive rates, I do not think that his assertion of my being inconsistent was well thought out. I have been nothing but consistent in my approach to this subject.

And thank you to The Meridian Star for allowing these types of discussion to take place. Ideas presented to the public and debated are what helped form this country into what it is.

Lenny Joiner

Collinsville



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