Talk:FairTax

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Various tags were recently added to the article and I'd like to discuss placement / removal. It is usually better to address such issues on the talk page before we jump to the last resort of tagging in article space, particularly for one that's been heavily debated, reviewed and stable for years. I haven't followed this topic for quite some time, so maybe there is new information or studies that I'm unaware of that should be reflected in the article. If so, let's discuss it. Currently though, I don't see a new consensus on these issues or discussion with examples of each problem area. If nothing significant is discussed, we should consider it a well intentioned drive-by and remove it. We can continue to address issues on the talk. A decent review should also be done when sources are removed for attributed material. One recent source removed wasn't an op-ed as described in the summary - it was a debate hosted by the think tank that included economists that studied the plan. It was neither pro nor con and sourced both proponent and opponent viewpoints. I don't think the content or source material was reviewed - the removal appeared to be solely on the basis of being a free market source. Morphh (talk) 20:10, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Seriously? This article reads like tea party erotic fan fiction. Do feel free to clean it up by removing the far-right think tanks and adding robust discussion in independent (i.e. not libertarian fundamentalist house journal) scholarly sources. Guy (Help!) 22:39, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
Seriously is also what I'm thinking. The tea party wasn't even around when this article was written and Von Mises called it a fraud. Look, I get it - I help clean up the economics project when it was being overrun with Austrian economics and nonsensical information. So I'm well aware of the ref-spamming and am not opposed to your cause, but not every article needs the machete approach. Happy to remove think tank sources if they're used improperly or there are better sources that represent the viewpoint within the scope of the article. But removal needs to be consistent with policy - the sources included likely represent significant topic viewpoints or research done on the plan. I'm not aware of any new research or the robust discussion you're referring, so if you could please provide links to the independent scholarly sources are you speaking of and provide some specific examples and evidence, we can discuss it properly. If we can't come to agreement, we can hold an RFC on the topic or FAR of the article. Morphh (talk) 14:33, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
Having had this article on my watch list for many years, I am reluctantly forced to agree with Morphh. Most of the research on this has been done by conservative economists who are favorable to the idea. Others have basically ignored it. I think we have as much balance here as we can get. Improvements are welcome. Brianyoumans (talk) 00:11, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

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