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Monday, August 11, 2008

Bob Barr Calls for Federal Airline Tax Refunds

“Airline fares are rocketing upward, along with higher fuel prices,” notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee. “And so are government taxes. Yet even if you cancel the ticket, you still get stuck with the tax. And if you change your flight, you get hit again,” notes Barr.

“Anyone who looks at the cost breakdown when they buy a ticket will see a federal excise tax, a security fee, and airport charges. They make even a cheap ticket expensive for many families,” notes Barr. “And it’s not obvious that we get good value for our money—ask yourself how safe you feel the next time you are standing in an airport security line and the TSA employees confiscate someone’s bottle of water.”

“Even more outrageous, though, the government keeps your money even if you change your ticket,” he notes. “At least the airlines give you credit—minus a hefty ‘change fee,’ of course. But the federal government just pockets the money. When asked about this unfair practice, government employees say that’s just the way the regulations are written—regulations that they, of course, wrote!”

“The airport taxes might be small change compared to the federal income tax, but they exemplify how the government cares more about collecting money than treating taxpayers fairly. That will change in a Barr administration,” he says.

“One of the priorities of my administration will be to sharply cut and significantly simplify federal taxes. We pay too much and spend too much time figuring out how much we have to pay. That needs to change,” insists Barr. “Lowering and simplifying taxes will make all of us better off, and make our country both freer and more prosperous.”

Barr adds, “I will also ensure that the American people stop paying taxes on services that they don’t receive. Like airline travel. We don’t let businesses get away with charging us for services that they don’t perform. We should hold government to the same standard. As President Barr will do.”

Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and also served as an official with the CIA. Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and has teamed up with groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the American Conservative Union to actively advocate every American citizens’ right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.
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