“A tax system is only fair if the wealthiest among us pay their fair share.” – Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi - pretty much every Democrat in front of a microphone last year.

“With a rebel yell, she cried more, more, more.” – Billy Idol.

The mythical “fair share.” If we could only figure out what that means. There is no specific demand, only a general call for more. While the wealthiest 1% of Americans pay half of the country’s income taxes and 45% pay no income tax at all, there seems a blatant perversion of the word “fair” in it all. In a debate with a “fair sharer”, it becomes evident that they don’t hate that successful people aren’t paying enough as much as they hate that successful people exist.

Exhibit A: Bernie Sanders. If not for shenanigans inside the Democratic Party, Sanders might have been the first viable Socialist candidate for President in our nation’s history and his popularity was based entirely on the idea that equality is to be found in eliminating the rich. His was not a message for creating general prosperity through work and sacrifice, it was one celebrating all the possible giveaways he could bestow from a greater confiscation.

Unfortunately, the argument that higher earners should pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes has some merit. Their contributions are supporting a system that works for them. A strong military benefits those who have things - those who have nothing don’t need it protected. Further, keeping the less fortunate fed and sheltered helps eliminate the possibility of what happened in Russia in 1917 and has happened in so many other places ever since. Pay something now so you don’t pay everything later, comrade.

With that, a tax system that is truly flat – taxing all citizens equally – is no longer possible. Get over that dream so we can move on. The Fair Tax accounts for this reality with a monthly reimbursement for the sales tax paid on necessities called the Prebate. Every household would receive a monthly check or, more likely, a monthly bank deposit. The monthly Prebate in 2016 would have been $226 for one person up to $1009 for a couple with seven children. (The Brady Bunch after Oliver moved in and made the show unwatchable.) The expense of these payments would constitute about 3%.of the 23% inclusive sales tax rate estimated by the Fair Tax,

What this means is that people living at the poverty level buying only the necessities of life would pay the tax at the store when they purchase an item but would receive that tax back every month. Why not just exempt life’s necessities from the tax? For a few reasons. First, if you do that, you start picking winners and losers. With a 23% rate, although prices won’t change substantially because of the elimination of the imbedded costs of the current tax system, the favored items would suddenly be 23% cheaper and think of all the games politicians could play with that. Better to just tax everything, let people decide what they want to buy, and Prebate back the tax on what would be necessities.

A second major benefit of taxing everything and giving Americans a Prebate is that people here illegally will not get it. Whether or not Mr. Trump’s wall slows illegal immigration, when people do come here illegally, they will pay the tax and help support our system. If an illegal immigrant family of three live and work here, they essentially would be paying a penalty of $531 per month by not getting the Prebate. They pay nothing now, by the way.

With the Fair Tax, the working poor would instantly find themselves in a richer world. They would immediately start keeping their entire paycheck – no payroll tax deductions – would likely get a raise as their employer also would not have to pay payroll taxes on their behalf, and would get a check in the mail every month from the government. All of this and the prices of items at the store would not significantly increase.

Even so, that won’t be enough for Progressives. Even with the Prebate, and even if it can be demonstrated that everyone, especially the poor, would be better off under the Fair Tax, Progressives will oppose it because it reduces government power and control. One need only look at the inner cities to see that liberals do not care whether Progressive programs make peoples’ lives better, they only care that there are omnipotent Progressive programs.

This is where I make a proposed supplement to the orthodox of the Fair Tax to make it harder to argue against – an additional luxury tax on high-priced items. Not a tax on items themselves, a tax on the price of items. Take automobiles, for instance. If a luxury tax is imposed on all cars costing over $30,000 of 10% for every dollar over that amount, a $40,000 car would cost $41,000. It would provide a little more revenue, would help satisfy liberals, and, let’s face it, if you’re able to spend $40k on a car the extra k ain’t gonna be a deal breaker. You have more money anyway because of the elimination of the old tax system.

I know, not uniform and not really fair in the traditional meaning of that word, but do you want to talk theory for another decade or do you want to get something done? The Fair Tax had great initial enthusiasm but has maintained at about the same level of support since 2008. Most people have still never heard of it. Time to move forward and that will take some tweaks.