Martha Zoller is doing something that Neal Boortz won’t do, and that is discussing the FairTax with Jay Bookman:
On several occasions, FairTax champion Neal Boortz has used his syndicated radio show to attack me for daring to point out the absurdities of his pet proposal. For some reason, though, the blustering Boortz has repeatedly refused to let me debate the issue on air with him. Maybe he fears what might happen should his faithful listeners be allowed to hear a dissenting viewpoint.
But hey, it’s his show, and his choice.
Martha Zollar, another talk-radio champion of the FairTax, is made of sterner stuff. She’s invited me to talk about the proposal on her show Thursday morning. Beginning around 9:30, we’ll bat the FairTax around and then take calls and questions from listeners. Her show is on WDUN News/Talk 550, and can be heard on the station’s website.
Boortz has said he would debate the FairTax with Bookman, but has never responded to any attempts to do so. One example was on April 23, 2007, when Boortz wrote:
Hey … here’s an idea! I’m up for a fight right now. How about a public debate somewhere? Jay Bookman and me! Look, I’ve debated Yale tax law professors and former deputy assistant Treasury secretaries on the FairTax, I think I might be able to stand up pretty well against a deputy editorial page editor who finds it necessary to lie about an idea before he can criticize it.
Date and time? We’ll work it out!
A few days later, he followed up with this:
[T]his morning I’ve instructed Belinda to contact Emory University, Georgia State and Georgia Tech to see if just such a debate forum exists, and if they would like to have little old me and hotshot columnist Jay Bookman come debate the FairTax! After all … why wait for Bookman to set it up! He’s more interested in attacking me than in getting to the truth of the FairTax.
Come on, Mr. Bookman. Chose your audience … and let’s rumble.
But … in the meantime … you FairTax supporters leave Mr. Bookman alone. He clearly doesn’t like to be challenged.
I don’t agree with Bookman on economics very often. He is, after all, a big government liberal, but at least he has been willing to debate the issue and put his money where his mouth is and Martha Zoller deserves credit for doing what Boortz isn’t willing to do.