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FairTax under Attack! Campaign ads distort issue, scare voters
"We either stand and fight now for the truth about the FairTax or we will never see Congressional support sufficient to win even a hearing in Congress, much less enactment"— Ken Hoagland November Congressional elections are predicted to change the face of Congress again. Widespread voter discontent with high unemployment, unprecedented government spending and the prospect of significant tax increases has voters ready to bring about a huge shift in representation. The FairTax could gain significant new support in Congress. There are more candidates running on the FairTax than ever before in the history of the FairTax movement and they have not only sparked hope but have inspired out-and-out lies about the FairTax, as well as more subtle distortions of the issue by opponents. "We either stand and fight now for the truth about the FairTax or we will never see Congressional support sufficient to win even a hearing in Congress," said FairTax National Victory Campaign Chairman, Ken Hoagland. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has produced TV and radio ads, localized for the candidate they support, that accuse FairTax candidates of seeking "a 23% tax increase on everything…" Although false, these ads have proved effective in the past when candidates do not stand and fight for the issue. "Unfortunately, candidates are getting advice from Washington, D.C. political operatives from their own party to cut and run away from the FairTax," said Hoagland. "Washington doesn't like the FairTax because it breaks so many 'rice-bowls' there, so support for the issue will have to come from us, the grassroot supporters," he said. "When a candidate stands and fights for the truth about the FairTax, they win. When they fail to answer these lies or run away, they almost always lose," said Hoagland. Hoagland said that he and other FairTax officials were willing and legally able to train candidates on the issue without violating federal campaign rules. "We will be offering such training, appearing on talk shows in contested districts and holding press conferences to defend our issue and inform the public that cynical candidates are employing bold-faced lies to distort this needed legislation and scare voters away," he said. Hoagland added that an independent Political Action Committee would be raising funds for hard hitting radio and TV ads to answer the lies about the FairTax. FactCheck.org condemns anti-FairTax ads that distort the issue Earlier this year the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took out ads distorting the FairTax in support of Mark Critz, who was running to fill the seat of the late John Murtha in Pennsylvania. Although caught deceiving voters, the same or similar ads are appearing now in Indiana, Michigan and elsewhere across the country. FactCheck, found, "..this ad is quite misleading because it fails to mention that the FairTax proposal would also repeal the federal income tax entirely and do away with the Internal Revenue Service. It would also eliminate gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare and self-employment taxes. But anyone viewing the DCCC's ad could easily conclude that [the candidate] favored slapping a 23 percent sales tax on top of all existing taxes, which is not true." In that race our independent PAC took out TV and radio ads defending the FairTax the night before the Republican candidate distanced himself from the FairTax--reportedly on the advice of Republican National Congressional Campaign Committee officials. "These ads in defense of the FairTax made little difference in the outcome once the candidate ran away from the issue," said Hoagland. "We won't get any help from campaign officials in Washington, D.C." said Hoagland. "As usual, it is [the] hometown American trying to do the right thing while Washington insiders of both parties undermine the best hope for our nation to see real employment gains and an end to the corruption of the tax code," Hoagland said. FairTax.org Calls on Activists for Candidate Information Hoagland asked FairTaxers around the nation to send information to the organization on candidates who support the Fairtax. "We need to immediately create a comprehensive database of Congressional candidates in support of the FairTax and campaign where the issue is being distorted by opponents of the FairTax," he said. FairTax supporters are asked to write with their hometown location, the names of pro and anti-FairTax candidates and other election information about the race in their area. FairTaxers can click here to send us an email about elections in your area. "Now is when we come together and flex our grassroots strength to make a difference. If we allow our issue to be distorted we are giving up our best chance yet to see the FairTax move forward with widespread public support. This is either a disaster for us and our issue or the chance to advance our cause with the American public," he said. To send your "intel" on a local Congressional race in your area click here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Freedom Ride Update This past week we rode hard through Montana under the extraordinary networking skills of patriot Tim Ravndahl. In just three days, Tim set us up with groups across the state and at a street festival to display our mobile FairTax billboard. The Grass Roots Freedom Ride for FairTax then continued through Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado to reach more American citizens who often knew very little about the FairTax. The last part of the week we spent catching up on emails, route planning and event planning while the FairTax Bike had some much needed maintenance at Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson. Coming up, we ride through the Midwest! Be sure to enter the weekly "Where is the FairTax Bike" contest! Just guess where the FairTax Bike rests every Friday at noon and how many miles the Grass Roots Freedom Ride for FairTax has traveled. Your winning guess gets you $200 in FairTax supplies! Cheat a little and see the latest readout of the FairTax Bike's odometer and a detailed overview of the next stops at the Grass Roots Freedom Ride map. As of August 4, the bike has traveled over 14,300 miles and sits in Loveland, Colorado. Don't forget you also have a chance to win your own patriot bike! Go to Win This Bike! and donate for your 1 in 5,000 chance! Your contribution goes to extending the FairTax network. August 4-6 from Loveland, CO to Sioux City, IA, passing through Scottsbluff and Dunning, NE August 6-10 from Sioux City, IA to Sturgis, SD August 10-12 from Sturgis, SD to Duluth, MN, passing through Mandan, ND August 12-14 from Duluth, MN to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, passing through Tomah, WI See all the photos on Facebook or Sons of Liberty Riders Photo Albums and help us support the FairTax. We are engaging grass roots communities to pass the FairTax into law. We'll see you on the road! Ride safe!
Mike McLean Director Grass Roots Freedom Ride "Make Some Noise" In the NewsFrom Gainesville.com
Richard F. Hill: A taxing way to solve illegal immigration Monday, August 2, 2010
The current situation in Arizona is of great concern to me. It is true that Arizona is the largest gateway for both illegal drugs and illegal aliens. Far too many people assume, however, that all illegals coming through Arizona are somehow involved with the Mexican drug cartels. Some undoubtedly are, but very few I think. Some may be forced to be "mules" carrying drugs under threat of death. But the vast majority of illegal aliens come into this country for one reason - jobs.
Isn't it interesting that during this Great Recession when our unemployment rate is so high, we have a huge influx of people willing to risk all to come here and get a job? How can this be? Well, obviously, they must have an employer to have that job. Is it you that hires a nanny to look after your kids? Is she an illegal? Oh, I see, you never asked because she works for less money than others. You don't pay taxes on her wages, do you? Oh, yes, she is just "part time help" who just happens to be there every afternoon. That makes her your employee unless you have a written contract with her, or an agency, as a business. An illegal won't have that company because she'd have to pay taxes and would be caught. But all this isn't any of your business, is it? I suppose it is okay since he is just one illegal out of 12 million or so, and you do need help with your kids.
Do you complain about the illegals? Hypocrite.
And then there are the really big offenders like the major agribusiness corporations. If the laws we already have on the books were enforced, then those companies would no longer be paying employees less than minimum wage and failing to collect and pay taxes. It boils down to this: Any business found hiring illegal immigrants could face significant and serious sanctions, including, but not limited to, fines, restrictions on ability to do business, and even jail time. The real issue here is not illegal immigration, it is taxes. The only reason any business hires an illegal is taxes, taxes that are not going to be paid by anyone, employee or employer.
If the laws were enforced, the only employees they would have would be citizens and legal immigrants.
That is the major problem we have, and Congress knows it well since they are regularly visited by lobbyists for those companies. According to OpenSecrets.org, the Center for Responsive Politics, the top agribusiness contributors to federal candidates and parties have given $30,624,312 thus far in the 2010 election cycle. These donations, of course, do not all impact on the illegal immigrant situation, but you can bet your boots that some of it does. And this is just one business grouping.
There is, however, a very simple way to solve the problem and make everyone in this country pay the taxes they should, and no more. It is called the FairTax.
The FairTax Act (HR 25, S 296) is nonpartisan legislation. It abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities.
It is important to note that this is a revenue-neutral issue, meaning it brings in the same amount of taxes as are received by the federal government now. But, because it is a consumption tax and not an income tax, we are taxed only on what we buy. Nothing comes out of a paycheck. You keep it all and then spend what you wish. This taxation method was first introduced as legislation in 1999. But research on it started in about 1995.
The FairTax plan is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar federal revenue replacement, and, through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment. This nonpartisan legislation (HR 25/S 1025) abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax; administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities. The IRS is disbanded and defunded. The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose to spend on new goods or services, not on what we earn. The FairTax is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and inequity of our current tax system.
But to get back to my point regarding the hiring of illegal aliens, the FairTax will, for the first time, tax undocumented workers who now evade U.S. income and payroll taxes. Under the FairTax, all persons living in the U.S. pay taxes, whether they are here legally or illegally. So, if Congress had the guts to approve the FairTax, the illegal immigrant influx would be greatly reduced, if not eliminated. Why? Simply because there would be no reason to hire someone just to save taxes. What taxes? So why not comply with the law and hire a citizen or legal immigrant? It makes sense to do so simply because the citizen or legal immigrant is going to be better educated and thus be a better employee.
And remember, the only reason that this bill has not become law is the Congress. Their hands are too deep into the pockets of those who oppose the FairTax. The only way to change that is for the people to tell their elected leaders, and those who are running for a position, that your vote depends on their support of the FairTax. We can do it, but only we can do it.
Lastly, let us remember that we are all immigrants, and many of our ancestors came here because they were not wanted in some other country, or maybe because they wanted a job.
Richard F. Hill
Bikers travel the country to educate about FairTax
From KNDO Posted: Jul 25, 2010 8:11 PM CDT Updated: Video Now
It started out as an idea, but developed in to a reality for a couple of motorcycle and FairTax enthusiasts from North Carolina. They wanted to travel the county and educate Americans about the FairTax legislation in Washington DC that would get rid of IRS and federal withholdings from paychecks. Today they made a stop at the Winco in Richland, one of the riders tells us traveling and educating has been an exciting adventure. "When I was done with my career, which I retired from last year, and when my wife introduced me to FairTax, I said let's put the plans together," Mike McLean said. Mike tells us they still have a long way to go, but are committed to riding through every state in the country.
WHAT:Understanding the FairTax webinar for August 2010 SPECIAL TOPIC: The History of the Income Tax WHEN: Thursday Aug. 26, 2010
WHY: To provide an interactive forum for people who cannot get to local meetings to learn about the FairTax and to present Special Topics that are frequently misunderstood or not generally discussed.
Join Marc Manieri, Americans for Fair Taxation Community Coordinator in the Greater Orlando, Florida Area. In our second year now, Marc's webinars draw national participation from seasoned FairTax supporters as well as those just getting started as a supporter. The PowerPoint presentations are available from Marc. When you get your email after the webinar just 'Reply', requesting a copy and it will be sent to you.
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Did You Know?
How does the FairTax affect U.S. competitiveness in foreign trade? Because the FairTax is automatically border adjustable, the 17 percent competitive advantage, on average, of foreign producers is eliminated, immediately boosting U.S. competitiveness overseas. American companies doing business internationally are able to sell their goods at lower prices but at similar margins, and this brings jobs to America. In addition, U.S. companies with investments or plants abroad bring home overseas profits without the penalty of paying income taxes, thus resulting in more U.S. capital investment. And lastly, imports and domestic production are on a level playing field. Exported goods are not subject to the FairTax, since they are not consumed in the U.S.; but imported goods sold in the U.S. are subject to the FairTax because these products are consumed domestically.