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Dear R. George,
This winter has seen big early blizzards and ice storms in the mid- and northwest, low elevation snow packs in the western mountains, snow in Houston, and warmer, wetter weather than usual in Florida and parts of the Southeast. These severe and unusual weather patterns seem to mirror the fiscal storm that has swept across the entire nation.
The economy -- and the desperate need for real growth that will bring jobs once again to the most productive workers in the world -- should unite us no matter where we live. But as worried as we all are, the nation remains fractured over whether to spend even more money to dig out of this economic hole we're in, or whether that spending makes the hole even deeper.
We FairTaxers know there is a better way -- a way back to health and an American economic boom that will last generations.
Once upon a time the idea of spending trillions of dollars was almost unthinkable. This year, we have seen our leaders throwing around hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars like it was monopoly money. It's not "play money."
Where is that money coming from?
It is both borrowed from foreign nations and private investors, and it is being printed hand-over-fist at the Federal Reserve. The loans from other nations and investors are being secured with promises of taxes on you, your children, their children, and their children. Our national debt now totals more than $500,000 per American household.
To make matters even worse, the Federal Reserve's "printing press" dollars are now being used to buy US Treasury notes -- from ourselves!
It is a dangerous and unsustainable path that must change. We must change the direction our government has taken, or our best days as a nation are behind us.
This year must become the year of the FairTax.
A "Happy New Year" this year must mean a re-dedication to advancing the FairTax with even more intensity than ever before. Our nation needs the FairTax and our nation needs us. Our voices must be clear, determined, and persuasive so that millions of Americans join our essential cause.
We begin this new year with a call on Congress to hold hearings on the FairTax. We are "petitioning our government for a redress of grievances" -- one of the citizen tools bequeathed to us by our founding fathers.
If you have not already, please sign the petition to Charlie Rangel, Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, right now.
Equally as important, ask your friends, colleagues, family and neighbors to join us in winning a hearing on the most important change in government public policy in a century.
If you have not already, e-mail the link for this petition to your friends today: http://www.fairtax.org/site/R?i=oaLQOJBHVHiBWXPmAIFcRg...
Wish them a better coming year than the one we have just endured. Let them know that together we can create a new era of American growth that will last generations with the FairTax.
Tell them that the FairTax is the fastest and smartest path to more jobs, a better standard of living, and a better future for our children and their children.
Let everyone you meet know about how the FairTax will pull trillions of dollars into the country -- not out of taxpayer pockets -- from offshore. That means more jobs, better jobs, better wages, and better benefits.
Let everyone you know understand that the FairTax also brings taxes and the cost of government into the light of day so that we can end irresponsible and destructive borrowing and spending in Washington.
Our best days can still be ahead of our nation -- if we act together now.
With your help, this will be the year of the FairTax.
Happy New Year.
Chairman, FairTax National Victory Campaign
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January 01, 2010
Obama's Administration wants International Criminal Court (ICC) & other UN orgs to override US Constitution
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(Editor's note: The following commentary is an edited version of the "President's Message" found in the Winter 2009 issue of Impact.)
Some historical leaders famously wrote resolutions to help them achieve lofty goals. Even if they didn't keep them perfectly, they probably came closer than if they had set their sights low.
In that spirit, I humbly offer these model resolutions for real reform of our troubled state as we begin 2010.
For government officials Resolved, to read our constitutions and my oath of office and pursue no action that is not in strict fidelity to those documents; to pursue no policy that benefits my constituents at the expense of anyone else's; to maintain a voting record that matches my speeches; to acknowledge that government is the means of protecting my constituents' rights and freedoms and not the means by which some constituents acquire resources from others ; to spend public monies and exert government authority with complete transparency, subject to the greatest public scrutiny and highest moral standards.
For candidates for public office Resolved, to campaign on policy issues and not personalities and platitudes; to prepare, if elected, to resist strong pressures to serve "the system" instead of the people; to never sacrifice lofty principles of my campaign to gain a single vote, dollar or day in office.
For leaders of businesses, religious and other private institutions Resolved, to remind public officials and candidates that I represent the sector of society that produces the wealth and social capital from which everyone benefits; to expect government to act as an impartial referee and not an active participant in the market; to refuse to seek government protection of my interests at the expense of others; to educate those I lead in sound principles of government.
For citizens Resolved, to remember Thomas Jefferson's observation that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance; to withhold support from those who promise people like me special government favors, or something for nothing, or to foist today's problems on our children and grandchildren; to actively support those who advance sound policies; to educate our children on the proper role of government and the awful consequences of its abuses.
For supporters of liberty and the Mackinac Center Resolved, to remember that those who have actively fought for freedom and provided for its support have always been few in number; to be quick to tell the Mackinac Center how it can better advance liberty; to receive the Mackinac Center's grateful thanks; and to remember that even if we friends of limited government are outspent, we are not outgunned. Our principles inspired the revolution that wrested control of a continent from the world's lone superpower in 1776.
For myself Revolved, to live by the Golden Rule; to work diligently at the high calling of restoring government to its proper role; to care more about getting the job done than getting the credit; to deploy our supporters' resources prudently, frugally and precisely where they will have the greatest impact; to make my board and coworkers glad to labor alongside me; to persevere and never give in to discouragement; and to seek God's strength for these things.
Happy New Year!
Joseph G. Lehman is president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center are properly cited.