July 29, 2011

FairTax Friday | Reflections on Tuesday's FairTax hearing & House floor speech



"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." - Margaret Thatcher

Feature Article: Reflections on the Hearing

Because of your incredible efforts and continued pressure, the FairTax legislation was the subject of a July 26 hearing before the House Committee on Ways and Means.  Did you know that over 50,000 petitions and communications were sent to individual members of the House and the Committee? Thank You!

Congratulations to everyone involved in supporting FairTax for once again demonstrating how everyday citizens can and are making a difference! If you missed the hearing you can watch a video replay here.  Many of you have asked how the FairTax panel was selected. The selection of witnesses is at the sole discretion of the Members of the Ways & Means Committee.

We want to express our appreciation to Congressman Camp for placing the FairTax on the committee's hearing agenda, to Governor Huckabee for taking time from his busy schedule to fly to Washington and testify in support of the FairTax and to Congressman Rob Woodall for his sponsorship and continued dedication in seeing the FairTax become the law of the land. If you have not seen the Congressman's floor speech to the U.S. House of Representatives, as the hearing was taking place, all we can say is, "Wow!"  Finally, we would be remiss if we didn't say a special thanks to Dr. Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Dr. David G. Tuerck for their efforts in testifying in support of the FairTax.

With the hearing now behind us, our work continues. We will continue educating members of the Ways and Means committee by preparing and submitting follow-up testimony with a goal towards:

- Correcting misinformation

- Clarifying areas of confusion

- Answering administrative detail

We will be posting this information at www.fairtax.org/hearing and encourage you to utilize it in your continued campaign to individually educate members of the U.S. House and Senate, Governors and other elected officials. Tax reform is now a top Congressional priority. How they proceed depends on you!

Grassroots Spotlight: Hearing Activists

Congressman Rob Woodall speaking from the Ways and Means committee room: "The members of congress who serve on this committee - we need them to understand the FairTax and be excited about the FairTax."

Not only was the July 26 FairTax hearing successful in educating members of the Committee on Ways and Means, it also created such excitement from Americans that the entire committee website was unavailable Tuesday morning! So if you missed the hearing, you can watch a reply here.

Our efforts are certainly not at an end with the first dedicated FairTax hearing. We have only started to ignite the wave of support that will force members of an unwilling Congress to accept the transformation of the FairTax over the failing status quo.

But that wave is moving faster than before as thousands more Americans agree they'd rather keep their paychecks instead of the IRS. Constituents are forcing Congressional offices to address the FairTax issue and this campaign season's cameras bring even more attention to our cause.

We are confident of future success because we know what has driven our movement to this point.

As Congressman Woodall said, "I just want you to know I give you all credit for making this happen. This has been a grassroots movement from the start... Thanks for all that you do!"

Is someone your FairTax inspiration? Email media@fairtax.org to nominate them for the spotlight!

FairTax In the News

A fair solution to the budget crisisBoston Globe

Negotiations over the federal debt limit are stalled over whether to provide for spending cuts alone or to combine spending cuts with revenue increases. Just as Democrats think that fairness requires revenue increases, Republicans think they must stand fast against such increases in order to protect the economy from further decline. But there is a way to cut spending and increase revenues while stimulating the economy - by junking the entire federal tax code and putting a consumption tax in its place...

Fundamental tax reform seems to be temporarily off the table because of the debt ceiling crisis. But, in fact, one form of fundamental tax reform presents itself as the solution to that crisis. The FairTax commands broad grassroots support and offers the political cover that the president and Congress need in order to come to agreement. The idea is sitting there, just waiting for someone to see the obvious and take credit for it.

- David G. Tuerck

Woodall Credits Public With Helping Get FairTax Into HearingsDacula Patch

U.S, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) credited the American people with ensuring the FairTax is considered as a viable option for tax reform. The legislation was included during Tuesday's hearings by the Ways and Means Committee on the economic impact of the consumption-based tax models. The FairTax legislation, H.R. 25, now has 62 co-sponsors.

"Today's hearing is a giant step forward not only for the FairTax, but for the legislative process," Woodall said in a press release. "The American people are calling for tax reform and the leaders in Washington are responding. By holding hearings and by learning as much as we can about how to move this nation forward in the right fiscal direction, I am certain that the FairTax will rise to the top as the most sensible tax reform solution."

Understanding the FairTax Webinar 

With Special Topic: The difference between the FairTax inclusive 23% rate versus the 30% exclusive tax rate

When: Thursday, August 25, 2011

Time: 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain,  5 pm Pacific

Where: At your personal computer

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.

Who: Join Marc Manieri, Americans for Fair Taxation Community Coordinator in the Greater Orlando, Florida area. In their third year now, Marc's webinars draw national participation from seasoned FairTax supporters as well as those just getting introduced to the FairTax.

Join: To participate, register here. For more information contact Larry Walters at repeal_16@earthlink.net.

Featured Video:

Woodall floor jobs speech

Rep. Woodall: The FairTax will bring jobs back to America

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