"The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets." - Will Rogers
"No Idea Of The Benefits"
It's January and Americans are looking for receipts and lost documentation in their annual quest to prepare their yearly tax return. Arguments will ensure, relationships will sour and health will decline. Are you having fun yet?
Have you started dealing with the significant changes that went into effect for 2013? Not to worry though, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said, "The complexities of the tax code are only affecting those of us trying to read it. Tax software makes a lot of those complexities invisible to the average taxpayer." I'm comforted, aren't you?
She went on to say, "As a result, taxpayers might not realize they're being helped by a wide array of deductions and credits. "They have no idea of the benefits they are getting through the tax code."
Wow, now we are getting benefits from the tax code!
I'm continually amazed at the way Washington "spins" tax code changes. First, Congressional leaders point to the code's growing complexity. Congress then passes changes (you'll have to read the legislation to know what's in it because they are too busy to read it themselves), followed by the executive branch spinning the "benefits".
You know better, though, don't you? After all, you are FairTax® smart. You know the only benefits in the tax code are those carved out by special interests. You know that taxpayers are always the perennial losers when it comes to America's income tax code.
That's why a group of dedicated FairTax supporters are on their way to Washington this weekend to meet with Members of Congress and their staff. For two days, they plan to further educate them about the benefits of HR 25, the FairTax Act of 2013.
That's also why the Letters to the Editor/Opinion Editorial team, led by Glen Terrell, has redoubled their efforts in making sure that the FairTax message is spread far and wide in newspapers, magazines and bogs.
Members of the House Ways and Means Committee will soon vote on tax reform. We await their vote on HR 25. It is imperative that every member of Congress knows the magnitude of support the FairTax has across America.
We know that Member's district directors (DD's) also report on what issues constituents are contacting them about at the local level. Some DD's have told us they rarely hear about the FairTax, yet we know you are contacting the Representative's Washington office.
Have you gone on your Member's Facebook page and weighed in on the "benefits" you derive from the tax code versus why you support the FairTax plan? Please take 5 extra minutes and call your Representative's Washington and district offices.
There is not a single worker in today's workforce who has ever known a time when a percentage of their earnings were not taken out of their paycheck and sent directly to the federal government…
There is now a reform movement gaining momentum across the country that proposes eliminating income taxes altogether, along with most business taxes, and replacing them with a single retail sales tax on new product purchases along with some services. This national sales tax is called the "FairTax" because it will eliminate the punitive nature of taxing productivity and replace it with a simpler, fairer tax on consumption on those who can afford to spend money. But what about those who cannot afford to spend money on anything but the "necessities"? What prevents this tax from being regressive is the "prebate" element of the proposal that essentially exempts spending up to a certain level from being taxed, ensuring that lower income workers are not disproportionately affected. So while a national sales tax may at first glance appear to be unappealing, after a closer look and considering the fact that it would replace all income taxes, payroll taxes, gift taxes and estate taxes, as well as most business taxes that inhibit investment and job creation, the FairTax is gaining supporters across the country as well as in Congress.
HR 25 (The FairTax Act of 2013) currently has 73 co-sponsors in Congress. We are well on the way to having support for major tax reform in our lifetime, and if we demand change from the do-nothing Congress in Washington, we can achieve fundamental reform. But we the people must raise our voices in unison and demand real, meaningful reform that does not just temporarily tweak the existing system, but reform that will fundamentally alter the way the federal government is funded…
Yes, I do think the FairTax is fair, and it is time that we ask Congress to vote on and pass real tax reform.
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-- If everyone knew all there is to know, they would not do half the things they do, including myself, therefore I must foregive them, including myself.
Here are some choice quotes about TAC at ThinkProgress today:
"radical tactics" "makes John Calhoun look like a moderate" "They fear the federal government with pathological intensity" our goal is "burning it down"
They basically warned people to not work with us because we are so dangerous to the future of the country.
HERE'S OUR SERIOUS PROBLEM:
The TAC is operated from a spare bedroom, now a home office, in my apartment. We're going head to head with the NSA, gun control, Obamacare, and George Freaking Soros.
We are struggling to raise a mere $30,000, and are actually 4 thousand SHORT! But with that little, we've still had so much impact that this Soros group is attacking us.
30 thousand vs 40 million. This is David v Goliath. We'll continue taking them on, but you know what? 30K isn't really going to cut it. 4 more thousand gets us to our baseline goal - so we can stay open. We really need significantly more than that.
I'm working 80+ hours almost every week. I recently put in 17 days without one off - I got to the point that I put in so many hours that I was brought to tears a few times.
Mike Maharrey, our communications director - works a good 50 hours a week and makes $700 a month. 7 hundred. That's embarrassing. He has to keep a part time job at 4 in the morning so he can pay his bills. We should all be thanking him for his dedication.
Amanda Bowers, our outreach director - she's working 30 hours a week, I think. Probably more. She makes $600 a month.
Other team members like Shane Trejo and Jeff Stewart make $100 or $150 a week.
Basically, everyone's a volunteer.
While I'm very grateful for all these good folks - and other people who donate their time, facts are facts - people CANNOT volunteer their time like this forever.
Maharrey - there's no way he can continue this pace. No way. Eventually, he'll have to quit.
In fact, that's just what happened with one of our original volunteers this week, Lesley Swann. She's put in hundreds of volunteer hours - and had to step down to take care of her health. She doesn't have the time to keep a job, take care of her family life, her health - and be in the loop of all the things we're working on. No way. If we could afford to hire her away from her day job, we'd have one of the best activists in the country.
There are TEN STATES with bills to thwart the NSA, that's why the establishment is attacking us.
There are EIGHT STATES taking on Obamacare with more coming, that's why the establishment is attacking us.
There are TEN STATES taking on federal gun control, with more coming. That's why the establishment is attacking us.
Last week, the SC house voted 100-ZERO - to virtually ban drones without a warrant. This will kill that program, because the only way for it to take off is through unrestricted use. Yesterday, an NH house committee voted unanimously to approve an anti-NDAA indefinite detention bill.
We're doing this on less than 30 thousand dollars. When I think about that, it blows my mind. There's no way we can keep this up without getting to another level financially. We don't need their millions, but yeah, it costs money to do what we're doing.
We run ad campaigns to get people active in support of nullification bills. They work. We report on legislation, put together handbooks to explain the legal principles to legislators, deal with media requests, write op-ed articles in major publications, organize grassroots events, publish books and DVD's and a lot more.
If we were at $50K or $100K, we could afford to keep Mike Maharrey on - and Amanda could work more time. We could run bigger action campaigns and increase the # of bills that we will get passed this year. We could get ourselves in the major media MORE OFTEN - because we could afford a few hundred dollars a month in PR from a great firm that has offered us discounted rates.
In other words - if we were just at 1/5 of 1% of the fundraising of ThinkProgress, we could move mountains.
Can you give us $10,000 or more? Please call, 213.935.0553 and let's make it happen.
Wish us luck, and thank you for everything.
Concordia res parvae crescunt (small things grow great by concord)
Michael Boldin Founder, Tenth Amendment Center
PS - THANK YOU for getting us this far. I never imagined us getting to the point that TAC was so big we couldn't manage the work to do. We are way beyond that point, and I hope with all my heart that you believe in us enough to help us carry on.
RNC Chair and Michigan MRP Chair ask Statesman National Committeeman Dave Agema to stand down.
The GOP has been appeasing Nationalizing healthcare, Common Core, Agenda 21, next will be abortion and the marriage. Dave Agema, who stands up for the Principles of the Platform of the Party and the Michigan platform is attacked for it.
They can ignore God, but will not be ignoring His Sword as it is already upon our Land.