Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The text of the attack ad is:
"Southwestern Pennsylvania is hurting, but millionaire Tim Burns would make things even worse. Burns supports putting a 23% national sales tax on just about everything we buy. Groceries: 23% more. Gas: 23% more. Burns even wants to raise taxes on medicine. We can't afford to pay 23% more. We can't afford Tim Burns. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.
That ad represents the very worst in American politics but there is something we can do to fight back in this case. There are two newspapers in PA's 12th district. Click on each of the following links to write to the The Observer-Reporter & The Pittsburgh Post Gazette to set the record straight. To replace Murtha with a FairTax supporter is something the statists cannot tolerate while simultaneously for us it is a goal so worthy to achieve for America.
Below is my letter sent to both links:
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
If you would like to see the Massachusetts state income tax form that residents of the state use to prove to the authorities that they have healthcare insurance suitable to the government please click here
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Doug Shulman recently suggested that the IRS would "reduce or confiscate" the tax refunds of those individuals who are uninsured under BO's new healthcare law. Thus, the IRS will be the nation's new health care compliance agency!
Beginning in 2014, the penalty for individuals without "acceptable" health coverage starts @ $95 and quickly escalates to $2,085. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates taxes will increase more than $400 billion over ten years to pay for the new healthcare law.
The IRS will reportedly add 16,500 new agents to enforce the healthcare mandates – adding to the difficulty, cost, and length of time it will take Americans to file their tax returns. Even if you "don't do your own taxes" I suggest that you take a minute just to skim the form to get an idea of why you will be spending extra money to pay your paid preparer to prove that you have the required healthcare insurance.
Source - Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Ken Hoagland did a masterful job as MC of one of the events that included speakers such as Neal Boortz, Congressman Linder, Dick Armey, Michele Bachmann, Grover Norquist, & rapper Politik.
Attending Tea Parties & Town Hall meetings has been & continues to be our only real defense against the onslaught of BO's plans for taking our liberty & freedom from us until we vote in the primaries & again in November.
Unless you are satisfied with the direction of our country please participate any time you can in support.
For those who did not see Ken Hoagland's recent appearance on the Huckabee TV show earlier this month please check it out below. It is terrific.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Congressman Linder recently participated in a telephone conference call & reported that you shouldn't expect a leadership position in the Republican Party if you become a co-sponsor of HR 25. Congressman Linder stated that Republicans got really close to the FairTax when Denny Hastert (FairTax co-sponsor & Former Speaker Of The House) asked Linder to do a program on it at a Republican retreat. John Boehner (current Minority Leader) stopped it showing that there are enemies of the FairTax in both major parties for purely selfish reasons.
Now much of the time that Boehner appears in public he looks like a reasonable man who has America's best interest @ heart - if you only go by what you see in public. What reason could Boehner have to nix the Linder presentation other than he knows the FairTax would be the biggest transfer of power from politicians to the people since the founding of this country - & in particular it is his power, lifestyle, perks, etc that will be affected? And of course Boehner is not alone in his deceptive position - the majority of our elected representatives play the poor against the rich, the weak against the strong, & retirees against workers while all the while favoring one special interest group after another - & all of this @ our expense while they stay in office for decades in powerful plush jobs.
Now I mentioned that the majority of politicians do things like this. However, there is a group of elected reps who have America's interest @ heart. These people, currently numbering sixty seven, have of their own volition signed on as co-sponsors of HR 25 (or its companion bill S296), The FairTax Act Of 2009 - the most important piece of legislation in our lifetime for America.
Not coincidently these sixty seven people are graded "A" or "B" (with only a few recent exceptions) by the National Taxpayers Union. Currently there are no co-sponsors of the FairTax Act among NJ elected reps. Our two NJ senators are both graded "F" by NTU with a 2% favorable rating. NJ also has seven congressmen graded "F" - four of them in single digits - Andrews, Holt, Pallone, & Sires. The other "F"s are Pascrell, Payne, & Rothman with ratings in the teens.
As pitiful as this is there is no doubt that all of these congressmen would become supporters & cosponsors of the FairTax if they thought there was a groundswell of support among their constituents – this is where all of us come in. Politicians are primarily in the reelection business & it is up to us to let them know what it takes for them to be successful to get reelected. I believe that the lowest NTU rated Member of Congress would support & co-sponsor the FairTax if they thought that 51% of their constituents were aggressively for the FairTax & they would not get reelected if they opposed it. I believe that the FairTax would pass in five minutes if everyone who heard of it would pitch in & help spread the word so that our elected reps knew they would be out of office if they did not follow the lead of their constituents.
Politicians & as we have recently profiled, talk show hosts, fall under the same standard. The litmus test is whether or not any of these people support the FairTax, & if not do they provide a reasonable explanation of why not. Then would they debate their question with someone like me or Jim Bennett to see what makes the most sense for America.
We have certainly singled out Glenn Beck on this matter the past several postings on this blog. A great & very thoughtful member of this e-mail club has offered the following suggestion re how to proceed - "I say to send letters and ask to tell the other side, how to get on their shows is beyond me except send a letter once a week or once a month asking, please sir would you give me the opportunity to state the facts, and maybe a 5 minute spot to explain the FairTax story." How courageous! This is exactly one of the points I intend to bring up & the FairTax NJ semi-annual meeting on Saturday - I want to assign leaders to find out why people of power are not behind the FairTax & if they find out they are not, for no good reason, to help get them out of power.
The country is crying for the FairTax as so many people remain unemployed or underemployed. I meet them every day & my heart breaks when I consider the opportunity for life they are missing & the selfish lecherous tendencies of our elites who care nothing for "We The People."
Take your pick from John Boehner to Rush Limbaugh to Newt Gingrich & everyone in between & you have to wonder why they are not for the FairTax. Or do you?
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
One of many comments I received - "I heard Glenn Beck make that remark about different rates (under the FairTax) for each product on Friday's show" - this is just plain false. The rate is the same for everything & everyone & is @ least partially how the FairTax got its name.
Below is a commentary I received from a FairTax supporter who was in Beck's audience on April 2 & did a tremendous job of trying to educate both Beck & the public - this is the type of stand it takes to make the difference if you can muster the courage:
"My wife and I were in the audience for the "Ask Glenn Anything" episode of the Glenn Beck show which aired on Friday April 2nd.
As has previously been mentioned by others on this forum, Glenn Beck was asked why he supports the flat tax and has not considered the FairTax. Glenn gave an answer that implied that only the flat tax will be fair to all. The show went to a commercial and while the cameras were off, I called out to him saying:
'Glenn, your understanding of the FairTax is incorrect. It charges the same tax to all, it does not favor one product or service over another.'
Glenn left the stage and came over to where I was sitting and said that he believes that different special interests will say 'How can you charge tax on my product or service?' and that Congress will fold and grant exceptions. With extremely limited time, I jumped to my next talking point which was to tell him that our current income tax started as a flat tax but that those single digit tax rates mushroomed into what we have today.
At this point, the show was about to go back on so Glenn headed over to the stage. With seconds until the show resumed recording, I yelled out 'But only 50% of the country pays income tax. There are not enough people to tax!' The show was back on the air, and with our discussion still fresh in his mind, Glenn's first words after returning from the commercial were to say something about having a FairTax person in the audience who debated that last question.
Steven Crowder, http://stevencrowder.ning.com/, comedian and political commentator known for his hilarious YouTube videos like the one he did last summer on the Canadian health care system, facilitated the show by standing in the audience and either reading questions sent in or calling upon audience members. I got to talk to him after the show when he was exiting the Fox News building. He said he didn't quite agree with Glenn Beck on the flat tax, so I gave him the quick elevator pitch and handed him one of my pocket cards before he took off. Steven Crowder has been hired by Fox News to be a regular contributor, and he is in the process of moving to New York from California."
Lastly, below is a comment from a reader of ReturnToExcellence.net that adds more light to the subject of where Beck is coming from re the Flat Tax & the FairTax. It seems that the responder's research resulted in Beck determining that the current administration & Congress could not administer the FairTax properly. I never believe in negotiating with myself or in this case finding reasons why not to pursue the excellence of something like the FairTax. It is true that BO & Pelosi will never support the FairTax for obvious reasons & that is precisely why freedom loving Americans have to get rid of them so that we can find people who will. Beck could help spread the FairTax word that will result in people like Pelosi & BO not being reelected so that we clear the way for FairTax supporters. We can not start soon enough to spread the FairTax word & that is why to me Beck is very suspicious, @ best, & most likely has an agenda that is the opposite of returning America to the liberty to abundance stage of our heritage. If our Founders took a waiting position similar to Beck's on July 4, 1776 they would have been under their beds hiding instead of being @ Independence Hall with pen in hand chomping @ the bit for their turn to sign.
"If you actually investigated further into Glenn Beck's statement, his beliefs are that under the current administration and agenda of Congress, the FairTax could not be administered properly.
I would think he means all the lobbyists, political back room deals, the "good ole boy's" quid pro quo, the earmarks and entitlements embedded into all the bills that seemingly go unnoticed.
Isn't it strange that these hidden items just somehow find their way into bills that basically have nothing to do with the main body of the bill?
While I do not share Mr. Beck's view of the Flat Tax, nor do I agree with everything anyone says, Glenn Beck's statement does hold water based on the current situation we find ourselves in.
I continue to believe that the FairTax would be the correct path to bring our country back.
However, based on Paul Volcker's statement of recent days, a European style of VAT may not be out of the realm of reality. It could be even more of a reality than many think. It wouldn't be a tax …oh no that just wouldn't be right. We'll call it a…..National Recovery and Reinvestment Fee.
Oh gee, now I feel so much better, a fee to recovery and reinvestment. May I remind the administration that I was born one day…….etc.
According to various news sources, officials from the White House responded "Mr. Volcker was speaking for himself and not the administration. The president has not proposed this idea nor is it under consideration".
May I point out that Mr. Volcker is Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President Obama.
So while the WH may distance itself from the statement, I would keep my eyes on all the balls that are currently being balanced in Washington D.C. One or two of those balls may strike you in the face and you may not see it coming. It may even be "rammed down the throats of Americans" as a certain bill that just recently was approved. Or should I say negotiated within some of the "normal ways" Washington does business? "
Thursday, April 8, 2010
There is no talk here of smaller government. In fact it is even worse - the Cap & Trade embrace will expand government. Christie so far is a perfect example of why we have to find candidates who really want to help make a positive difference - not the socialists of all parties that are so prevalent & in power. The first few months after an election is when a new governor or president fights for the agenda he truly believes in while he has the most political capital to spend with the electorate behind him. Just so sorry I wasn't wrong about Christie.
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Sunday, April 4, 2010
Good letter. I did not hear Beck's actual comments, did he give a reason for preferring the flat tax?
So the key is to contact people they respect, and have their attention to explain the superiority of The FairTax vs the Flat Tax. Namely people like Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell. If you want to turn them (radio hosts) , you may want to contact these men and see if they can explain it to our radio talking heads. Chances are you will exert more influence by following this path.
Have a Happy Easter
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I stopped listening to Rush Limbaugh over two years ago when he deliberately lied about the FairTax in February 2008. Limbaugh knew better when he said "what nut would be for any tax system that would result in prices being 30% higher?" The next day Neal Boortz said on his radio show that Limbaugh's comment was like someone sticking a knife in his back. Limbaugh & Beck are excellent speakers & make a tremendous living - I believe they could be just as persuasive arguing a position written by Alan Colmes. The fact they don't back the FairTax is proof to me they are either economically illiterate or have other agendas & despite the persuasive rhetoric that agenda is not the pure helping of America.
Please think about this with an open mind. Go to ReturnToExcellence.net & click on "The FairTax" on the left hand side. There are two Mike Huckabee videos listed. Just tell me who that is for America could be against what Huckabee says on these videos. If not convinced do you own study as I always recommend & make up your own mind. The FairTax is based on economic common sense - not rhetoric that really can be very cheap no matter how eloquently or seemingly sincere it is delivered & expressed.
BTW, did Beck say what he was doing to promote the Flat Tax other than say he was for it over the FairTax, & then only whenever the FairTax comes up. The Flat Tax bill has four co-sponsors the last time I checked. The FairTax bill has 67. Has Beck ever regularly promoted the Flat Tax bill on his show? No, I didn't think so.
When New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen talked about the FairTax and put forward the canard about losing the mortgage interest deduction, I started using that as material in my FairTax talks ever since - naming Frelinghuysen by name. Similarly, when you respond to a viewer question about the FairTax saying it would assess different tax rates for different product categories, you invite a similar response.
The time when you can get away with making inaccurate statements about the FairTax is coming to a close. People are increasingly on to it.
You would do better to learn the facts and be more accurate about this game-changing tax reform proposal. Please let me know if you or your staff will receive a briefing. I am available to come to New York.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Below is a note that Carol received from Ken Hoagland. Huckabee is the highest rated weekend cable show so this will be good exposure for the FairTax.
Just a note to remind you that my delayed interview with Mike Huckabee will air this weekend on FOX. Check your local listing for "Huckabee" to catch me talking about the FairTax, the Online Tax Revolt, and our work together to make this "The Year of the FairTax."
We're all very busy right now, as you might imagine, and I plan to write you with more details later. In the meantime, FairTax infomercial and TV ads start up in many cities this weekend, our plans for the April 15th rallies in Washington are moving ahead at light speed and with great intensity, and the Online Tax Revolt now has more than 200,000 people marching, including many well-known leaders (www.OnlineTaxRevolt.com).
We are on the move because of your help.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I heard a good suggestion (credit goes to Dick Morris) about Healthcare that I would like to pass on to you. While it is unlikely that Congress will be able to repeal the Obama healthcare bill next year and override a Presidential veto, Congress does have control of the purse strings.
As one who shares your study of history, I can point out that Parliament, in 17th century England, found a way to make King Charles listen. As did Parliament, you can refuse to fund the programs that the healthcare statute creates. You may recall that, when King Charles tried to circumvent Parliament by looking to ship money, he lost his head. I am not suggesting that as a 21st century remedy!
But de-funding healthcare is a way to de-fang the dragon. This dragon threatens to give away our future for the benefit of perhaps 3% of the population that is hard-core uninsured. Sensible measures, instead, to control medical costs are the first step on the way to solving the real problem.