About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Dropping The Statist Label In A Heartbeat

Many of you know that Neal Boortz was elected to the National Radio Fall Of Fame in a landslide - undoubtedly thanks @ least in part to the thousands of FairTax supporter's votes including many from our group. Neal will be inducted into the Hall on November 7 in Chicago.

Past inductees include Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Paul Harvey, Eve Arden, Gene Autry, Eddie Cantor, Dick Clark, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Durante, Gale Gordon, Groucho Marx, David Sarnoff, Kate Smith, Bob Steele, Lowell Thomas, Edward R. Murrow, & Wolfman Jack.

This is a tremendous feather in our cap to have the main national radio voice for the FairTax as well as the co-author of the two FairTax books in the Hall Of Fame.

Below is an article by Robert S. Siegel re Neal's Show yesterday that is right out of some conversations I have had recently about the enemies of the FairTax. Mr. Siegel correctly identifies FairTax enemies as politicians in both parties who are entrenched in maintaining their self-enrichment interests @ our expense as well as many voters who have become so government dependent that they have developed a wealth-envy mentality that just wants to punish any success -especially those accomplishments that they would never undertake themselves.

More & more of our elected reps have turned to government as the answer to every problem & have thrown any responsibility to the taxpayer out the window. A check of the latest National Taxpayers Union's grades & percent favorable ratings re spending & consideration for the taxpayer for the worst senators in states where we have members in our group include Casey (Pa) & Webb (Va) - both "F" @ 3% favorable, Lautenberg (NJ) & Menendez (NJ) - both "F" @ 2% favorable, Durbin (Il) - "F" @ 4% favorable, Dodd CT) - "F" @ 4% favorable, Lieberman (CT) - "F" @ 6% favorable, & VP Biden - "F" @ 2% favorable, & Secretary of State Clinton - "F" @ 4% favorable while the VP & Hillary were in the Senate in 2008. BO did not get a Senate score because he missed so many votes - he was graded "F" @ 6% favorable in 2007. Contrast these grades & ratings with those of Jim DeMint of SC who is graded "A" @ 96 % favorable.

Mr. Siegel's asks @ the end of his piece how do you convince politicians & voters who favor government solutions that the FairTax is a good thing. I don't know about wealth-envying voters but I do know about any politician - namely, show them an overwhelming grass roots movement in favor of the FairTax & they will drop the Statist label in a heartbeat.

Fair Tax

by Robert S. Siegel on August 6, 2009

Radio talk show host Neal Boortz is spending his 11 o'clock hour (EST) talking about the FairTax, for which he has written a couple of books. This is probably going to be a good discussion for everybody that is concerned about the tax system, regardless of their view of the Fair Tax.

My question for Boortz has always been about how to persuade voters that the FairTax is a good thing. The FairTax, would in theory, take away the government's ability to use the tax code to reward or punish behaviors that the government sees fit to encourage or discourage. For example, there is a lot of talk today about taxing soft drinks as a policy for reducing obesity. I believe that this type of policy would be very difficult if not impossible under the Fair Tax.

Many voters, and certainly the vast majority of politicians, favor the government's ability to apply rewards and punishments via tax policy, meaning they oppose the FairTax for major policy reasons not related to revenue collection or equity of tax law. And no, this is not by any stretch of the imagination something only liberals or Democrats enjoy. Both parties love it.

How do you convince voters and politicians that approve of this type of policy making that the FairTax is a good thing?

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