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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” - Mahatma Gandhi

How To Hold Washington Accountable

Only in Washington do you have to push so hard for the acceptance of something that would benefit the entire nation!

At this time, 68 Representatives have co-sponsored H.R. 25 alongside nine Senate (S.13) co-sponsors. If your representative isn’t on this list, we urgently need your help to educate that member.

Remember, every time you contact your representatives in Washington, they are reminded that YOU are representative of hundreds of people who will let their voice be heard on election day.

Contacting Your Elected Officials 

To find out who your Congressman is, click here, and for tips on talking to Congressional offices go here. Make sure you have the FairTax fundamentals and facts handy.

You are now ready to call your Congressional Representative and Senator! Politely and respectfully tell the person answering the phone that you would like your Representatives to represent you by co-sponsoring H.R. 25, the FairTax Act of 2011. Give them your home and email addresses and ask them to send to you the member’s official response to your request.

You might also consider contacting them through their official website or Facebook. While you’re on their website, sign up for your Representative’s email alerts to know when he or she will be in your area.  

Did you know it’s often the number of contacts they receive, not the quality of the legislation that compels them to consider supporting certain legislation?  Sad but true, so be sure to recruit your friends to contact their representatives too.

Contact a Local FairTax Leader

Volunteer FairTax leaders are all over America and would love to have your help.  More importantly, they need your help in reaching your neighbors! These same leaders can speak to the organizations in your community that are important to you.

Show Up and Be Visible

Approach your representatives whenever they are in your area. Attend town hall meetings and have multiple FairTax supporters ask them why they are not supporting legislation that will transform our economy, end the reign of terror by the IRS and bring millions of new jobs to Americans. Be sure and bring FairTax information that you can share with the audience.

Raise these same issues in letters to the editor and opinion editorials you write to the local paper.

Media attention around tax day or tax related events make your efforts have even more impact.

Community events are also great ways to educate people about the FairTax. Many volunteer groups have booths at fairs, conventions and other gatherings. By volunteering to represent the FairTax you can educate and sign up many new supporters.

Become The FairTax “Go-To”

By making regular contact with the district staff, you can become their FairTax resource.  Once you’re comfortable with the district staff, make contact with their tax aide in Washington. Determine how “FairTax informed” the aide is and exactly where the representative stands on both tax reform and the FairTax. Answer their questions and guide them to trusted research about the FairTax plan.

Ask to meet face-to-face with your representative.  Don’t be shy, be persistent! Know what kind of policy goals are important to the Representative.  During your meeting ask the member for their commitment to co-sponsor H.R. 25 and offer to set up a FairTax briefing with H.R. 25 sponsor, Congressman Rob Woodall.

Hold Them Accountable

Did your Congressman promise to look into the FairTax? Did the staff say they would get back to you? Did you get your requested response? Politely and respectfully insist on answers and then share your answers with other voters so everyone understands where the Representative or Senator stands on the FairTax.

Doug Dash, a FairTax District Director in New Jersey, recently shared his experience with his elected Representative in a letter to the editor of his local paper. He said:

“…During our meeting with you, we suggested a continuing dialogue with you, offering to answer any questions you might have about the FairTax in the future. Yet on the radio, you stated that we had not answered your questions. You indicated that you wanted to talk to Congressman Robert Woodall of Georgia, the sponsor of the FairTax bill in the House, which seemed like a reasonable course of action.

I have been in contact with his Washington staff at least four times, asking them to reach out to you about the benefit of the FairTax bill. Also, I have called or emailed every co-sponsor twice, and asked them to talk to you about the FairTax. In March, I emailed Joe Heaton, your legislative aide in Washington, and offered to answer any questions he had. He never replied. Woodall's staff has told me they have offered to meet with you several times and have never received a positive response from you or your staff…”

Repeat, Recruit and Re-Elect

Moving representatives Washington is not easy and it doesn’t happen quickly.  But it can be done.  Numbers speak louder than words so keep recruiting new volunteers. People translate to voters and voters translate into numbers.  Numbers are important to every elected representative. If your Congressman isn’t friendly to the FairTax today, it’s likely his challenger will be. Or the next challenger or the next.

Thank you for standing with fellow citizen as we march toward the FairTax!

Share the FairTax Picture of the Week

Congressman doesn't support meme

Sadly, this kind of response from Congress is all too common. Show your friends the irony of our representatives supporting tax reform but not the FairTax. Share this picture here!

The FairTax in the News

FairTax is only true tax reform – Roanoke.com

…Tax reform is in the air; it will happen. We should worry about the form reform takes.

If it's more tinkering with the already over-tinkered tax code, it will be no reform at all. Just more favors for some, penalties for others and headaches for all.

If it's a value-added tax, we will have a national sales tax to go with the income tax.

If it's a flat tax, it's still based on income, requires forms to be submitted and is subject to all the manipulations that exist now.

If one or more of the above suit you, relax. Politicians will take over and make deals.

Washington Post columnist George Will asked, "Wouldn't it be nice if we had a tax code that looked like someone designed it on purpose?"

There is one: the FairTax. It taxes consumption at a single rate, provides a prebate especially helpful for lower incomes, requires no paperwork, is transparent and is difficult to manipulate…

- Donald Koop, Roanoke

Letters: Plaudits for a lonely FairTax crusader – Roanoke.com

Donald Koop faces great odds in his dream of tax reform, and he knows it, but Koop is a patriot. He continues to devote serious time and energy pursuing legislation for the FairTax…

Seventy-seven members of Congress have signed on to the House bill (H.R. 25) and Senate bill (S. 13) - honest legislators who believe they were elected to represent the people. The House bill could not get out of committee. The Senate bill could not get into committee.

The tax code contains more than 67,000 pages. The Internal Revenue Service's projected budget for 2012 is $12.6billion.

Why do we allow this deplorable state of affairs to continue?

Here's a tip of the hat to Koop. He keeps on keeping on. He stands up for America.

- Don Dobbins, Radford

The June FairTax Webinar

With Special Topic: Simplifying the savings of purchasing used vs. new goods under the FairTax

When: Thursday, June 28, 2012

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

Where: At your personal computer, anywhere!

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, webinar producer and host from Orlando, Florida. In their fourth year, 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 and watch for the confirmation email. For more information contact Larry Walters at repeal_16@earthlink.net.

Web link for 6.15.2012

Featured Video:

Woodall Special Order SpeechCongressman Rob Woodall: Special Order FairTax Speech

 Ways to Engage:

- Contact Congress

- Engage and get updates on Facebook

- Follow us on Twitter

- Find a local leader

- Distribute handouts

- Get FairTax gear

- Watch the webinar

- Send an e-card

- Join FairTax 2012

- Contact the media

- Get FairTax graphics

- Understand basics

FairTax Fact:

The FairTax benefits all income groups. Of 42 household types (classified by income, marital status, age), all have lower average remaining lifetime tax rates under the FairTax than they would experience under the current tax system.

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