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“The thinking that we are has brought us to where we have already been.  In order to go somewhere else, we must think in a different way.” - Albert Einstein

The Connie Francis Strategy

Recently AFFT announced to the national media a renewed campaign to recruit 3,000 new FairTax supporters in each of 435 Congressional districts.  Here is a one important strategy that you can use in recruiting new FairTax supporters in your Congressional district that you can begin right now, right where you live.  

The Connie Francis Strategy:  Go where the (boys) volunteers are!

Volunteer at congressional and presidential campaign headquarters and meet your future FairTax volunteers.

In 1960, Connie Francis had a hit song from the then-smash movie she also starred in, Where the Boys Are. In her case, the boys were in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on spring break.

When it comes to your finding future FairTax volunteers, they are working in congressional and presidential campaign headquarters. Unlike the movie, we are looking for FairTax volunteers of the future. Campaign volunteers are self-selected activists, just the kind of self-selected activists we are in the FairTax movement. So, go spend some time with your future volunteers!

Here’s what you can do. 

1. First, remember that the FairTax initiative is nonpartisan. 
  • What we are recommending here is intended for all the sides of all the isles.  When we say “volunteer in a congressional race” you choose the incumbent or challenger. 

2. The House Ways & Means committee member races are critically important.

  • If your congressman is on the Ways & Means Committee, run – do not walk – to the campaign headquarters of your choice and volunteer through the election. See the members of the Ways & Means Committee here.
  • If you have a Ways & Means member district near your home district, run – do not walk – to volunteer in that neighboring district’s campaign headquarters, if geographically convenient.

3. Battleground states are where the action is.

  1. If you are in a battle ground state, and not in or near a Ways & Means district, run – do not walk – to the nearest presidential campaign headquarters of your choice and volunteer.  Here is the list of key battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
4. Not in a Ways & Means district and not in a presidential battleground state? 
  1. Volunteer in the campaign headquarters of your choice in your congressional district.
5. None of the above attractive to you? 
  • Volunteer with any activist organization working on get out the vote campaigns, working on passing or stopping ballot initiatives in your area, and so on down a long list of activities that attract volunteers and for which you have an affinity. Clearly, organizations and initiatives that are fiscally oriented will have the best potential volunteers for the FairTax.

Other Details

  • When we say “headquarters” we mean headquarters.  That’s where the best volunteers are.
  • When we say “congressional” district, we do mean members of the House of Representatives, not the Senate.  The Constitutions demands that all tax legislation start in the House, so that’s where we concentrate.
  • Take and exchange business, networking or introduction cards. Need a card?  One on-line site, Vista Print, is a very low cost option as are office supply and your local print shops.
  • Be industrious in your volunteerism and your FairTax recruiting.  It is the American way and it is crucial to the success of the FairTax!

Connie Francis went to Ft. Lauderdale. Infamous bank robber, Willie Sutton, reportedly said he robbed banks because banks were “…where the money is!” 

By the same token, we’ll find our best, future FairTax volunteers where the best volunteers are right now:  Working in congressional and presidential campaigns. 

Go work with them - and happy FairTax recruiting!

The FairTax in the News

Burns: If you want to rebuild U.S., start with tax codeHouston Chronicle

He's lanky, white-haired, calm. Listen to him for a few minutes and you sense great patience, stunning analytical abilities, and a sustained passion, untainted by malice. His name is Leo Linbeck Jr. His company has built some of America's most striking buildings.

But I've come to talk about a different kind of construction, our tax system, which is broadly acknowledged to be one of the most wretched things ever built. I've come to Houston because Linbeck is a prime mover behind the idea of a national sales tax, one that would replace the entire 73,608-page tax code.

While our tax code has been called "an abomination," it is now clear that both political parties intend to do no more than tinker with the abomination, in different ways, to rebuild America to their vision. Neither party sees that our tax code is central to our current economic mess. Linbeck thinks differently. He says that to rebuild America, we need a brand-new tax system…

The result was a bold idea: Replace the current mess with a national sales tax. Tax consumption and only consumption. Eliminate the income tax, the employment tax and the corporate income tax. Just tax consumption.

"It's very progressive, but on a discretionary basis," Linbeck said. "If you buy a Bentley and I buy a Ford, you'll have to pay about 20 times the taxes I pay. People that spend more money will pay more taxes."..

- Scott Burns

Op-ed: A new tax system? We can dream - The Fayetteville Observer

Let us pretend that yesterday when you went to sleep, you slipped into a deep slumber. While you were in La La Land, your legislators got transformed. They became completely selfless. They decided to jettison their party politics and learn the art of compromise. They presented to the president a sweeping bill that he readily signed into the law of land. In your sleep, you heard:

There is no Internal Revenue Service.

There is no tax on income.

The dreaded 15th of April has no significance. It is an ordinary day like any other…

You rub your eyes over and over again wondering - could this be true? Before you open your eyes, you hear the sound of a telephone ringing. It is your CPA reminding you to file your quarterly income-tax return. After you hang up, you wonder, what would it take to pass this tax law?...

The Fair Tax bill needs you. All you have to do is to visit the fair tax website (www.fairtax.org) and familiarize yourself with the Fair Tax proposal. If you like what you read, call or write to your congressmen and senators to support the HR 25 and S 13 bill.

- Inder Nijhawan and Pamela Jackson

Archive link for September 28, 2012

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 Over time, 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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