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"I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way." - Thomas Jefferson

Washington Protocol And IRS Torment

Spend much time in Washington and you quickly learn that there is an established protocol on Capitol Hill. I am not talking about formal protocols such as always addressing members of Congress by their given title; rather I am referencing the unwritten protocol of how members act with each other and conduct day-to-day business.

Members that learn how and play by the unwritten rules of comity do well. Those that don’t… Well, let’s just say they don’t seem to have much success.

Enter Ted Cruz, the newly elected Junior Senator from Texas and FairTax co-sponsor in the Senate.  Senator Cruz was a little known, come-from-behind dark horse candidate until a grassroots movement took hold and propelled him to victory against an establishment opponent.

Shortly after being sworn in, Senator Cruz began to ruffle feathers by not learning and abiding by the establishment protocol. From day one he has insisted on asking questions, tough questions on lots of subjects.

I am not saying Senator Cruz is right or wrong on any given topic – that’s for his constituents to decide.  What I am applauding is the fact that he does not appear to have adopted the toxic status quo, go-along-to-get-along partisan mentality expected of new House and Senate members.

Our nation is in economic collapse, and the income tax system is a major driver.  It’s time for tough questions; tough questions to members of Congress.  Questions like, “how can you Representative/Senator continue advocating for:

- An income tax code that according to the IRS’ own watchdog, Nina Olson: “Torments taxpayers.”

- An income tax code that is so complex (4 million words and 5,000 changes in 11 years) that it “leads to perverse results.” 

- An income tax system so overwhelmed with its’ own complexity, it can no longer keep up with the disaster it has created – now delaying desperately needed refunds for untold numbers of taxpayers.

- The final question: Why aren’t you, as my Representative, supporting and working for passage of the FairTax Plan - the only tax replacement plan providing a fair, simple and transparent tax code that can fully fund the federal government while protecting Social Security and Medicare?  

In 2012, grassroots voters in TX decided they had had enough with status quo candidates.  Working together, they changed the course of an election and elected a new Senator willing to stand up and ask tough questions from day one.  We too have the opportunity to change a tax system slowly sucking the economic life out of our nation.  I’m in.  Are you?

Please, contact your Congressional delegation today.

Ask them tough questions. Don’t accept canned, cookie cutter responses. They represent YOU. You pay their salaries and grossly inflated benefit packages. You have a right and an obligation to ask tough questions. 

One final note, I am pleased to announce that we have confirmed our first Ways and Means Member district Town Hall. Neal Boortz will be a panelist presenting the FairTax. Thanks Neal!

Once the Congressman has issued formal invitations and the other panel members have confirmed I will provide specific details about the date, Congressional district and panelists. 

Until next week,


Cynthia T. Canevaro

National Campaign Manager

FairTax Volunteer Spotlight: Glen Terrell

The FairTax volunteers working with Glen to publish letters to the editor already know about his "can do" attititude. But when he sent us this note about another experience, we had to share it with everyone:

"Recently I did something I had never done before. I decided to phone the offices of the four members of the Ways and Means committee from Texas. I don’t live in any one of their districts but I wanted to make that call anyway as “one fellow Texan to another.”

I was pleasantly surprised. On each call I asked that the representative please support the FairTax in the committee hearings and later on the floor of the House. Both me and my call were received graciously. The person answering the call seemed to be taking notes and one even said he would pass the information along to the representative. The best part, all four calls were done in less than 15 minutes; about 3 minutes per call.

Then, earlier this week I wanted to test a phone number to be sure I had it right so I ended up calling a W & M committee member from another state.  That call was like “One concerned American to another.”  Even there, my call seemed to be well received.

I think I got a lot of results for the amount of time invested.  I think others, many others, should try this too."

The FairTax Act In The News

Fair Tax will restore nation's economic

Poverty should never be the goal of a government tax structure yet our income tax is designed to keep working people poor…

Although the wealthiest avoid paying federal income taxes thanks to deductions, their investment capital needed for job creation is forced overseas to avoid capital gains taxes. Not only do we forfeit investment dollars, our industries can’t compete globally. Capital gains taxes are 11.5 percent higher than the average tax rate for the 34 nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. And with our corporate tax being the highest in the world, there is little incentive for foreign investment to come to the U.S.

A consumption tax, The Fair Tax Act of 2013, filed in the House on Jan. 3 with a record number (53) of first day co-sponsors, ends personal income taxes, business income taxes, payroll taxes, capital gains taxes, estate and gift taxes and the alternative minimum tax. It generates equal tax revenues while creating jobs…

- Beverly A. Martin

The five principles of tax reformWeatherford Democrat

Reform is defined as removing abuse, eliminating bad practices and change for the better.

The American Institute of CPAs at their website has a list of criteria to evaluate proposed tax reform. The FairTax bill HR25/S122 is based upon the following five principles and is in compliance with the AICPA criteria for tax reform:

- Fair: This means no loopholes, no special deals, no exclusions, no class rates and no exceptions. Everyone is treated alike…

- Simple: Read that as “easy to understand.”…

- Transparent: Means taxes are out in the open. You see and know what is being taxed and how much tax you paid…

- Supports economic growth. Our present tax code is hurting our economy by driving out and punishing the entry of jobs, companies and capital…

- Revenue neutral: The new system brings in the same amount of money as the present system…

The solution is called the FairTax Bill HR25/S122. It moves the tax base from income, saving and investments to a tax based on consumption with a progressive national consumption/sales tax system.

Please do these actions: learn more at Sign up to support real, true tax reform. Call your U.S. representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor the FairTax Bill.

- Paul Livingston

Understanding The FairTax Webinar

With February's Special TopicPutting pressure on the Ways & Means Committee to Send HR 25 to the House for Debate

When: Thursday, February 28, 2013

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: Marc Manieri, AFFT & FFTEA Webinar Producer & Host from Orlando, Florida.

Join: To participate, register here and watch for the confirmation email. For more information contact Larry Walters at

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