“The elephant in the room is the issue of transparency. They don't want you to know anything, so they don't share anything.” - Michael Froomkin
Camp's Tax Reform - Another ObamaCare?
Déjà vu is defined as the strange sensation that
something one is now experiencing has happened before. Yesterday, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus
and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp announced they have launched a
website – taxreform.gov – and a Twitter handle, @simplertaxes, aimed at
inviting taxpayers to offer comments and complaints about how to change the tax
On the face it sounds great – full transparency, right? Not so fast.
If you go to the Baucus/Camp website it appears what constituents and
concerned Americans have to say about changing the tax code will not be made
public. Isn’t that swell?
What this really appears to be is a nicely packaged
illusion that gives Baucus and Camp time to continue backroom negotiations with
K-street lobbyist, time to craft a “tax reform” bill (away from the eyes of the
public who pays the tab) that will continue protecting special interests and
crush the taxpayer. Sound familiar?
Remember in 2010, when our leaders promised to reform
healthcare in the daylight? “But what we will do is, we’ll have the
negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making
Once again, however, special interests won over Congress and the
people were shut out of the process.
Unless FairTax® supporters act now, in numbers that will
make Congress stand up and take notice, you just may be hearing lofty promises
again when tax reform legislation is passed to the great fanfare of, “we
listened to the people!”
For those that would like help in crafting their
communication, we are preparing 4-5 talking points that you may consider incorporating
when sharing your “comments and complaints” at the taxreform.gov site.
We will share that information with you in next Friday’s
edition of FairTax Friday. If, however,
you want to immediately send your comments please do.
Our goal: 100,000 FairTax supporters submitting their opinions!
Are you in? Will you help us? We can do this!
Surprise: IRS Admits Targeting Conservatives
The IRS admitted
today that they in fact did systemically single out conservative political
groups for additional scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle. You may remember
these organizations’ leaders crying foul and the IRS vehemently denying any
selective screening, targeting or harassment.
months after the election, the IRS official responsible for overseeing tax
exempt groups, Lois Lerner, admitted these groups were in fact targeted and
apologized twice – stating the basis of the targeting was not partisan or
me of Sir Walter Scott’s prose “O what a tangled web we weave; when first we
practice to deceive.”
IRS as a weapon is a longstanding problem easily solved. Enact HR 25/S 122. No more targeting, no more
harassment, no more fear, no more IRS.
Cindy Canevaro, National