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The Volunteer Spotlight - Florida
Larry Walters, one of our
great volunteer Florida FairTax District Directors shared this update:
On April 20, our team participated in “Central
Florida Earth Day “in downtown Orlando, and “Seminole Celebrates” in Sanford,
FL. The teams, led by Pam Reid and Walt Bagley, collected about 400 postcard
petitions for delivery to House and Senate offices in Washington, D.C., and
registered approximately 100 new FairTax supporters. Great work team!
The FairTax Act In The News
IRS Scandal another Reason Why We Need the Fair
Tax – Canada
…Complete and total repeal of the 16th
Amendment is the only way to forever drive a stake through the heart of the
liberty-sucking vampire known as the Internal Revenue Service. Tinkering around
the edges will not suffice. A flat tax will not do it, because the IRS remains
behind as the most powerful and odious collection agency on the planet.
America needs the Fair Tax — a national sales
tax that replaces all federal taxes on income, including payroll taxes that
support Social Security and Medicare...
The Fair Tax would allow each of us to keep
every dime we earn. We would then pay a federal sales tax on all new consumer
items. You, not your congressman, would decide how much tax you paid. What
could you do with the extra funds if you were taking home that gross figure
every payday rather than the so-called “net,” which is nothing more than what
the federal government allows you to keep?..
A Brief History of
IRS Political Targeting – The Wall Street
Many Republicans are enraged
over revelations in recent days that the Internal Revenue Service targeted
conservative nonprofit groups with a campaign of audits and harassment. But of
all the troubles now dogging the Obama administration—including the Benghazi
fiasco and the Justice Department's snooping on the Associated Press—the IRS
episode, however alarming, is also the least surprising. As David Burnham noted
in "A Law Unto Itself: The IRS and the Abuse of Power" (1990),
"In almost every administration since the IRS's inception the information
and power of the tax agency have been mobilized for explicitly political
One potential bombshell of
the Clinton era that went relatively unrecognized was an Associated Press
report in 1999 that "officials in the Democratic White House and members
of both parties in Congress have prompted hundreds of audits of political
opponents in the 1990s," including "personal demands for audits from
members of Congress." Audit requests from congressmen were marked
"expedite" or "hot politically" and IRS officials were
obliged to respond within 15 days. Permitting congressmen to secretly and
effortlessly sic G-men on whomever they pleased epitomized official
Washington's contempt for average Americans and fair play. But because the
abuse was bipartisan, there was little enthusiasm on Capitol Hill for an
IRS has usually done an excellent job of stifling investigations of its
practices. A 1991 survey of 800 IRS executives and managers by the nonprofit
Josephson Institute of Ethics revealed that three out of four respondents felt
entitled to deceive or lie when testifying before a congressional committee…
With the current IRS scandal,
we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg. Thorough congressional
investigations would no doubt help reveal the extent of the operation, and the
criminal investigation announced by the Justice Department on Tuesday may prove
fruitful as well. Regardless of what these inquiries uncover, though, we can be
almost certain that IRS audits will remain irresistible political weapons.
Understanding The FairTax Webinar
With May's Special Topic: The stability of a Consumption Tax vs. an Income tax
When: Thursday, May 23, 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, 5th year 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.