“You never change
things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model
that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller
A Fond Farewell To Leo Linbeck, Jr.
we said good-bye to our founder, co-chairman and CEO Leo Edward Linbeck, Jr.
(1934-2013). Over the past years, I have
been blessed to meet and/or work with a number of distinguished individuals
including Governors, Senators, CEO’s, President Reagan, and Mother Teresa. Leo Linbeck, Jr. stands front and center; not
only for what he has done for the FairTax®, but for the principles with which
he led his life.
I asked him
one time if he felt like tort reform or the FairTax would be his legacy. Without
a moment’s hesitation he said in earnest, “Cindy, my legacy is my faith in God
and my family-period.” He was
right. That is what I witnessed from him
for two great years. Leo’s life and every
action he took were clearly guided by the teachings of Christ, and his strength and
motivation came from the unending love and joy he drew from his family.
meeting I had with Leo was a lesson. He
was a teacher. He took the time to
always impart knowledge, context and understanding. The most important lesson I learned from him,
however, was one that he demonstrated by action not word. In fighting the good fight for the FairTax,
there were naturally many who opposed his ideas and decisions. Most people would at one time or another, be
tempted to at least utter a few choice words under their breath – or more. Not once did Leo ever say a word of anger or
unkindness against or about anyone who opposed him, his ideas or the
FairTax. His demeanor and words were
unequivocally that of a humble gentleman – a true statesman.
years, Leo worked voraciously to educate the American people and Congress about
the destructive nature of the income tax and the IRS. He was an engineer by education and a builder
by trade. Leo built a new model for
taxation in America. He built the
the good fight - his battle is done. I
hope you will join me in continuing his fight, to ensure that his dream of
simple, fair and transparent taxation for every American will soon become reality? Here’s to Leo!
National TV Ads
have been calling for an end to the IRS for 20 years. Now is
the time to make it happen! The IRS has finally been exposed for all to see
as the abusive, intrusive, out-of-control political weapon it really is. TV, radio and Internet news outlets are now
delivering that message to the American people every day.
are seizing this unprecedented opportunity to launch a national ad campaign to
“End the IRS.” Fortune favors the
bold and our bold campaign takes advantage of the daily drumbeat of headlines
to build awareness and support for our movement. You can see the ad right here, right now –
and on the Fox News Channel.
was a great week for HR 25 in the U.S. House.
Two members of Congress, Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2) and Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-5),
joined Rep. Rob Woodall as co-sponsors of HR 25, “The FairTax Act of 2013.”
Congratulations to our MO and AZ FairTax teams.
With these two additions, we now have 66 co-sponsors in the House and 7
in the Senate.