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“Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” - Albert Einstein

 Gomer's Wanted

In the early 60’s, Gomer Pyle was a goofy but lovable fellow on the Andy Griffith show. The Pyle character later moved to a spinoff series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Like many kids in the 60’s I loved the characters of Mayberry, most especially Gomer; so much so I named my dog Gomer.

Of course, I came to regret that every time mom and I blew through the neighborhood in a ’55 Chevy yelling at the top of our lungs, “Gomer” because the mutt had yet again escaped the fenced yard in search of hot chicken on the run.

Pyle had several phrases like “Shaz-aam”, “Gaw-lee” and who could forget, “Surprise-Surprise-Surprise!” My very favorite though was when Gomer was confronted with an ethical dilemma or heard someone telling an untruth. In typical Jim Nabors fashion, he would dramatically set forth with “Shame, Shame, Shame,” - which brings me to TX Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21).

For years, Rep. Smith’s constituents have written to him expressing their support for the FairTax® legislation. We know because they send us a copy of their letter. They also send us Rep. Smith’s canned ham form response, which his staff dutifully mails out without bothering to determine if the contents are factually accurate. If Rep. Smith or his staff would bother to read the actual language in HR 25, or the follow-up letters his constituents send, (that provide factual answers to his inaccurate assertions) he would have long ago ceased with this ridiculous charade.

Yet he persists. Rep. Smith, if you don’t want to support HR 25, come right out and tell your constituents the truth, but please stop hiding behind trivialized statements like “Americans are overtaxed” and “the IRS too frequently intrudes into citizens’ lives”, then add a plethora of untruths about the only legislation before Congress that will provide simple and fair taxation for everyone, eliminate the IRS and abolish the 16th Amendment – the FairTax® Plan. I say, “Shame, Shame, Shame.”

Sadly, this scenario repeats itself across Congress every single day. 

To be clear, this is not a Republican problem - it’s not a Democrat problem. It’s a problem with the electorate not understanding when they are being played by the very people they elect to represent them.

With continued IRS revelations – this week we heard the IRS exposed thousands of Americans’ social security numbers - more and more Americans are now demanding the elimination of the IRS and the Repeal of the 16th Amendment. Yet, when they plead with their Representative to do something about it – like implement the only legislation before Congress that will eliminate the IRS, they are sent packing with a bloated, canned ham form letter.  Shame, Shame, Shame!

There is a way to solve this problem and it doesn’t involve blaming Washington. It is much simpler than that and begins by looking in the mirror.

Does your Representative listen to (really listen to) and represent YOU? Or, does your Representative send you bloated, canned ham form letters and responses? If so, it’s time to stop complaining, stop pointing the finger and elect yourself a new representative. Election Day 2014 is around the corner. If you don’t, and continue to send Representatives to Washington who ignore and marginalize your concerns, then “Shame, Shame, Shame.”

Until next week,

Cynthia T. Canevaro - Cindy

Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

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The FairTax Act In The News

By Ignoring The FairTax, Phil Gramm Offers A Tax Plan For GOP

…The FairTax would abolish the IRS, and replace our current individual and corporate income taxes, capital gains tax, payroll taxes, and death tax with a simple national retail sales tax. And, while Democratic Senator Max Baucus and Republican Congressman Dave Camp have merely promised to “take up” fundamental tax reform, FairTax legislation has already been written, vetted, thoroughly analyzed, and introduced into Congress. In fact, the FairTax has 68 co-sponsors in the House and 7 in the Senate today.

The Washington establishment dismisses the FairTax as impractical, but it is, in fact, the only fundamental tax reform plan that can generate sufficient public enthusiasm to overcome the resistance of the “inside the beltway” crowd and pass. Remember, our massive and very powerful D.C. lobbying industry gets half of its revenues from gaming our byzantine tax code on behalf of special interests. The lobbyists like our tax system just the way it is…

Let’s look at what the FairTax offers that could get voters sufficiently excited to demand its passage, and contrast these points with Senator Gramm’s recommendations.

First and foremost the FairTax would eliminate the IRS, and with it IRS oppression. As the latest scandal has shown, the IRS is a threat to liberty…

Richmond Tea Party's Nordvig: Abolish IRS, Income

Larry Nordvig, executive director of the Richmond Tea Party, advocates abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service, income taxes and business taxes.

"This country did very well until 1913 without the IRS and without an income tax, so it can be done, it has been done, and we were more profitable before the IRS came along," he told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview. "I would replace it with the Fair Tax System. That's the only system right now that would completely abolish the IRS."

Nordvig's Fair Tax System essentially amounts to a sales tax. "You pay your taxes at the cash register," he said. "It's a lot [of] what the founding fathers had in mind when they put excise and tariffs as a form of taxation in the Constitution."..

"Understanding The FairTax" Webinar

With July’s Special Topic: History of the income tax

When: Thursday, July 25, 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: Guest presenter, Paul Livingston, District Director from Jacksonville, FL will be your host

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

Link for July 12, 2013

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The FairTax ends the IRS, our incomprehensible tax code and income tax returns! 

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