“I look upon ourselves as partners in all of this, and that each of us contributes and does what he can do best.” – Jonas Salk
Our Volunteer Heroes
One thing that has consistently separated the FairTax®
movement from other campaigns is the sheer number of individuals who have
dedicated their time, energy, financial resources and extraordinary talents to
advancing the FairTax Plan.
We have hundreds of thousands of supporters, like you, who
donate, actively write your elected Representatives, work booths at local
events, make presentations, pass out FairTax materials, assume local, state and
regional leadership positions and work tirelessly to educate this great nation
on why the income tax must be replaced with the FairTax Plan.
It is not unusual for someone to call or write and say, “I
want to volunteer, what can I do or put me to work.” What is unusual is when
someone says I think I can make a difference by doing X or Y and then proceeds
to do it without fanfare and without the need for guidance.
These are the individuals who just innately know what needs
done and then engage others to help them achieve almost miraculous results.
Ronald Reagan said, “The greatest leader is not necessarily
the one who does the greatest things. He
is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” Today, I want to
share with you two examples of great FairTax leaders.
Dave Armstrong – The Slide Guy
Dave Armstrong is the volunteer State Director for Indiana. Before
retiring, Dave spent his career at a major international corporation,
specializing in polymer seals.
Like so many of you, one day Dave heard Neal Boortz talking
on the radio about the FairTax.
Intrigued, he then read Neal and John Linder’s book and his FairTax
passion was born. Off Dave went, speaking to anyone and everyone about the
virtues of the FairTax Plan. But he felt there was more he could do.
After the elections, Dave sensed that people of all
political leanings felt a certain disillusionment. A natural born problem
solver, he wanted to lift people’s spirits and keep the FairTax in the public
eye. Problem solved - he created a website, www.fairtaxdave.com
and began producing “FairTax single message slides” for distribution on
Facebook and Twitter.
Today, Dave Armstrong has produced over 600 slides that have
been posted and shared on countless Facebook and Twitter pages. His impact - incalculable. Dave is now offering his slides to any
FairTax supporter for download and distribution on their Facebook and Twitter
pages. Thanks Dave! They can be found here.
Glen Terrell – The Master of LTTE
For over 35 years, Glen Terrell, Ph.D. was an award winning,
university based physics teacher.
Concerned about public policy during the 2012 election cycle, Glen and
his friends Norm Redhead and Roy Newsom developed a program to submit citizen
opinions via “Letters to the Editor – LTTE.” When the campaign ended, Glen
learned about the FairTax Plan and decided his LTTE program could also help the
That November, Glen sent me an email saying he felt he could
make a difference with his LTTE program – we chatted and, as they say, the rest
is history. Glen Terrell, along with Norm and Roy, launched the FairTax LTTE
program and began recruiting volunteer writers.
To date Glen Terrell has recruited over 100 volunteer
writers who have had hundreds and hundreds of LTTE’s, Opinion Editorials, blog
pieces and misinformation corrections published in a variety of communication
mediums across the United States. What’s more, Glen and his team have developed
a process that enables the LTTE team to immediately respond to, react, correct
and proactively educate citizens and elected officials on the virtues of the
Sadly, a key member of Glen’s team – Norm Redhead – recently
passed away. We will forever be grateful to Norm for his incredible
contributions to the FairTax LTTE initiative. We apologize for the mistake in the original release of this FairTax Friday which incorrectly listed a different team member.
I would like to also express profound appreciation to Glen,
Norm and the hundreds of members of this extraordinary team for a job very well
done. If you have writing skills, a good
understanding of the FairTax Plan and would like to be a member of this elite writing
team, contact Glen Terrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rep. Bachmann signs on as Co-Sponsor
Congratulations to the Minnesota FairTax team! Representative
Michele Bachmann (MN-6) has signed on as the 69th co-sponsor of HR 25 in the
U.S. House of Representatives. Hundreds of contacts with her office by
FairTaxers have paid off!
District Targeting Campaign update
Finally, congratulations to Ron Babin, volunteer President
of the Michigan FairTax Association, for the new FairTax billboard campaign he
is initiating in Michigan’s 4th Congressional District. This effort is part of
our District Targeting Campaign that we shared with you earlier in the
year. Ron’s team is finalizing
production of a major billboard that will be put up in a highly visible area of
the 4th – home of Representative Dave Camp – Chairman of the House Ways and
Means Committee. Once the boards are up we will share a picture.
Until next week,