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“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” - Aristotle

A Return To The More Perfect Union

On Tuesday, America celebrated Constitution Day; the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. I bet most people think the then-Constitution included provisions for our current income tax system. But they would be wrong.

The Founding Fathers had very strong feelings about taxing income. So did Karl Marx. 

In 1848, after outlining the evils of Capitalism, Marx described in his Communist Manifesto how to affect a Communist Revolution. He then lists 10 requirements for what he termed, “advanced countries.” 

His second requirement was “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax.”  

I submit Marx’s heavy progressive or graduated income tax was precisely what our Founding Fathers were guarding against when they wisely called a tax on labor “direct taxation.” The Founding Fathers believed that taxing the fruits of our labor worked against the principal of individual liberty – the essential foundation of our government.

James Madison, while discussing the power delegated to Congress to lay and collect taxes said, “…a national revenue must be obtained but the system must be such that, while it secures the object of revenue it shall not be oppressive to our constituents.”

Note Madison’s concern with avoiding constituent oppression.

Alexander Hamilton, in “Federalist 21,” written in 1787 before ratification of the Constitution said, “It is a signal advantage of taxes on articles of consumption that they contain in their own nature a security against excess. If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption, the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within the proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens, by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power imposing on them.”

Like Madison, Hamilton was also concerned about citizen oppression.

From 1777 to 1787, the Articles of Confederation only stipulated that taxes would be collected by the various states, “within the time agreed upon by Congress” to pay for war.

The Founding Fathers believed so strongly that taxing income was so dangerous, that they banned it from the Constitution signed in 1787. In fact, there was no mention of an income tax in our Constitution for 126 years until 1913. It was then that our 62nd Congress passed the 16th Amendment and gave us the gift that has kept on giving for 100 years.

It is time to return to what our Founding Fathers envisioned when they formed a more perfect union.

It is time for the FairTax®. I believe our time is drawing close and now is the time for a major push. It appears the Committee on Ways and Means will take substantive tax reform action within the next 30-60 days. 

In 1775, while speaking before the colony of Virginia, Patrick Henry delivered a passionate oratory (without notes) outlining why Virginia’s delegates should be a part of the American Revolution. As he neared the end of his speech, his voice began to crescendo and he thundered, "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." 

Virginia then joined the American Revolution.

I call on you to today to be ever vigilant, to be extraordinarily active and to stand incredibly brave against the forces of opposition as we write the next chapter of our great nation’s history.

Yours in the FairTax,

 Cynthia T. Canevaro - Cindy

Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

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The New Grassroots Model

From September 6-8, twenty-two highly engaged grassroots FairTax leaders from across the nation, including volunteer regional and state directors and FAST board members assembled in Houston with Americans For Fair Taxation® (AFFT) leadership to begin the process of defining a new bottoms-up, grassroots driven governance model for the FairTax® campaign.

Friday evening began with a dinner hosted by Leo Linbeck, III. Attendees enjoyed a relaxed meal and shared with AFFT leadership their individual thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the current and past governance structure. 

On Saturday and Sunday, grassroots leaders spent 16 hours discussing various governance models. Leaders utilized small and full-group process work, offered up and debated amendments, recorded votes and found consensus. Linbeck facilitated and served as scribe for the team.

Leaders determined a 51 state (including the District of Columbia) Council was the governance structure best suited for a winning FairTax campaign. They will return to Houston January 10, 11 and 12 to continue their deliberations and further define additional operating mechanisms. Between now and then, a steering committee of seven, chaired by Steve Hayes, will negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding with AFFT.

It is an exciting time to be a grassroots leader in the FairTax movement! We deeply appreciate the commitment these leaders have made in defining this new governance model.

The FairTax Act In The Media 

Congressman Leonard Lance Hosts Tax Reform Forum in New ProvidenceThe Alternative Press

…The Fair Tax Plan, an alternative approach, was advanced by Steven Hayes, who is a national spokesperson for Americans for Fair Taxation and a member of the board of directors for the Florida Fair Tax Education Association.

“There are two types of people who don’t like income taxes. Men and women,” Hayes said in his opening remarks which drew loud applause from the audience.

The Fair Tax Plan, he said, allows people to keep their entire paycheck and only pay taxes on what they spend.

The Fair Tax is a national sales tax that would treat every person equally and allow businesses to thrive, eliminating the current complex tax code and the Internal Revenue Service, he added…

"Understanding The FairTax" Webinar

With September's Special Topic: History Of The Income Tax

When: Thursday, September 26, 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: Join guest presenter Paul Livingston, Jacksonville, FL District Director.

Join: To participate, register here and watch for the confirmation email. For more information contact Larry Walters at repeal_16@earthlink.net

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On average, over the last 10 years Congress has changed the tax code more than once per day! The FairTax wipes away all the lobbyist influence and their loopholes in the tax code.

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