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Cleaning Up

At this time of year, most people are busy thinking about gifts, Christmas and Hanukkah decorations, rich holiday treats and family traditions. To prepare for the arrival of out-of-town guests, many folks scurry go on a major cleaning spree to ensure their home is in tip-top shape for family and friends.   

The value of this cleaning is it gets rid of a lot of dead wood that has accumulated in closets, unused bedrooms, kitchen drawers and garages. You know what I am talking about. That urge we get periodically to rid ourselves and our castles of all the “stuff” we accumulate through the year, things which looked great when we bought them, but now seem to serve no real purpose or value to our current needs. 

Reminds me of a great majority of our elected representatives. They talked a great game when they were running for office. But now that they are ensconced in Washington, their campaign words fail to translate into the bold and transformational leadership they promised on the campaign trail.  As a result, I find myself thinking more and more about the upcoming elections.

Consider this week’s article in Politico, which describes recent fundamental tax reform shenanigans in the U.S. House. As I read the article one word kept coming into my mind – pathetic! Why?

Because yet again, it is abundantly clear that many of our elected representatives care more about political posturing, special interests kowtowing and party loyalty than they do in representing the people who elected them. When this happens they serve no real purpose or value except to each other. Sounds like our elected body is in sore need of a thorough house cleaning.

While the Politico article was a bit disheartening, there was very encouraging news in it for the FairTax campaign. 

Here it is:  “A substantial number of Republicans didn’t even want to reform the income tax - they wanted to end it. About a third of the caucus had signed onto a bill promising a “fair tax” to repeal the income tax system, abolish the IRS and replace it with a national sales tax run by the states.” 

Did you get catch that–a third of the caucus? Quick mental math indicates that more than our co-sponsors are supportive of the FairTax, and the mainstream hill media is picking up on the upward trending. Folks, by any measure, that’s good news! 

Speaking of good news, the number of Repeal16 co-sponsors is now up to 10. All but Congressman Randy Weber (TX-14) are also co-sponsors of HR 25. Given the toxic political environment that currently exist in Congress, these Members deserve a tremendous pat on the back for having the courage to stand tall for the FairTax, Repeal 16 and for the will of their constituents. 

Please take a moment and let them know how much you appreciate their steadfast support. I promise you, it will mean a lot to them given the heat I am sure they take for standing strong.

Finally, do you need a great need FairTax Christmas gift for someone?

We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our new FairTax store for all your FairTax merchandise needs! This new store is a collaborative effort between the Florida FairTax Educational Association (FFETA), Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT) and Striking Effects promotions.

If you need 1 FairTax polo shirt or 50, this is the place to go. You can get yard signs, visors and a host of other great merchandise 24/7 from the comfort of your home or office. To begin shopping, go here:

Our heartfelt thanks to FETA’s Rudy Treml and Striking Effects’ Vicki Paul for their tremendous effort in getting this store up and running in time for the Christmas season.

Until next week,

 Cynthia T. Canevaro - Cindy

Cindy Canevaro

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The FairTax Act In The Media

How the GOP lost its nerve on tax reform - Politico

...House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and others pulled the plug last month on Camp’s long-standing vow to take up a tax overhaul bill this year, putting his three-year quest in limbo. The reversal shows how support for tax reform, even among Republicans, is broad but not deep. They routinely say they want to overhaul the Tax Code, but when the Michigan Republican pushed to take the first big step — putting out a bill — party leaders blinked.

The deferral of tax reform, at least for the foreseeable future, also reflects the enormous task Camp set for himself in pledging to overhaul the 70,000-plus-page Tax Code, which has not been revamped since 1986. No matter how small, every change would elicit cross-pressure on lawmakers, and any accomplishment would be a major feat even in a climate of bipartisan comity…

A substantial number of Republicans didn’t even want to reform the income tax — they wanted to end it. About a third of the caucus had signed onto a bill promising a “fair tax” to repeal the income tax system, abolish the IRS and replace it with a national sales tax run by the states...

Minnesota Tea Party Patriots support repeal of income tax - MinnPost

The Minnesota Tea Party Patriots sent word Monday that they are backing a national Tea Party and Fair Tax movement that would repeal the Constitution's 16th Amendment, which authorizes the income tax.

Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, said in a statement:

"The only way to reform the IRS in a meaningful and lasting manner is to repeal the underlying Constitutional amendment that allowed for the creation of 67,000 plus pages of regulations. When that many regulations exist, it is impossible for the average citizen or business owner to know whether they are compliant with the law."

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