“The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” - Randy Pausch
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
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.
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.
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: www.costore.com/sepstore2.
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,