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Our Decisions In 2014

2014 has officially arrived and so has the IRS 2013 taxpayer preparation guide. And just in case you were hoping it might have gotten simpler or smaller, think again. This year it has swelled to 288 pages. Give me a break!

Imagine all the things you could be doing instead of reading 288 pages of bureaucratese that even the IRS can’t comprehend. With the FairTax® that’s history!

Thankfully, the New Year also brings a pending first ever vote on the FairTax by the House Committee on Ways and Means! The Joint Committee on Taxation scoring of HR 25 – critical for a vote - is ongoing and Congress comes back in session next week. Hopefully, we will have some insight soon as to when the Committee will take up their version of fundamental tax reform.

Many of you have been sharing with me your communications to members of Congress and the pathetic, canned ham responses you receive. I share your frustration and outrage, which brings me to why I believe 2014 has the potential be a watershed year for the nation and the FairTax.

That decision, however, is up to the American people. 

I am reminded of a time long ago when farmers plowed their fields with horses and donkeys – just like had been done for centuries. When the mechanized tractor appeared, some learned how to work with “modern” machinery, but most resisted. Some were fearful of change, but most simply preferred the known entity they had in their animals.

It reminds me of how most people feel about their elected representatives. We don’t like certain things they do, and these days we sure don’t feel like they care about or represent our concerns, but they are familiar and we pretty much know what to expect.

Challengers, on the other hand, offer uncertainty, require a learning curve and a lot of time to engage with and elect. 

When we fail to make change at the ballot box are insulting ourselves both as voters and hard working citizens, and depriving ourselves of the representation the Founding Fathers envisioned we should have. More importantly, we are indirectly contributing to the delay of the FairTax becoming the law of the land. 

Thus, 2014 must be a year in which we make some fundamental decisions about what kind of leaders we want representing us in Washington. And these decisions have nothing to do with party affiliation or likability or how good one is at making slick TV commercials and speeches. 

They are decisions about principle, about commitment and about a willingness to stand alone for the electorate’s wishes versus the party’s dictates.

There are 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 74 have signed onto HR 25.  The U.S. Senate has 100 Senators and 9 have signed onto S 122. Are your representatives among the 83 Members of Congress who stand for the FairTax legislation?

Do they represent your wishes on those policy issues that matter the most to you? If not, and you continue electing them, then the best you can hope for is a continuation of canned ham responses, disingenuous lip service, failed public policy and the FairTax legislation relegated to the backburner. 

Until next week,

 Cynthia T. Canevaro - Cindy

Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

A Big Step Forward

With the dawn of the New Year, Americans For Fair Taxation® (AFFT) and the FairTax® campaign have taken a major step forward towards self-governance.

Leo Linbeck III, Vice-President of Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT), and a steering committee comprised of grassroots leaders from across the nation have reached agreement on a groundbreaking framework that will convert governance and operational oversight of the FairTax® campaign from AFFT’s current board of directors to one elected by grassroots volunteers.

The next step in the process is to formalize the agreement and then proceed to review and approval by the current board of directors and the grassroots leaders who assembled in Houston last September and began this important process.

We will keep you posted on developments as the final agreements are completed.

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Americans are floundering until the economy recovers. The economy won’t recover until there are sufficient non-government jobs to employ the masses. There will not be sufficient jobs until we address the issue that caused our job losses in the first place: our inability to compete with the rest of the world.

We lost our competitiveness in the early 1980s, and jobs started leaving. Our representatives in Washington are doing nothing. They either don’t get it or lack the courage to take on the issue.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s sitting right in their midst. House Resolution 25, the Fair Tax Act, takes on the issue of our lack of competitiveness and solves it.

- Anthony Gasbarro

It's time for U.S. taxpayers to take actionSource Newspapers

Called the "Fair Tax," this proposed replacement for the income tax would only tax consumption and spending, while encouraging earning and saving. It certainly bears closer examination as our national economy accumulates debt and continues to lose jobs to foreign competitors.

We simply cannot continue on the path we are on; we must make major reforms of our tax structure. We put our representatives in office to act on our behalf, for our well-being. But they've become beholden to the special interests, and now it is time for us to take corrective action. It is not just our right, it is our responsibility to act. It is a simple task, just send an email or letter, or pick up the phone and call your congressperson and U.S. senators, and tell them that you want them to support major tax-reform now. The FairTax bill, H.B.-25 in the House and S-122, will begin the process of repealing the 16th Amendment and abolishing the IRS.

- Brian Pannebecker

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