“Always stand on principle...even if you stand alone.” - John Adams
Our Decisions In 2014
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!
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.
decision, however, is up to the American people.
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.
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
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.
decisions about principle, about commitment and about a willingness to stand
alone for the electorate’s wishes versus the party’s dictates.
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.