"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi
We Will Not Yield
was a federal civilian employee who voraciously adhered to his responsibilities
under the federal Hatch Act. At that time, the Hatch Act prohibited
federal employees from any partisan political activity, and violation
penalties were severe including possible termination of employment.
In 1981, I
became a federal employee and like my father before me, there was just
something sacred about respecting and abiding by the Hatch Act. If for nothing
else, it was the law.
Act has stood for 75 years, and although major modifications were made in 2013,
the prohibitions against partisan political activity during the workday and on
federal property still stand.
And while most federal employees
respect and abide by the tenants of the Act, IRS employees have chosen to ignore federal law.
On April 9,
2014, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel issued a press release outlining what can only
described as outrageous violations of the Hatch Act by IRS employees and entire
offices during the 2012 presidential election. The Counsel found:
- An IRS
customer service representative, while fielding questions on the IRS customer
service help line, urged taxpayers to reelect a presidential candidate in 2012
by repeatedly reciting a chant based on the spelling of that candidates last
- An IRS tax
advisory specialist in Kentucky told a taxpayer she was assisting, that she was against
a specific political party because “they are trying to cap my pension…and
they’re going to take women back 40 years.” She then added, “My mom always said, “If you vote [she named the party],
the rich are going to get richer and the poor are going to get poorer.”
- Employees in
the Dallas, TX IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center wore partisan political stickers,
buttons and clothing to work, and displayed partisan screensavers on their IRS
Are we supposed
to believe that the IRS, the same federal agency that targeted conservative
non-profits, will conduct non-biased, non-retaliatory tax examinations and
audits of American taxpayers?
when our nation’s Attorney General refuses to appoint a special
prosecutor to examine
the allegations and evidence against former IRS senior manager Lois Lerner, our President preemptively declares that there is not even a "smidgen of corruption" at the IRS, and the minority leader of the Congressional Oversight Committee
investigating Ms. Lerner apparently corroborated with Lerner and her team!
Of course, Congress,
can solve this problem with the immediate enactment of HR 25/S 122, the FairTax
Act of 2013. This is why another announcement this week was so
Cornyn (TX) rightly announced that, “Americans should never face persecution
from their government for exercising their constitutional rights.” We couldn’t agree more Senator. But the Senator went on to say he introduced
new legislation to “help ensure that no one is targeted by the IRS for their
political or religious beliefs and will work to repair the serious breach of
faith caused by the IRS’ actions.”
had 100 years to “repair” the IRS and the income tax code and they have failed
on all counts. It is not repairable - it can’t be fixed! As a co-sponsor of S.
122, we would hope the good Senator knows the FairTax defunds and disbands the
IRS in its’ entirety.
With the FairTax®, the IRS is
gone. No more persecution, no more targeting, no more invasion of privacy and
peering into every aspect of one’s personal, financial life.
Next week is
yet another Tax Day. To many, this marks
another year in which the FairTax was not enacted.
like these, I am reminded of Sir Winston Churchill who said to his alma mater the Harrow School,
“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing,
great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour
and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently
overwhelming might of the enemy. We stood all alone a year ago, and to many
countries it seemed that our account was closed, we were finished. All this
tradition of ours, our songs, our School history, this part of the history of
this country, were gone and finished and liquidated. Very
different is the mood today. Britain, other nations thought, had drawn a sponge
across her slate. But instead our country stood in the gap. There was no
flinching and no thought of giving in; and by what seemed almost a miracle to
those outside these Islands, though we ourselves never doubted it, we now find
ourselves in a position where I say that we can be sure that we have only to
persevere to conquer.”
Ladies and gentlemen, our cause is great and
our convictions clear. We will not yield to the force of opposition and we are not
alone in our desire to have a system of taxation that is fair and free of
We are a force and we will
never give in, never give up and never go away. We are the FairTax and someday, we will see April 15 become just another
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The FairTax Act In The Media
Crenshaw: House Republican Budget Bill Brings FairTax Closer
to Consideration – WN.com
…"Americans know best how to spend their own money, not
Washington. When they can keep more in their own wallets and bank accounts,
they can make the decisions that best suit their needs. That's why I pushed
Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to include a recommendation in the
budget bill for Congress take up FairTax legislation.
"Americans spend $265 billion dollars and use 6.1
billion hours every year filing tax forms - money that could be better spent
investing in a new business, buying a home, or saving for college. With passage
of the Republican budget, we are closer to House consideration of a FairTax and
replacement of 70,000 pages of outdated code with one, transparent national
sales tax on goods and services, administered primarily by the states…
Fair tax legislation – Daily
With few exceptions, all revenue collected by the federal
government can be traced back to the sale of a retail item or service. The
purchase price of every retail item includes the money to pay the income taxes
for the factory workers and owners.
Shouldn't we simply collect the revenue at the time of the
retail sale? The federal government would get the same amount of money, yet
we'd never have to complete income tax forms. It's possible that if the
embedded income taxes were removed from the purchase price, and the same amount
was added by a sales tax, that retail prices wouldn't change at all…
The HR25 bill in the House of Representatives will replace
the income tax with a simply national sales tax. Included in HR25 (the
"FairTax" bill) is a policy that returns all the taxes paid at the
poverty level of purchases. This effectively "untaxes" the poor. The
poor will contribute nothing to the federal government.
Isn't 74 co-sponsors enough to get HR25 to a vote?
- Paul Burgener
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