We will not yield to the force of opposition

 “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

My father 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.

The Hatch 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 name.
  • 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 computers.

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?

Especially 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 declared 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 perplexing.

Senator John 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.”

Congress has 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.

In times 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 threats.

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 spring day.

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

We will not yield to the force of opposition

My father 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.

The Hatch 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 name.
  • 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 computers.

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?

Especially 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 declared 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 perplexing.

Senator John 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.”

Congress has 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.

In times 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 threats.

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 spring day.

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

Rep. Woodall: The FairTax Means Freedom

“Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

WoodallThe Nobel Prize-winning economist, Milton Friedman, once said, “Sloth and lack of enterprise flourish when hard work and the taking of risks are not rewarded.”

While I believe this statement to be true, I am grateful it has never characterized the American spirit. Hard work and risk taking are precisely what built our great nation, and it is through these traits in Americans across the nation that we will once again have a thriving economy.

To unleash the tremendous resource that is the American worker, entrepreneur and innovator, we need only to align the tax code with our core principles. That is what excites me about the FairTax.

The FairTax means freedom. Those of us who are fighting so hard for it understand this. It is freedom from a burdensome, manipulative tax code that penalizes the very things we need to grow our economy. The FairTax means freedom for business owners and entrepreneurs to make decisions based on their own resources and vision, not a convoluted, punitive compilation of regulations.

It is no small thing that the FairTax also returns to Americans the freedom of anonymity. No federal bureaucracy should ever know as much about us as the IRS knows, particularly a federal bureaucracy as powerful as the IRS. Our Founders never intended this level of personal intrusion, and the FairTax is a giant step in the direction of personal liberty.

Any proposal that shifts the balance of power from Washington back to the people in such a significant way as the FairTax is certain to encounter political inertia.  From its inception, we have all experienced the pushback of those with a vested interest in the status quo.

The current tax code is by far the most effective tool for politicians to manipulate the behavior of Americans, and the FairTax removes this very powerful weapon from their arsenal. The fact that there is a strong resistance to it can neither surprise, nor discourage us.

The immense dedication of those in the FairTax community across the country is directly responsible for the consistent and significant progress we are seeing in Washington. Members of Congress become a co-sponsor of this bill because their constituents demand it, and that is exactly how it should be.

With 84 co-sponsors, the FairTax has become the most popular fundamental tax reform bill in Congress, and its support continues to grow. Your commitment has led to more FairTax supporters on the Ways & Means Committee than ever before and a committee hearing specifically on H.R. 25 for the first time in a decade.

As the Ways & Means Committee discusses tax reform, the FairTax emerges as a powerful voice in the conversation that is impossible to ignore, try as Washington special interests might. Its strength, however, is not found in bearing the seal of approval from the political establishment, but rather in who fuels the movement: the American people.

If we continue to convince more and more of our neighbors of the benefits of the FairTax, the call to action in Washington will one day overcome the loud voices calling for more of the same. Make no mistake—you all are leading that effort to change hearts and minds across America.

I cannot thank you enough for your commitment to our success and your conviction that our great nation deserves nothing less than the FairTax.

Congressman Rob Woodall represents the 7th district of Georgia and is the sponsor of HR 25.

“The IRS is a joke”

“1913 wasn’t a very good year. 1913 gave us the income tax, the 16th amendment and the IRS.” – Ron Paul

As of today, you have 14 days to get your 2013 tax return finished and dropped in the mail.

But ironically, in the year when a plethora of Affordable Care Act tax code regulations came into effect, the IRS put out the word that American taxpayers should not call them for help. Those are the same taxpayers who pay the salary and generous benefit packages of every single IRS employee!

That’s right. Our nation’s tax administrator, fiduciary agent and chief tax enforcement agency has said don’t call us this tax season. But if you insist on trying to be in the 61% of calls the IRS was able to answer last year, you will most likely hear a busy signal or a recorded message saying call someone else.

It’s infuriating that in 21st century America – when you simply need a hand with a mandatory or go to jail tax return – the agency that should provide you with a modicum of customer service while you navigate over 77,000 pages of tax code, – takes its’ 1% pay raise and bonus and thumbs its nose at you.

To recap: The IRS is a 100-year-old weaponized political agency tasked with collecting information on every person and business in the United States. They barely answer half of their phone calls while targeting political enemies and peering into every aspect of taxpayer’s financial lives.

As one commentator put it, “The IRS is a joke… an expensive, unproductive one at that.” The congressionally twisted tax code makes this joke especially cruel.

Speaking of the IRS, the tug-of-war between the House Oversight Committee and former IRS senior manager Lois Lerner continues. The Washington Examiner noted this week that another “tool” might be available to entice Ms. Lerner to finally disclose what she knows – the jail in the U.S. Capitol.

Put simply, the FairTax legislation completely eliminates the need for an outdated and abused tax code, as well as the IRS, the bureaucratic weapon used to enforce it.

There is only one reason our corrupted tax code and an agency like the IRS is allowed to do what it does: Not enough Americans have said, “ENOUGH!” and taken action to replace this embarrassment to our nation.

If only enough people will say ENOUGH, they can transform our nation by demanding their representatives enact the FairTax. If you agree, please take a few minutes this week to advance the FairTax Plan with some suggestions from the “Take Action” sidebar on the right.

Finally, on a personal note, after weeks and weeks and weeks of gathering documents and data, followed by expensive CPA compilation, today I mailed my 2013 tax return. Ironically, at the same time I’ve also started getting mail and phone calls from candidate representatives asking for my support in the 2014 elections (and it is only March).

As a private citizen, here is what I want to know about any candidate who seeks my personal support. Do you support the FairTax Plan?  Are you proud to publicly acknowledge your support of the FairTax?Can and will you defend the FairTax?  If the answers to my questions are not an enthusiastic yes, yes and yes, then I have one simple answer for them – see ya!

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

They want our name!

“In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That is, unless that imitation runs afoul with federal trademark law.

Since the mid-90’s, Americans For Fair Taxation® has owned and utilizes several FairTax® trademarks registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

These trademarks have been an integral part of our public awareness campaign on the need for tax reform, and in our educational efforts to provide information regarding taxation, tax reform and HR 25 / SR 122, “The FairTax Act of 2013.”

Currently, in the state of Illinois, the “A Better Illinois” coalition and others are conducting a high-profile public awareness campaign themed, “A Fair Tax.” This tax reform plan promotes a differentiated tax system that subjects citizens to varying levels of income taxes.

This is in stark contrast to the FairTax®, which eliminates federal income taxes in their entirety, and replaces them with a single rate, national consumption tax.

Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT) fully respects the right of individuals and organizations to advocate for the tax reform plan of their choice, using all lawful means.  We reject, however, any notion that advocacy initiatives may be conducted using any of (AFFT’s) federally protected marks, most especially when that advocacy causes confusion among consumers as is currently happening in the state of Illinois.

AFFT has spent nearly two decades building goodwill in and national recognition of the FairTax marks.

We will not allow that goodwill to be destroyed through any unauthorized usage of the same or confusingly similar marks for any tax reform plan except The FairTax – HR 25/S 122, and FairTax inspired and modeled state tax reform initiatives supported by state FairTax organizations.

We will always seek first to amicably resolve infringement situations while respecting AFFT’s exclusive right to use the FairTax marks; and when required, will initiate legal action to enforce our rights.

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

FairTax Ushers In New Governance

Eight months ago, 21 seasoned FairTax® grassroots leaders responded to an invitation from Americans For Fair Taxation® (AFFT) Vice President Leo Linbeck III, to meet in Houston and discuss the FairTax campaign.

After more than two days of spirited discussions the team, which became known as “C21”, reached consensus on a plan to transfer governance of the FairTax campaign and AFFT from the current board of directors to volunteer grassroots supporters.

Since that remarkable weekend, this dedicated team, guided by Linbeck and Steve Hayes, a member of the Florida FairTax Educational Association board of directors, hammered out a comprehensive plan embodied in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), License Agreement and amended bylaws.

It is now expected that governance of AFFT will be transferred by the end of April in accordance with the terms set forth in the MOU.

The C21 leaders and AFFT took great care to define fair and equitable requirements for both a state FairTax organization and the process for them to nominate delegates who may be elected as directors of AFFT. This process includes both organizational qualifications and minimum AFFT contribution requirements.

The organizational qualification requires that state FairTax organizations operate as a legally recognized, non-profit entity in compliance with state and federal laws, have written and published bylaws, and maintain a board of directors and a defined organizational structure, a checking account and operate under the AFFT umbrella.

The contribution requirement includes minimum individual donations of $10 per donor made directly to AFFT. These donations may be made online through FairTax.org, in response to an AFFT online or direct mail solicitation, or by donating to AFFT with a personal check, money order or through the banking system.

Qualified states may elect up to three delegates who will become voting directors of the AFFT board of directors. The number of state delegates will depend on the number of contributors to AFFT in 2013, and through March 31, 2014, and the total amount of money donated from the state to AFFT during this same time period.

Additionally, a state that does not meet the minimum donation requirements, but which is otherwise qualified will be able to elect a non-voting delegate. This non-voting delegate may attend AFFT board meetings, but may not vote on board matters.

It is important to note that this process is limited to the election of directors to AFFT and does not affect the way states select their own leadership.

Next Step Highlights

In early April, all donors to AFFT in 2013 and through March 31, 2014, will receive an email providing detailed next steps for the AFFT board of directors election.

If you want to want to be included, you must do two things right now. 

First, as stated, only those individuals who have donated a minimum of $10 to AFFT in 2013 or 2014 will be allowed to nominate or vote for delegates. If you have not donated and would like to you may go here to donate. Second, ensure your contact information is current at FairTax.org by logging in here.

Once delegates have been selected a national meeting will be convened in Houston to confirm the election of the AFFT board of directors.

Finally, to show their continued support and to help ensure the new grassroots board has every opportunity to succeed while assuming leadership of the FairTax campaign, the current AFFT board of directors has generously offered to establish a post-transition, dollar-for-dollar matching fund up to $100,000 for AFFT.

The FairTax is the largest, single-issue grassroots tax reform movement in the nation. It is therefore fitting that the grassroots assume governance for both AFFT and the campaign.

We want to thank everyone who has assisted AFFT and the grassroots with this massive undertaking. And on behalf of everyone who supports the FairTax, may I express our profound appreciation to the AFFT board of directors – past and present – for their steadfast leadership in founding and governing AFFT and the FairTax campaign.

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

Two fifths doesn’t solve anything

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.” – Buddha

Two very important things happened at yesterday’s short-lived House Oversight hearing investigating the IRS targeting of nonprofits.

First, IRS former senior manager Lois Lerner again invoked the 5th Amendment. In January, her attorney said she would testify if given immunity. That same attorney now states, Lerner cannot testify because she fears for her life.

Second, graphics were apparently displayed that showed previously disclosed communications of Ms. Lerner. However, when viewed in the context of testifying under oath, well, as Fox News Greta Van Susteren said in her Facebook Post, “THESE EMAILS ARE HORRIBLE! Lois Lerner is in a heap of trouble — and these emails (below) are really bad.”

Just who is “everyone” and “they” and is this why Ms. Lerner is so afraid to tell the American people the truth?

More importantly, why isn’t the news media falling all over themselves to get answers to these and other important questions regarding this scandal – just as they did with the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals?

And why isn’t every member of Congress demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor just like they have done in the past?

And the most important question of all – who is standing up for and defending the taxpayers of America – the ultimate and perennial victims of the IRS?

The answer is simple – nobody.

Taxpayers, the very people who paid for Ms. Lerner’s salary, pension and most likely, her attorney; who pay the salaries, benefit plans and perks of the IRS employees who carried out this political weaponization; who underwrite the lavish lifestyles of Members of Congress appear to not be even an afterthought in this escalating political cat and mouse.

This can change. If Congress enacts the FairTax® Plan, the American people will have a tax code that is fair, simple and truly represents them – not a plan that is used by a Congress bent on partisan manipulation and retribution.

More importantly, with the FairTax, the IRS is gone – no more scapegoated federal employees to do partisan political bidding and no more cowering by taxpayers from enforcers who act like brown shirt thugs instead of public servants once sworn to uphold the rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

No citizen – most certainly no American citizen – should ever feel the need to cower before their government or any of its representatives.  As John Adams said in 1776, “Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.”

Perhaps that is why a majority of Americans want the FairTax passed, the IRS defunded and disbanded and the 16th Amendment repealed.

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

Around And Around Again

Long before the digital age, Americans of all ages loved to listen to music on 78/45 and 33 rpm records. That is, until the record became scratched and the diamond needle stuck in the groove and all one heard were pops, cracks and the same sound over and over.

These long forgotten records came to mind earlier this week when the Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Dave Camp, released his 979-page tax reform plan. Reactions have been swift and ranged from warnings about mid-term election fallout to indignant outrage by a few K-Street lobbyists whose carve-outs didn’t make the cut.

Although well intentioned, this plan is nothing more than a simpler version of a corrupted income tax code that panders to special interests and enables the IRS to continue as a partisan weapon.

Or as Congressman Jim Bridenstine declared, “This is a noble objective, but the plan released Wednesday inappropriately preserves both the IRS and all the nefarious opportunities for politicians to again use the tax code to hand out cash, control markets, and manipulate human behavior”.

For nearly a year, Congressional investigators have been reporting findings and oversight committees holding investigations on the IRS targeting scandal. Congressman Camp was at the center of these oversight and investigatory activities including Lois Lerner repeatedly invoking the 5th Amendment prior to negotiating immunity in exchange for testimony.

Given this, how can any Member of Congress, advocate for tax legislation that continues an agency as abusive as the IRS? Rest assured, to support the continuation of the income tax is to support this continued abuse!

There is a solution and it awaits a promised vote by the Committee on Ways and Means. HR 25, “The FairTax Act of 2013” is a simple, fair and transparent tax replacement plan that disbands and defunds the IRS in its entirety. It is the only tax plan before Congress that accomplishes this and is ready to be immediately implemented.

The FairTax fully funds the federal government, including Social Security and Medicare, and will stimulate the economy while generating jobs – jobs the American people desperately want and need.

Our income tax code is beyond repair and should be thrown into the dust heap of failed legislative experiments. The American people have labored under a punitive income tax code for 100 years. They are tired, demoralized and desperately want elected representatives who have the courage to end partisan game playing while doing what’s right for taxpayers and the nation. They want the FairTax.

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

Lines in the sand

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

For over 10 years, the FairTax® campaign has warned about the politicization of the IRS. Events over the past nine months have only served to heighten this concern. Consider the following revelations:

  • The IRS admitted to and apologized for targeting certain conservative leaning groups.
  • The senior IRS official at the center of the targeting, Lois Lerner, pled the 5th during questioning by members of a House Oversight Committee.
  • The Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee released an email from another senior IRS official confirming the IRS had been “off-planning” this targeting as early as June 2012.
  • A senior Senator publicly requested the Executive Branch use the IRS and bypass Congress to weaken and curtail funding for certain conservative leaning 501(c)(4)’s.
  • The Chairman of Ways and Means stated the IRS has targeted established conservative 501(c)(4)’s for audits.
  • The IRS proposed new rules that would redefine political activities by 501(c)(4)’s and effectively extinguish their 1st Amendment right to free political speech. Thankfully, opposition has been swift and strong and is coming from the left and the right.

This cascading series of events should strike fear in the heart of every single American citizen.

Today, the IRS may target you for your political beliefs. Tomorrow it could be the color of your skin, your gender or your religious beliefs. Once you begin power sliding down the slippery slope, it’s impossible to predict where you might land.

There is a way out of this increasingly dangerous mess – a way in which citizens do not have to fear their elected officials or their government. It is the FairTax Plan.

The FairTax eliminates the income tax while defunding and disbanding the IRS. The FairTax institutes a progressive, national consumption tax that is simple, fair and ready to implement. It fully funds the federal government, including Social Security and Medicare, while stimulating the economy and generating desperately needed jobs at an unprecedented level!

The American Revolutionary War began because of colonists who were fed up with Britain’s increasing tyranny and taxation. Having had enough, they drew a line in the sand and declared  “no more taxation without representation”.

When a nation’s elected officials use government agencies for partisan political gain, suppress free political speech and target individual citizens for punitive action, that nation has effectively slid into taxation without representation.

Where is your line in the sand? When do you tell your elected representative, I’ve had enough, I want simple and transparent taxation without interference by special interests and a government that does not engage in punitive, partisan manipulation?

Finally, congratulations to Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-2) for becoming the 74th co-sponsor of HR 25! Please call Rep. Stewart and welcome him to the FairTax family.

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

You called them out!

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” Ronald Reagan

By now, most FairTaxers know exciting things are on the horizon for 2014 as the FairTax continues its historic advance into Washington’s legislative process.

Due to your insistence, seventy four Members of Congress have already signed onto HR 25 and nine Senators now officially support S 122. This is more than ever before!

Even some Representatives who have not cosponsored the legislation yet have agreed to host FairTax debates in their districts!

The Joint Committee on Taxation is also in the process of scoring the FairTax legislation – another encouraging sign showing that we are being taken seriously in Washington.

This brings us to the committee where the FairTax legislation now sits in the House: The Committee on Ways and Means. For the full House to consider the FairTax, HR 25 must win a majority vote in this committee.

This is why the FairTax legislation being promised a Committee vote is a historic opportunity!

Now the Committee on Ways and Means has a choice to make: They can either tinker with the current system and call it major reform or represent the will of the people who elected them and enact HR 25, The FairTax Act, freeing us from the bondage of an out-of-control IRS and a tax code that is fast approaching 100,000 pages.

FairTax activists are taking action in this critical time by demanding the Committee on Ways and Means pass true tax reform. Below, we wanted to share some of the best comments from the committee’s Facebook page:

Mark N: Quit talking about it and do something. You know Fair Tax is the solution. Just do it.

Joe G: Insanity = doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome . Pass The Fair Tax

Rod C: The tax code has been “simplified” thousands of times, which just add to the complexity of the behemoth tax code.. Taxing “income” is counter-productive (as any person with an understanding of economics would know). Pass the FairTax… tax consumption… everyone pays, it is transparent (everyone knows exactly what they are paying, when they pay it), and it is progressive.

James D: Remove the Federal Corruption. Repeal the 16th Amendment. Remove the IRS. Give US a FairTax HR 25.

John N: Sir, the solution to your question sits in committee waiting to be voted on. YOU keep it suppressed. Free the FairTax Act. www.FairTax.org

Cory H: Pass the FairTax if you want to make a difference and significantly change things in the US for the better. If you prefer that nobody will know or care what you did after your term ends, sure go ahead and just tweak the existing broken system a little… But what a waste of a rare opportunity you have within your grasp.

These are only a few of the hundreds of FairTax comments seen by the Committee on Ways and Means. They have clear evidence that the American people are fed up with years of Washington making the tax code worse with every ‘reform!’

With the Committee vote upcoming, and Congress currently at home for recess, every FairTax supporter should make their voice heard. This coming week, remind Washington that We the People demand true tax reform: The FairTax.

Find the contact information of your Representative in Congress here, and sign up for their newsletter too. Then see if they serve on the Committee on Ways and Means here and start making phone calls!

When you contact their offices, remember what Rod told the Committee: This tax code has been “fixed” so many times it has grown into a monster that is not fixable. Stop taxing “income”. Pass the FairTax and watch our country grow.

Thank you for standing up to make the FairTax a reality!

The FairTax Grassroots Team