Friday, September 18, 2009

Get Behind the Fair Tax!!!

I am a supporter of The Fair Tax. It is simple and easy to understand. It would allow the individuals and companies that currently have to deal with a ridiculously complex and politically based tax code more efficient. For the Democrats, it would remove all of the tax loopholes for the rich they hate. For the Republicans, it would tax people who don't currently pay taxes, such as drug dealers and prostitutes. Finally, for the Libertarians, it would reduce the size of government by abolishing the IRS.

Want to Learn More about the FairTax? Attend a “Webinar”, a web-based seminar on the FairTax.

WHAT: Understanding the FairTax Webinar for September 24, 2009

Special Topic: Why does the FairTax tax services?

WHEN: September 24, 2009 (the Fourth Thursday each month)

TIME: 8:00 to 8:45pm Eastern Time, 7:00 to 7:45pm Central, 6:00 to 6:45 Mountain, 5:00 to 5:45 Pacific

WHERE: Your home, your Personal Computer

WHY: To provide an interactive forum for people who cannot get to local meetings to learn about the FairTax and to present special topics& that are frequently misunderstood or not generally discussed. Education is the weapon of the FairTax grassroots advocates and this activity is how to get such education on the web.

Join Marc Manieri, Americans For Fair Taxation Community Coordinator for the Greater Orlando Area in Florida. March's "Webinars" are drawing national participation from seasoned FairTax supporters as well as those just getting started as a supporter. He helps build the knowledge base of those on the front lines as well as those wanting to know what the FairTax is about.

To participate it is necessary to pre-register here:

You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for signing in at the time of the Webinar.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The ACORN debacle

OK, so everyone is going crazy about the undercover videos about ACORN, and rightfully so. But how surprised should we really be?

If you haven't seen the videos, I am posting one of them here. View the rest at

I am not going to talk about this issue like everyone else is, trying to tie Obama and ACORN together. If conservatives get their way, ACORN will die a quick death, and Obama's image will be tarnished by association. Fine, then what? I have a feeling a new organization would be created with the same mission and tactics, and receive funding from the taxpayers just like ACORN has.

Are we really surprised that a community organization has discovered a way to milk government funds to help them sustain themselves? I'm sure in their eyes, they are providing jobs to individuals that would otherwise be unemployed, while at the same time helping their "cause." And what is their cause? To lobby issues such as the minimum wage, affordable housing, and school funding. Whether one agrees with these issues or not, does anyone have a problem with the government supporting organizations that lobby for any issue? Let me put it another way. If I am a Senator that believes the minimum wage should be $20/hour, and ACORN will help me convince the people this should be so, wouldn't I vote for ACORN funding to help push my initiative forward? It seems very convoluted to me.

Another point that jumped out at me while watching these videos is how much the ACORN people were working the tax code. Anybody who knows me knows I am a proponent of the Fair Tax (a national consumption tax), a simplified method of taxation that would ELIMINATE this type of manipulation of the tax system. Think about it, even in the ficticious scenario presented in the videos, the prostitute, pimp, and illegal immigrants would be paying taxes. Now that is tax reform I can get behind!

In the interest of fairness, here is the link to ACORN's response to all this. A little flimsy if you ask me, but you be the judge.