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We Need A Tax Code That Makes Sense

Mitt Romney’s tax rate continues to be the topic of much debate over whether or not he paid his “fair share”, but the fact is that this debate is backward. The debate should not be about if what someone is paying is fair, it should be about if the tax code itself is fair. To that end, the whole country should be in agreement that it is NOT fair.

In 1895 the Supreme Court of the United States declared the income tax unconstitutional. Since then, the Congress has overruled the court and consequently the tax code is currently 2,500 pages long; nearly 7 times the length of the bible. Not only is this insane, but it is truly unfair!

The tax code is full of holes, punishes success and even punishes inheritance after a family member’s death! It needs to go. The Contract From America seeks to change this. We want to enact real tax reform, and make the code flatter and fairer. Less people would point fingers about others’ tax rates if they fully understood the tax code and felt that everyone was treated fairly, something which currently can’t be said.

HUFFINGTON POST: “GOP Crowd-Sourcing Its Policy Agenda”

This time around, the GOP is crowd-sourcing its contract. House Republicans want your help “develop[ing] a new governing agenda,” according to a statement announcing a new effort to elicit public input on the GOP policy agenda.

“To return power to the American people and begin to restore the broken bonds of trust between Americans and their elected leaders, House Republicans are asking all Americans to be part of an unprecedented new initiative that will, in time, lead to a new policy agenda,” reads the release, announcing the new initiative, “America Speaking Out,” which launches Tuesday.

The Republican initiative comes after the Tea Party movement put forward its own version of the GOP’s 1994 Contract with America, which they call the “Contract from America.”

Some elected Republicans have been slow to sign on to the Tea Party contract and the “America Speaking Out” initiative gives them something to rally behind, while retaining a grassroots feel.

“We’ve been talking to them throughout the process, but that wasn’t the impetus of this,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is heading up the initiative. “We hope they’ll make those ideas a part of this process.”

The outreach also raises questions about where the GOP stands. A major critique of the Republican Party that comes from its conservative base is that it lost its way over the last decade and that it no longer stands on principle. Asking for help in crafting a governing agenda does little to discourage that criticism. Democrats have been happy to repeat the charge, accusing the GOP of lacking new ideas and relying on a simple strategy of opposition to whatever the Democrats propose.

“This sounds like the sequel to a really bad movie. The same old characters whose failed leadership, mismanagement, and ethical shortcomings created a huge mess are now attempting a drastic makeover with a slick marketing effort in hopes the public will somehow forget that the GOP was responsible,” Doug Thornell, an aide to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told HuffPost in a statement. “Republicans ran everything for years and we know how that turned out — huge deficits, debt, millions of jobs lost, putting the special interests first. The American people just can’t afford another Republican dud.”
Continue reading at the Huffington Post

FREEDOMWORKS: The Contract FROM America Ready to Launch at CPAC

While 2009 was known as the year of the first Taxpayer March on Washington, 2010 is shaping up to be the year of the Contract FROM America.

On Thursday, limited government activists will take the next step in their quest to take America back as the Contract’s top twenty agenda items are unveiled. The Contract was launched in September, 2009 by Ryan Hecker of the Houston Tea Party with the goal of creating a bottom-up document for limited government activists to carry in 2010.

For the last several months, tens of thousands of activists have submitted and debated ideas online. At tea parties across the nation on April 15, the final ten pillars will be announced as the Contract FROM America.

The list has now been narrowed down to the top twenty policy ideas, and the voting process will begin to select the final ten. This next step will be unveiled at a press conference at noon on Thursday February, 18th, 2010, in the Tyler Room of the Washington Marriott Wardman Park at the annual CPAC convention.

FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey will join grassroots activists, Tea Party Patriots, Senator Jim DeMint, Americans for Tax Reform, National Taxpayers’ Union, Liberty Central, American Solutions, and Regular Folks United as the contract is formally announced.

Ryan Hecker, the creator of the Contract FROM America, commented, “This is a document made by the people for the people; a true bottom up effort. Last year the tea party movement used social networking tools to build communities to support limited government principles and oppose the encroachment of big government. Now these same communities have come together to build a document to carry into November 2010.”

FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey is an enthusiastic supporter of the Contract. “The grassroots-driven Contract represents the good polices that will be critical in bringing fiscal order to Washington. The strength of the movement is how it is united behind common-sense fiscal conservatism. After all, no one spends someone else’s money as wisely as he spends his own. Now when a politician seeks the support of a local tea party group, activists can point to the Contract to see how serious they are.”

Please visit www.contractfromamerica.com : cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww .. to view the list and vote on the top ten.

FreedomWorksAdam Brandon, 202-379-6584 abrandon@freedomworks.org : mailto:abrandon@freedomworks.org