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The Flat Tax Is Not Flat and the FairTax Is Not Fair

During the 912dc March on Washington we saw signs promoting FairTax and people handed out literature regarding FairTax. At local and national events, demonstrations, protests I have personally witnessed the FairTax people being active. That is just my observation and imo, just because they have organized themselves to be more visible, their presence at Tea Party meetings, rallies and protests doesn’t equate to FairTax being a better option than Flat Tax or any other of the concepts being floated out there.

I am one that wants information. So when I am constantly handed FairTax info, I become suspicious and ask ‘What is this FairTax stuff and why is it being shoved in my hand and held in front of my face. What’s the deal with  this?” I know that any pro FairTax promo handout is not going to give me the real scoop on the downside of that crusade.

With that in mind, I located an analysis and have shared it below.  Mind you, I am still researching for information and I urge others to dig deeper also. Since FairTax and Flat tax are the two positions that have donned boxing gloves, I will share what I have found regarding those two positions. Please feel free to add your two cents.

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The Flat Tax Is Not Flat and the FairTax Is  Not Fair

by Laurene M. Vance

This talk was given at the 2009 Austrian Scholars Conference at the Mises Institute. It is available as an MP3 audio download.

Our current income tax system, inaugurated in 1913 with the adoption of the 16th Amendment, began with a 1 percent tax on taxable income above $3,000 ($4,000 for married couples). A series of surcharges of up to 6 percent were applied to higher incomes, with the maximum rate being 7 percent on taxable income over $500,000. Less than 0.5 percent of the population ended up paying income tax.

From these humble beginnings, the income tax soon blossomed, thanks to World War I, into a tax with a minimum rate that doubled and a maximum rate that reached 77 percent on income of over $1 million. The rates did not fall significantly until 1925. In the middle of the Great Depression, the top rate rose to 79 percent. During World War II, the tax rate for those in the highest income bracket reached an astounding 94 percent. The Internal Revenue Code of 1954 resulted in 24 brackets with rates ranging from 20 to 91 percent. The top rate remained at 91 percent until 1964. Under the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 and the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the top marginal tax rates were lowered to 50 and 28 percent respectively. The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 established the current tax brackets of 10, 15, 25, 28, 33, and 35 percent.

There is no question that the federal tax code is too long, too complex, too intrusive, too confusing, and too inequitable. The members of Congress responsible for the tax code would not even disagree. As a consequence, cries for tax reform can always be heard from every quarter – and especially around election time. There are even organizations dedicated solely to tax reform, such as Americans for Tax Reform, Reform AMT, Citizens for Tax Justice, and Americans for Fair Taxation. Since the federal government is always looking to increase its revenue while at the same time making Americans feel better about paying their taxes, it has also climbed aboard the tax-reform bus, most recently in 2005 when President Bush formed the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.


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1,982,760 – Can you say Two Million? Can you hear us Now? 912dc March on Washington.

Cspan has a tape of the event. It is almost 3 hours of live coverage.  I have included a link at the end of this post. Take a look at The MOB, the angry, irrational, scary protesters who gathered. Can we just say that 2 million people who knocked on Congresses’ door on Saturday, Sept. 12th, 2009 can’t all be confused, uninformed, right wing, paid protesters, racists, bigoted, ignorant fringes of the population? From my personal experiences, for every one person who was able to make the trip, one hundred others wanted to be there.

This event is a piece of the United States history.  The current administration has control of most media outlets. We are able to view the lack of coverage from, for example, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN as indicators that we can no longer see the truth or hear the news from those agencies. The current administration has swallowed them up and they are now the mouthpiece for government controlled information. Can anyone say North Korea, Venezuela? State controlled media is here in the USA. Obama recently added a FCC czar. Do the math folks. The intent and purpose of this FCC czar is to control the information given to the American People and ‘redistribute’ the media airwaves to state controlled left wing organizations. They have already begun the process and that is another post to be aired down the road.

So much BS, so little time.

Here is another video I took of the march. There were waves and waves of people.  During the march, as we walked down Pennsylvania Avenue, we heard a rumble, sounding like a low roar, with the sound getting louder as it neared. We couldn’t make out what was being said until the wave of the chant neared us. It became clear that the crowd was saying, “You Lie. You Lie.” and we joined in as the wave became us and those in front of us caught the wave and picked it up. It was a very surreal experience, very moving and powerful.

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We can easily say that 2 million patriots attend this historic event. Zac Moilanen calculates the number to be

Zac Moilanen – Indiana University (Leave it up to a Hoosierite) has a PDF HERE outlining the calculations for The Real Number of Protesters at the 9/12 Washington, D.C. March. Considering that the government and the State run media refuse to report accurately, Zac took up the project.

1,982,760

That is the number from Zac’s analysis.

Click here for Cspan’s live coverage of 912dc March on Washington.

“I got One Nerve Left and you’re on it.”

Obama to all Americans, “If You misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out.” Hey Obama, we showed up, you didn’t.

Well, Obama, we arrived on your and Congresses front door, stood at the steps of the Capitol building. We showed up and you did not. You threatened to call out the American people as if what you say are the only words having merit? We didn’t wait for more taunts from you, we showed up anyway. The American People have more knowledge about the various healthcare plans you tried to railroad through Congress than you have demonstrated in any of your healthcare campaign speeches where you behave like a snake-oil salesman. We want honesty and facts, not campaign speeches from a sitting pResident.

If your plan for a government takeover of healthcare was such an honorable and beneficial plan, you would not be hitting the road and the airwaves, once again, campaigning, trying to pull wool over the people’s eyes. It doesn’t matter whether you disguise your intentions of a government controlled health care plan. It doesn’t matter what you call what you are doing.  Every proposed healthcare plan is currently unconstitutional.  Start telling the truth to the American people. ( I KNOW YOU don’t wanna hear those two words again, you know, the words blurted by Mr. Wilson.) Tell them that this latest healthcare revision still has the language that gives the Federal government control over healthcare and that you just mixed some words around to try and hide your motive.

Posted: September 9th, 2009 05:46 PM ET
EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS TONIGHT:

I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last. It has now been nearly a century since Theodore Roosevelt first called for health care reform. And ever since, nearly every President and Congress, whether Democrat or Republican, has attempted to meet this challenge in some way. A bill for comprehensive health reform was first introduced by John Dingell Sr. in 1943. Sixty-five years later, his son continues to introduce that same bill at the beginning of each session.

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This is the plan I’m proposing. It’s a plan that incorporates ideas from many of the people in this room tonight – Democrats and Republicans. And I will continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead. If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen. My door is always open.

But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.

[end of clip]

Well, we accepted your challenge to the tune of 2 Million Americans from all walks of life. You had 810,000 people attend your coronation. The American people arrived on your doorstep Sept. 12th, 2009 numbering two times that amount, to tell you to ‘Knock it Off’.

We came. You left.

Here is a photo of us on Sept. 12th:

Here is a photo of you, leaving the White House Sept. 12th:

(I waved to you. Did you see me?)

912dc- Panoramic Photo – March on Washington

Over at  iOwnTheWorld.com there is the photo shown below, a high resolution panorama shot of the 912dc March on Washington.

Hmm, looks like there are a few more than tens of thousands and it really sends home the message that the ‘mainstream’ (now referred to as ‘fringe’) news media that refused to cover the largest protest/rally/march/demonstration in Washington, DC’s HISTORY are truly a media outlet owned and pawned by the federal government. We cannot trust what they say.

Look at this photo.  Just LOOK at it. And I had to reduce it in size in order to get it into the post. L-O-O-K   A-T  I-T.

I couldn’t get the whole photo in the post.  You will have to click on the photo to see it in its entirety.   This post only shows you half of the image.

912dc - March on Washington

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Call to oppose HR 3221 – Feds to Control kids from Birth to 5

Where in the Constitution does it say anything about the Federal government controlling education. The fact that the Feds send ‘mandates’ to the State level and have education czars is one thing that has to be stopped. Along with the federal regulations regarding eduction of our country’s children, they have come up with this little slice of crap. The HR 332 has to do with federal interference in early childhood education. Big Brother is at it again. Call and write you non-representatives. Being nice doesn’t mean you don’t have to play nice. We have one crisis after the other with this current administration and it will take all of us to stay on top of the shredding of the Constitution and to stop the erosion of our freedoms.

September 16, 2009

HSLDA: Call Now to Oppose Federal
Funding for Early Education Programs

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today or
tomorrow on H.R. 3221, the “Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act
of 2009.”

This bill should be opposed for the following reasons:

> It will create federal funding for state early education programs
for children from birth to 5 years old, allowing government officials
to make parenting decisions for children in these programs;

> States may use the funds to create mandatory early education
programs, since the bill does not require that the programs be
voluntary;

> The states will have an economic incentive to increase the number of
children in early education programs, and may pressure families to
enroll their children in these programs;

> It will greatly increase the size and scope of the federal
government’s involvement in education.

You can read HSLDA’s detailed legislative analysis of H.R. 3221 here:
http://www.hslda.org/…

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your U.S. Representative with the following message.
There is no need to identify yourself as a homeschooler:

“Please oppose H.R. 3221. This bill will create new federal funding
for early education programs in the states. The federal government
should not expand its involvement in early education programs.
Parents, not federal or state officials, should decide what is
appropriate for their children.”

You may find the contact information for your U.S. Representative by
using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox:
http://www.hslda.org/…

BACKGROUND

H.R. 3221 will amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 relating to
student loans. It will entirely change how college students receive
financial aid to attend colleges and universities by eliminating all
student loans through private lenders. The U.S. Department of
Education will take over all student loans, which will greatly
increase the federal government’s role in higher education.

Additionally, H.R. 3221 includes Title IV (Section 401) which creates
an “early learning challenge fund.” This early learning challenge
fund would allow the federal government to provide grants to the
states to support state efforts to increase early education programs
from birth to age 5.

H.R. 3221 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on July
15, 2009, and was approved by the House Committee on Education and
Labor on July 21, 2009, by a vote of 30-17.

HSLDA opposes efforts to increase the federal role in early education.
H.R. 3221 is costly, and could lead to pressure on families to accept
these federally-funded early education programs.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA

912dc, I’m Not Ready to make ‘Nice’.

Hey Washington, I’m Not Ready to Make Nice, I’m Not Ready to Back Down.

You get your State Run Media, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN to ignore 2 million voices, you make fun of and degrade Americans by calling us ‘The mob’, ‘tea baggers’, nazies’. You tell us that this historic march on Washington, where we stood at your front door means nothing to you because you have other information that tells you that your jobs are safe and that we are loons. Guess what Washington, you haven’t seen anything yet. You will eventually hear us and get the message.

I’m Not Ready to make ‘nice’.

The Dixie Chicks

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912dc, March on Washington – DC cop says we are polite

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The words of one policeperson who was charged with standing along the parade route rings in my ears.  I stood near him taking photos of the marchers. People would come up to him and ask questions, make comments and generally just engage him. He couldn’t or wouldn’t say much of anything in response. He did say though, to a patriot that asked him something about the march. He said, “It sure is the most polite group of protesters I have ever seen.”

You would think that human nature, having 2 million people in one place, would cause some folks to flip out, act out and otherwise demonstrate some sort of rudeness. I did not see any of that.  People were sharing extra water, food, flags and whatever the stranger that they just met may need or want. We brought extra flags and I handed them to anyone who wanted one. I saw a couple walking without a sign or a flag and I offered him two flags. He began to reach in his back pocket, to pay. I guess he had been around a few hawkers and thought I was selling flags. I waved him off and told him, no, take these, there is no charge. He was elated and shocked and gladly took the flags, handing one to his partner. Immediately their arms went up in the air, marching, waving flags.

Through the miracle of cell phones we were able to hook up with Logistics Monster, Dr. Kate and The Dame Truth. What a great group of women they are. I so admire their blogs and postings, knocking it out of the park, just sayin it like it is. We walked the march together for a short while before getting separated. The crowd was thick and moving at a decent clip. If you stopped to take a photo there was a good chance that anyone you may have been walking with would be lost in the crowd. We did manage to run across each other late in the day where under the shade of a large tree we shared our feelings regarding the event. Their blogs are here:  http://logisticsmonster.com/, http://drkatesview.wordpress.com/, http://thedametruth.net/wordpress/.

There are just so many photos of the event. I will keep posting some shots this week.  Courage to See has her photos online HERE with more to come.

Here are some photos with more to come in another post plus some videos will be added.

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912dc, March on Washington, Obama, When His Lips Move He Lies

I made this video purely in honor of this patriot’s creativity. ( Yeah, right)

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March on Washington, DC, 9-12 Project

We the People

We the People

We the People are coming, are here and are ready to have our voices heard.

Northwest Indiana has a showing in DC with some of us arriving Thursday. We drove in and had the words ‘9-12 Project Washington DC’ painted on the back window. During our drive people in cars, semi-trucks, work vans and pickups slowing down so that we would look over.  Any other time this has happened, on a normal day I would expect to see a finger and the words FU mouthed in my direction.  Instead, what we got where yells of ‘Right On!’, people shaking their hands with a big thumbs up. It was uplifting and somehow comforting that we were not alone in our mission.

Friday we took the Metro into DC with our maps handy, looking for the blue line, armed with sticky notes on which stop to look for, not risking a transfer to the yellow line and opting to ride the blue, although a longer ride, safer for the Indiana noobs.

At the hotel, on the train, in DC we saw people with Gadsden flags, American flags, patriotic gear be it a button, t-shirt or some other signal that they were one of us. NRA hats seemed popular also. I made it a point to talk to the strangers who gave hints that they were in DC for the march. Everywhere I turned was another person, another group, all smiling, all fresh with an energy of anticipation.  The usual farewell was ‘See you tomorrow!’.  We had spare maps of the parade route and handed those to people who seemed especially confused. We talked about the time of the event, start here, end there, the weather and how it was just friggin amazing that We the People are every where. And that was Friday.

Reading online I saw that 4500 motorcoach buses have pulled permits to be in DC today, Saturday.  That figures out to be roughly a quarter of a million people coming in via bus. One guy said his small Florida town had 67 people on the plane. That is just one small town. Many more never registered anywhere online, they drove in from Iowa, Texas, Missouri and you name it.

One man was a walking picture of America. I couldn’t help but stare at his hands as he sat on the Metro with us. They were huge, thick, solid, weathered with short nails embedded with grease. His face was chiseled, his body, although seasoned from what looked like a lifetime of working outside with his hands, was solid. He came to DC from Missouri with a friend. He wore faded overalls with a Henley shirt. A simple man with a mission, here in DC to tell Washington to knock it off.

THAT is what is happening today. People from all walks of America have arrived to send a message to the government that we are awake now and that things will never be the same for them. We have expectations of integrity and we have expectations of having accountable representation.

I’m off for coffee now, will try to write later.

The photo in this post is one that I took Friday and best represented my feelings regarding this moment in history.

Disappointed, Van Jones is mourned (not by me)

I just want to say that I am disappointed to read that some feminist bloggers, some women that I have been reading for years, back in the day over at Heart’s place and in other venues, who were always offering comments that made me think, I am disappointed to read them say that Van Jones is one gorgeous man and that he was a spot on guy, full of good ideas and that he could have been the one to help get this country on the correct path. (coughbullshitcough) They are blaming Beck for all of this, as if one dood has the power to pick who is employed by Obambam and who isn’t.

Ugh, now I can never read those women again without thinking that they are leftist socialists who are diametrically opposite of my views which are that the Feds need to step off and get the hell out of our lives.

I dunno, I haven’t removed them from my bookmark list and I have to just accept that I didn’t know as much about them as I thought I did. It is just disappointing. After all these YEARS, I wake up and smell their brand of coffee, and I don’t like it.

The women’s groups have been used so for long, by each party, we have not had a leader who recognizes that they are being played, the feminist organizations thought the Democratic party was the cat’s meow, never performing critical analysis of the system and how democrats were good at one thing and that was finding the right set of empty words and packaging them as promises, hopes and change. We have not had a women’s group stand up and realize that women are not getting squat from this administration, or the last one, or the next one and that women are used as a booty call on election day. That closet space in Valerie Jarrett’s office named the ‘Council on Women, or some other BS moniker, outfitted with two tin cans and string, is just another way that Obama has this thumb on women.  That just pisses me right off, but that is another post.

Well, I am mourning also. I am mourning my lose of innocence regarding certain bloggers who, although having some great posts regarding women and the patriarchy, are working against the people of women in their support of a political system and party that has no intentions of changing anything regarding the status of females, supports the social dependence of women and children and basically has blown smoke up our collective asses since grass was something dinosaurs ate.

See you in DC !  9-12 Project, March on Washington