by Ron Paul | April 20, 2008
Texas Straight Talk
Taxes were on the forefront of many Americans’ minds this week as they scrambled to meet the April 15th deadline to file their returns. Tax policy in this country hurts taxpayers twice – once when they pay taxes, and then when the government spends the money. Americans are sick and tired of the financial burden and the endless forms to fill out. To add insult to injury, after collecting this money the government does some very detrimental things to the economy.
The burden of complying with the income tax is tremendous. Since its inception in 1913, the tax code has gone from 400 pages to over 67,000. The Tax Foundation estimates that around $265 billion dollars and 6 billion hours are spent just on compliance. That expense amounts to about 22 cents of every dollar the IRS collects. Imagine the boon to the economy if we spent that time and money expanding our businesses and creating jobs!
Aside from the direct loss of money and productivity, the funds from the income tax enable the government to do some very destructive things, such as vastly over-regulating economic activity, making it difficult to earn money in the first place. The federal government funds over 50 agencies, departments and commissions that formulate rules and regulations. These bureaucracies operate with little to no oversight from the people or Congress and generate around 4,000 new rules every year and operate at a cost of about 40 billion dollars. There are some 75,000 pages of regulations in the Federal Register that Americans are expected to know and abide by. Complying with these governmental regulations costs American businesses more than one trillion dollars per year, according to a study by Mark Crain for the Small Business Administration. This complicated system drives production to other countries and shrinks our job market here at home.
Big government is destructive when it takes your money and when it spends it. There is no economic benefit to supporting a government sector as massive as ours. In fact, this country thrived for well over 100 years without an income tax. Today, if you took away the income tax, the government would still have revenue from other sources equal to total government spending in 1990, when government was still too big. $1.2 trillion should be more than enough to fund a government operating within its constitutional confines, and that is exactly what we need to get back to.
I have introduced legislation many times to abolish the IRS and the income tax. It is fundamentally un-American to require taxpayers to testify against themselves and be considered guilty until proven innocent. Abolishing the IRS altogether would trigger an avalanche of real growth in the economy.
With these financial hard times only just beginning, this would be the most efficient and logical way to get our economy growing again, and Americans would need not dread the 15th of April every year.
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As you all know the Nevada Republican Convention is going to be held this Saturday, April 26th, in Reno. Dr. Paul is going to be the keynote speaker that morning. You can attend for a $25.00 fee. Here is the exciting part. We are going to have a pre-convention party on Friday night at Wooster High School in Reno. We are going to have pizza, soft drinks, hopefully some entertainment, and Ron Paul will be in attendance. If you can make it we would love to have you. The more the merrier! We are requesting a $5.00 donation to help defray expenses. See you there!
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by Alex Wallenwein | Friday, April 18, 2008
Some Meetups are already giving up hope, but there is a way for us to get Ron Paul the nomination, and it is absolutely doable.
In a nutshell: If enough delegations sit out the first and second vote, McCain won't get his required majority, and the national convention will become a brokered one- which means anything goes.
There are two main hurdles to accomplishing this:
1. To be even presented for nomination, Ron must be able to "demonstrate the support" of a majority of the delegates from at least five states.
2. Getting enough state delegations to sit out the first two votes won't be easy but it is totally within the realm of the possible!
What depresses so many delegates is that in order to even be selected as delegates to go to the National Convention, they are required by state party rules to sign a pledge that they will "support" John McCain. That is not the end of the story, however.
The only consequence of that is that a delegate's vote for anyone other than McCain will simply not be counted.
There are no legal ramifications for breaking that pledge. There are only possible ethical concerns. These ethical concerns, however, are completely swept aside by the possibility of simply NOT VOTING the first time around.
The RNC's party rules expressly contemplate and acknowledge that State Delegations may choose to sit out a vote. Rule 37c states:
(c) In balloting, if any delegation shall pass when its name is called, then at the conclusion of the roll call all delegations which passed shall be called in the order herein before established. No delegation shall be allowed to change its vote until all delegations which passed shall have been given a second opportunity to vote.
That means (a) it's ok to abstain from voting, and (b) the only consequence is that the passing delegation(s) must be given another chance to vote before any other delegations are released from their pledges.
Yes, I know it was posted already, but the timing is perfect. Let's make this go to the top ten on Youtube.
We have now fully devolved into an authoritarian police state. If you haven't begun to make preparations, now is the time, and it is running out.
Good Luck patriots.....
An ongoing spat between supporters of Republican presidential candidates John McCain and Ron Paul flared again Thursday, when pro-Paul dissidents were kicked out of a Pasco County GOP Executive Committee meeting.
Sofie Lefebvre, a Paul supporter, said a sheriff’s deputy escorted her and her husband out of the Land O’Lakes Senior Center, where the meeting was held.
They are Republicans who don’t support presumptive nominee McCain. Though McCain’s nomination is all but assured by delegate count, Paul is still in the race.
California producer dissects the media blackout of Congressman Ron Paul
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This forum keeps growing due to additional thoughts being added. Thanks for your patience.
People have been saying it will cost **$3,000 to 5,000** to get to the National convention. This forum is to **DEBUNK **that ridiculous expense. Depending upon what part of the country you live in the expenses will include:
1) Travel: to the convention by air, bus, train, car, motorhome. Of course this can vary depending on where we are traveling from. Bus ticket about $200, airplane ticket about $500. Consider using credit card points for a free flight.
I am looking for a site where I can people who are new to Ron Paul, Federal Reserve, RealID, ...
I want a place that is informative but not scary or overwhelming.
Read the update at Antiwar.com
Paulville: the town where rightwingers will be free
Paul Evans The Guardian, Monday April 14 2008
At last, some cheering news for downhearted fans of Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican now certain to fail, by some distance, to secure his party's presidential nomination. This month has seen the first meeting of the shareholders in a fledgling community development planned in rural Texas, to be comprised exclusively of Paul's supporters. It is to be called Paulville.