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Key Vote

    Key Vote YES on the Rand Paul Budget

    Dear FreedomWorks member,

    As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote YES on the Paul Amendment #263 to S.Con Res. 8, Senator Rand Paul’s substitute budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014.
    Senator Paul’s budget plan contains many provisions that make it stand out as easily the best budget plan being offered in Congress this year.  First, it balances the budget in five years, and unlike other budget plans it does not use President Obama’s past or future tax hikes to achieve balance.  The plan returns annually appropriated (discretionary) spending to 2008 levels, and eliminates four cabinet departments (Energy, Education, Commerce, and Housing & Urban Development), agencies whose benefits are debatable and whose responsibilities in any case are, as a constitutional matter, more properly handled by state and local governments or the private sector. .

    More importantly, the Rand Paul budget structurally reforms the federal government’s biggest spending items – entitlements.  It block-grants Medicaid, food stamps, and children’s health insurance to the states, allowing states to choose how best to use that funding for their own citizens. The budget allows seniors to opt out of Medicare and to opt into the same, highly popular, health care plan enjoyed by Members of Congress.  The Paul budget also reforms Social Security by allowing individuals to opt out in favor of personal accounts. And crucially, it eliminates ObamaCare, which at a cost of at least $1 trillion over the next decade should really be called the Unaffordable Care Act.

    The Rand Paul budget fundamentally reforms our byzantine tax code, replacing the entire current income tax system with a simple, 17% flat tax (with a personal exemption that avoids burdening lower-income households).  In doing so it eliminates numerous deductions and loopholes that individuals and corporations use to avoid paying today’s high tax rates, ends economically damaging double-taxation of income (including abolition of capital gains and death taxes), and sweeps away corrupt tax-code handouts to powerful corporations and special interests.

    In addition, this budget contains fundamental regulatory reforms, reining in unaccountable executive-branch bureaucracies whose endless rules affect and distort nearly every aspect of our struggling economy. These reforms include repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial sector rules that protect banks deemed “too big to fail”, routine sunsetting of regulations, and the REINS Act, which would require Congress to vote on major regulations before they can take effect.

    This comprehensive, principled plan addresses most of the fiscal and economic challenges facing the United States today, and if implemented would surely result in a massive surge in economic growth and job creation.  Most importantly, unlike other plans Senator Paul’s doesn’t just slow the growth of the federal leviathan, it actually downsizes it, moving America back toward proper constitutional limits giving states and individual citizens more freedom, more choice, and more control of their economic futures.

    For all these reasons, I urge you to call your U.S. Senators and ask them to vote YES on Senator Rand Paul’s Budget, Amendment #263 to S.Con. Res. 8.  We will count the vote on this amendment as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2013. The Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.


    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO, FreedomWorks

    marco the first

    The Flat Tax is still an income tax and is authorised by the 16th amendment. The 16th amendment gives authorities the power to invade the privacy of every man, woman, and child in America to do their assessments. The Fair tax does not. And don't give me that old tired excuse that giving the government another tax will expand their power. The Fair Tax is only an excise tax, and the government already has the authority to levy an excise tax as per the constitution. But if we are all so programmed to accept a tax on our income to slow down the economy and give more power to the federal government, far be it from me to interfere.

    Daniel Allred

    I like Rand Paul's ideas and motives, but what he's proposing has no chance. Reagan was elected President promising to eliminate the Departments of Energy and Education. If there were anyone capable of doing this, it would have been Reagan, however he wasn't able to deliver. Each new Federal bureaucracy establishes itself like Kudzu and grows a root system that would make Black Locust trees jealous.

    The same goes for the simplified tax code. Even if they were offered lower rates, the voters would want those lower rates plus all the deductions and loopholes they're accustomed to. Furthermore, for every 1000 pages the House pulls out of the Tax Code, the Senate will insert 2000 more.

    Let me suggest something else (which, by the way, would also have no chance). Let's resign ourselves to the notion that the progressive income tax is destined to be a form of punishment for the rich and, over time, nearly nobody else will have to pay anything. We can thank all the right jolly old elves with their red suits, white beards, and teams of reindeer parked in the Capitol parking lot who keep buying votes by cutting taxes. I say we establish a (very steep, say 20 percent) national sales tax (not a European VAT) that emerges as a 100-percent tax credit when Income tax time rolls around. Certain necessities, such as automobiles (without options), gasoline, guns and ammo, food, bullion, negotiable instruments, and written matter, would be completely exempt. Also, it would apply only to new, manufactured items and not resales.

    Additionally, at tax time, there would be a generous standard deduction that would permit 75 percent of all taxpayers or more to submit a W-2 with no further work needed. Very large purchases could be itemized provided each item purchased has a serial number and is reported only once by only one individual and not to be claimed again by anyone else.