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Help Us Send a No New Taxes Message to Politicians in North Carolina
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Help Us Send a No New Taxes Message to Politicians in North Carolina

Here comes the tax man! Again. Legislators in North Carolina are well past their original July 1st budget deadline and more of your freedoms are up on the chopping block. For government reformers, a new budget sounds like a great idea as North Carolina faces a $4.6 billion deficit. However, rather than cutting  waste out of the budget, Governor Beverly Perdue’s plan calls for an additional $1.5 billion in spending for education, even as state revenues fall. How does she and legislative leaders plan to make up this huge difference? With a big package of new taxes and fees applied inconsistently across the economy, picking and choosing economic winners and losers. The House and Senate are considering different plans, but here are a few of the suggestions on the table that will hurt North Carolina families and businesses. * A so-called “Google” sales tax on internet purchases like digital books and music that will stifle commerce and presents obvious constitutional questions. * A $1-per-pack tax hike on cigarettes that comes on top of a recent federal hike and will push smokers to purchase cigarettes on the black market and hurt small businesses like convenience stores. * An alcohol tax that will slam an already suffering hospitality industry. * Taxes on lawn care and car repairs. * A sales tax hike. * An income tax hike for certain tax brackets. These taxes present a severe burden for families who are already suffering in this economic downturn and who face higher taxes and fees not only at the state level, but at the federal and county levels, too. They strike a blow directly at the heart of many businesses – some that are struggling to stay afloat, and some that have become the lynch-pin of communities and families that need their income and services. The last thing that North Carolinians can afford is higher taxes. Take Action and call your state representative at 919-733-7928. It’s essential that they hear from you and understand higher taxes won’t fix a budget gap created by wasteful spending. Governments need to learn to live within their means just as families do. Many of these same tax hike schemes have been tried in other states, but failed to address financial woes. North Carolina should choose a different path. Making the smart choice to cut spending and waste combined with lower taxes and less burdensome regulation will promote real, long term growth for the state.

07/24/2009
Protesting Socialized Medicine in NC
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Protesting Socialized Medicine in NC

Kay Hagan (D-NC) heard from her constituents in Greensboro today. Approximately 30 FreedomWorks activists showed up to her office to protest socialized medicine, then took the protest out to the street. Looks like a great crowd!

07/23/2009
Urge the Blue Dogs to Defeat Obamacare!
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Urge the Blue Dogs to Defeat Obamacare!

One of the promising developments has been the opposition to the government takeover by the Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives. Some of these Congressmen have flat out told President Obama that they will not support a government takeover, and others have focused on the trillions of dollars in new taxes that would be required for Obamacare. The battle against government-run health care is being fought within the Democrat party, and that is where we must focus our efforts. We need to urge the Blue Dog Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to continue to oppose a government takeover of the healthcare system.

07/23/2009
Obama And Liberal Democrats Provoking Real Bipartisanship
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Obama And Liberal Democrats Provoking Real Bipartisanship

Obama opened his news conference yesterday with a brief speech on his support for government-run health care; he stated:

07/23/2009
"I've Never Got a Job From a Poor Man in My Life"
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"I've Never Got a Job From a Poor Man in My Life"

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07/23/2009
Comparing Health Care: US v. UK v. Canada v. France
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Comparing Health Care: US v. UK v. Canada v. France

The Senate Republicans Joint Economic Committee recently released these charts comparing different aspects of health care in the US, UK, Canada, and France.  The UK, Canada, and France all have health care strongly controlled by the government, similar to what the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress are pushing.The numbers speak for themselves:  

07/23/2009
Almost 10,000 Comments Against Government Takeover of Health Care
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Almost 10,000 Comments Against Government Takeover of Health Care

[Click here to download over 9,400 comments from our activists on health care reform]Early in the health care debate this year FreedomWorks created a webpage for activists to post their comments to be delivered to Congressmen on health care legislation. So far we have collected over 9,400 comments.  In the spreadsheet linked above you will find name, town, state, and comment on health care reform from our activists sorted by state.

07/22/2009
Cigarette Black Market Growing
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Cigarette Black Market Growing

FreedomWorks has organized against dozens of cigarette taxes in the past year.

07/22/2009
Raise Your Hand if You're Unsure
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Raise Your Hand if You're Unsure

Unsure about health care reform?  Let Freedom Ring has a helpful video - watch and learn.  H/t Club for Growth.

07/22/2009
$23,700,000,000,000!
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$23,700,000,000,000!

That’s 11 zeros for those not counting.  $23.7 trillion dollars – let’s take a moment of silence….   This astronomical number is the total liability that the government has racked up in its series of bailouts of the financial system, according to the Special Inspector General assigned to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).  Neil Bartofsky is heading up the investigation into how the TARP funds are being used, as well as how the Treasury Department plans to increase transparency within the program.In short:  “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” is the Treasury’s policy.  Bartofsky, in testimony given before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting today focused on the lack of transparency which leaves the taxpayers unaware of how their investments in the federal government have fared.  The latest Quarterly Report shows the government liability from bailing out the financial services industry totaling $23.7 trillion.  Most people are aware of the $800 billion in TARP funds that are on the line, but as SIGTARP emphasized, that is only a collection of 12 recent government programs invested.  There are 50 other programs already in place that also need to be included in assessing the risk involved, forming the $23.7 trillion total.

07/21/2009

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