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Stop the Internet Sales Tax

Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) are expected to introduce a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing your taxes by taxing purchases you make on the internet.  The bill’s name is deceitfully titled the Main Street Fairness Act of 2011 – it is neither main street nor fair. The bill seeks to hurt online retailers and consumers alike, and will suppress internet entrepreneurship and your wallet.

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Stop the Internet Sales Tax

Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) are expected to introduce a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing your taxes by taxing purchases you make on the internet.  The bill’s name is deceitfully titled the Main Street Fairness Act of 2011 – it is neither main street nor fair. The bill seeks to hurt online retailers and consumers alike, and will suppress internet entrepreneurship and your wallet.

05/06/2011
Still Think an Internet Kill Switch is a Good Idea? Look at Egypt

Boing Boing has a great article today on the dangers of the proposed internet "Kill Switch." 

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Still Think an Internet Kill Switch is a Good Idea? Look at Egypt

Boing Boing has a great article today on the dangers of the proposed internet "Kill Switch." 

01/28/2011
No Wine Shall Be Served Before Its Time--

Click here for a .pdf version of the paper.   No Wine Shall Be Served Before Its Time— At Least Not Without Wholesalers Taking a Cut

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No Wine Shall Be Served Before Its Time--

Click here for a .pdf version of the paper.   No Wine Shall Be Served Before Its Time— At Least Not Without Wholesalers Taking a Cut

07/21/2010
The FCC: Rhetoric vs. Reality

The Federal Communications Commission’s new scheme to regulate the internet provides yet another example of a government agency desperately attempting to seize power. This has become such a common occurrence in government operation that it rarely even makes the news anymore. But, this power grab still ought to be treated as an affront to competition and the free market—even if this has become a norm. Below, I have attached the video of Julius Genachowski announcing FCC’s new plan.

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The FCC: Rhetoric vs. Reality

The Federal Communications Commission’s new scheme to regulate the internet provides yet another example of a government agency desperately attempting to seize power. This has become such a common occurrence in government operation that it rarely even makes the news anymore. But, this power grab still ought to be treated as an affront to competition and the free market—even if this has become a norm. Below, I have attached the video of Julius Genachowski announcing FCC’s new plan.

06/18/2010
"Meet Me In D.C." Video Contest Finalists

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in a video for the contest. We had a number of fantastic entries. Below are the four finalists in no particular order.Please check them out and leave comments about your favorite. We'll announce the winners tomorrow.Thanks again for your participation and don't forget to be in D.C on Saturday! 

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"Meet Me In D.C." Video Contest Finalists

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in a video for the contest. We had a number of fantastic entries. Below are the four finalists in no particular order.Please check them out and leave comments about your favorite. We'll announce the winners tomorrow.Thanks again for your participation and don't forget to be in D.C on Saturday! 

09/08/2009
Taxpayer Ripoff: The Only Way to Define State Employee Benefits

Marta Mossburg reports in the Washington Examiner that even as Maryland faces a $700 million budget shortfall this year:

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Taxpayer Ripoff: The Only Way to Define State Employee Benefits

Marta Mossburg reports in the Washington Examiner that even as Maryland faces a $700 million budget shortfall this year:

07/28/2009
Assessing Broadband in America

In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama earlier this year, a provision was made for a “national broadband deployment strategy” to increase the penetration of high speed internet throughout the country.  To explore their options, the FCC has begun a review of the current broadband policies.  Many have used comparisons between the United States and other nations as a reference for new broadband polices.  Not surprisingly, these advocates suggest that to remain in international competition, a greater degree of government intervention is required; however, upon further analysis, America has one of the strongest bases of independent internet stability worldwide.  The FCC would be wise to avoid aggressive new regulatory policies toward broadband deployment.

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Assessing Broadband in America

In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama earlier this year, a provision was made for a “national broadband deployment strategy” to increase the penetration of high speed internet throughout the country.  To explore their options, the FCC has begun a review of the current broadband policies.  Many have used comparisons between the United States and other nations as a reference for new broadband polices.  Not surprisingly, these advocates suggest that to remain in international competition, a greater degree of government intervention is required; however, upon further analysis, America has one of the strongest bases of independent internet stability worldwide.  The FCC would be wise to avoid aggressive new regulatory policies toward broadband deployment.

07/09/2009
Help Stop a New Internet Tax Scheme in Louisiana

Politicians in Baton Rouge are quickly trying to rush through a new, multi-million dollar internet tax hike that proponents are claiming will help crack down on internet crimes such as child pornography and fraud.TAKE ACTION! HB 569 will impose a $.15 per month fee on bills from internet service providers to fund a new “Internet Crimes Investigation Fund.”  The bill recently passed the Louisiana House and will be heard in the Senate this week.Cracking down on crime, and particularly crimes involving children, is a noble cause indeed.  But HB 569 is the wrong approach.Lawmakers supporting this legislation are rushing to a big-government solution, even without allowing state law enforcement agencies adequate time to evaluate what they truly need.  No credible studies have been produced to justify the creation of this new fund and the tax increase it requires.  At the same time more localized efforts to combat online crimes have enjoyed success by better utilizing existing resources.  For example, the Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has been extremely successful while operating on about $150,000 to $200,000 a year and relying on cooperation from a host of local law enforcement and district attorney’s offices in the region. Legislators need to think innovatively and prioritize projects instead of simply looking to expand government on the backs of hard-working Louisiana taxpayers.  The size of the proposed new Internet Crimes fund may seem modest at this point, but just creating it opens the door to a slippery-slope of new government spending.  We’ve all seen how bureaucracies can so easily grow out-of-control and as well-intentioned as they might be, turn into government slush-funds with taxpayers on the hook. Don’t let politicians use the idea of keeping children safe to cram more big government down your throat.  TAKE ACTION NOW before the Senate takes up HB 569 and tell them to oppose this new internet tax hike scheme!

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Help Stop a New Internet Tax Scheme in Louisiana

Politicians in Baton Rouge are quickly trying to rush through a new, multi-million dollar internet tax hike that proponents are claiming will help crack down on internet crimes such as child pornography and fraud.TAKE ACTION! HB 569 will impose a $.15 per month fee on bills from internet service providers to fund a new “Internet Crimes Investigation Fund.”  The bill recently passed the Louisiana House and will be heard in the Senate this week.Cracking down on crime, and particularly crimes involving children, is a noble cause indeed.  But HB 569 is the wrong approach.Lawmakers supporting this legislation are rushing to a big-government solution, even without allowing state law enforcement agencies adequate time to evaluate what they truly need.  No credible studies have been produced to justify the creation of this new fund and the tax increase it requires.  At the same time more localized efforts to combat online crimes have enjoyed success by better utilizing existing resources.  For example, the Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has been extremely successful while operating on about $150,000 to $200,000 a year and relying on cooperation from a host of local law enforcement and district attorney’s offices in the region. Legislators need to think innovatively and prioritize projects instead of simply looking to expand government on the backs of hard-working Louisiana taxpayers.  The size of the proposed new Internet Crimes fund may seem modest at this point, but just creating it opens the door to a slippery-slope of new government spending.  We’ve all seen how bureaucracies can so easily grow out-of-control and as well-intentioned as they might be, turn into government slush-funds with taxpayers on the hook. Don’t let politicians use the idea of keeping children safe to cram more big government down your throat.  TAKE ACTION NOW before the Senate takes up HB 569 and tell them to oppose this new internet tax hike scheme!

06/15/2009
FreedomWorks Meets with Rep. David Price Staff

FreedomWorks volunteer leader Roy Loflin visits with David Price's staff recently in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  They discussed the freedom agenda and internet freedom.  

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FreedomWorks Meets with Rep. David Price Staff

FreedomWorks volunteer leader Roy Loflin visits with David Price's staff recently in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  They discussed the freedom agenda and internet freedom.  

10/02/2008
FreedomWorks Asks Senator Dole to Support Internet Freedom

Salisbury,  North Carolina.  FreedomWorks volunteer leader Charlie Irvin delivered material to Elizabeth Dole's office on Sept. 23rd, asking her to support HR6870.

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FreedomWorks Asks Senator Dole to Support Internet Freedom

Salisbury,  North Carolina.  FreedomWorks volunteer leader Charlie Irvin delivered material to Elizabeth Dole's office on Sept. 23rd, asking her to support HR6870.

10/02/2008

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