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Key Vote YES on the Toomey, Lee and Paul Budgets

Dear FreedomWorks member,

As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Senators and urge them to vote YES on the separate budget plans offered by Senators Toomey, Paul, and Lee. Under Harry Reid’s leadership, the Senate has not passed a budget in over three years. Passing an annual budget for the federal government is a fundamental responsibility of Congress. Sens. Toomey, Paul, and Lee have introduced fiscally conservative budgets that contain much-needed reforms and will significantly cut the national debt.

All three plans would balance the budget within the next ten years without raising taxes. All three would repeal ObamaCare, reform the tax code, reform Medicare, and block grant Medicaid to the states. All three include proposals to reduce government regulation and revive economic growth and job creation in this struggling economy. S. Con. Res. 37, introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), would balance the budget by the year 2020 and save more than $5 trillion over the next ten years. S. Con. Res. 44, introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), would balance the budget by 2017 and save $7 trillion over ten years. S. Con. Res. 42, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), would balance the budget by 2017 and save more than $8 trillion over ten years. The Paul plan closely resembles the grassroots-generated “Tea Party Budget” proposed by last year’s citizen-led Tea Party Debt Commission. Like that plan, Sen. Paul’s budget would go beyond undefined caps or vague “spending reduction” goals to shift entire federal functions back to the states. It would eliminate the federal Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development. Indeed, Sen. Paul has offered the strongest budget plan in a generation, one that would dramatically cut federal spending in order to restore fiscal sanity in Washington and move us dramatically closer to the constitutionally limited government intended by the Founders.

While we have serious concerns with the health care reform proposal in the Lee budget and the Medicare provisions in the Toomey and Lee budgets — proposals that trace their roots to the Heritage Foundation plan that provided the template for RomneyCare and ObamaCare — we believe the authors do not intend to restrict patients' choices or promote government-run health care, and that the bills’ problems can be remedied in the legislative process. Any of the three plans, considered in its entirety, would be an historic improvement over the status quo, moving the nation closer to the critically important goals of less debt and smaller government.

I urge you to call your representatives and ask them to vote YES on the budgets offered by Sens. Toomey, Lee, and Paul. We will count their vote on each of these budgets as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2012. The Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.


Matt Kibbe
President and CEO
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NOTE: The Senate is expected to vote on these budget plans starting on or around tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Senators to Vote YES on the Toomey, Lee, and Paul Budgets

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Gary O'Malley

Do you trust government with the power to control how much you keep for your family without your consent?

From 2001 through today, I’ve studied our founding intent. I poured through books like The 5000 Year Leap, The Law and others to solidify in my mind what was missing in our current vision of proper government. Everywhere I turned the ideals of a consumption tax was supported by these great thinkers. Jefferson and Hamilton agreed on few things, but one thing they did agree on was not taxing income in support of others.

The consumption tax rests, not solely on math and economics, but on the immorality of taxing earnings before we can support ourselves and our family. In the writings of the founders I found that the earnings from our labor are private property.

Consumption taxes versus what we have now, improves the prosperity of the poor, middle class and small businesses the most. Like retail costs, the income of the customer is meaningless. The so called “regression” of consumption taxes is the incentive for success! It is not evil or bad to incentivize success. It is essential to our future prosperity.
We are taxed one time at the point of purchase, not multiple times through hidden taxes and compliance costs.

Our founders wrote that equal and uniform dispensation of the law was essential to self governance. Anything else is tyranny because it is subject to the temporary whims of the few to control the many. Is this not what our tax code has become?

Today, when we hear a candidate say, “I’m for family values”, many citizens, Republican and Democrat, vote for them. This is too narrow a definition morality. Morality should extend to legal theft also. It is obvious on a very basic level that when the force of law is used to take from one person and give it to another that has no legal right to it, legal theft is taking place.

Unfortunately, other than murder, the right to bear arms and freedom of religion, we tend to back away from moral certitudes. We tolerate legal theft because that’s the way it has been for all of our lives. The income tax, however, did not exist for this nation’s 130 years. A consumption tax returns us our original mechanism to collect federal taxes. (Federalist Paper 21)

Our founders wrote often that only a moral society can sustain a Republic. They knew that morality also extends to never use the force of law to deem one person more worthy than another of equal treatment. (Repeal affirmative action in all its variations while remaining within the spirit of other civil rights laws)

We need moral representatives that will work to accept nothing less than the repudiation of legal theft in all its variations. There is no freedom-threatening issue we face that our tax code doesn’t affect. Like cancer, it destroys the incentive to succeed by taxation and rewards failure.

For over 40 years I have worked giving a portion of my labor to Government without the freedom to choose when I pay or how much I pay in relation to others. I want to leave my children a country where they earn and use what they labor for, give to charity what they can, and pay taxes on the resources they drain from society, (new retail-Go Green?) not what they put into society (their productivity).

Stop the theft. Please join us and continue the fight for freedom through our founder’s tools, Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches. We need legislators, employees, business owners, the poor, and even the elderly to pledge their energy and expertise to this endeavor.

Otherwise the tree of freedom must be refreshed in other, more painful ways. Gary O’Malley 910-352-3638

Bill Rickords

Hey guys, can we primary Cantor next election for his increasing the EXIM bank by 40% rather than starting to wind it down..../ Need to Lugarize him to send some signals to others.