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5:15 am
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I realize that posting this Fair Tax Petition for you folks to consider signing may stray from my “stay away from politics” promise, but I think it could be argued that it’s probably not too divisive in and of itself.  Primarily what I mean by that is that it’s not partisan and isn’t a dig on any specific candidate or “belief.”

As usual, I’m not begging you to side with me, agree with me or anything like that.  Rather, I’m begging you to consider the info presented.  I’m asking that you read the petition and if you agree, electronically sign the petition.  It would send a HUGE message to our political leaders and maybe finally get this thing reviewed at the higher levels.

If you want to find more about the Fair Tax, take a look at their website or just ask me.

President Obama,

During your campaign, you talked about changing how Washington does business. We, the undersigned, also believe in the need for change. We embrace throwing off “politics as usual” and want to help you change Washington, D.C. to better serve public interests.

We believe that a government, “Of the people, by the people, for the people,” not lobbyists, political favors, and special interests was the original vision of our Founders.

We believe that the American economy—facing its greatest peril in generations—requires a real and permanent economic stimulus package that will create jobs, drive investment, and maintain the United States as the world’s leading economy in the 21st-century, and beyond.

We believe that there is another way that is far healthier and more positive to heal our economy without the massive borrowing and spending that will have harmful effects on our economy for generations to come.

We believe that our thoroughly researched solution will have immediate and long lasting benefits to our economy and to the relationship of the citizen to government.

To address these challenges, we believe the FairTax is the change we need.

Whereas millions of Americans cannot pay their bills and risk foreclosure:

The FairTax ensures that American workers will see a huge boost in their take-home pay as all federal withholding and payroll taxes are eliminated—enough to save their homes and pay mortgage bills, thereby addressing the underlying cause of this economic meltdown, not just the symptoms.

Whereas Washington is financing its spending programs with trillions in debt:

The FairTax eliminates capital gains and corporate taxes making the US the most favorable business environment in the world. That means new jobs right here in America, higher wages and a stock market that goes up instead of down—without massive borrowing.

Whereas the poor and middle-class continue to struggle to make ends meet:

The FairTax removes federal taxes on the poor and the middle-class sees dramatic reductions in tax burdens under the FairTax. The “Made in America” label roars back with needed jobs and better wages and benefits.

Whereas tax lobbyists peddle their enormous influence in Congress and exert undue influence over the income tax code’s 67,500 pages of regulations, for which Americans spend $300 billion annually in tax preparation costs:

The FairTax is simple, transparent and fair. The tax base is expanded, special favors for tax lobbyists end and April 15th becomes just another spring day.

Be it therefore resolved that the FairTax deserves support by your administration to create a tax system that provides real and permanent economic stimulus effects that our nation, our citizens and children need and deserve.

Sign the Petition.

2:41 pm
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I saw this on Poppy’s place so I thought to myself… “maybe I should delve deeper into my own actual beliefs and see where the candidates stand.”  I really haven’t done ANY issues research on any of the candidates, and have been mostly relying on party lines to help me nudge one way or another, and I figured I’d check out the issues in more depth after the nominees were chosen. 

Pick your 2008 Candidate For President

About the only things I’ve learned over the last two weeks from the caucus and primary were:

  1. I like Huckabee more than I thought I would, after seeing him speak.  To me, he looks like a cross between an older Kevin Spacey and a younger Richard Nixon.  Anyone else see this, or is it just me?
  2. I liked Obama a LOT more than I thought I would, especially after hearing him speak.  I trust him.  He doesn’t seem to carry the typical political baggage with him.
  3. Mitt Romney seems like an arrogant and corrupt fool just another typical politician.
  4. Fred Thompson seems to be a lot smarter than I ever thought he could be, but a lot less presidential.  He seems like someone who actually needs to work on the plans and implement them, NOT be the officeholder.   He’d probably be a decent Vice President – less of the spotlight and more of the internal leadership and intelligence to get things done.
  5. The Fair Tax is more important than ever to try to support and create awareness about.
  6. McCain seems quite accomplished, capable, experienced, calm and I wouldn’t have a problem with his age, especially if he picks a great Vice President who can rise to President in 4 years.  McCain/Huckabee or McCain/Thompson for example.
  7. I don’t see how Rudy could be qualified for the national position after being just a Mayor.  Governors seem to have a monopoly on Presidential career stepping stones.  Rudy should go for Governor and then President if it works out.
  8. Edwards seems like the same old politician to me he’s always been, and don’t feel like I could trust him at all.  Issues aside, trust is all-important.  What point someone’s stance, if the stance changes based on a poll or the audience they’re speaking to?
  9. I’m paying a lot more attention to where lobbyist’s attentions are placed.
  10. Hillary is still… well, Hillary.  I have definite trust issues with her.  While I have no problem with a female President, it shouldn’t be THIS female.

Here are my results.  Note: I wrote the above list BEFORE taking the quiz.

candidate issues results 2008

So, this surprises me some.  Before this, I probably would have rated it Huckabee, McCain, Obama, Paul, Thompson.  But the quiz doesn’t take into account my polarizing issues, like my distrust for Romney or my “right choice” issue for Thompson.

Now, what would be nice for this quiz to do for poor little ol’ me would be to display all the questions again, with my answers, and show by candidate how much that candidate agreed or disagreed with me on that specific issue.  Then I could probably tweak the “care / don’t care” button as I re-discovered more about my own beliefs around the issues.

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