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Sean Duffy: One of the Newest Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010, 12:31 PM PERMALINK


Yesterday, Human Events highlighted the first round of endorsements made by the House Conservatives Fund, the political action committee associated with the Republican Study Committee in the U.S. House. One of HCF’s first endorsements went to Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Sean Duffy (WI-07.) Duffy, a former reality TV star and current Ashland County District Attorney, is looking to face off against 21-term incumbent Democrat David Obey.
 
According to the article, Rep. Patrick McHenry, chairman of the HCF, believes that Sean Duffy can be a House version of Senate candidate Marco Rubio. McHenry adds, “It’s the strength of Duffy’s character and how he runs his campaign that will bring him success. When you meet Duffy, when you talk to him, and when you see how his campaign’s been organized, you see the vulnerability of David Obey.”
 
Rep. Obey has been in Congress since before man walked on the moon and his time there has allowed him to become something of an institution in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Nonetheless, Cook Political Report recently changed the race rating from “Solid D” to “Likely D” indicating the likelihood of a tough race in November. Additionally, the partisan voter index for the district is only D+3. Former President Bush lost the district by only small margins; 50-49 in 2004 and 48-47 in 2000.  
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Duffy signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sean Duffy, a Republican running in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”
 
ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 37 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers ,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Sean Duffy demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Wisconsin’s 7th district.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Vernon Parker (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, March 29th, 2010, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


VernonParker (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Vernon Parker, a Republican running in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“After the passage of the so-called ‘Stimulus Package,’ better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,”said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Vernon Parker demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Arizona’s 3rd district.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.

Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at jkartch@atr.org

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Stimulating the Nanny State


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, March 29th, 2010, 10:21 AM PERMALINK


In case you were wondering what the "stimulus" package is really stimulating, the latest round of CDC grants gave us another indication - it's not jobs, it's the Nanny Staters' agenda. From our piece on FoxNews.com:

One of government’s more recent and lesser known social engineering tools is a grant program under the trillion dollar spending and debt package passed by Congress and the president under the guise of “economic stimulus” in 2009.
 
So far, two rounds of related grants have been announced - a first round of $120 million went to states and territories in early February, and a second round of $372 million has just been awarded to 44 local communities last week. So what are you getting out of it?
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) administer a program called “Communities Putting Prevention To Work" (CPPW). The program gives out “stimulus” grants to states and local communities which have outlined how they plan to engage in a handful of “evidence-based” prevention strategies dubbed MAPPS, short for “Media, Access, Point of purchase/promotion, Price, and Social support and services.” In all honesty, however, “MAPPS” might as well mean “Make the American People Pay for our Schemes.”
 
Indeed, these evidence-based strategies will have you pay for social engineering programs, through tax increases and additional regulations, and it's all laid out in the CDC's supporting documentation for the program.
Click here to get the full story.

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AZ-08 Update: Jonathan Paton Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, March 25th, 2010, 1:40 PM PERMALINK


Yesterday, Americans for Tax Reform received former State Sen. Jonathan Paton’s signed Taxpayer Protection Pledge for his race in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. Paton becomes the third candidate in the GOP primary to sign it. The other signers include veterans Jesse Kelly and Brian Miller.
 
The winner of the GOP primary will face off against incumbent Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who won the seat in 2006 after Republican Jim Kolbe retired. Cook Political Report ranks this race as “Lean D” with a PVI of R+ 4. Additionally, former President Bush won this district with over 50% of the vote in 2000 and 2004, and Sen. McCain took the district with 52% of the vote in 2008.
 
Giffords' decision to vote for ObamaCare could be a major factor in November as a recent poll conducted by The Tarrance Group showed that 52% of voters in AZ-08 were opposed to the health care bill and another 14% were unsure. Furthermore, 60% of those polled in the district opposed Democrats using the reconciliation process to pass the bill.
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Paton signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Jonathan Paton(R-Ariz.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jonathan Paton, a Republican running in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”
 
ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers ,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Jonathan Paton demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Sam Crump (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, March 22nd, 2010, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


Sam Crump (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Sam Crump, a Republican running in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“After the passage of the so-called ‘Stimulus Package,’ better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,”said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Sam Crump demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Arizona’s 3rd district.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.

Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at jkartch@atr.org

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CFA in Budget & Tax News on the Alternative to President's Debt Panel


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, March 18th, 2010, 5:06 PM PERMALINK


Cross-posted from www.fiscalaccountability.org

In the latest online version of the Heartland Institute's Budget & Tax News, CFA executive director Sandra Fabry writes about the dangerous flaws of the President's debt panel (which is modeled after the Conrad-Gregg commission proposal we have been arguing against for a long time), and points to a pro-taxpayer alternative in the form of a BRAC-style spending reform-only commission. Here's a snippet from the article:

Taxpayer advocates are proposing alternatives to President Barack Obama’s executive order establishing the so-called National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a panel to recommend fast-tracked legislation making wholesale changes to government spending and the tax code.

Obama signed the order in February. The commission resembles one that had been proposed in the Senate but rejected.

Groups including the AFL-CIO and NAACP opposed the Senate plan because they feared welfare program cuts. On the other hand, taxpayer advocates pointed to the threat of higher taxes in the plan.

The taxpayer advocates are basing their concerns, which apply also to the President’s commission, on actual experience.

“In past budget deals, Congress has promised to cut spending later in exchange for tax increases now. Those spending cuts never actually happened,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC). “Instead, the extra revenue just let Congress defer dealing with the tough structural problems behind the crisis. Taking tax increases off the table is the only way we will ever have real reform.”

Unfortunately, that does not seem to be what our Congressional leaders and the President have in mind when they talk about "reform."

Click here to read the full article. 

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Making Laws Should Be Transparent


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010, 4:30 PM PERMALINK


Today, the Washington Times published an op-ed by Sandra Fabry, executive director of the Center for Fiscal Accountability, on fiscal transparency. More specifically, the piece centers on waiting periods and online posting requirements before politicians can vote on a particular piece of legislation. Transparency efforts focused on the spending outcomes have experienced success in a number of states over the last few years, but the next step needs to be making waiting periods and online posting requirements a priority.

Last September, Rasmussen Reports found that 83 percent of voters said they thought legislation should be available online for everyone to view before it is voted on by Congress. Of this percentage, 64 percent said they thought the appropriate amount of time for legislation to be available was two weeks.
 
Here’s a brief snippet of the op-ed:
Lawmakers and activists from around the country have made (and are making) great strides toward greater transparency in government spending in recent years. More than two dozen states have enacted legislation mandating the creation of searchable online databases detailing comprehensive information on government spending, and several governors have taken executive steps to create such Web sites. (The full list of state-spending-transparency Web sites is found at FiscalAccountability.org.)
 
But while Americans are appreciative of their ability to better scrutinize government expenditures through such Web sites, policy developments in Washington last year have made abundantly clear that true fiscal accountability in government doesn't just focus on "outcomes" (i.e. government spending), but starts with the legislative process. 
If you get a moment, I recommend checking out the full article over at the Washington Times

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PA-12 Special Election Update: Tim Burns Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, March 15th, 2010, 1:21 PM PERMALINK


Businessman Tim Burns recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for his special election race against Democrat, and former Murtha aide, Mark Critz. The candidates are seeking to replace the recently deceased Congressman Jack Murtha in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, which was the only district in the country carried by a Democrat in the 2004 Presidential contest to flip to Republican in 2008.
 
Cook Political Report ranks this race as a “Toss Up” with a PVI of R+1. The district has grown increasingly competitive for Republicans as former President Bush won 44% of the vote in 2000, 49% in 2004, and Sen. John McCain carried the district in 2008 with 51% of the vote.
 
For additional history on the district, check out Bill Pascoe’s post on the similarities between this special election and the 1974 special election that enabled Murtha to become the Congressman for the 12th Congressional District.
 
To read the ATR’s official statement on Burns signing the Pledge, click “read more.”  
Tim Burns(R-Penn.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tim Burns, a Republican running in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”
 
ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 33 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Tim Burns demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional district.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Rusty Bowers Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for AZ-01 Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, March 11th, 2010, 5:46 PM PERMALINK


Former State Senate Majority Leader Rusty Bowers recently became the third candidate in the Republican primary in Arizona’s First Congressional District to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Bowers seeks the GOP nod to face off against Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.
 
Kirkpatrick has voted for three out of the "Four Horseman of the Democrat Apocalypse” bills including the so-called Stimulus Package, the 2010 Obama Budget, and the government takeover of health care.
 
Cook Political Report rates this race as a “Likely D” seat with a PVI of R+ 6; making it the 161 most Republican District in the country. However, Sen. McCain won this district with 54% of the vote in 2008 and former President Bush won this district twice with over 51% of each time.
 
Rusty Bowers(R-Ariz.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rusty Bowers, a Republican running in Arizona’s 1st Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”
 
ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Rusty Bowers demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Arizona’s 1st Congressional district.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.
 
For a printable pdf version of the release, click here.

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California US Senate Candidates Square Off in First Debate


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, March 5th, 2010, 11:31 AM PERMALINK


Today, three candidates for the U.S. Senate Republican nomination in California will face off on KTKZ at 12pm PT/3pm ET.

Two of the three candidates have already signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge including Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Former Congressman Tom Campbell has yet to sign the Pledge.
 
Both DeVore and Fiorina have taken strong stances on taxes. While in the state legislature, DeVore signed the state version of the Pledge and chaired the Taxpayer Protection Caucus in the Assembly. One of the first tasks undertaken by Fiorina as a candidate was to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Fiorina said:
I am proud to have signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge today as one of my first acts as a candidate for the United States Senate. As a fiscal conservative, it was a no brainer for me. I will not vote for new or higher taxes. Period. Tax, spend and borrow is not a governing philosophy, it’s a cycle of dependency and it’s one that must be broken.
To see the candidates discuss the Pledge more in their own words, check out DeVore's video and Carly's video here.

Today’s debate should be an interesting one. If you tune in, let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below! 

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