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Going Green with a National Energy Tax


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, June 29th, 2009, 1:47 PM PERMALINK


 The Waxman-Markey Bill may be nothing to smile about, but this video from the Tax Foundation offers some laughs while explaining "Cap and Trade." 

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Tim Gobble Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for TN-03 Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, June 19th, 2009, 11:48 AM PERMALINK


Sheriff Tim Gobble recently became the first candidate in Tennessee’s third congressional district to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. According to Politics1, there are eight other candidates running in the Republican primary to replace Rep. Zach Wamp (R), who is retiring from Congress to run for governor. 

After announcing that he had signed the Pledge, Gobble said, “I have a record of holding the line on tax increases. As a member of Congress, I will support fiscal responsibility and oppose initiatives that create an undue tax burden on the American people. We are taxed enough already.”
 
Cook Political Report ranks TN-03 as R+13 on the Partisan Voter Index (PVI). Barring any unforeseen events, the winner of the Republican primary appears to be the likely winner in the general election.
 
To see ATR’s official release on Sheriff Gobble signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Tim Gobble (R-Tenn.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tim Gobble, a Republican running in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional seat, 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, 35 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 Gobble demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Tennessee’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 (122) 785-0266. 

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FCC and Senate Look to Cripple Cell Phone Users


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, June 18th, 2009, 11:29 AM PERMALINK


Chris Butler, ATR’s Chief of Staff, wrote a piece that appeared on NRO”s The Corner yesterday explaining the dangers of the FCC and the U.S. Senate creating new regulations that interfere with the private contracts between providers and manufacturers.

The rapid technological advances in mobile technology are due in large part to the funding provided by exclusivity agreements.

 
Check out the “read more” section for Chris’ entire piece from The Corner.
 
FCC and Senate Flirting with Crippling Cell-Phone Regulation
 
If you like the frantic pace of technological development in the wireless arena, and fierce free-market competition between the iPhone, the new Palm Pre, and Research In Motion’s Blackberry, you should be concerned by the prospect of new FCC regulations.

Thanks to rapid technological advances, mobile phones are turning into handheld computers with more power than desktop PCs had just a few years ago. While consumers love the multiplying choices and the technological leaps, many don’t understand how they get funded.

The most important developments in mobile technology have required creative funding streams that have necessitated carrier exclusivity agreements. For example, the iPhone’s “natural” cost would be well north of $600, were Apple not able to create a subsidy for purchasers through an exclusive partnership with AT&T.

Exclusive and exciting technology generates more subscribers to the carrier, which allows it to subsidize the technology on the front end. Further, exclusivity creates incentives for new phones to be developed in partnership with competing carriers. (Case in point: the Palm Pre.)

Enter the dark clouds of FCC regulation. The Commission is set to determine whether these private contracts between providers and manufacturers are “anticompetitive” and “contrary to the public interest,” which would be a reversal of its own decision in 1992.  Unfortunately, the Senate seems eager for such a reversal; today the Commerce Committee is holding hearings on the subject.

These hearings, and subsequent FCC proceedings, could be a bellwether of how the Obama administration and Congress will handle telecom and technological issues. If they embrace heavy-handed, meddlesome regulation, that will bode ill for one of the U.S. economy’s few remaining growth areas.
 
— Chris Butler is chief of staff at Americans for Tax Reform.

 

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ATR and PRA File Comments on National Broadband Policy


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009, 10:40 AM PERMALINK


Recently, Americans for Tax Reform responded to an FCC Notice of Inquiry on National Broadband Policy.

ATR primarily focused their comments on the long-term effects of governmental burden borne by Americans as a result of any broadband policy.
 
Private companies have invested over $850 billion in the last ten years to development viable broadband across the country. Private companies are expected to invest an additional $300 billion through 2012 if they believe they can recoup their investments. Clearly the free market is working.
 
Why would anyone believe the last, best bastion of the free market needs government intervention? Well, there are some that believe Americans are supposedly being impeded in their opportunities to receive broadband service. Only 4.5% of adults cite availability as the reason they do not subscribe to broadband. In fact, 62% of dial-up users are not even interested in giving up their current connection for broadband.
 
Click here to read all of ATR’s comments and here to see PRA’s comments on the issue.

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Tom Lucero Promises to Protect Colorado Taxpayers' Wallets


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, June 11th, 2009, 11:30 AM PERMALINK


Tom Lucero became the second candidate in Colorado’s 4th congressional district to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today. Lucero is currently University of Colorado Regent. According to their website, the board is charged constitutionally with the general supervision of the University and the exclusive control and direction of all funds of and appropriations to the University, unless otherwise provided by law.

Politics1 reports two other Republicans are currently in the race: Cory Gardner, Pledge Signer and State House Minority Whip, and Diggs Brown, Fort Collins City Councilman and Afghan War Veteran.
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Lucero signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Tom Lucero (R-Colo.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tom Lucero, a Republican running in Colorado’s 4th Congressional seat, 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, 35 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, Tom Lucero demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Colorado’s 4th 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 (122) 785-0266.

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Dr. Rand Paul Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race in Kentucky


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, June 11th, 2009, 10:30 AM PERMALINK


Kentucky taxpayers should be excited to learn that Dr. Rand Paul recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for his U.S. Senate race. While currently working as an eye doctor, Dr. Paul also runs Kentucky Taxpayers United- a group that actively promotes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge throughout the state.

According to his website, Dr. Paul’s signing of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a momentous occasion for his campaign. It constitutes an opportunity to reinforce Rand Paul’s promise to Kentucky voters that he will protect their freedom and personal liberties with every decision he makes and every vote that he casts.
 
Dr. Paul was endorsed by his father Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), another Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer on June 4th, 2009.
 
To see ATR’s official press statement on Dr. Paul signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Rand Paul (R-Ky.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
U.S. Senate candidate promises to protect the family budget by signing “No New Tax” Pledge
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rand Paul, a Republican running for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat, 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, six Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“American taxpayers need candidates that understand the financial issues facing the U.S. today,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Rand Paul shows hardworking families that he understands that letting them keep more of their money is not only good for the family budget but good for the economy as well.”
 
“I strongly encourage every candidate for federal and state office to sign the Pledge,”
Norquist continued.

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Cory Gardner Pledges to Protect Colorado Families from Higher Taxes


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, June 4th, 2009, 10:30 AM PERMALINK


Today, State Rep. Cory Gardner became the first candidate in Colorado’s 4th congressional district to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Gardner currently serves as the House Minority Whip in the Colorado State House.

According to Politics1, two other Republicans are currently in the race: Tom Lucero, University of Colorado Regent & Businessman, and Diggs Brown, Fort Collins City Councilman and Afghan War Veteran.
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Gardner signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cory Gardner, a Republican running in Colorado’s 4th Congressional seat, 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, 35 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, Cory Gardner demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Colorado’s 4th 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 (122) 785-0266. 

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Marco Rubio Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Florida's U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, May 14th, 2009, 2:36 PM PERMALINK


Former Florida Speaker of the House Marco Rubio becomes the second candidate to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today. Rubio also signed the Pledge while serving as a state legislator.

Click “read more” to see ATR’s press statement on Rubio’s decision to sign the Pledge.
 
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
U.S. senate candidate promises to protect Florida families
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Marco Rubio, a Republican running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, 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, six Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“Americans need leaders committed to fiscal responsibility and pro-growth economic policies. Therefore, I commend Mr. Rubio for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Signing and abiding by the Pledge is a clear indication of a candidate’s dedication to fiscal conservatism.” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“I applaud him for his leadership and dedication to the taxpayers of Florida. I strongly encourage every candidate for federal and state elective office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” Norquist continued.
 
Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266. 

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Gov. Crist Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, May 14th, 2009, 10:51 AM PERMALINK


Gov. Crist is the first candidate in the race to replace retiring Sen. Mel Martinez to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. According to Politics1, there are at least 7 other Republican candidates in this race.

Click “read more” to see ATR’s press statement on Gov. Crist’s decision to sign the Pledge.
 
Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
U.S. senate candidate promises to protect Florida families
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, 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, six Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“Americans need leaders committed to fiscal responsibility and pro-growth economic policies. Therefore, I commend Gov. Crist for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Signing and abiding by the Pledge is a clear indication of  a candidate’s dedication to fiscal conservatism.” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“I applaud him for his leadership and dedication to the taxpayers of Florida. I strongly encourage every candidate for federal and state elective office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” Norquist continued.
 
Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266. 

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Video: The DC School Voucher Program and President Obama


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, May 4th, 2009, 5:52 PM PERMALINK


This video by Reason.tv does a fantastic job of highlighting the adverse effects of the President’s decision to eliminate the Washington, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program using the real life story of a mother and daughter living in the district. 

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