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Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, April 29th, 2010, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Ben Quayle, 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, Ben Quayle 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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SC-01 Update: Paul Thurmond Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, 4:35 PM PERMALINK


Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for South Carolina’s First Congressional District. Thurmond is looking to replace retiring Congressman Henry Brown, but must first get through a crowded GOP primary field that includes several other candidates and two other Pledge signers: Carroll Campbell and Stovall Witte.
 
Cook Political Report ranks SC-01 as a “Solid R” district with a PVI of R+ 10. Brown has won reelection over the last two election cycles with at least 52% of the vote. Former President Bush carried the district in 2000 with 59% of the vote, 61% in 2004, and Sen. John McCain took the district with 57% of the vote in 2008. The winner of the GOP primary will be the heavy favorite in November.
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Thurmond signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
Paul Thurmond (R-S.C.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Paul Thurmond, a Republican running in South Carolina’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 173 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, Paul Thurmond demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in South Carolina’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.
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ATR on Flash Report on Feinstein's Regulatory Overkill Bill


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, April 19th, 2010, 12:11 PM PERMALINK


Taxpayers may have voiced their frustrations over taxation and government spending last week, but that is not preventing some lawmakers on Capitol Hill from actively pursuing efforts to grow the Nanny State. On today’s FlashReport.com, ATR’s Sandra Fabry discusses the latest push in that area, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) which if implemented would be yet another perfect example of regulatory overkill – the legislative push to ban Bisphenol A (BPA) from food and drink containers. From Fabry’s commentary:

Rumor has it that Sen. Feinstein’s bill may be offered as an amendment to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, possibly as early as this week.

You may ask: “What’s not to like?” After all, who would be opposed to banning “poisonous” additives? Well, here’s the rub. Not only is BPA of the most ubiquitously used chemicals that strengthens many plastic products, helps prevent food spoilage and contamination when used in food containers, and can withstand high heat enabling metal cans to tolerate temperatures necessary for sterilization purposes – it is also considered safe. While the bill title suggests otherwise, Bisphenol A has been found safe, not just once, but over and over again.

As recently as a few weeks ago, the FDA updated its policy on the substance deeming it once again safe as currently used. In fact, according to Josha Sharfstein, M.D., Chief Deputy Commissioner at the FDA, there is no reason to be concerned regarding the safety of the substance: “If we thought it [BPA] was unsafe, we would be taking strong regulatory action.”

Activist environmental groups have for decades pushed for a ban on the substance, basing their fear-mongering on flawed and poorly designed studies, the premises of which have been repudiated on numerous occasions.

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FactCheck.org Agrees DCCC Ad Against Taxpayer Protection Pledge is Blatantly False


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


In a sign of desperation, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently launched an attack ad against HI-01 candidate Charles Djou for signing a “no new taxes” pledge otherwise known as the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

ATR responded by explaining how the DCCC deliberately misled voters in Hawaii about the true intentions of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and called the ad “blatantly false.”
 
FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, published their own review of the DCCC’s ad and agreed with ATR’s response. Brooks Jackson, director of Factcheck.org wrote
We find the ad to be false. The pledge only protects corporations from an increase in taxation overall. It explicitly allows elimination of any specific tax deduction or credit if matched dollar-for-dollar by an overall cut in rates. And it says nothing about jobs… to characterize his [Charles Djou] opposition to raising taxes as protecting tax breaks that send jobs abroad is wrong. Any tax benefit can be eliminated and offset by a rate cut or by other benefits without raising taxes overall, and without violating the terms of that pledge. This attack ad is false.
 Perhaps the DCCC should have checked with the sponsor of the Pledge before airing such a factually incorrect ad?

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DCCC Attacks Charles Djou with False Claims about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, 2:00 PM PERMALINK


In a somewhat unsurprising move this morning, the DCCC launched a blatantly false TV ad against Charles Djou, Republican candidate for Hawaii’s First Congressional District, for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. They intentionally misrepresented the language of the Pledge and the meaning behind it.

If you were to believe the message from the TV ad, Charles Djou signed a pledge to some “special interest group” to “protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.”
 
In reality, Djou signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform. ATR’s goal is to prevent higher taxes for American taxpayers and the goal behind the Pledge is simple: make candidates and elected officials put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing. Candidates tend to talk a big game about never wanting to raise taxes. Why not simply ask them to put it in writing? A promise has more validity when put down for all to see. Djou has done just that and should be applauded for his decision.
 
Anyone that reads the language of the Pledge will recognize that a candidate or elected official makes the Pledge to his (or her) constituents promising 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.”   
 
The language of the Pledge hardly sounds like some evil plot by a candidate to protect big business over jobseekers. If that were the case, the DCCC should explain to voters why several current U.S. House and U.S. Senate Democrats, and numerous Democrats on the state level have already made the same commitment as Djou. The following Democrat members of Congress have signed the Pledge: Reps. Brad Ellsworth (IN-08), Rob Andrews (NJ-01), Gene Taylor (MS-04), Ben Chandler (KY-06) and Sens. Ben Nelson (NE) and Arlen Specter (PA). Interestingly, every single Democrat named has violated the Pledge on at least one occasion. Even more interesting is the fact that every House Democrat named has violated the Taxpayer Protection Pledge on multiple occasions.
 
With the billions of dollars in new taxes that ordinary Americans face with the government takeover of health care and at a time when the unemployment rate stands at 9.7%, attacking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is probably the last thing the DCCC should focus on. 

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Tea Partiers Are Mainstream


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, April 5th, 2010, 3:42 PM PERMALINK


Two very interesting polls released this morning appear to dispel the claims made by liberal media types that Tea Party activists are really rightwing extremists. Gallup finds that demographically members of the Tea Party movement represent the public at large: 

 
While on the policy front, Rasmussen finds the general public’s views to more closely resemble those of an average Tea Party member than the President’s on the important issues of the day. According to the survey, “On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.”
 
Additionally, last week Rasmussen found that 47% of voters felt closer to the views of Tea Party members than to Congress.
 
It appears the claims that Tea Party activists are extremists just don’t hold up.
 
Update: A poll released yesterday by the Winston Group found that 4 in 10 Tea Party members are Democrats or Independents. The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic. (H/T Brett)

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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.
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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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