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Lessons We Should Learn About Pandemics and Government Policy on this Week’s “Leave Us Alone” Podcast

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Posted by Epiphany Ramirez on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021, 1:24 PM PERMALINK

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has crushed hundreds of thousands of small businesses and caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs. Politicians and public health officials across the country only exacerbated the problem with their myriad of restrictive and overreaching lockdown policies. The next few years will be crucial to America’s economic recovery.  

To discuss what lessons conservatives should learn from COVID-19 and the failure of government polices meant to address the pandemic, ATR President Grover Norquist invited Phil Kerpen onto last week’s episode of Leave Us Alone

On long-term emergencies and extended Governor power, Kerpen clarifies:  

“When something is an emergency for this month and then the next month and then the next month and you get into years, you’ve lost your whole system of government if you have one man rule by dictate by the governor. Rather than things going through the legislative channels and your elected officials having an opportunity to vote on them. We cannot tolerate essentially open-ended rule by dictate by governors.”  

On state government mandated shutdowns, Kerpen explains: 

“The best predictor of whether you have any type of restriction over the past year was the party of the Governor more so than the level of COVID or anything else.  Democrats showed they were extremely restrictionist and they were for every lockdown measure and mask mandate you could imagine.” 

On the true effectiveness of lockdowns, Kerpen emphasized:  

“The kind of lockdown that might actually work, I don’t think is actually possible to be implemented. The kind that we had accomplished nothing except imposing massive economic suffering.” 

Listen to the full episode below: 

 

Leave Us Alone with Grover Norquist is a weekly video and audio podcast found on all major podcast streaming services: 


Lisa Scheller First to Sign “No New Taxes” Pledge in PA-07 Race

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Posted by Epiphany Ramirez on Monday, July 19th, 2021, 2:37 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) commends congressional candidate Lisa Scheller for becoming the first candidate in Pennsylvania’s Seventh Congressional District election to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to Keystone State taxpayers that they will oppose and vote against all tax hikes. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is much harder to break. 

For those candidates who refuse to sign the Pledge, voters should wonder why this politician chooses to leave the door open to tax hikes. 

“Pennsylvania voters are looking for solutions that get Americans back to work and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform 

There are currently 178 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 44 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. 88 percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise.  

President Joe Biden has already promised a slew of tax increases – totally over $3.42 trillion. These tax hikes range from repealing the Trump tax cuts to an increase in the Death Tax and higher energy taxes. 

“Voters have a right to know where candidates stand on taxes before heading to the voting booth. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a simple litmus test that tells voters I’ll work to protect your wallet. I applaud Lisa Scheller for her commitment to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania and I encourage all candidates running in this race to make the same commitment today,” continued Norquist.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on this race or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database

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Why Democrats Want to Prevent You From Becoming Your Own Boss on this Week's "Leave Us Alone" Podcast

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Posted by Epiphany Ramirez on Thursday, June 24th, 2021, 2:33 PM PERMALINK

The "Protecting the Right to Organize" (PRO) Act would dramatically increase Big Labor's power at the expense of hard-working Americans. They are so desperate for this legislation to pass they are threatening to pull all campaign cash from Democratic lawmakers that do not vote for the bill. Instead of protecting hard-working Americans, President Biden is choosing Big Labor and aggressively pushing for the PRO Act’s implementation. 

To further discuss President Biden's war on worker freedom, ATR President Grover Norquist invited Open Competition Center's Tom Hebert on his podcast, Leave Us Alone. Hebert serves as the Executive Director of Open Competition Center and advocates for a consumer-based approach to antitrust enforcement. 

On the "Protecting the Right to Organize" (PRO) Act, Hebert explains:  

"It's basically Big Labor pumps millions and millions, hundreds of millions of dollars into Democrat campaigns each and every year. They're facing a problem; their union membership is plummeting so … they're looking at their dwindling contributors and they're thinking to themselves well, how can we force more workers into unions by hook or by crook. The politicians they put in office; they created the PRO Act. The PRO Act is a grab bag of every single liberal priority when it comes to labor."  

Norquist emphasis how ridiculous the PRO Act truly is:  

"[The PRO Act] is the wish list for every crazy idea that could never pass in Congress or even get done by executive order. Remember if you could have done this by executive order Obama would have. So this is the crazy of the crazy of the probably unconstitutional ideas that they put into one package."  

On Right to Work, which would be nullified nationwide under the PRO Act, Herbert notes:  

"A Right to Work law states that an employer cannot force you to join the union as a condition of employment. You're free to join the union if you want to or not, you just don't have to decide to pay a union boss or put food on the table. We have right to work laws that protect about 166 million Americans in 27 states."  

Listen to the full episode below: 

Leave Us Alone with Grover Norquist is a weekly video and audio podcast found on all major podcast streaming services: 

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Norquist Discusses Long History of IRS Scandals and Taxpayer Abuses on this Week’s “Leave Us Alone” Podcast

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Posted by Epiphany Ramirez on Thursday, May 27th, 2021, 3:46 PM PERMALINK

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a long history of mismanagement, scandal, and taxpayer abuses. President Biden and congressional Democrats seem to believe throwing more money at the problem will fix the systemic issues within the agency. President Biden recently proposed hiring 87,000 new IRS agents, which will only make matters worse. To delve further into the history of tyranny at the IRS, ATR President Grover Norquist invited author Jim Bovard on to his podcast Leave Us Alone with Grover Norquist to explain why more money won’t help the IRS and will lead to taxpayers facing additional harassment. Bovard is a longtime liberty activist and author, writing extensively on the faulty IRS.  

On the history of the IRS abuse and overreach, Bovard notes:  

“During the Obama-era, the Obama IRS was going after a lot of conservatives and conservative organizations...The Institute for Free Speech filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee about how members of the Senate were telling the IRS who to audit. The Senate Ethics Committee looked at the complaint and brushed it off and basically said Senators have a right to do that; and this is a level of arbitrary power that’s absolutely chilling.”  

Norquist discussed his time serving on the Commission on Restructuring the IRS: 

“I’ve talked to my conservative friends...a lot of them are being audited and I talk to my left-wing friends and say is the IRS just doing a lot of audits and nobody on the left was being audited. I asked the head of the IRS how that could be, and he said they had an algorithm that was completely fair, independent, almost like a computer program. I said that’s great could we see it. He replied that [the algorithm] is a secret and we have to trust them.”  

On President Biden’s plan to spend $80 billion to hire 86,852 new IRS agents, which would more than double the agency’s workforce: 

“Perhaps we ought to think about what those agents have done in the past and how they've been used. 

Listen to the full episode below:

Leave Us Alone with Grover Norquist is a weekly video and audio podcast found on all major podcast streaming services: 

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Top 5 Reasons Why DSTS Are a Bad Idea

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Posted by Epiphany Ramirez on Thursday, January 21st, 2021, 5:35 PM PERMALINK

The European Union has promised to impose Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) targeted at American tech companies. The EU is attempting to restrain American success through these DSTs. If the EU successfully passes this unprecedented international tax, America’s innovative future is at serious risk.  

Here are the top 5 reasons why DSTs are a bad idea. 

  1. 1. DSTs might lead to double taxation.  

Traditionally, businesses pay income tax on actual profit. With DSTs, companies will have to pay a revenue tax on any earning gained through search energies, social media services, and online marketplaces. Companies will now pay both income and revenue tax, a double taxation.  

  1. 2. DSTs will ultimately hurt consumers and workers – in the U.S. and abroad

Large tech companies will have to increase overall costs in response to losing significant profit to DSTs. Workers will directly feel the impact of these increased costs through decreased pay and jobs. Third-party sellers, in partnership with large tech companies, will have to increase their prices to remain competitive. This will lead to consumers being charged more for services.   

  1. 3. DSTs could lead to a trade war.  

By passing this unprecedented tax, it will soon become the norm. The EU will have the green light to impose escalating tariffs on America continuously. This will compromise jobs and businesses on a global scale.  

  1. 4. The EU will target more American companies.  

At the moment, DSTs are targeting large tech companies. By imposing DSTs, smaller American businesses will be open to EU overreach. If the EU can directly steal from giant corporations, they will indeed find a way to tax smaller tech companies. This will put at risk American innovation and competitiveness.  

  1. 5. Profit from DSTs will line the wallets of the EU.  

The EU is using DSTs as an easy source of money. The profit they will gain from taxing large American tech corporations will be invested in EU competitiveness. This money grab will surely benefit the EU at the expense of American business.  

The Trump administration has fought to protect American innovation by opposing an international tariff system. The Biden administration needs to continue this sentiment. DSTs are both an economic and diplomatic liability. Rejecting DSTs ensures the prosperity of America’s financial and innovative success.

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