Huge FairTax Rally in Columbia, MO on June 13th!!

The following is the latest news from FairTax.org  Man I wish I could go to this!

Dear FairTax supporter,

It’s known as the “Show Me State,” and when it comes to the FairTax, Missouri is just that.

Our friends in the American heartland have taken a big lead in pushing the FairTax movement forward, with the Missouri House of Representatives passing FairTax legislation which would replace their state income tax structure with the FairTax.

To show your support for the FairTax there and especially in Washington to replace the federal income tax system, we hope you’ll consider making a special trip to join us in Columbia, MO on Saturday, June 13 for the huge Midwest FairTax Rally. Yep, that’s a haul for many, but this rally alone could draw 20,000 or more so we need you there.

RSVP for the Midwest FairTax Rally Now >>

The Midwest FairTax Rally promises to be a huge, all-day FairTax event at the Boone County Fairgrounds with giveaways, music, and of course many great FairTax speakers and leaders including Neal Boortz, John Linder, and Herman Cain!

Volunteers are also needed to staff the Rally so that new-comers can learn how the FairTax will bring real change and real economic stimulus to our country. Most volunteers will need to be in Columbia Friday morning for orientation and set up. Others can arrive very early on Saturday. We have a specific need people with laptop computers to help register people as they arrive at the rally. If you can help, please email fairtaxgeezer@yahoo.com with “registration help” in the subject line.

To learn more, and to the RSVP for this important rally, please go to http://www.midwestrally.com.

Again, thanks for all you do to support the FairTax cause, and I hope to see you in Columbia on June 13.

Sincerely,

Ken Hoagland
National Director

VIDEO – Last Week’s FairTax Rally

The following are videos taken at last week’s FairTax Rally in Columbia, SC.  My Youtube report is still in production.  Stay tuned:
The first video is the speech by South Carolina Representative, Rex Rice.  He is running for Congress next year to succeed Gresham Barrett.  Mr. Rice has my complete support!


Next up is the speech by Syndicated talker, and author of The FairTasx Book, Neal Boortz.  This is the longest speech on the FairTax that I have heard him give.

You’ve already heard from one congressman and next you will hear from the next President of the United States!” From your lips to God’s ears, Neal!  Here’s Governor Huckabee’s speech.  It’s a classic.  Very folksy with a great closing parable.

Stay tuned for my personal video report about the rally, coming soon!

Mike Huckabee: “Why the FairTax?”

The following is yesterday’s newsletter from the Vertical Politics Institute:

I support the Fair Tax and believe enacting the Fair Tax would transform our sluggish economy.

First, if you will read the chapter in my book “Do the Right Thing” about the Fair Tax, you’ll not only have a clear understanding of what it is but how I ended up becoming an unflinching supporter and how the Fair Tax was developed.

It was not created by Congressman Linder or Neal Boortz, though they did co-author two wonderful books explaining it which I can recommend (after MY book, of course!)

It was the result of some prominent business leaders from several states meeting to discuss how to change what they saw as a very punitive tax system that was stifling our economy and making it increasingly more difficult to succeed in a global market.

These guys put up their own personal money (no government grants involved) and sought after and then contracted with a team of America’s top economists, which included a “Who’s Who” of leading economic thinkers from Harvard, Boston University, Stanford, MIT, and other top schools and business economists. That team was challenged to do a thorough study and determine the optimum way for the government to receive the funding it needed to operate in a way that would most empower the citizens at all levels to prosper and not punish them. The financiers of the project all thought that the team of economists would come back to them with a flat tax on income, much like the Steve Forbes proposal of a few years ago. What they received back was in fact a flat tax, but not on income, but on consumption. Their proposal, which by design was to be revenue neutral, is the genesis of the Fair Tax. There is over $20 million of academic and practical research behind it.

The biggest obstacle to its passage is mobilizing the political will to enact the Fair Tax and it is one of the reasons why I founded the Vertical Politics Institute (VPI).

Many armchair political quarterbacks like to speculate about whether I should personally back off support of the Fair Tax, don’t bother. I won’t. I’m convinced we could begin to work out of our economic nightmare if our political leaders had the guts to do something about the Fair Tax rather than create monster debts for our children with unconstitutional bailouts for private businesses.

This email is just the beginning of a long term discussion about a very important issue.

Look for my email around this time tomorrow discussing what the Fair Tax is and how you can help.

With deep gratitude,

Mike Huckabee

PS In February of 2008, during the heat of the campaign, I was asked about the Fair Tax at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. This links to an eight minute video of my answering questions on the issue. More food for thought.

To learn more about the issues the Vertical Politics Institute is supporting, please visit our website atwww.verticalpoliticsinstitute.com

John Oxendine – “We Need Your Help To Enact The FairTax!”

The following is the latest release from John Oxendine’s campaign.  It was sent last week and I thought I posted it here but was mistaken.  Sorry about the delay.  Do note his language.  Oxendine is going all in on the FairTax and is trying to ride Mike Huckabee’s coattails to the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta.  

Dear Fellow Fair Tax Supporter,
  

I stand with Congressman John Linder, Neal Boortz, and Herman Cain in support of the Fair Tax. 
 
I am very disappointed the US Congress has not followed the outstanding leadership of Congressman Linder and passed his historic pro-family legislation.
 
If you honor me in 2010 by allowing me to serve as your Governor, I will invite the nation’s Governors to meet and draft a plan to implement the Fair Tax.
 
I stand with, and support, Governor Mike Huckabee in his national leadership on the Fair Tax.  Governor Huckabee has demonstrated true leadership and statesmanship in his principled stand on the Fair Tax.  I intend to stand with him as we continue the battle for the Fair Tax.
 
Like Governor Huckabee, I feel that a reasonable tax structure should be flat, fair, finite, and family friendly. The Fair Tax achieves these goals for America.
 
Like Governor Huckabee, I am convinced the Fair Tax will do more to revive our sagging economy than any so-called stimulus package Congress can try and sell to taxpayers.
 
Like Governor Huckabee, I don’t support the Fair Tax just to secure the support of a particular group of voters.  I support the Fair Tax because I am confident it will lead to a level of economic security and revival that would be unmatched by any other action on the part of our Federal government.
 
I need your help. I need your support – today.
 
I am not endorsed by the Fair Tax organization. Due to IRS laws, they cannot endorse me. 
 
However, I endorse them.
 
I have had people say that if I support the Fair Tax, I will not have their political support in my campaign for Governor of Georgia.  While I certainly respect their opinion and will regret not having their support, I am and will always be solid and sincere in my support for the Fair Tax.
 
I am willing to lose an election, but I am not willing to stand by and allow my children to live under the failed tax policies implemented in 1913 that we still have to endure.
 
America needs the Fair Tax and we need it now.
 
I need your support to become the nation’s first sitting pro-Fair Tax governor.  Will you send my campaign a contribution before my 31 December reporting deadline?
 
We have all heard reports of a resolution by the National Governor’s Association opposing the Fair Tax.  If you honor me with your financial support, I will be the Governor that changes that.
 
I will be the Governor who campaigns for the Fair Tax and I will be proud to stand with Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman John Linder, Neal and Herman to promote and fight for the Fair Tax.
 
If you agree, I need your help. Today.
 
Once the Georgia General Assembly goes into Session in early January, I cannot accept contributions until they conclude – typically in mid-April.
 
Your contribution – of any amount from $5 to $5,000 will help. It will allow me to travel the state in early 2009 hosting our Fair Tax Meet Ups. 
 
In the next few weeks, the dates and locations will be posted at www.johnoxendine.com for my next series of statewide Fair Tax Meet Ups, but I need your financial support to make them a reality.
 
I am afraid my potential opponents only passively support the Fair Tax. Sure, they may not oppose it, but they are certainly not making it a central message of their campaign.
 
One reason is that many of their top financial supporters actually support massive federal bailouts and oppose Governor Huckabee and the Georgia Republican Congressmen in their opposition to these out of control bailouts.
 
Typical. Politics as usual.
 
I am proud to endorse the Fair Tax.  I have already traveled across Georgia and across America for the Fair Tax.
 
If you supported Governor Mike Huckabee and the Fair Tax in Georgia in 2008, I am your candidate for Governor of Georgia in 2010.
 
Please go to www.johnoxendine.com and contribute as generously as you can so that I can take our pro-Fair Tax message across Georgia.

Governor Huckabee Rocked the House At Yesterday’s FairTax Rally!

Wow!  What a day yesterday!  I was really excited about the FairTax rally that was going to be held yesterday at the Gwinnett Civic Center and boy did it ever exceed my expectations!  I have spent long hours over the past year working hard for Governor Huckabee and his causes but I had yet to get the pleasure to meet him in person.  Finally I had my chance and it turned out to be an unforgettable experience!!

When I woke up yesterday morning it was like my Birthday and Christmas morning all wrapped up in one day!  My excitement knew no bounds!  My ride was scheduled to arrive between Noon and 12:30 to try and beat the crowd and after Breakfast I had no time to lose!  After getting ready and making sure I looked as nice as I could possibly be in a rush it was time for me to hurry up and wait.

My friend Edward (who snapped the picture above) took “the wrong turn at Albuquerque” and ran late.  While waiting I could have eaten lunch but my mind was preoccupied with a race of thoughts and feelings sweeping through my mind.  When my friend finally drove up we had no time to lose because we didn’t want to hit the crowd of people that was sure to be there and did eventually show up.

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FAIRTAX ALERT – RALLY THIS SUNDAY AT GWINNETT CENTER!!!

The following is a FairTax Alert!!!!

FairTax: The Truth Rally
Sunday November 16th 2:30-4:30 PM Eastern
Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA

Speakers will include:

FairTax Director Ken Hoagland

Talk Show Host Neal Boortz

Georgia State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine

Congressman John Linder (GA-7)

Senator Saxby Chambliss

Former Governor & Fox News Host Mike Huckabee

And more….

Please RSVP here and let’s pack the placeGet there early because the venue can only hold 4,000 people.  Let’s make sure the fire marshall has to shut the doors!!  I hope to see ya there!!!

LIVE BLOG – Mike Huckabee Fills In For Neal Boortz

I will be Live Blogging Mike Huckabee’s fill in for Neal Boortz.  He will be on the air live from 10 AM-1 PM Eastern.  I am getting started early to set everyone up so that they can listen and participate:  


As far as listening live you can click this link HERE.  In addition to see which radio stations are affiliates of the Neal Boortz show you can click this link.  Locally in Atlanta you can call into the show at 404-872-0750 or you can call toll-free at 1-877 310-2100  


It is currently 9:47 AM Eastern.  As soon as the show starts and thereafter I will update this post as we go along.  It’s going to be a fun morning.  Stay tuned!  


9:57 AM – We are just minutes away from the show.  Local host Herman Cain just finished his 1 1/2 hour fill in for Neal and will pass the baton to Huck after the news.  DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL!!


10:05 AM – Weather and Traffic will soon be replaced by the winner of the Georgia GOP Primary, FairTax supporter, and my hero and champion Governor Mike Huckabee!!


HERE COMES HUCK!!!!!  🙂  


10:07 AM – Mike starts the show by remarking on on the hurricane, LA train wreck, and the trouble on Wall Street and then after introducing himself and why he was filling in for Neal, Mike mentioned that Merril Lynch has been sold to Bank of America and Leeman Bros. has filed for Chapter 11 and how atrocious it all is for us struggling in the current economy with high gas prices and truck drivers.  “Only in the financial world do bosses get a bonus for running their company into the ground”  With all of this “After this weekend our country is in a world of hurt.”  Mike now explains how Hurricane Ike impacted more than the Gulf Coast.  Also that “We are resilient!”


10:14 AM – Back to Leeman Brothers.  Mike says that a major reason why they ended up claiming bankruptcy is because they expected the Government to bail them out and credited those in charge for doing the right thing and not bailing them out.  Mike now goes into the FairTax and why we need it now more than ever and it would really help our economy out now.  “The economy is one of the most challenging issues today.” 


10:16 AM – COMMERCIAL BREAK


10:22 AM – We’re back!  “I wish term limits could get rid of some of these people.”  If in charge he would support term liomits for Congress and he says it might give a better chance to pass the FairTax because the people in Washington would not be power hungry.  A caller asked about the Bush tax cuts and he commented on how great they were but pushed the FairTax for a more permanent solution.  Mike says now the harder you work and the more money you make the more you are penalized you are under the current tax system.  “Let’s not penalize hard work.  There is a long line of callers.  My friend Don Williamson has now called in and he explained to Mike,  John Oxendine’s efforts to pass the FairTax via Constitutional conventions and Mike supports it. whole heartedly.  Don goes on to explain the true impact of the Huckabee Republican movement and how supporters are now running for local office.  


10:30 AM – NEWS BREAK  Mike is doing a fantastic job.  Between this and filling in for Paul Harvey occasionally he is now having an impact on the radio like Ronald Reagan did.  People seem to be interested in talking to him because the phone lines are packed to the gills!  Keep up the great work this morning Mike!  Also notice that he is spending a lot of time talking about the economy…he did not have a lot of time in the spotlight to talk about these issues and was hurt by it when he was running for President.  


10:35 – News is ending and Mike is coming back on the air.  “I’m on a high horse today and I’m not going to get off!”  He doesn’t mind the guy at the top getting a nice paycheck but it shouldn’t be disproportionate to the workers and he shouldn’t be paid for failure.  Airline workers are working really hard and it is not fair that their employers are being paid to drive the companies into the ground.  Mike gives stas on how bonus have increased while revenues are not increasing too much.  Mike esplained  that this is not a good way to run your business.  


The next caller Steve asked a question why Conservative leaders failed to get behind Mike during the primary but they are demanding Mike give commentary for them.  Mike said it had to deal with the way the money was flowing.  Some of it will be explained in his new book.  He was very frustrated especially with the way it was covered and that it was all about the money instead of the issues.  Candidates are now echoing Mike’s stances on the issues after he was laughed off the debate stands for having them.  


The next caller asked why more people are not behind the FairTax – Mike said that some of those people don’t understand it.  He was once one of those people.  Mike was won over when a supporter gave him “The FairTax Book” at a rally in Southwest Iowa last year (probably last spring based on my known time line of events). “I am now a strong unabashed supporter of the FairTax” Back to term limits – “You could go through the phone directory and pick 535 random names and they would do a better job than the current crop!”


10:45 – ANOTHER BREAK IN THE ACTION – Wow what a great show so far.  Mike is doing a fantastic job! 


10:51 AM – Mike is back.  Joe Biden has released 10 years of Tax returns.  and not much of it was donated to charity.  Anthony asks how the media became so biased.  “There is no such thing as pure unobjectivity in the media”  Mike says that if he read an article written about himself andh e couldn’t tell if he was a supporter than that is a good journalist.  


The next caller, Fabian is a Democrat and explained why he was a supporter and that because the GOP nominee is not him will be voting for Obama.  Mike will not press his luck and try to change his opinion and Mike respected his opinion.  


Rodney from Jacksonville asked about the Electoral College and Mike explained why it is needed.  If there was no Electoral College none of the smaller states would ever see a candidate and everything would be decided by the larger states.  “We have learned that from the past few election cycles.”   


10:57 – END OF THE FIRST HOUR  Phew!  time to rest my fingers for a few minutes.   I am really impressed with Mike’s radio skill and that he is talking about issues that are most important to us average everyday people.  I should not be surprised and I am not because this is what endeared me to Mike throughout his Presidential campaign.  


11:07 AM – START OF HOUR TWO  “The phone lights are lit up like a Christmas tree!” Mike read an E-mail and got a chance to explain that the Government shouldn’t force the companies to line up their salaries fairly…it should be up the the boards instead of the Government will take care of it because of public demand.  Mike does not want Government regulating it at all.  “That will only make the problem worse.”  “That is why we need the FairTax.” Mike said.  


The next caller James spent a long time railing on the Republican policies.  Mike is just letting him speak in Neal Boortz fashion.  James broke the ice, “if it wasn’t for that Movie Star you would have won South Carolina”  Mike understands James’ frustration.  “Republicans have not been acting like Republicans” on many issues.  When they go back to the basics and act like Republicans “We do fine” but they have not and that is why we lost the last cycle but the Democrats haven’t done any better.  Mike finished the thought, “There is a lot of blame to go around”


The next caller spoke about Ike and then the FairTax.  Mike said not only do we have to deal with a free spending Congress but they are spending money that they don’t even have!  Mike says that that is wrong!  


11:17 AM – TIME OUT!!  


11:23 AM – Mike is back on the air after the commercial break.  People are lining up on the phone lines.  Great response to his appearance!  Tina Fay’s spoof on Governor Palin on SNL.  Mike said it was very humorous.  the next caller, Ann wanted to talk about her.  The far left feminists have been down right nutty according to Huck.  “NOW is not a woman’s organization.  It is a leftist, feminist organization.”  they are hypocrites according to Mike because while they talk about how household duties should be shared that is exactly what Todd and Sarah do with their children.  “the NOW should applaud them” but they don’t because she is conservative and pro life and doesn’t fit their ideology.  “Sarah is drawing record crowds”  Mike was not optimistic about his parties chances a few weeks ago.   He did not see the base excited.  They were not going to be involved at the grassroots level.  However according to Huckabee, that has completely changed now thanks to Governor Palin!  


11:28 AM – TIME FOR NEWS BREAK – Wow how the time just flies.  We are now halfway through the program!  INCREDIBLE!  I wish Huck was on my radio everyday!  


11: 35 AM – Mike is back on the air!  More on Palin and the energy she has given to the campaign.  61% of Republicans are now more likely to donate money to the cause. Mike says that Governor Palin is authentic and she has run a small business and is the only person on a ticket that has signed a paycheck.  “If I knew being a woman was so important than I would have run in high  stiletto heels, lipstick and a wig!”  Mike is very appreciate to us Georgians for giving him a big win on February 5th and attributes a big part of it to us, the FairTax supporters!  


I missed the last call typing.  Sorry.  I am surprised it hadn’t happened yet.  I must be doing a better job than I thought I would.  I am a fast typer but I have to go back to fix my typos a lot.    


The next caller went back to executives…or at least he wanted to…Mike was able to elucidate and cleared the air.  The caller went on to talk about gas prices. Mike clarified his position on executive salaries again.  Mike wants to let the executive take home all he can as long as the wealth is shared for the hard work of the employees but Government shouldn’t force the issue – “I’m not for government regulations. I’m a free market guy!”


Grace in Kansas is up next  (mentioned Huck’s Army!  Great plug) and asked about the black vote. Mike noted it is a big mistake to go to their community to reach out their hand in October.  “They should start at the beginning.”  the GOP doesn’t have to refine its message it just has to be clear from the beginning and reach out at the very start of the cycle.  The preceived notion that all blacks are liberal is nonsense.  there are lots of them that are conservative but they are not hearing from a lot of Republicans who think they matter or are authentically respected.    


11:45 AM – BREAK TIME


11:52  AM – Here we go again!  Mike is commenting on the news.  One of the stories going over the wire is that Obama is questioning why the Iraqis won’t wait to drawback troops until after election.  Mike is steamed.  “Obama better answer that and answer it soon” 


The next caller, Dan wondered if a political commentator had to present his credentials publicly before an interview.  Mike thought it was interesting and a good idea but said it will never happen.  Mike says that the commentators were more interested in their own credentials while hosting the debates.  That frustrated him a lot!  


11:58 PM – END OF HOUR TWO   While you listen to the news I am going to go get the mail.  Maybe I got some Birthday cards today (Mine is on Friday!).  Nope…not today.  Just a stupid Credit Card offer.  I hate those!  😦  


12:06 PM – Mike is back for the final hour of his fill in for Boortz.  Mike says that Obama has been claiming that he is the agent of change and that he would bring a new breeze to Washington.  Washington Times now claims that John McCain has been partnered 55% of the time with Democrats in the Senate over the past two terms.  Take that!  


Mike is now joined by WSB Washington Correspondent Jamie Dupree.  Dupree says that the state of New York now has a 5 percent lead for Obama (down from 18 %).  Jamie Dupree agrees with Mike in that the establishment and the Washington chattering class are eating their hats on the Palin selection.  Jamie thinks they are jealous and that people can identify with her and the more they look down on her the more the people support Sarah.  Mike says at the convention there was a sigh of relief that Joe Lieberman was not picked.  Mike even says he would not have spoken at the convention if McCain had done that.   Than Governor Palin invigorated the delegates and energized the party base.  Jamie Dupree says the bounce while it will eventually receded it will take a long time to do so – “Whomever wins three out of four between FL, MI, PA, and OH will win the election.”  They went on to discuss the Charlie Gibson interview.  There were many got cha questions and Jamie said that we in the media look bad when we ask those.  In other words Gibson and ABC looks terrible for asking the questions that they did of Governor Palin.    They both agreed that this has galvanized the Conservatives and it is working.  They also agreed that Palin is now in Obama’s head and has really hurt him.  Mike is criticizing both campaigns for not talking to the American people and focusing on the issues and neither have lately according to Mike.  


12:17 PM – END OF SEGMENT AND COMMERCIAL BREAK


12:22 PM – Mike is back from the break.  Mike is talking about the Charles Rangle scandal with his tax returns.  He helped write the current tax code and he screwed up on his returns.  there are demands that he step down from the Ways and Means Committee.  “Neal would not be as polite as I am to Charlie”  My friend Lisa is now on the line and she asked about their (McCain/Palin) position about the FairTax.  He does not know about Governor Palin’s position but that he hopes John McCain would consider it and he thinks he will and hopes he will support it.  Mike would like to see the IRS out of business within the next few years and definitely in his lifetime.


i missed the last caller of the half hour cause I had to feed the cat.  Sorry.  


12:29 – TIME FOR NEWS  


12:35 PM –   The last break for News is over and the last half hour of the show has begun.  Wow.  Time flies.  “What would Neal Boortz do if he couldn’t find anyone good to fill in for him when he was gone?  He got me!”  Mike hopes to get Sarah Palin on board wit the FairTax as a response to a caller in North Carolina.  The next caller  wishes that every time Obama said change that people would hear “towards socialism”.  Mike agrees and while Obama wants change he doesn’t advocate change that he wants or that we need.  Mike ran into a small business owner last night and she is worried about Obama because his economic policy would kill her business.  Mike understands and he agrees.  Now he is advocating the FairTax for the 100th time today (it seems).  He is talking about the New Hampshire stump story about the 2nd job someone took to help her job and that it wasn’t helping because he was basically being taxed everything from that 2nd job. where he noted that the only way he could get assistance for his daughter would be to quit both jobs.   


Mike is now taking a deluge of calls and it is hard to follow.  Many of them are talking about the FairTax and/or people are hailing Mike and telling him that they voted for him.  One caller commented about the bias in the media and Mike said the only way it will stop is if the ratings and money go away and mentioned that MSNBC is now tanking because of their bias.  Mike doesn’t want Government to regulate it and he supports free press.  


12:46 PM – FINAL COMMERCIAL BREAK  One of the many soldiers in Huck’s Army is recording the show and will be splitting it up by segment.  Stay tuned for those.  


12:52 PM – FINAL SEGMENT BEGINS – Mike says thanks to Neal’s staff for helping him and for helping Neal and to Neal for supporting the FairTax.  Here comes another deluge of calls.  First topic  up is offshore drilling.  Mike is explaining  that there is not as much environmental concerns to get oil today than there once were.  Mike says we need energy developed of all types.  Mike is next asked about the cabinet. Mike doesn’t think he will be asked and is not really interested.  H wants to stay out there to help push the issues important to him.  “Never say never though”  The last caller asked about Obama and why he did not donate much money to help education initiatives.  


Mike finshes the show. “It was a pleasure.  God bless and have a nice day!”  


12:58 PM – AND THE SHOW IS OVER


Phew.  I’ll have more and add to this later in the coming hours and days.  I am going to get lunch now.  If you missed it there are some affiliates that run the show on tape later and WSB plays the show back from 1-5 AM the next morning.  So he would be on from 2-5 AM if you are up at that ungodly hour.  Thanks for hanging around with me for the past three hours.  It’s been a pleasure enjoying the show with you.