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Join the crowd — stop the tax hikes 31 May, 2007

Posted by stoptaxing in Action Item, State.

Word version of STOP petition. Click to download.  Return to David Anderson

 Cecil Street Dover, DE 19904 by June 22.  I already got one.  Thanks.

 Let's take it to the streets!!!!

Gov. Huckabee’s guest opinion–It’s time for a FAIR tax. 31 May, 2007

Posted by stoptaxing in Fair Tax, federal.


We couldn’t agree more.  We also congratulate the Gov. on his successful Internet fund-raising drive.

Something often over looked in the FAIR tax debate is the trade issue.  I believe in free trade, but it is not either a free or a sane trade policy to give imports an advantage.  That is what our current tax system does.  Witness Haliburton moving out of the U. S.  We tax our own companies at one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world and give a near free pass to imports.  The FAIR tax would tax both equally.  Our people would have fair footing in the market place. 

Here is a sample from Redstate.com.  Please click the link above because it gets even better.

I’d like you to join me at the best “Going Out of Business” sale I can imagine – one held by the Internal Revenue Service. I want to completely eliminate all federal income and payroll taxes. And do I mean all – personal federal, corporate federal, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, self-employment. Instead we will have the FairTax, a simple tax based on wealth.

The FairTax will replace the Internal Revenue Code with a consumption tax, like the taxes on retail sales forty-five states and the District of Columbia have now. All of us will get a monthly rebate to reimburse us for taxes on purchases up to the poverty line, so that we’re not taxed on necessities. We’ll be taxed on what we decide to buy, not what we happen to earn. We won’t be taxed on what we choose to save or the interest those savings earn. The tax will apply only to new goods, so we can reduce our taxes further by buying a used car or computer.

Our current progressive tax system penalizes us for our success. As we climb the ladder, the government lurks on each rung, hungry for a bigger bite of our earnings. The FairTax is also progressive, but it doesn’t punish the American dream of success, or the old-fashioned virtues of hard work and thrift, it rewards them. The FairTax is revenue neutral, so the Government won’t have more money to waste. The FairTax will lower the lifetime tax burden on all of us: single or married; working or retired; rich, poor or middle class. As our disposable incomes rise, so will consumption and our gross domestic product.

We’ve launched!! come back tonight for PDF petitions. 30 May, 2007

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Thanks everyone.  Here is the press release.



For Immediate Release




Delaware blogging community is taking the lead in bring the average citizen into the budget and taxation process.  Stoptaxing.wordpress.com, firststatepolitics.wordpress.com, and the digital federalist have joined to spearhead an effort to bring average citizens into the state budget process. 
STOP has launched a petition drive to ask the Co-Chairs of the Delaware General Assembly Joint Finance Committee to avoid raising the Gas Tax, doubling tolls, 50% jump in registration fees, tripling driver’s licenses fees, and a 63% jump in the fee to buy a car (documentation fee).  These are all taxes on working families. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/950061677 The FY 2008 budget gives us the largest  tax increases in over 30 years. http://www.legis.state.de.us/LIS/lis144.nsf/2bede841c6272c888025698400433a04/54ddb16c25da7fe88525726e006f1faf?OpenDocument&Highlight=0,revenue  .Despite a quiet preliminary kickoff during a holiday weekend, the effort has started off a success which will give a great boost to the public kickoff Wednesday May 30, 2007. You may ask why we are concerned. In our view the Minner-Carney administration has issued a warrant for the wallets of working families.  They want to tax our commute (eliminate ez-pass discounts and double the tolls on SR1 and I95) add a nickel to the price of gas, and hundreds of dollars to the price of a car.  Why, because they wasted our money over the last few years.  Now the trust fund is broke.  The Operating budget has nearly doubled (81%) since they took office.The group will form a coalition and present hundreds of signatures to the joint finance committee in late June.

Great Start!!! 26 May, 2007

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We are off and running.  It is a holiday weekend, but we are well on our way to our first milestone.  I was hoping for 100 signatures by Tuesday when we launched this effort publicly.  As of Saturday, we are up to 51.  Now Firststate politics has taken me, David Anderson (STOP chairman), as a contributer and posted the case for the petition.  Please click on the link in the blog roll and give a comment.  Those who have not signed are invited to do so.  I know it is a big step to go from reader to activist, but it is painless.  Certainly a lot less painless than Minner/Carney’s tax increases.

If you have any questions or would like more information.  Please click the stop Minner…. page at the top if you want to see the case for this effort.  This is not a partisan effort.  It is a citizen effort.

Thanks so much to all of you.

UPDATE 87 as of Monday Morning!!!


Bloggers unite to bring Petition to Delawareans 25 May, 2007

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We are pleased to report that other bloggers are joining with the STOP effort to protect the taxpayer for the Minner-Carney administration.  This effort is starting to become a grassroots revolution birthed out of cyberspace.  Get in on the ground floor.  Sign the petition.  If you want a hardcopy or email version to spread around, add that to your comments when you sign or email davidlevianderson@gmail.com .


FYI for our Republican Friends 25 May, 2007

Posted by stoptaxing in federal.

http://www.gopstrawpolls.com/  A straw poll of your presidential favorites is open.  Make your voice heard.  If we find something similar for the Democrats we will post it as well for our Democratic friends.  So far only 4 people have participated from Delaware before this was posted.  We can make that 100 pretty quickly.  Why not? Anyone know about a similar Democrat one?  Thanks Chris for the email.

Congressional Democrats bombing taxpayers with stealth budget lines. 24 May, 2007

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From Robert Novak’s e-newsletter

Budget: In routine party-line votes last week, both houses of Congress completed action on a Democratic-crafted budget containing the biggest tax increase in
U.S. history.

  1. Democrats’ success in shaping the coverage of this tax-hike as a non-tax-hike can be attributed to Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who has repeatedly insisted his budget contains no higher taxes. But Conrad’s budget increases discretionary spending $200 billion over five years, while promising immense budget surpluses in the future. It only does so because it raises taxes on upper-bracket income earners and investors who receive dividends and take long-term capital gains.
  2. Conrad’s denial about the tax-hike in his budget resulted in a Senate debate not on the merits of higher taxes, but on the existence of the tax increase. The bottom line is that if Congress does nothing, several tax rates will increase when President Bush’s tax cuts expire in 2011. Moreover, the Senate’s adoption of the Baucus amendment, to extend some of the tax cuts, was adopted and changed the revenue bottom line, despite Conrad’s earlier insistence that there were no tax hikes in his budget.
  3. Conrad has defended his no-tax-increase claim with an exercise in statistical sleight of hand. He has been comparing his own budget to the President’s budget using data from two completely different sources, which employ different techniques and operate under different economic assumptions. The result of this trickery is the appearance that the two budgets raise the same amount of revenue.
  4. Democrats in the Senate buy into his euphemisms. Not a single Democratic senator voted against the tax-increasing budget — not even Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who broke a no-tax-hike pledge in casting the vote. Nelson supported the Bush tax cuts, but now he has voted to let them expire. But the budget resolution only narrowly passed the House, with 13 Democrats opposing it, nearly all of them moderates. Freshman Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) was among those not fooled by Conrad’s rhetoric that there was no tax increase in the budget, as he said, “I simply cannot support a budget that allows key tax cuts to expire.”
  5. The Democratic budget does contain a one-year patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax, extension of the increased child tax credit, and the bottom 10 percent income tax bracket. But the continuation of reduced tax rates on capital gains and capital gains tax treatment for dividends are not included in the budget, nor are the lower marginal rates passed in 2001 (these expire in 2011).
  6. Some market-watchers assert that the effect of the expiring tax cuts — especially capital gains — still has not been priced into the stock and real estate markets. This could mean a major market boom or bust late next year, depending entirely on the results of the 2008 election, on the perception that that election decides whether taxes on gains will increase in 2011. Gridlock or Democratic control — the two most likely outcomes — is likely to result in a correction driven by tax policy.


STOP launches petition drive to halt tax hike on working families! 24 May, 2007

Posted by stoptaxing in Action Item, State, Taxpayer rights.

The Minner-Carney Administrations push for a new tax hike on working families must be countered.   They have no proposals for reforms so they will continue to squander our money and raid the trust funds for their pet pork barrel projects.  Spending has increased 81% under this administration and now the bill is due.  The only way to fix it is to set priorities not raid the taxpayer for more money.  That is like giving an addict more to get over his cravings.

The best way is to let the people weigh in.  The proposed tax hikes amount to a tax on getting to work.  Gas tax, DMV hikes, doubling Tolls, and increasing fees on car purchases all impact working families the hardest. 

If they do not hear from us, rest assured what happenned in New Castle County will happen to the state.

Sign this petition.  Get your friends to sign this petition.    It may be the best investment you make today.


State Revenue not growing; Minner renews call for tax hike. 23 May, 2007

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Income tax and real estate transfers taxes are down.  The spending spree has been spent. The Governor’s first answer is a tax hike.  Wrong Answer.

 Now it is time for the tough decisions.  Will we set priorities or will we continue to play special interest games and spread the money poll around based upon other factors.

We need to set priorities.  We need to take care of the prison health system.  We need either to fund the school construction or repeal the mandatory full day Kidnergarten.   We need to address medicaid funding so people can get medicine and hospitals are paid fairly.  We need to invest in providing and infrastructure for economic vitality.   We need to repeal some of the silly mandatory sentences and provide room for child predators we are currently letting out.  We need to say no to bilingual duplication.  We need to say no to making the state a hugeland holder.  We need to be weary of the state’s government employment growth.  We need to have a review of all transportation projects based upon local desire, safety concerns, and time urgency. 


Pooooor New Castle County! 23 May, 2007

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A 17.5% tax increase passed on an 8 to 5 vote in the near one party ruled NCC Council.  Despite County Executive promise not to raise taxes, he proposed and then signed this staggering increase.  Voters missed an opportunity to clean house last time, hopefully they will not make the same mistake twice.