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Taxpayers for Common Sense

http://www.taxpayer.net/

WHY WE'RE FIGHTING
Politicians of both parties in Washington, D.C. continue to recklessly spend your money. Despite the nearly six trillion dollar national debt, billions of your dollars are wasted each year.

Did You Know...

Each year, federal taxpayers spend $125 billion subsidizing corporations?

Billions of taxpayer dollars are unaccounted for because eleven out of twenty-four major federal agencies cannot pass a financial audit?

Projected budget surpluses will disappear unless Congress and the President make tough budget cuts they have ducked?

Each year, federal taxpayers spend $125 billion subsidizing corporations?

Billions of taxpayer dollars are unaccounted for because eleven out of twenty-four major federal agencies cannot pass a financial audit?


Politicians of both parties in Washington, D.C. continue to recklessly spend your money. Despite the nearly six trillion dollar national debt, billions of your dollars are wasted each year.

Did You Know...

Each year, federal taxpayers spend $125 billion subsidizing corporations?

Billions of taxpayer dollars are unaccounted for because eleven out of twenty-four major federal agencies cannot pass a financial audit?

Projected budget surpluses will disappear unless Congress and the President make tough budget cuts they have ducked?

Each year, federal taxpayers spend $125 billion subsidizing corporations?

Billions of taxpayer dollars are unaccounted for because eleven out of twenty-four major federal agencies cannot pass a financial audit?

Projected budget surpluses will disappear unless Congress and the President make tough budget cuts they have ducked?

OUR MISSION:
Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) is an independent voice for American taxpayers. TCS is dedicated to cutting wasteful government spending and subsidies in order to achieve a responsible and efficient government that lives within its means.


Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) is an independent voice for American taxpayers. TCS is dedicated to cutting wasteful government spending and subsidies in order to achieve a responsible and efficient government that lives within its means.

OUR WORK :
Our vision is for a federal government that costs less and lives within its means. We seek to transcend ideological and partisan differences to build support for common sense reforms. How do we do it?

We work with Congress. TCS works extensively with elected officials from both political parties. TCS positions are often cited during floor debates and TCS testifies frequently before congressional committees. TCS’s 501(c)(4) affiliate organization, TCS Action, holds Members of Congress accountable by tracking their votes through the acclaimed, non-partisan Common Sense Taxpayer Scorecard .

We sound the alarm in the media. TCS has discussed government waste on national TV shows such as The NBC Today Show, CNN Crossfire , ABC's It's Your Money, NBC Fleecing of America and been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, and Smart Money .

And we assist grassroots partners. TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fighting boondoggles in their communities. We help get them media coverage and serve as their jungle guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

TCS has discussed government waste on national TV shows such as The NBC Today Show, CNN Crossfire , ABC's It's Your Money, NBC Fleecing of America and been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, and Smart Money .

And we assist grassroots partners. TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fighting boondoggles in their communities. We help get them media coverage and serve as their jungle guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fighting boondoggles in their communities. We help get them media coverage and serve as their jungle guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

TCS works extensively with elected officials from both political parties. TCS positions are often cited during floor debates and TCS testifies frequently before congressional committees. TCS’s 501(c)(4) affiliate organization, TCS Action, holds Members of Congress accountable by tracking their votes through the acclaimed, non-partisan


Our vision is for a federal government that costs less and lives within its means. We seek to transcend ideological and partisan differences to build support for common sense reforms. How do we do it?

We work with Congress. TCS works extensively with elected officials from both political parties. TCS positions are often cited during floor debates and TCS testifies frequently before congressional committees. TCS’s 501(c)(4) affiliate organization, TCS Action, holds Members of Congress accountable by tracking their votes through the acclaimed, non-partisan Common Sense Taxpayer Scorecard .

We sound the alarm in the media. TCS has discussed government waste on national TV shows such as The NBC Today Show, CNN Crossfire , ABC's It's Your Money, NBC Fleecing of America and been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, and Smart Money .

And we assist grassroots partners. TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fighting boondoggles in their communities. We help get them media coverage and serve as their jungle guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

TCS has discussed government waste on national TV shows such as The NBC Today Show, CNN Crossfire , ABC's It's Your Money, NBC Fleecing of America and been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, and Smart Money .

And we assist grassroots partners. TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fighting boondoggles in their communities. We help get them media coverage and serve as their jungle guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fighting boondoggles in their communities. We help get them media coverage and serve as their jungle guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

TCS works extensively with elected officials from both political parties. TCS positions are often cited during floor debates and TCS testifies frequently before congressional committees. TCS’s 501(c)(4) affiliate organization, TCS Action, holds Members of Congress accountable by tracking their votes through the acclaimed, non-partisan
Common Sense Taxpayer Scorecard .

We sound the alarm in the media. TCS has discussed government waste on national TV shows such as The NBC Today Show, CNN Crossfire , ABC's It's Your Money, NBC Fleecing of America and been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, and Smart Money .

And we assist grassroots partners. TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fighting boondoggles in their communities. We help get them media coverage and serve as their jungle guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

TCS has discussed government waste on national TV shows such as The NBC Today Show, CNN Crossfire , ABC's It's Your Money, NBC Fleecing of America and been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chigaco Tribune, The Economist, and Smart Money .

And we assist grassroots partners. TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fighting boondoggles in their communities. We help get them media coverage and serve as their jungle guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fighting boondoggles in their communities. We help get them media coverage and serve as their jungle guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

OUR HISTORY:
Since 1995, TCS has saved federal taxpayers more than $5 billion by playing a key role in stopping these and other boondoggles:

Auburn Dam (SAVINGS: $711 million)

Northern California water projects (SAVINGS: $300 million)

Red Rock Crossing bridge, AZ (SAVINGS: $30 million)

Underpayment of royalties for oil drilled on federal lands (SAVINGS: $660 million)

NASA Russian space monkey program (SAVINGS: $4 million)

Forest Service Purchaser Road Credit Program (SAVINGS: $1 billion)

Forest Service highway bill road slush fund (SAVINGS: $1 billion)

Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (SAVINGS: $200 million)

US 161 road expansion, MI (SAVINGS: $400 million)

US 23 road extension, MI (SAVINGS: $400 million)

Juneau Access Road, AK (SAVINGS: $232 million)


Since 1995, TCS has saved federal taxpayers more than $5 billion by playing a key role in stopping these and other boondoggles:

Auburn Dam (SAVINGS: $711 million)

Northern California water projects (SAVINGS: $300 million)

Red Rock Crossing bridge, AZ (SAVINGS: $30 million)

Underpayment of royalties for oil drilled on federal lands (SAVINGS: $660 million)

NASA Russian space monkey program (SAVINGS: $4 million)

Forest Service Purchaser Road Credit Program (SAVINGS: $1 billion)

Forest Service highway bill road slush fund (SAVINGS: $1 billion)

Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (SAVINGS: $200 million)

US 161 road expansion, MI (SAVINGS: $400 million)

US 23 road extension, MI (SAVINGS: $400 million)

Juneau Access Road, AK (SAVINGS: $232 million)

Northern California water projects (SAVINGS: $300 million)

Red Rock Crossing bridge, AZ (SAVINGS: $30 million)

Underpayment of royalties for oil drilled on federal lands (SAVINGS: $660 million)

NASA Russian space monkey program (SAVINGS: $4 million)

Forest Service Purchaser Road Credit Program (SAVINGS: $1 billion)

Forest Service highway bill road slush fund (SAVINGS: $1 billion)

Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (SAVINGS: $200 million)

US 161 road expansion, MI (SAVINGS: $400 million)

US 23 road extension, MI (SAVINGS: $400 million)

Juneau Access Road, AK (SAVINGS: $232 million)

OUR PLEDGE:
During the next five years, we will continue saving you and other federal taxpayers an average of $1 billion a year.


During the next five years, we will continue saving you and other federal taxpayers an average of $1 billion a year.

Citizens against government waste

www.cagw.org

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. Founded in 1984 by the late industrialist J. Peter Grace and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW is the legacy of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission.

In 1982, President Reagan directed the Grace Commission to "work like tireless bloodhounds to root out government inefficiency and waste of tax dollars." For two years, 161 corporate executives and community leaders led an army of 2,000 volunteers on a waste hunt through the federal government. The search was funded entirely by voluntary contributions of $76 million from the private sector; it cost taxpayers nothing. The Grace Commission made 2,478 recommendations which, if implemented, would save $424.4 billion over three years, an average of $141.5 billion a year all without eliminating essential services.

The 47 volumes and 21,000 pages of the Grace Commission Report constituted a vision of an efficient, well-managed government that is accountable to the taxpayers. CAGW has worked to make that vision a reality and, in a little over a decade, has helped save taxpayers $687 billion through the implementation of Grace Commission findings and other recommendations.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has stated, "CAGW researches and identifies the most blatant waste in government and shows how it can be eliminated. CAGW has a long and successful record of winning major cuts in wasteful spending without sacrificing America's defenses."

House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) went even further: "CAGW has fought side-by-side with us for welfare reform and massive cuts in wasteful spending to shrink the size of government and the deficit." Rep. Cox called CAGW "the premier waste-fighting organization in America."

CAGW's membership has grown from 5,000 members in February 1988 to more than one million members and supporters today. This phenomenal growth is the result of taxpayers' increasing frustration with the squandering of their hard-earned money in the nation's capital.

CAGW is nationally recognized as the source of information on government waste. CAGW representatives appear frequently on television, radio talk shows, and in print.

CAGW produces numerous publications highlighting wasteful government spending. Government WasteWatch WasteWatch is the group's quarterly newspaper, which is distributed to members of CAGW, Congress, and members of the media nationwide. The annual Congressional Pig Book Summary is CAGW's famous exposé of the most glaring and irresponsible pork-barrel projects in the 13 annual appropriations bills and their sponsors.

(CAGW) is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. Founded in 1984 by the late industrialist J. Peter Grace and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW is the legacy of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission.

In 1982, President Reagan directed the Grace Commission to "work like tireless bloodhounds to root out government inefficiency and waste of tax dollars." For two years, 161 corporate executives and community leaders led an army of 2,000 volunteers on a waste hunt through the federal government. The search was funded entirely by voluntary contributions of $76 million from the private sector; it cost taxpayers nothing. The Grace Commission made 2,478 recommendations which, if implemented, would save $424.4 billion over three years, an average of $141.5 billion a year all without eliminating essential services.

The 47 volumes and 21,000 pages of the Grace Commission Report constituted a vision of an efficient, well-managed government that is accountable to the taxpayers. CAGW has worked to make that vision a reality and, in a little over a decade, has helped save taxpayers $687 billion through the implementation of Grace Commission findings and other recommendations.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has stated, "CAGW researches and identifies the most blatant waste in government and shows how it can be eliminated. CAGW has a long and successful record of winning major cuts in wasteful spending without sacrificing America's defenses."

House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) went even further: "CAGW has fought side-by-side with us for welfare reform and massive cuts in wasteful spending to shrink the size of government and the deficit." Rep. Cox called CAGW "the premier waste-fighting organization in America."

CAGW's membership has grown from 5,000 members in February 1988 to more than one million members and supporters today. This phenomenal growth is the result of taxpayers' increasing frustration with the squandering of their hard-earned money in the nation's capital.

CAGW is nationally recognized as the source of information on government waste. CAGW representatives appear frequently on television, radio talk shows, and in print.

CAGW produces numerous publications highlighting wasteful government spending. Government WasteWatch WasteWatch is the group's quarterly newspaper, which is distributed to members of CAGW, Congress, and members of the media nationwide. The annual Congressional Pig Book Summary is CAGW's famous exposé of the most glaring and irresponsible pork-barrel projects in the 13 annual appropriations bills and their sponsors.

Government WasteWatch WasteWatch is the group's quarterly newspaper, which is distributed to members of CAGW, Congress, and members of the media nationwide. The annual Congressional Pig Book Summary is CAGW's famous exposé of the most glaring and irresponsible pork-barrel projects in the 13 annual appropriations bills and their sponsors.

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) is the lobbying arm of CAGW. The CCAGW mission is to advocate the elimination of waste and inefficiency in government through nonpartisan public education programs and lobbying activities. Each year, CCAGW tabulates its Congressional Ratings , evaluating how each member of Congress measures up on key tax and spending votes.

(CCAGW) is the lobbying arm of CAGW. The CCAGW mission is to advocate the elimination of waste and inefficiency in government through nonpartisan public education programs and lobbying activities. Each year, CCAGW tabulates its Congressional Ratings , evaluating how each member of Congress measures up on key tax and spending votes.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named the General Services Administration (GSA) its Porker of the Month for January 2004 for lifting a suspension imposed on MCI, formerly WorldCom, in July 2003 for unethical practices. The company has since been prevented from receiving any new government contracts.

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This is what GSA is telling corporate America: "If you defraud your shareholders, set a bankruptcy record, and engage in financial misconduct but do enough business with the federal government, we will give you a token suspension of business (but don’t worry, we will waive those restrictions), and be happy to welcome you back as a contractor after a few months, since it’s not our money in the first place."

CAGW has been calling for MCI’s debarment from government contracts since November, 2002 on the basis that the Federal Acquisition Regulations required such a conclusion, as well as that the agreements unnecessarily put taxpayer dollars at risk and amounted to a hidden government bailout of the company. Taxpayers should share CAGW’s outrage that MCI is back in business at the people’s expense.

The government is MCI’s largest customer. The GSA’s responsibility is to ensure that the government contracts with reputable, ethically sound businesses. For tolerating and rewarding a fraudulent operation perpetrated on the U.S. taxpayers, CAGW names GSA the first Porker of the Month of 2004.

Capital Research Center

http://www.capitalresearch.org/

About CRC
Capital Research Center (CRC) was established in 1984 to study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism.


Capital Research Center (CRC) was established in 1984 to study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism.

Since the launch of the Great Society programs by President Johnson and Congress in the 1960s, many thousands of nonprofit advocacy groups have emerged, often promoting more government welfare programs in areas once considered the domain of families, charities, neighborhood associations, and other voluntary organizations. The growth of government has increasingly supplanted the voluntary action and community-based problem solving that the great observer of early American society, Alexis de Toqueville, recognized as a defining feature of our country.

Capital Research Center is analyzing organizations that promote the growth of the welfare state - now almost universally recognized as a failure - and in identifying viable private alternatives to government welfare programs. Our research forms the basis for a variety of publications.

National Center for Policy Analysis

http://www.ncpa.org/

The National Center of Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. Topics include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental regulation.

Americans for Fair Taxation

http://www.fairtax.org/

Thumbnail Sketch of the FairTax


The FairTax is a consumption tax designed to replace the entire federal income tax system, including personal, payroll, corporate, self-employment, capital gains, gift, and inheritance taxes. The FairTax will allow Americans to keep 100% of their paychecks, it will dramatically reduce pre-tax prices, and it will fully fund the Federal government, including Social Security and Medicare.

With the FairTax, you will get to take home 100% of your paycheck. No income taxes or payroll taxes will be withheld from your paycheck, pension, or Social Security check.

Did you know that hidden income taxes currently make up 20% to 30% of all retail prices? It's true. According to Dr. Dale Jorgenson of Harvard, hidden income taxes are passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices, from 20% to 30% higher than they would otherwise be for everything you buy.

Therefore, when the FairTax Act of 2001 abolishes the federal income tax system, prices will drop 20% to 30%. The proposed FairTax rate is 23%. So, instead of paying 15.3% of your paycheck in payroll taxes, plus an average of 28% of your paycheck in federal income tax, for a total of about 43% of your paycheck going to the federal government in Washington, you pay only a 23% consumption tax each time you purchase a new good or service for your own personal consumption above the federal poverty level.

At this 23% rate, the FairTax will pay for all current government operations, including Social Security and Medicare. With a consumption tax like the FairTax, government revenues will be even more stable than they are now because consumption tends to be more constant than income.

With the FairTax, if you choose to buy any new good or service for yourself, a consumption tax of 23%, will be added into the price. If you choose to buy used goods -- used car, used home, used clothing -- you do not pay the FairTax. If, as a business owner, you buy something for strictly business purposes (not for personal consumption), you pay no consumption tax. So, in deciding what to buy, you get to choose whether or not you will pay the federal consumption tax.

Perhaps most importantly, to ensure that no American will pay tax on necessities, the FairTax plan provides a prepaid, monthly rebate for every registered household to cover the 23% consumption tax spent on necessities up to the federal poverty level. This is how the FairTax completely untaxes the poor, and lowers the tax burden on everyone else. Can you see how much freer life will be with the FairTax instead of the income tax?

CATO Institute

http://www.cato.org/

The Cato Institute was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane. It is a non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute is named for Cato's Letters , a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.

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Cato's Mission

The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government.

Cato's Publications and Events

The Cato Institute undertakes an extensive publications program dealing with the complete spectrum of public policy issues. Books, monographs, briefing papers and shorter studies are commissioned to examine issues in nearly every corner of the public policy debate. Policy forums and book forums are held regularly, as are major policy conferences, which Cato hosts throughout the year, and from which papers are published thrice yearly in the Cato Journal. All of these events are taped and archived on Cato's Web site. Additionally, Cato has held major conferences in London, Moscow, Shanghai, and Mexico City. The Institute also publishes the quarterly magazine Regulation and a bimonthly newsletter, Cato Policy Report.

How Cato Is Funded

In order to maintain an independent posture, the Cato Institute accepts no government funding or endowments. Contributions are received from foundations, corporations, and individuals. Other revenue is generated from the sale of publications. The Cato Institute is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational foundation under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Cato's 2000 revenues were just under $13 million, and it has approximately 90 full-time employees, 60 adjunct scholars, and 16 fellows, plus interns.

How to Label Cato

Today, those who subscribe to the principles of the American Revolution--individual liberty, limited government, the free market, and the rule of law--call themselves by a variety of terms, including conservative, libertarian, classical liberal, and liberal. We see problems with all of those terms. "Conservative" smacks of an unwillingness to change, of a desire to preserve the status quo. Only in America do people seem to refer to free-market capitalism--the most progressive, dynamic, and ever-changing system the world has ever known--as conservative. Additionally, many contemporary American conservatives favor state intervention in some areas, most notably in trade and into our private lives.

"Classical liberal" is a bit closer to the mark, but the word "classical" connotes a backward-looking philosophy.

Finally, "liberal" may well be the perfect word in most of the world--the liberals in societies from China to Iran to South Africa to Argentina are supporters of human rights and free markets--but its meaning has clearly been corrupted by contemporary American liberals.

The Jeffersonian philosophy that animates Cato's work has increasingly come to be called "libertarianism" or "market liberalism." It combines an appreciation for entrepreneurship, the market process, and lower taxes with strict respect for civil liberties and skepticism about the benefits of both the welfare state and foreign military adventurism.

The market-liberal vision brings the wisdom of the American Founders to bear on the problems of today. As did the Founders, it looks to the future with optimism and excitement, eager to discover what great things women and men will do in the coming century. Market liberals appreciate the complexity of a great society, they recognize that socialism and government planning are just too clumsy for the modern world. It is--or used to be--the conventional wisdom that a more complex society needs more government, but the truth is just the opposite. The simpler the society, the less damage government planning does. Planning is cumbersome in an agricultural society, costly in an industrial economy, and impossible in the information age. Today collectivism and planning are outmoded and backward, a drag on social progress.

Market liberals have a cosmopolitan, inclusive vision for society. We reject the bashing of gays, Japan, rich people, and immigrants that contemporary liberals and conservatives seem to think addresses society's problems. We applaud the liberation of blacks and women from the statist restrictions that for so long kept them out of the economic mainstream. Our greatest challenge today is to extend the promise of political freedom and economic opportunity to those who are still denied it, in our own country and around the world.

Club for Growth

http://www.clubforgrowth.org/

Our members help elect candidates who support the Reagan vision of limited government and lower taxes.

Do you want a Republican Congress, but don't want to give your contributions to Republicans who would vote like Democrats? Or who vote for Republican pork instead of Democratic pork?

If you're tired of politicians whose "solution" to every problem is more taxes, more spending and more government, then the Club for Growth gives economic conservatives like you a chance to finally do something about it.

Here's how the Club for Growth works:

First, we research and interview dozens of candidates. We assess their potential for leadership, find out where they REALLY stand on our issues of tax cuts and economic growth, and determine whether they can win.

Second, following this extensive research process, we recommend only the very best candidates in the most important races. We give you the information you need to make an informed decision about the candidates you are considering for your support.

Third, you write your checks out directly to any candidates YOU DECIDE to support. And 100% of your contribution goes directly to help elect a great candidate who believes in the same things you do.

Then you send your candidate contributions to the Club for Growth. We combine your contributions with those of other Club members, greatly magnifying the impact of your contribution.

Isn't it time you joined the Club, and made your candidate contributions count? Join now using our secure server or call us at 1-800-OUR-CLUB (800-687-2582).

Americans for Tax Reform

http://www.atr.org

ATR opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle. We believe in a system in which taxes are simpler, fairer, flatter, more visible, and lower than they are today. The government’s power to control one’s life derives from its power to tax. We believe that power should be minimized.

Since 1986, ATR has sponsored the Taxpayer Protection Pledge , a written promise by legislators and candidates for office that commits them to oppose any effort to increase the federal income taxes on individuals and businesses.

Hundreds of U.S. representatives, dozens of U.S. senators and the President of the United States have signed the pledge. ATR works with state taxpayer coalitions in all 50 states to ask candidates for state legislature and governor to sign the State Taxpayer Protection Pledge which reads: "I (name) pledge to the taxpayers of the (district #) district, of the state of (state), and to all the people of this state, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."

ATR leads the fight to continue to bring tax relief to Americans, and works to stop new avenues of taxation, such as the Streamlined Sales Tax Proposal (SSTP) and Internet taxation.

Americans for Tax Reform strongly supports the concept of a single rate, flat tax, and works to reduce the number of times the same money is taxed.

In addition to the above activities, ATR sponsors the calculation of Cost of Government Day , the day on which Americans stop working to pay the costs of taxation, deficit spending, and regulations by federal and state governments. The cost of federal regulation alone comes to nearly $700 billion, $5,000 per household per year, more than the revenue raised by the personal and corporate income taxes combined.

ATR serves as a national clearinghouse for the grassroots taxpayers’ movement by working with approximately 800 state and county level groups.

ATR is a nonprofit, 501c(4) lobbying organization. Contributions to Americans for Tax Reform are not tax deductible. The Americans for Tax Reform Foundation is a 501c(3) research and educational organization. Memberships begin at $25.00 and all contributions to the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation are tax deductible.

The Heritage Foundation

http://www.heritage.org/

The Heritage Foundation is a unique institution—a public policy research organization, or "think tank." We draw solutions to contemporary problems from the ideas, principles and traditions that make America great.

We are not afraid to begin our sentences with the words "We believe," because we do believe : in individual liberty, free enterprise, limited government, a strong national defense, and traditional American values.

We want an America that is safe and secure; where choices (in education, health care and retirement) abound; where taxes are fair, flat, and comprehensible; where everybody has the opportunity to go as far as their talents will take them; where government concentrates on its core functions, recognizes its limits and shows favor to none. And the policies we propose would accomplish these things.

Our expert staff—with years of experience in business, government and on Capitol Hill—don’t just produce research. We generate solutions consistent with our beliefs and market them to the Congress, the Executive Branch, the news media and others. These solutions build on our country’s economic, political and social heritage to produce a safer, stronger, freer, more prosperous America. And a safer, more prosperous, freer world.

As conservatives, we believe the values and ideas that motivated our Founding Fathers are worth conserving. And as policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideas and values.

We believe that ideas have consequences, but that those ideas must be promoted aggressively. So, we constantly try innovative ways to market our ideas. We are proud of our broad base of support among the American people and we accept no government funds.

Our vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish.

The goal of the Millenium Challenge Account (MCA) is "to reward sound policy decisions that support economic growth and reduce poverty." What's controversial and difficult in that is how the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which administers the Account, should determine the sound-ness of candidate countries' policies.

It turns out the focusing on progress towards economic freedom would be a great way to meet the MCA's goal. Using rankings from The Heritage Foundation's annual Index of Economic Freedom , Sara Fitzgerald and Anthony Kim show that the countries that have most improved their economic freedom over the past decade have had the highest rates of economic growth over the same period.

The difference between the top and bottom-scorers is striking. On average, countries in the top quartile grew six times faster than counties in the bottom quartile.

The recipients that the MCC chooses this year, the MCA's first, will set the standard for years to come. If the MCA is to be effective, that standard should be economic freedom.

Read MCA: Rewarding Open Markets by Sara J. Fitzgerald and Anthony B. Kim

National Taxpayers Union

http://www.ntu.org/

MCA: Rewarding Open Markets by Sara J. Fitzgerald and Anthony B. Kim

National Taxpayers Union

http://www.ntu.org/

NTU was founded in 1969 to protect every American's most fundamental right -- the right to keep what they have earned.

Over the past thirty years, as Washington special-interests have sprung up like crabgrass and demanded more and more spending, taxpayers have been under constant assault from politicians eager to please big-government lobbyists. It's been our goal to stop them.

Along the way, we've learned some important lessons. Above all (with a few honorable exceptions), most Members of Congress do not respond to appeals to principle. They respond to the active, the organized, and the well-financed.

That is why NTU brings taxpayers together and gives them a voice. Today, our nonpartisan citizens' campaign includes over 300,000 members across the country.

We have won many battles - passage of the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights, tax rate reduction, health care reform, tax reform, tax indexation, defeat of numerous Congressional pay raises, and IRS reform, to name a few. In the process we have helped kill many wasteful pork-barrel projects as well.

In spite of these impressive victories, we still face many critical challenges. The national debt has raced past $5 trillion, and federal entitlement programs will push our nation toward bankruptcy without reform. Under Bill Clinton's watch, the federal tax bite has climbed to its highest point since World War II - despite years of peace and prosperity.

It isn't easy to win a battle for the future of America. But as they say, any goal worth achieving takes a lot of time and effort. However hard it is, NTU will continue to work until we succeed. We owe it to our children and grandchildren.

Thanks to all who have helped, and to the many more who have listened. America can be the land of opportunity, if we can find the means of limiting government power. It is a task at which no one has completely succeeded - but with your help, we have made an impressive start.

Tax Foundation

http://www.taxfoundation.org/

The Tax Foundation’s mission for the last 66 years has been to educate the public about taxes, and to that end, we

• Publish reports that an informed layman can understand; and
• Answer questions from the public and the media on tax policy, rates and collections



• Publish reports that an informed layman can understand; and
• Answer questions from the public and the media on tax policy, rates and collections
• Publish reports that an informed layman can understand; and
• Answer questions from the public and the media on tax policy, rates and collections

National Taxpayer's Conference

http://www.statetaxes.net/

The National Taxpayers Conference is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are the full-time chief executive officers of statewide associations devoted to the pursuit of objective and unbiased analysis of public finance issues in their states.

For close to 70 years, NTC members have provided credible, non-partisan analysis of pressing fiscal issues in their states and have advocated for the adoption of sound fiscal policies.

Each of the 29 member organizations has a powerful impact on the formation of public policy in their state and command enormous respect from legislators, the press, and the public at large.

By combining high quality research on current fiscal issues with active involvement with the local press, civic groups, and policy makers, these organizations are able to bring important issues to the attention of the public and encourage lawmakers to make important changes.

The National Taxpayers Conference combines the resources and credibility of its twenty-nine member organizations into a powerful tool for those who need to stay abreast of state and local tax and spending developments and advance the cause of good public policy. If you have an issue or question about state or local taxes or spending, you'll find these organizations to be very responsive to your needs.

You can enjoy the benefits of access by joining the NTC organizations in the states where you live, do business, or have investments. I encourage you to visit the web sites of the individual organizations and contact them by phone, fax or e-mail about membership. It’s a wise investment.

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