Atlanta Out Loud

Politics and rantings and just stuff that catches my attention.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

I received this email from Kevin Cherry's campaign for Public Service Commission back when I was ranting and raving about Cathy Cox and Mark Taylor not showing up for Gay Pride this summer.
Kevin Cherry has been a long time libertarian. Under his leadership as the Chairman of the Douglas County LP, legislation was written by libertarians to limit eminent domain powers. This legislation was introduced in the GA General Assembly last summer. In the PSC you can count on Kevin to be a defender of private property rights and standing up to utility companies when it comes to eminent domain.

While Kevin is straight, he attended and his sons attended PRIDE in Atlanta this year for the third year in a row. He has gone in previous years to promote the Libertarian Party's outreach with Outright Libertarians. One thing that upset Kevin this year, was the amount of press coverage that was given to Mark Taylor and Cathy Cox for declining their invitations to PRIDE, yet candidates that were present were virtually ignored by the media. While many didnt feel that the PSC race has any bearing on Gay issues, Kevin said, "The Gay community pays electric bills too." Being gay myself, I'm proud to be working on Kevin's campaign, and have long valued his friendship.
Sounds like just the kind of guy we need at the PSC!

This FairTax Scorecard is pretty darn cool. There's all kinds of good stuff there. But, click on "Scorecard" at the top and see where your elected officials -- both federal and state -- stand on the Fair Tax.

Here's the letter I've sent to my Congressman, John Lewis:
The Honorable John Lewis
United States House of Representatives
343 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Lewis:

The Fair Tax Act, a nonpartisan bill sponsored by Representative John Linder (GA) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA), removes the burden of the income tax and other federal income-based taxes. I have written to you in the past urging you to support the Fair Tax.

Your response to me contained untruths and outright lies about the effects of the Fair Tax. It will not, as your response stated, "deprive the government of funding for critical programs." Indeed, most experts agree that the Fair Tax will actually increase federal revenues.

As a champion of the working class poor, I am surprised that you would not support a measure that COMPLETELY UNTAXES THE POOR up to the poverty level. That is not the case with our current tax system.

Congressman Lewis, please reconsider your positon. Allow Americans to keep 100 percent of their paychecks, pensions, and Social Security payments. Provide a prepaid, monthly rebate for every registered household. Allow families to save more for home ownership, education, and retirement. Raise the same amount of money for the federal government by taxing the underground economy. And, make American products more competitive overseas. Do all of that by supporting the Fair Tax.

As a constituent, I am disappointed by your current position, but I am downright angry by your unwillingness to tell the truth about the Fair Tax.


Adam Langley