SATURDAY'S FAIRTAX RALLY
Well, I guess the best indication of a successful rally in Orlando on Saturday morning is the amount of time the No. 18 radio station in Orlando spent so much time this morning slamming it. Come on, Pat. That type of pettiness is rather silly, don't you think?
First .. it was hot. Not just hot, but brutally hot. Stifling. Hot and humid. Am I getting the point across? It was like sitting in a runaway sauna out there. In retrospect, it might have been better to find an indoor venue, but they just weren't available at any reasonable cost!
How many attended? Well, that seems to be an issue this morning. All I can say is that the lead police official on the scene told us personally that the crowd exceeded 10,000. At least two television stations ran noon reports Saturday on the rally in which they said the crowd was in the "hundreds." We'll link to some pictures here .. you tell me if this looks like just a few hundred people.
I do know exactly how many seats there were at the front of the stage .. and when you take those seats and compare them to the remainder of the crowd, the 10,000 figure is believable.
One big disappointment was the reporting done by April Hunt from the Orlando Sentinel. I told the crowd at the rally that critics universally change the terms of H.R. 25 before they can criticize it. April Hunt did the same. In one paragraph Hunt wrote: "Linder's plan calls for abolishing the income, payroll, gift and estate taxes. In their place, government would impose a 30 percent sales tax on all goods and services that consumers must pay."
The rate, of course, is 23%, not 30%. Nowhere in Hunt's article did she mention the 23% inclusive rate. Not once. Nowhere does she explain the difference between an inclusive tax and an exclusive tax. Nowhere in the article does she explain that the FairTax is quoted as an inclusive tax because it is replacing another inclusive tax .. the income tax. If you're in a 25% income tax bracket you will pay $25 in federal income taxes out every $100 you earn. With the 23% FairTax you will pay $23 in taxes out of every $100 you spend.
Here's a question for April Hunt. When you are reporting on the income tax, do you cite the 25% tax bracket as being 33%? Well, Ms. Hunt, if you quote the income tax as an exclusive tax, that is exactly what the rate would be! Just how consistent is your reporting?
Hunt also took great pains to quote some economists who oppose the FairTax ... but not one quote from any of the economists in favor of the plan. Perhaps that's why the locals call it the Orlando Slantinel.
At any rate --- our heartfelt thanks to those of you who braved the heat and oppressive humidity to turn out on Saturday. Very special thanks to my Orlando affiliate AM 580 WDBO, and my good friends with Banks and Shane. Thanks also to NASCON and Don Reid Ford who helped to cover the expenses.
GREAT PICTURES OF THE FAIRTAX RALLY!
Jonathan Rube took a whole mess of pictures of the Orlando FairTax Rally Saturday Here's your link! There are 13 pages of pictures here .. so I just know you'll find one you like. Use the link at the bottom of the page to scroll through all 13 pages! If you have a couple of pictures from the rally you'd like us to post here on boortz.com, email them to us here. Don't forget your name if you'd like credit. We might not be able to post them all, but we'll get as many as we can up.
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A LIBERAL ACTIVIST SUPPORTS THE FAIRTAX
Many seem to think that the FairTax is part of some huge conservative agenda. Here is an article about Ron Deval, a man referred to as a "liberal idealist." Deval is an "advocate of things that favor humanity" and Deval is a FairTax maniac! How can a liberal not like a tax reform plan that completely lifts all of the federal tax burden from the backs of the poor?