My First Fair Tax Townhall

I know you’ve been waiting for my post about the Fair Tax Brown Bag Townhall sponsored by Georgia Insurance Commissioner (and candidate for Governor) John Oxendine.

As I said before, I’ve been suffering from severe information overload this week and I needed time this weekend to allow my brain time to process everything and catch up with the rest of me.

Tim Echols, Oxendine’s campaign manager was hanging up this banner as I pulled into the parking lot of the Douglas County Library.

I thought of stopping for a bite to eat on the way to the “brown bag” but decided at the last minute that my round belly didn’t need any more encouragement so I passed on that option. I’m glad I did too, since no one else at the Fair Tax “brown bag brought a brown bag either. It sure would have been awkward eating a burger from Five Guys in front of all those people.

The speakers for the townhall meeting were John Oxendine, state director for Americans for Fair Taxation, Lloyd Newsome, and past director Gene Key.

I have been a supporter of the Fair Tax for a long time now, but this was my first townhall meeting. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I wasn’t disappointed at all. The turnout could have been higher, but the smaller size crowd actually worked to our advantage, because it allowed people to ask more questions than they could have if the crowd had been larger.

You can visit the FairTax website to learn more about the Fair Tax which is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes. Most importantly, it would abolish the IRS.

Another benefit of the Fair Tax includes all segments of society paying into the system, unlike now. Drug dealers, illegal immigrants, and everyone else who fail to report income each year on their tax returns all spend the money they earn. The Fair Tax would guarantee that those people actually paid into the system when they walked into a store to spend their spoils.

I am pretty confident in the Fair Tax bill, but I do have a problem with it. While the Fair Tax, in principle would make it “fair” for everyone, what’s to stop Congress from amending the Fair tax after it becomes law so it’s not quite as fair as we thought it was going to be? I didn’t think to ask the question at the time, but I still walked away quite impressed with the entire meeting.

I’ll be attending the Douglas County TEA Party later tonight, and I should have lots of photos to share with you. I’ve been looking forward to the TEA Party for quite a while now.

Another Day In The (Brown) Bag

Today was a very long day.

I dropped Gidget and the boys off at my mother-in-law’s house this morning so I could attend a Fair Tax Brown Bag Townhall meeting sponsored by Georgia Insurance Commissioner, and candidate for Governor, John Oxendine.

My mother-in-law has been feeling pretty poorly lately so she went to the doctor and they ran a few tests. She has had some serious acid reflux and other type symptoms ever since she finished her radiation therapy a couple months ago. In the process of running tests, the doctor took a biopsy of some tissue while they were looking around to see what’s going on.

She hasn’t received any word from her doctor, but she does have a copy of the test results and we’re not quite sure what it means. The doctor who ran the tests is on vacation for two weeks (what the heck is up with that?), and her other doctor was unavailable this week. It looks like she has a long weekend waiting and wondering what’s wrong with her.

When I arrived at the Douglas County Library, Tim Echols, Oxendine’s campaign manager was hanging a banner out front so people would know they were in the right place. I was happy to know I was in the right place.

I met the President of the Douglas County Republican Women’s Club, Maureen Miller, outside and we discussed the upcoming TEA Party on Monday, September 7th at the Clinton Nature Preserve. I asked her for some of her flyers so I could pass them out this weekend in our area.

The brown bag townhall meeting started right at noon and John Oxendine spoke about his position on the Fair Tax bill and participated in the townhall discussion for roughly 40 minutes. I caught most of the meeting on video and will be posting a few clips over the next couple days when I get time to process it.

We have a birthday party tomorrow (the big 1-0), so we had to run around a bit tonight to get everything we needed for the party. Needless to say we did not walk in the door until about 10 pm, so I am calling it a night.

I’m sure this post is all over the place but I will make up for it when I post more about the townhall meeting in the next few days.