Yesterday we asked:
But what is a flat tax? A flat tax is simply every citizen paying the same percentage of taxes on their income (or corporation). This differs from our current “progressive” system where the more you earn, the higher percentage you pay. In previous elections, Herman Cain advocated for his 9-9-9 plan which proposed a flat tax of 9%. Rick Perry in Texas has also proposed a flat tax rate of 20%.
“It cuts taxes for Americans in every income group, increases the standard deduction to $12,500, and retains deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations, and state and local taxes. It simplifies the filing process, allowing taxpayers to complete their returns in minutes and submit them on a postcard. And it will save Americans up to $483 billion in annual compliance costs.” –Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)
The promise of a flat tax is that it will relieve taxpayers of trying to figure out the confusing tax code. It also eliminates many deductions which tend to favor the wealthy. Proponents of the flat tax tend to be Republicans and Independents who favor limited government. An overwhelming 62% of Americans favor the flat tax according to a recent poll.
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Joni Ernst is running for the Senate in Iowa. She is a Republican, mother, grandmother and soldier.
“I’m Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork. My parents taught us how to live within our means. It’s time to force Washington to do the same — to cut wasteful spending, repeal Obamacare and balance the budget. I’m Joni Ernst and I approved this message because Washington’s full of big spenders. Let’s make them squeal.”
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by Jamieson Weaver
CPAC was an eye-opening experience and one that I am not likely to soon forget. There is something powerful about being in the same room as thousands of other people who also hold conservative values near and dear to their heart. Also, being able to say that you got to here/meet some of the leaders of the conservative movement is pretty great too.
As a first-time CPAC-er, I was amazed by how well the conference was orchestrated and how there was so much to see and do. At any given moment between 9 am and 3:30, there were people speaking and panels discussing topics of contention in the main ballroom. In the HUB downstairs, there were hundreds of people handing out flyers and talking to people about their various conservative organizations. In a set of conference rooms, there were break-out session. In a different set of conference rooms, there were meet and greets with some of the bigger names at CPAC. And there were lots and lots of book signings.
I’m only a freshman in college, and as I previously mentioned, this was my first CPAC. Much of my exposure to conservative politics came from my parents. While at CPAC, I realized the various nuances of the conservative movement and how different the different factions of conservatism are. I sat in on a panel about whether social conservatives and libertarians will ever get along. It was interesting to see how the room was split. I still can’t exactly decide whether there were more libertarians present, or they were just much more vocal.
The coolest part for me was to hear people like Dr. Ben Carson and Rand Paul speak, and how psyched everyone got to hear them. It was also thrilling to hear these people and think, this person may one day be president, or in a very high up position. The one thing I liked most about CPAC, though, was the feeling of belonging. Being a conservative in a society filled with very vocal liberals who will shut you down and insult you at every turn sometimes makes me not want to talk about how I am a conservative. Being at a conference with people who hold the same beliefs as you is a really enlightening experience, and it prepared me to go out into the world and defend my beliefs to anyone who feels like challenging them. On that note, I cannot wait until CPAC 2015!