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The piece on Mi Fair Tax is right on. I have been advocating a consumption tax since the 60's. Was a charter member of the liberty amendment committee, and early member of citizens for an alternative tax. We did this prior to 1913, and it worked very well. The federal reserve in 1912, and federal income tax in 1913 really changed our country's landscape. Our current economic crisis will cause us to revisit some old but proven values.
FYI, my deceased mother was named Charlotte Laura, and my niece is Lorie. Have been busy working on radio, tv, and print media for Earth Day on the Mountain, April 18th , at Lake Arrowhead, it is posted on events. Also have been working to get politicians on board using Wayne Bowsers Radio Show as a launching platform. Wayne is a terrific guy and a real shaker and mover. Hopefully we will see a political breakthrough in California real soon. My individual recruiting has suffered somewhat due to these and some medical activities, but next week without fail I will be visiting the colleges. As far as California Pickens goes, we are behind the curve for the moment. Maybe the media, events and cold calling will start to pay dividends. Just getting started but am optimistic! Just transferring from CA 41 to CA 43, so it is ground zero! Kim Anderson is so right, "America respects and listens to big numbers.
Charlotte when you return to California we are going to have 300 Acre Hybrid Solar Stations, many Wind Turbines and much, much more. Kim Anderson is on spot when she has we all need to recruit at least 10 new people, then our army would grow to 15,000,000 which translates into a very formidable block of voters. At that point the politicians would be courting us. It will take large numbers to win this fight, but we are going to do it! Please try hard to get another 10 people this week. Kim showed me how easy it really is and now I've broken the recuiting block. We are in the process of writing history here. It doesn't get much more exciting than that.
Hi Charlotte......Small world!!! Who would have thought that you knew Bryan and Amy!!! I will be sending you a bunch of data over the next few days and a few suggestions of books to read that will help you a lot with decisions about solar. Great to get to know you!!! Lee
Hope you will manually add a few freinds this evening to put us over the 1.4 million number. Go to TAKE ACTION/upload signups. It only takes a few seconds. Many folks get more involved when they get Boone's updates.
Hi Charlotte……thank you for joining! I took a bunch of the photos while I was in Europe the past 3 years. Do we have a lot to learn from countries who are taking the depletion of oil very seriously. As you know, education is the key to knowledge, but where do we start? After you familiarize yourself with the information on this website, a wealth of additional information is available. We can look to Europe as our inspirational model for developing sustainable renewable energy. Countries like Denmark, Germany and Spain lead the way in this effort and have been there for the past 10-20 years - even more. Germany’s commitment through cooperatives and local municipalities has installed 19,500+ wind turbines and millions of solar collectors, both for solar hot water and electricity feeding the power grid.
The onshore and offshore installation of wind turbines in Denmark and Germany are producing 20% of all their electrical needs; in Spain, as much as 38% (please see examples in the photos on my page). We are 10 years behind in implementation compared to these countries!
I mention these examples to give us a direction for inspiration and point to where we could be heading with the Pickens Plan. The technology is already there and we do not have to reinvent the wheel. These are a few of the websites I would suggest you visit to see what others around the world have done and are doing:
1) The Solar Village – Freiburg, Germany. See: http://www.thesolarvillage.com/
Watch the video in the upper left corner of the page. It tells a great story.
2) The Folkecenter for Renewable Energy – Denmark.
Under VARIOUS, read: The transition from Fossil Fuels to the Renewable Energies
The whole website is excellent and you could spend hours there.
3) Google: Samso, Denmark. This is an island off the coast of Denmark that is completely
4) Read the article written by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. titled: “Global Warming: A Real Solution”
Here are a few great videos to see: “Saved by the Sun” a PBS NOVA video, and “A Crude Awakening” by Basil Gemlpke, et al. Americans need to mobilize and pressure our government representatives both on the state and national level. The Pickens Plan is a good place to foster discussion and share ideas and PUSH this plan! We can all share in this vital common cause. By the way, I use to work in Garden City a long, long time ago!!! I am in your area (Troy, Clawson, Warren) about once a month visiting family. Good luck in your quest for a better and more secure America….. Please ask 5 of your friends to join the “PLAN”……> Lee Ewald
Hi Charlotte , T. Boone Pickens has put his money where his mouth is, investing millions of his own money to rally you and me to action! Right now there are many Michiganders experiencing economic hardship, those who wish they had any extra disposable income just to make basic energy utilization improvements to their homes, businesses, and transportation. Why is Michigan near the bottom of the economic ladder? Let's start with the Michigan's income tax structure: To try to fix Michigan's tax system, the legislature enacted the Michigan Business Tax. Trouble is, the MBT still remains a gross receipts tax (levying a tax, even if a business isn't profitable) - which was the problem with the Single Business Tax it was designed to replace. The MBT continues to penalize entrepreneurship and productivity, and Michigan is rapidly losing businesses, jobs, and families - daily !
I’m a volunteer for the Michigan FairTax Assn, inviting you to join us. Our goal is to REPLACE the Michigan income tax because the system is broken. We've been working hard to get the word out about a fairer, progressive consumption tax plan known as the Michigan FairTax. In order to give Michigan voters the power to choose, we are laying the groundwork for a ballot drive to get the Michigan FairTax on the 2010 general election ballot.
The Michigan FairTax will both simplify, and stimulate, Michigan's business / jobs climatein a dramatic and ongoing manner. It will replace the income tax and current sales tax, with a consumption tax (sales tax at point of retail sale) while un-taxing all purchases up to poverty level - this means no more withholding of state tax from Michigan wage-earners' paychecks.
What's more, every Michigan resident-family will receive a monthly "prebate" check, in amount based on family size (.0975 x $ [ poverty level per family size] ). This will ensure that NO Michigan family will EVEN BEGIN paying the MI FairTax on goods / services unless, or until, they exceed poverty-level spending. Thus, the MI FairTax rate would effectively be 0% on all monthly family spending up to the monthly poverty level, thereafter it would be 9.75%. A reasonable average effective rate, inferred, would be about 5.5% (that's without putting anything away!) Monies placed into savings are not available to spend, and therefore would result in a further effective tax rate reduction.
(We seldom email state-wide, generally notifying members nearby to events or initiatives.)
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Under a FairTax system, points of collection will be dramatically reduced (from millions of individuals to considerably fewer retailers, many of whom are already collecting sales tax). Michigan wage-earners will no longer experience income tax collectors adding interest and penalties to tax bills they only found out about after their return was prepared (and PAID for) at the end of the year. With a Michigan FairTax, income tax-- returns, audits, interest, and penalites vanish.
Currently, goods / services prices and fees carry income / payroll tax compliance costs - "a hidden tax," ultimately paid by us. The FairTax will externalize these costs, making them visible. Michigan exporters will then be able to jettison the FairTax, prior to shipment, making Michigan products more competitive, globally. The MI FairTax is NOT applied to non-retail, business-to-business purchases, as this inseparably embeds taxation costs in prices of finished goods and services.
This plan is revenue neutral, as it-- ends "first fruit" confiscation of wages, stops the practice of hiding consumer taxes in retail prices, makes the true cost of gov't visible, and properly pays for gov't as we meet personal and family needs. Take action! - JOIN OUR TAX REFORM ARMYto bring Michigan back!
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Made popular by the federal FairTax bill (H.R. 25, which was either co-sponsored or otherwise endorsed by several 2008 presidential candidates), this approach to taxation reaches across the political spectrum