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Sen. Grassley feels tax reform is 'Tilting at windmills'

You can email the senator at http://grassley.senate.gov/webform.htm.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said comprehensive tax reform would be "difficult" to do. "I'm not one to spend a lot of time tilting at windmills," he said.


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Contact info: Grassley DC Fax 202-224-6020 and phone number 202-224-3744 District fax: Des Moines 515-288-5097 and office number: Des Moines, 515-284-4890

Urgent Request from the Executive Director - Please call or fax Senator Grassley today.

Senator Grassley needs to hear from all of us who support the FairTax - or any tax replacement or reform today. For those of you who do not have the ability to call during daylight hours - call and leave a message at his offices or fax please. Senator Grassley stated in a USA Today story : "comprehensive tax reform would be 'difficult' to do. I'm not one to spend a lot of time tilting at windmills," he said.

Please call and or fax Senator Grassley today and let him know that leadership is supposed to be the one to make "difficult" things happen and you are counting on him to lead the charge. He needs to be a team player.

As USA Today stated : he has dealt a blow to "one of President Bush's top priorities two weeks after his re-election." Let him know (please be polite) how you feel about his comments and what you expect of him as a leader in the Senate and as someone critical to our efforts (he is the lead on the Senate finance committee). Let him know why the FairTax effort is critical to you.

We are going to ask for this until we have at least 300 faxes or phone calls into his office. Volunteers like you have already contacted his office 200 times - we are so close. Let's make a big impression! Please let us know that you have done so by e-mailing us at info@fairtax.org with the words "Grassley" in the subject line. I have pasted the full article below.

FairTax.org Grassroots Team

Contact info: Grassley DC Fax 202-224-6020 and phone number 202-224-3744 District office number: Des Moines, 515-284-4890


Tax-law rewrite has key skeptic
By Peronet Despeignes, USA TODAY

The Senate's top tax-writer expressed doubts Tuesday about prospects for a major overhaul of the tax code, dealing a blow to one of President Bush's top priorities two weeks after his re-election.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said comprehensive tax reform would be "difficult" to do. "I'm not one to spend a lot of time tilting at windmills," he said.

Grassley said Bush would have to aggressively use his "bully pulpit" to win wider popular support. After the election, Bush said he had earned "political capital, and now I intend to spend it" by pushing for changes in the tax code and Social Security, among other things. But Grassley said, "I'm not sure how much political capital (the president) is prepared to spend on it."

Grassley's view is important because all tax bills go through his committee. In an interview with USA TODAY, he said Bush made a mistake by not talking about tax reform more often and more explicitly in the campaign. "I think there was a missed opportunity," he said.

White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said Bush "talked daily during the campaign about the importance of making the tax code simpler, fairer and more conducive to economic growth, and he looks forward to working with Congress on this priority."

Bush has called for simplifying the tax code in a "neutral" way that would not significantly raise or reduce tax revenue. That could make changes tougher, because any big tax cuts for some would have to be paid for with increases for others, creating winners and losers.

The White House is assembling a bipartisan panel that's expected to make recommendations before Bush settles on a specific proposal next year. Among his options is the replacement of the progressive income tax with a single, "flat" income tax rate or retail sales tax.

Grassley suggested that he favors more incremental changes: making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent, closing loopholes, shielding middle-income Americans from tax increases, and reducing the tax burden on savings and investment.

The last time Congress overhauled the tax code was in 1986 under President Reagan. That law broadened the tax base by slashing loopholes. It collapsed 15 income tax brackets, topped by a 50% rate, into two rates of 15% and 28%. Since then, new tax breaks have been added and the number of brackets raised to six, topped by a 35% rate.



Find this article at: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-11-16-grassley-taxlaw_x.htm




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