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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU) are on the run. Republican and Democrat legislators have condemned their attacks on
low-tax countries. The Bush administration has openly signaled that it is backing away from the EU's Savings Tax Directive. The Brussels-based bureaucracy has been subjected to a withering attack in editorial pages
and news stories. All these developments are the result of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity's hard work.
But we are a long way from winning. In order to ensure victory, we need to mount a grassroots campaign. Why? Because this will ensure that we can win the political battle as well
as the intellectual battle. Lawmakers respond to public opinion and a grassroots campaign – through direct mail, the Internet, talk radio and local television and newspapers – will enable us to shape that pubic
opinion. Perhaps more importantly, a grassroots campaign can motivate the public to contact elected officials. Combined with the Center's work in Washington, this grassroots activism almost surely will lead US
lawmakers to withdraw support from these misguided projects.
This is where we need your help. In order to be successful, we need a commitment of financial resources. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 this year, with nearly two-thirds of that
budget dedicated to a grassroots education and mobilization campaign. We are asking for a minimum donation of $100 from individuals, $1,000 from businesses and high-net worth individuals and hope that many will
consider giving $10,000. [See donation instructions below]
We need your help and we hope you can assist us.
The following is an excerpt from Dan Mitchell's Human Events article on while the grassroots activity is so important:
To prevent this disastrous outcome, the conservative movement needs to mobilize against the OECD. A number of key lawmakers, including House Majority Leader Dick Armey (Tex.)
and Senate Majority Whip Don Nickles (Okla.), already have jumped into the battle. They have sent strongly worded letters to the Treasury Department condemning the OECD's assault against tax competition,
financial privacy, and fiscal sovereignty. Similar letters have been sent by Sen. Jesse Helms (R.-N.C.), Sen. Judd Gregg (R.-N.H.), Rep. Sam Johnson (R.-Tex.) and Rep. Tom Reynolds (R.-N.Y.)
Important conservative leaders also have made their opinions known. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform and Steve Moore of the Club for Growth have registered their
strong opposition to the OECD, and Walter Williams has blasted the OECD tax cartel in his syndicated column. Another important development is the work of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. A relatively new
organization, the center is coordinating the fight for tax competition and its website, www.freedomandprosperity.org, is the clearinghouse for information on the issue.
But much more needs to be done. If this remains an inside-the-beltway issue, the paper-pushers at the IRS and Treasury Department could win. This would be a catastrophic
The OECD, for instance, wants to criminalize territorial tax systems. This may sound arcane, but it would mean that America could never implement a flat tax or national sales
tax. It would also mean a dramatic reduction in investment since the United States would be compelled to help other governments collect taxes on income that foreigners earn in America.
The OECD cartel is bad tax policy and bad economic policy. It is an attack on sovereignty and privacy, and it is a threat to civil liberties and the rule of law. It makes sense
for a basket-case nation such as France to support the OECD, but it would be downright nutty for the United States to surrender our competitive advantage to an international bureaucracy. Conservatives should
warn the administration that this issue demands attention. Link to complete Human Events story.
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