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"You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to  anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.  When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Adrian Rogers

John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court by President John Adams and held that position for 34 years. He also fought in the Revolutionary War, was a U.S. Congressman and was Secretary of State. Clearly he knew much about government. He said, "The power to tax is the power to destroy." Very true, which is why we need to let our government officials know we're watching and we care.

The organizations below provide excellent information about current tax issues and how to get involved.

Citizens Against Government Waste
CAGW is a 600,000 member, private, nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about the waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. Publications (Pig Book, Prime Cuts and others), politician ratings, government spending evaluation , policy forums to highlight the worst offenses, current issues, legislation and how to contact your representative.

National Taxpayers Union
Shows votes cast by each senator and representative and what the associated cost for each of those votes would be. Can also track bills sponsored by each senator and representative and what the associated cost would be to enact these introduced bills. Current events, media updates, taxpayers issues, articles, press releases and publications. A grassroots taxpayer organization with more than 300,000 members across all fifty states. NTU lobbies Congress and state legislatures, educates politicians and the media on important taxpayer issues and teaches its members how to become effective, united citizen lobbyists.

Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 465,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, has a staff of 244 and an expense budget of $61 million. Its mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Citizens for a Sound Economy
Current legislation, voting records, contact your representative, current articles about the environment, taxes, health care, school choice, technology, law and more. Advocates market-based solutions to public policy problems. Uniting their 250,000 members is the fundamental belief that a strong and vibrant free-market economic system offers the best hope for creating opportunity and improving the quality for life of every American. They strongly support less government, lower taxes and less regulation.

National Center for Policy Analysis
Articles on taxes and growth, tax burdens and fairness, state and local taxes, income taxes, capital gains tax, estate tax, taxes on savings and investment, tax credits and deductions, tax legislation, flat tax and the national sales tax.

Heartland Institute
The Heartland Institute is a national nonprofit research and education organization. Heartland's mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems and has been endorsed by some of the country's leading scholars, public policy experts, and elected officials. The Budget and Taxes section offers a comprehensive resource for people who understand or want to learn more about the benefits of free markets and policies that promote them.

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