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TPA Presents The 2014 Taxpayer Tricks and Treats!
10/30/2014 at 07:25 am - David Williams and Michi Iljazi

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Halloween is this week and as everyone is getting ready for costumes and candy and parties, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is busy fighting all the scary things government has in store for taxpayers! With that in mind TPA is releasing the annual Taxpayer Trick or Treat list! There’s plenty to be afraid of for the taxpayer, but the biggest trick played on taxpayers is the $17 trillion debt that is approaching $18 trillion faster than a Vampire hiding from the sun!

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Earmarks or “The Walking Dead”

Responding to voter outrage, Congress instituted transparency rules for earmarks beginning in 2008 .  In 2010, the House and Senate agreed to a two-year moratorium on earmarks. The moratorium was extended but unfortunately the ‘spirit’ of earmarks has lived on. This year TPA uncovered massive amounts of earmarked funding in Omnibus (read here) and both House & Senate appropriations bills (read here). With more than $20 billion documented from those three alone, taxpayers should be frightened at the prospect of how legislators are getting around the earmark ban and keeping these money eating Zombies alive. Now some members of Congress like Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) want to bring them back permanently.  Click here to read more about TPA’s work on earmarks.

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Twitter Feed

Thu Oct 30 15:00 #TPA President David Williams in @rollcall on how to get ready for the ’next Hurricane Sandy’: http://t.co/pcxAv9Glxp
Thu Oct 30 14:00 #TPA on The International #Tobacco #Tax http://t.co/A2Cn4qkg4o http://t.co/G0h2YSlPsy
Thu Oct 30 12:44 Halloween is tomorrow! Check out #TPA’s 2014 Tricks & Treats! http://t.co/jRGn7bbBTt http://t.co/GeeyGw8ipZ
Thu Oct 30 12:06 RT @GaltsGirl: Don't miss In Deep tonight on @FTR__Radio. @michi83 with @Protectaxpayers joins me to talk about TPA's 2014 Taxpayer Tricks …
Thu Oct 30 00:14 RT @grayjustin: My @wsbtv report on House Ethics investigation into @RepPaulBrounMD following info we broke about his office spending http:…
Wed Oct 29 20:00 #Pentagon: #Midterms won’t change our budget http://t.co/5laJbjkbiQ (via @DefenseOne) #DODPork #DODReform
Wed Oct 29 19:00 New Report from @USTreasury Finds #IRS Failing to Protect Confidential Tax Information of Americans: http://t.co/oi9dKiXWyl
Wed Oct 29 17:43 @NTU in the @DailyCaller: Midterm Ballot Measures Every Taxpayer Needs To Know About https://t.co/dUJvJJLOHB #taxes
Wed Oct 29 17:00 Many #Obamacare patients finding it difficult to get a doctor: http://t.co/EAgJLsOq09 (via @USATODAY)
Wed Oct 29 16:31 RT @SmarterSafer: A To-Do List for the Next #Sandy http://t.co/zPMMB4k1Gb, op-ed from @NWF @Protectaxpayers

Media

TPA President David Williams spoke to Capital Insider about wasteful spending at the NIH and Ebola.


 

TPA's Michi Iljazi on 'Comcast Newsmakers' Discussing the Pentagon Budget




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