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  • TPA Leads Coalition Against Tariffs on Washing Machines

    David Williams on December 8, 2017

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    On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of American taxpayers, we urge you to reject the unnecessary, overly broad relief recommended by the International Trade Commission in Inv. No. TA-201-76 – a safeguard investigation initiated by Whirlpool pertaining to the import of large residential washers. We urge you to carefully consider the effects of any relief that would harm American job creation, American economic growth, and investment in America. Whirlpool’s attempt to stifle U.S. competition and U.S. consumer choice by effectively prohibiting imports of washers and restricting access to parts is directly contrary to your job-creation agenda and the good work done by local leaders in South Carolina and Tennessee to attract investment by state-of-the-art manufacturers.

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  • Obama’s Failed Stimulus Still Fleecing Taxpayers

    David Williams on December 6, 2017

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    This article originally appeared on on December 5, 2017

    It’s not healthy to dwell on the past.  But, for the taxpayers across the country, it is important to learn from past mistakes.  The continued problems with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aka Stimulus Plan, is a good lesson as to what not to do.  The nearly trillion-dollar spending package, passed on a party-line vote in 2009, was supposed to rocket the economy out of the recession. » Read More
  • To Put A Dent In Human Trafficking, World Leaders Must Ditch Plain Packaging

    Ross Marchand on December 4, 2017

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    This article was originally appeared in The Daily Caller on November 29, 2017

    December 1, 2017 will be the five-year anniversary of mandated plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia. Despite being touted as a major victory for “public health,” the law hardly made an impact on smoking in the Down Under. In fact, according to the most recent figures, since plain packaging was introduced the number of smokers in Australia has increased for the first time in decades. And this increase was despite multiple increases in the tobacco tax as well. Lurking underneath the surface, however, are devastating unintended consequences of plain packaging that reach far beyond the Australian continent. The increase in the illicit trade of tobacco, due to plain packaging policies in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland has contributed to the astronomical rise in human trafficking in countries like the United States that don’t have plain packaging. » Read More
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Praises Senate Success in Passing Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    David Williams on December 2, 2017

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance congratulates the Senate for passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act early Saturday morning in a 51-49 vote. This is an important step in lowering taxes for all Americans and making America more competitive globally. » Read More
  • TPA Encourages Senate to Vote YES on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    David Williams on November 30, 2017

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    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers across the country, urges the Senate to vote YES for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Comprehensive tax reform is a necessity to push our economy forward. We must seize this critical opportunity to provide tax cuts for the middle class and bring American jobs back from overseas. » Read More
  • Federal Fumbles Keep Billions in Taxpayer Funds on the Sidelines

    David Williams and Ross Marchand on November 29, 2017

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    It’s that time of year again! As the NFL embraces the harsh mistress of playoff season, some fans can’t help but to find strange parallels between the performance of their squad and the current Congress. Most franchises will inevitably go through a “rebuilding phase” after the bottom drops out, with uneven performances from rookies and lingering issues from the rank-and-file. Congress is similarly in rebuilding mode, correcting for the gargantuan missteps over the past decade with a mixture of Hail Mary’s and fruitless quarterback sneaks. » Read More
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Appalled by Personal Attacks Aimed at FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

    Grace Morgan on November 27, 2017

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    . – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing personal attacks directed at Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai. » Read More
  • Whirlpool enlists government to help avoid competing and innovating

    David Williams on November 27, 2017

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    This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on November 17, 2017

    On Thursday, October 19, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) held a hearing to determine what actions should be taken to “remedy” supposed damage done to Whirlpool’s washing machine business by foreign competitors LG and Samsung. The hearing came on the heels of an ITC ruling that Whirlpool suffered injury from increased imports of LG and Samsung residential washing machines. If this disastrous ruling is upheld, consumers and potentially taxpayers will have to bear the burden of higher costs and lower quality.

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  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Supports Federal Communications Commission Rollback of Obama-Era Regulations

    Grace Morgan on November 24, 2017

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    . – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) draft order to roll back onerous Title II regulations introduced in 2015: Taxpayers and consumers win when free markets, not unelected bureaucrats, drive decisions on the growth of the internet.  TPA supports an open internet that is free from utility-style heavy-handed regulation. The Title II order has had a negative impact on citizens across the country, by needlessly stifling investment and innovation.  TPA is encouraged that Chairman Pai’s proposal will help repeal these costly regulations, to the benefit of taxpayers and businesses. 

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  • TPA’s 2017 Taxpayer Turkeys

    David Williams and Ross Marchand on November 23, 2017

    Thanksgiving, that magical, frigid, calorie-laden time of the year, is here once again. The holiday means a myriad of different things to different people. To many, it means football, food, and inevitable debates with family about politics. For the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), Thanksgiving is yet another opportunity to hold politicians’ feet to the fire and ensure that taxpayers are not getting the short end of the stick. So, without further adieu, we present our 2017 Taxpayer Turkeys! This year, we selected two Republicans and two Democrats that continue riding the gravy train of hard-earned taxpayer dollars. » Read More
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Praises Senate Tax Reform Package

    Grace Morgan on November 17, 2017

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    TPA President David Williams applauded the reform package, saying, "Leader McConnell, Chairman Hatch, and all members of Senate Finance Committee are working tirelessly to ensure that this package delivers tax cuts for all Americans. We are encouraged that this tax plan provides for a clearer tax code that taxpayers can finally understand. With our current tax code containing 2.4 million words, families and businesses are forced to spend considerable time and money in complying with the code’s intricacies.” » Read More
  • TPA Urges House to Vote Yes to H.R.1-- Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    David Williams on November 15, 2017

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    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers across the country, urges all members of the House of Representatives to vote for H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. H.R. 1 is an important step in overhauling the tax code. More than 31 years have passed since the last time comprehensive tax reform was passed. Since then, the tax code has ballooned to more than 2 million words and businesses have left the United States in search of lower taxes overseas. » Read More
  • Taxpayers can’t afford false hype of hyperloops

    Ross Marchand on November 14, 2017

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    This article originally appeared in The Hill on November 13, 2017

    Buoyed by promises of large federal infrastructure funding injections, states are scrambling to get their piece of the pie. Car-centric Colorado is no exception, as the state teams up with Hyperloop One to study the feasibility of hyperloop “levitating pod” technology across the Rocky Mountains. » Read More
  • Getting More for Our Money on Missile Defense

    David Williams on November 13, 2017

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    This article originally appeared in Real Clear Defense on November 7, 2017

    The United States faces a grave and growing threat from North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. With North Korea conducting two ICBM tests in July of 2017, Kim Jong-Un is a pariah intent on putting the United States and allies on the defense. For the first time, North Korea has demonstrated the ballistic missile technology necessary to directly attack the U.S. homeland. And these developments are not unfolding in a vacuum. Ballistic missile threats from Russia and China are ever-present and rapidly evolving.  However, these pressing issues are no excuse to hand the Department of Defense a blank check.  Only a smart and nimble national defense will prove capable in diffusing these threats and protecting the country.  Reforming the military’s purchasing protocol by instituting multi-year procurement can accomplish that goal. » Read More
  • Expert: Democrats’ broadband plan underestimates costs, overestimates demand

    Johnny Kampis on November 10, 2017

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     Democrats’ ambitious $40 billion plan to extend broadband to all Americans would not only cost twice as much as estimated, but also overestimates consumer demand.

    Will Rinehart, director of technology and innovation policy at American Action Forum, said the plan, which was released by Democratic leadership in the House and Senate earlier this fall, also relies on current (and probably soon to be antiquated) technology rather than being forward thinking.

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  • Thanks To Agency Mayhem, Taxpayers Forced To Foot Bill For ‘Stranger Things’

    Ross Marchand on November 7, 2017

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    This article appeared in The Daily Caller on 10/30/17

    Editor’s note: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things seasons 1 and 2.

    By now, millions of viewers have finished their eight-hour benders of Stranger Things Season 2. With hot takes and dissections galore, no stone is being left unturned by rabid fans and critics. But denizens of the web continue to overlook the valuable political commentary offered by the show.

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  • Debunking the myth of federal employee dissatisfaction

    Ross Marchand on November 6, 2017

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    This article appeared in The Hill on 10/30/17.

    Unprecedented downsizing and deregulation is shaking up the federal government as agencies are being pushed to slim down their budgets and cut down on bloated payrolls. “Voluntary separation payments” or buyouts are being offered at many agencies, in line with President Trump’s pronouncements that the federal government is simply too bloated to carry on business as usual. Aside from the regular fear mongering about federal downsizing leading to all sorts of societal ills, critics have raised the more pressing issue of employee morale. » Read More
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Praises Tax Reform Package Presented by Chairman Kevin Brady

    Grace Morgan on November 2, 2017

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    . – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” presented this morning by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (TX-8). TPA President David Williams praised the reform package, saying, "We are encouraged that this plan will simplify the tax code, boost small businesses, and create a fair playing field for the middle-class. The tax plan presented provides the framework for individual tax reform, with a reduction in tax brackets from seven to four. The plan also simplifies the tax code, which already contains 2.4 million words.  To put that into perspective, the novel War and Peace has 587,000 words. ”

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  • Congress can Take a Bold Step Toward Obamacare Repeal by Eliminating IPAB

    David Williams on November 1, 2017

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    Congress has seen no shortage of false starts in its efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare this year. Political drama amongst lawmakers kept even a “skinny repeal” from entering the books, at a time of double-digit premium increases caused by the failed legislation. While the future of repeal and replace is uncertain, Congress has the opportunity to once and for all eliminate one of the law’s most infamous institutions – the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). » Read More
  • TPA’s Tricks and Treats for 2017

    David Williams on October 31, 2017

    It’s Halloween night, and someone- or something- knocks on the door. Is it a poltergeist coming to inflict torment, or a kid dressed in a not-yet-retro “Ken Bone” sweater costume? The kids smile and bid adieu, as the bowl filled with reduced-sugar Twizzlers and Hershey nuggets slowly empties. But regardless of how many kids live in the neighborhood or the hour of the night, the fearful prospect of Uncle Sam stretching out his hand to trick taxpayers is ever-present. » Read More
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