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Bob Deuell “No More Mr. Nice Guy”

Date posted: March 17, 2012

By Jan Shedd

Photo courtsey of the Statesman

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7:15

I have been active in the Tea Party movement for 3 years, and was involved in the Bob Hall for Texas Senate District 2 campaign.  I and many others worked hard to help Bob meet the considerable challenge of an unknown Tea Partier wresting the Republican nomination from a well known & well funded incumbent.  The focus of our efforts was to debunk the myth that Senator Robert Deuell was a conservative.  Bob told us from day-one that the campaign against Deuell was to be clean. There would be no name calling or character assassination.  We were to stick to the issues alone.  This made our job much harder, but we rose to the challenge, presented the facts, and proved our case to anyone who would listen.

Throughout my experience on the Hall campaign, I spoke with many people.  Both supporters and detractors of Deuell said the same thing, and I heard it often, “Dr./Senator Deuell is a nice guy.”  Many Hall supporters said that they really liked and respected him, but disagreed with his voting record.  I met and spoke to him once.  He seemed nice enough to me.  I have heard that he tells people his is a Christian.

However, something has happened that should put to bed the notion that Bob Deuell is a nice guy.  Before I reveal what it is, I need to lay some groundwork.  Senate candidates must have lived in the state for a minimum of 5 years. Candidate applications include residency questions.  Bob Hall inadvertently gave an incorrect answer on the number of years he had lived in Texas.  He has lived here for 10 years.  The oversight indicated that he had been here for less than 3.  He submitted the application to GOP Headquarters in Austin, unaware of his mistake. It is the responsibility of that office to review each application, and make sure that everything is in order.  He was told in December that it was satisfactory.  He checked with them again in early March, and again he was told that everything was good. It was not.

There are two scenarios here, both of which expose Bob Deuell for the unscrupulous politician that he is:

First Scenario

The “oversight” of Hall’s state residency error was intentional, and communicated to the Deuell campaign.  Upon learning of the error, Deuell sat on it until the March 9th deadline.  Late that afternoon, he contacted the GOP office, and filed a challenge based on insufficient state residency.  On the same day at 5 p.m., Republican headquarters in Austin called Hall’s home and left a message on his answering machine, telling him his application had been challenged by Deuell, and he had 1 hour to correct it.  Bob was told several days later that faxes and emails are not accepted, meaning that he would have had to have submitted a correct application IN Austin in 1 hour, (by the 6 p.m. deadline).  This was humanly impossibly, naturally.

 Second Scenario

The GOP oversight of Hall’s state residency error was an honest mistake.  The Deuell campaign obtained a copy of the application and went over it carefully.  They found the error and kept it quiet until the last minute.  Sometime in the late afternoon of the last day, he challenged the application.  Not because Hall hasn’t lived in Texas long enough, but because he didn’t meet the 6:00 deadline, he has been declared ineligible, and his campaign is over.

I will leave to my readers to decide if the GOP office truly missed the error (twice), or if they were somehow complicit in this dirty trick.  Short of an independent investigation, we will never know.

Throughout the campaign, we have seen no Deuell signs anywhere.  Out of 12 candidate forums, he only showed up for 4.  At those forums, people were taken aback at his indifference, aloofness, and emotionally flat demeanor.  Instead of addressing his liberal voting record, he talked about playing drums-now there’s a hot button issue!  If you have heard Bob Hall speak, you know that he does so with great conviction.  The contrast in presentation was dramatic, which left us scratching our heads.  “Doesn’t Deuell want to win?”  “Doesn’t he realize how repeatedly not showing up for forums makes him look?”  Being new to the process, it never dawned on us that the fix was in.  Deuell knew all along that he was running unopposed. Talk about disenfranchising voters!

Where does this leave us?  Now we have two myths to debunk.  One, that Deuell is a conservative, and two, that he’s a nice guy.  Bob Deuell is a big tax-and-spender, a radical environmentalist, a suck-up to political correctness, a shady politician, and an embarrassment to the voters of District 2.  This fiasco illustrates how deeply Deuell is immersed in Austin’s culture of corruption.

Regrettably, we are stuck with him for another term, but his treachery will not be forgiven or forgotten.  Power must be taken away from corrupt politicians and returned to the people.  Rather than being discouraged, our resolve has hardened.   Deuell is at the top of the RINO Removal List and in the next election, an army will rise to vote him out of office.  After all-you reap what you sow, and hell hath no fury like District 2 voters scorned.

Jan SheddJan Shedd

Kaufman County Tea Party 

 

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Let’s Give the Fair Tax a Fair Chance

Date posted: November 29, 2011

By Bob Hall 

No rational person can honestly defend our current “Income Tax” system. It is far too complex, unfair and a huge burden to businesses and citizens. The vast majority of the tax code has been specifically written to give one group an unfair advantage over the rest of the population. It is being effectively used as fuel to flame the fires of class warfare and serves to divide people based on income levels.

The “Fair tax” is simply a ‘consumption tax” which completely replaces all payroll deduction taxes. With the “Fair Tax” everyone (drug dealers and illegal aliens included) will pay their fair share of taxes because the tax is based on what people buy rather than on what income they report. It is imminently fair since the affluent will pay more in taxes because they will make more expensive purchases than will the poor. The “Fair Tax” also eliminates the corporate income tax therefor the increase in purchase price will be offset by the reduction in product price. It is important also to understand that the “Fair Tax” will only apply to new goods and services. There will be no “Fair Tax” applied to used products.

Senior FairTax strategist Denis Calabrese responds on video to a series of Frequently Asked Questions about the FairTax.

The “Fair Tax” plan eliminates the “unfairness” issues of the current system, improves personal and business efficiencies and eliminates one liberal class warfare tool. No longer would people have to make decisions based on how the IRS might view their actions. No longer would innocent citizens be subjected to the heavy burden imposed by this agency. Without the intrusive audits and time consuming requests for documentation, personal lives would improve, as would business efficiency. Tax benefits would no longer be the driving force behind business decisions. In addition to lifting the huge administrative burden of maintaining records, filling in forms, submitting reports and enduring time consuming audits, there would be no need for the IRS, as we now know it. Yes, the most burdensome and abusive government agency would no longer be necessary. There are universal good reasons that the IRS should be eliminated. And the biggest reason is their collection tactics

When it comes to the current income taxing scheme, all money matters for the IRS fall into one of three categories; “black”, “white” or “gray”. The “black” category consists of those things that are very clear that one must either do or not do, all of which favor the IRS. Those issues in this category cause more taxes to be paid to the IRS. The “white” category consists of those items which favor taxpayers and allows the taxpayers to keep more of their earnings. The “gray” category is by far the largest and it consists of all the nebulous issues; expenditures for which the tax code is either vague or silent. These are the “gotcha -issues” by which the IRS attempts to collect more money from corporations and individuals than specifically allowed by the tax code. “Gray” area tax audits are time consuming for both the IRS and the Taxpayer.The “gray” area cases are time consuming for the IRS because the corporation or individual most often has good rational and documentation for what they did,  and also has it well documented. While the IRS would like to rake in as much money as possible by disallowing all “gray area” deductions and claims, they will try to do so by any means except going to court.

Threats, intimidation, and liens are the IRS’s preferred ways of bullying people into paying their “gray” area claims. They avoid allowing most “gray” area cases to go to court. They will first threaten the taxpayer with all kinds of punishment if they don’t pay quickly. If threats do not work, they will try intimidation,  which often includes agents visiting neighbors and business associates. When it becomes obvious that the taxpayer is firm in his or her resolve that they are right and the IRS is wrong, the IRS will then start filing liens with courthouses where the taxpayer works and/or does business.  At this point the IRS will change their tactics from overt collection actions to a waiting game. A court proceeding is almost never initiated by the IRS for a “gray area” case. In fact, as strange as it may sound, the IRS does not want these cases to go to court. If a “gray area” was to go to court and the judge ruled in favor of the taxpayer, a case law precedent would be set that would keep the IRS from making similar collections from other taxpayers in the future. 

The IRS is also counting on the taxpayer not taking the initiative (usually because of legal expense) to take the case to a tax court. Usually the taxpayer is just happy to have some relief from the many weeks of harassment, threats and intimidation. 

With the liens in place the IRS can play a waiting game with the taxpayer. Rather than taking the chance of losing the case in court and having a new case law precedent set that would restrict future collection with other taxpayers, the IRS will just wait in hopes that this taxpayer will either die or want to sell property against which they have placed a lien. This waiting game has some risk for the IRS because of the statutes of limitation on collections.. Lawmakers wisely (at least in this situation) placed a time limit in which the IRS can  pursue a perceived debt. Once the IRS starts a collection action they must complete it within a finite time period, otherwise the law says it is not a taxpayer debt.

The risk the IRS takes are two fold; 1. The taxpayer may not have to, or want to, sell any property in the jurisdiction of the lien or 2. The tax payer may not die before the lien statute of limitation expires.  Yes, the IRS actually hoping that the taxpayer will die so they can then collect what they are after from the estate before distribution is made to the family of the deceased. In the case of the taxpayer dying, the IRS is counting on the family being unknowledgeable enough or unwilling to argue while grieving.

Under the Fair Tax system citizens would no longer be subject to these kinds of abuses. Only the Fair Tax system, which does not tax income, would completely eliminate the need for the IRS.

To learn more about the Fair Tax, go to  http://www.fairtax.org

Bob Hall is a Constitutional Conservative with Judeo Christian values and has been a Tea Party activist in East Texas since 2008. He is the leader of the Canton Tea Party Patriots and a member of the East Texas Constitutional Alliance (ETXCA). Mr. Hall has help organize several Tea Party groups and events throughout Texas.

 

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