Tom Licata has started a new website, VermontTaxRevolt.org. Tom Licata is a Burlington Resident, Republican and former city councilor candidate who is trying to do something about the high tax burden, jobs growth and high costs of living in Vermont. He has promoted the campaign in the Burlington Free Press and word has been spreading through people emailing friends and family.
The purpose of the site is to send the Governor and Legislature a message about taxes. The message is:
Our unsustainable and oppressive tax burdens need to be addressed with a comprehensive, Long-Term Economic Plan. One that provides a roadmap of hope and opportunity through economic and productivity growth, leading to the kind of quality job growth and affordable living standards all Vermonters deserve.
Unfortunately, I don’t believe the governor or legislature will pay too much attention to the campaign. However, I think it’s a great way to get people thinking about the problems within the state and for people to see how many others feel the same way.
I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Licata use the site/campaign to launch a statewide campaign for office at some point in the near future. Licata is certainly gathering a lot of data on people through the petition signups that believe in what he is campaigning on. It would seem that he could easily turn the petition signers into campaign supporters.
Rand Paul (Ron Paul’s son) spoke at the Firehouse Gallery here in Burlington on Monday. Heavenly and I attended and I was impressed with Rand. He sounds a lot like his father. He explains and defends Paul’s positions very well.
A big thanks to Lincoln White, Ben Mayer and Kevin Ryan for arranging the event!
However, I was surprised that only one Burlington republican that I know of showed up at the event. I figured that some would show up as Ron Paul is a republican presidential candidate.
As I feared, it appears that many republicans are not willing to give Ron Paul a chance. He may just be to far from what it means to be a modern-republican. Unfortunately, it seems that the modern republican party no longer believes in the small-government philosophy that Ron Paul believes in.
For Paul to win the republican nomination, it will require many non-republicans to convert and vote for him, which many people will not do.
It’s my hope that if Paul loses the republican nomination, he still runs for president as an independent or Libertarian as I cannot imagine most Ron Paul supporters (or Ron Paul himself) being supportive of any of the other candidates.
More information on Ron Paul activism in Vermont:
That’s right, Ron Paul recently started an exploratory committee for a 2008 presidential campaign.
Paul has represented Texas’s 14th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997, and had previously served as the representative from Texas’s 22nd district in 1976 and from 1979 to 1985.
Paul previously ran for president in 1998 as a Libertarian. After losing the race, he returned to congress as Republican, against the Republican party leadership’s wishes and has continued to serve since.
Ron Paul and the Libertarian Party
Ron Paul joined the Libertarian Party in 1987 as a lifetime member. Even though he has served in congress as a Republican he has been on good terms with the Libertarian Party. He has spoken at numerous Libertarian events and has many Libertarian supporters. He has been seen as our only hope in congress. Unlike most polititians, Paul received the majority of his campaing contributions (92.5% in 2004 and 96.8% in 2006) from indivdiduals.
Ron Paul’s Views
Paul is for a limited governemnt, libertarian philosophy. Paul often votes against proposals for increased government spending, intiatives or taxes. His often dissents in otherwise unanimous votes have irrited many of his fellow Republicans, which has earned him the nickname “Dr. No” (an example being his dissenting vote in the No Child Left Behind Act where he was one of three Representatives voting against it.
Paul also advocates a strict non-interventionist foreign policy. He voted against the Iraq war. He voted against the Patriot Act both times and is very opposed to the military draft. He endorsed American withdrawal from the United Nations.
Paul opposes nearly all government intervention in the market. He supports the abolition of the income tax, most Cabinet departments and the Federal Reserve. He also endorses defederalization of the healthcare system. Paul’s campaign slogan for 2004 was “The Taxpayers’ Best Friend!”.
The following is a segment from what movie maker Aaron Russo had to say recently about Ron Paul…
You may have heard that the Honorable Congressman Ron Paul is exploring running for the Republican nomination in 2008. Congressman Paul will be the only uncompromising defender of the Constitution in the race. I can’t tell you how grateful I felt, how full of heartfelt joy, and how much enthusiasm I felt when I heard the news of his Candidacy. I am 1000% behind him! Ron Paul has stepped up to the plate because he knows what we all know: the noose is tightening, and there isn’t much time if we hope to restore to Constitutional Government.
I called Ron yesterday to tell him I am on board to do ANYTHING it takes to support his campaign. NOW is the time for the ENTIRE Freedom Movement, all Third Parties, ALL GOOD AMERICANS EVERYWHERE, from all political stripes and persuasions, to unite to overtake the weakened Republican Party. Stand firmly behind Ron Paul, and work to restore our Constitutional Republic.
Aaron Russo adds, “Please be sure visit http://www.freedomtofascism.com and sign up as a volunteer to support this effort. Also, please share this video link concerning my comments about the 9/11 fraud – ie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okLrWV6ObwI. In the past 2 1/2 months we have had over 1 million views of American: Freedom To Fascism on Google Video. The movie has received the highest possible rating of 5 Stars from the viewing audience. This is an incredible testement to the American public’s appetite to learn about freedom. Please keep spreading the word of freedom by sending this email around the world. Here’s the link to the movie on Google Video:
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