'Online Tax Revolt' to Create a First-Ever Virtual Protest of Current U.S. Tax System
"We want to shake up Washington,” Ken Hoagland, organizer of the Online Tax Revolt, told CNSNews.com. “The people are determined and passionate about correcting the self-dealing in Washington, the corruption on the tax code that's damaging the U.S. economy.”
Hoagland said the real-time “Storm the Hill” tax protest rally will likely bring hundreds of thousands to Capitol Hill on April 15. But millions more could join in the Online Tax Revolt, which is designed for people who can’t come to the nation’s capital.
Participants in the Online Tax Revolt, will choose an avatar – or online personality -- that will “march” online and merge with those in physical attendance in Washington during a live Web cast.
The idea for an online action couldn’t be more timely – with massive budget deficits already looming on the horizon, $53 trillion in unfunded liability in Social Security/Medicare and Medicaid and passage of the huge health-care reform bill.
“This is in the spirit of the Boston tea party,” Hoagland said. “We are a country that rallied around ‘no taxation without representation,’ and we are taxing unborn generations of Americans. We are a nation that threw off the rule of royalty, and yet it seems there is a new aristocracy in Washington, D.C., that cares very little about the opinion or best interest of who they see as the ‘little people.’ That has to change.”
Hoagland, the author of the “Fair Tax Solution,” told CNSNews.com that the concept originated after receiving various e-mails from people around the country who were disappointed with the direction in which the country is headed and wished to voice their concerns, but are unable to leave their hometowns to attend the live rally.
“We had thousands of emails from people around the country, mostly Fair Taxers, who said, ‘We want to go to the rally, we wanted to go to the event, we want to tell Washington what's gone wrong, but we can't leave our hometown,’” Hoagland said.
"We're seeing one to two thousand people an hour join and close to 165,000 people have registered thus far. We have great leaders who are signing up every single day. (Talk-radio host) Neal Boortz is talking about it on his radio show everyday."
Boortz, a nationally syndicated talk-radio host, told CNSNews.com that tax reform is absolutely essential.
“It must happen,” Boortz said. “It's absolutely clear that our tax system in this country is completely broken. We have over 50 percent of the people in this country who take more from the federal government in checks than they pay to the federal government in income taxes.”
Other high-profile leaders are lining up to take part in the virtual march include former presidential candidate and Fox News host Mike Huckabee and syndicated talk radio hosts Herman Cain and Michael Reagan.
Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan and honorary chairman of the Fair Tax Group, invoked a line from the movie ‘Network” to describe the event.
“The most important part of the event is the number of people that we can garner and put together to show Washington, D.C., that ‘We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore,’” Reagan told CNSNews.com. “Something needs to be done.”
Now that the health-care reform bill has passed Congress, Boortz predicts Congress will start looking at other new taxes.
“The next thing the Democrats will go through after Obamacare- the next thing that they will do is go, probably, for a value added tax- and tell the American people, 'This is what we have to do to save our country!' And that will be a disaster in and of itself -- another great fight. So, I think tax reform is essential and that's why I'm happy to promote this march.”
Hoagland said those who are interested in participating in the Online Tax Revolt may simply visit the www.OnlineTaxRevolt.com Web site and choose an avatar that will "march" on Washington and join the concluding live rally on April 15, 2010.