Re: how they decide. Re: [FSP_DFW] My FSP *feature* story
- Good eye Chuck. Thanks for the correction. I think this is a great article Joey!Just my .02Aaron----- Original Message -----From: Gold Standard PressSent: Sunday, June 01, 2003 12:45 AMSubject: how they decide. Re: [FSP_DFW] My FSP *feature* storyWhen 5,000 people sign a "letter of intent," the FSP leadership will decide
which of the current 10 candidate states will be the target for relocation.
the 5,000 will decide by Condorset voting method.
----- Original Message -----
From: Joey Dauben <joeydauben@...>
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Sent: Saturday, May 31, 2003 6:25 PM
Subject: [FSP_DFW] My FSP *feature* story
> I asked a local mom what her views were on the FSP, and she literally sent
> me my story - so alas, Plan B of my FSP article.
> I seriously think this one is a lot better:
> Saved As: Nws-TaxesFSP
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> Mom struggles with higher taxes, homeschooling daughter
> Finds hope in 'Free State Project'
> JOEY DAUBEN
> The Ellis County Press
> ELLIS COUNTY - Kathryn Dillon is at a cross-roads with her life.
> Dillon, who lives near Frost, in southern Ellis County, left her
> high-paying biotechnology job in California so she could homeschool and
> spend more time with her 12-year-old daughter.
> But now, with higher taxes and the country as a whole getting worse with
> terrorism fears and a loss of freedoms, it's become hard for her to live
> "It was quite a financial hardship when I stopped working to homeschool,"
> said Dillon. "It puzzled me that it was so difficult for a family to
> on one salary these days. It used to be standard practice.
> "Eventually, I came to the conclusion that paying 40-plus percent in taxes
> was killing the traditional family structure."
> There's really not much hope in getting relief, not only from the
> increasing tax load, but society as a whole, she said.
> "The Patriot Act in particular makes me believe that the end of our
> is near, if we don't do something about it," she said. "It is [also]
> particularly distressing that our family has to pay an exorbitant amount
> a school system that one, we don't use and have to pay out of pocket for
> own school supplies and two, a system that is not only not educating
> children but I believe is doing them active harm.
> "I know from personal experience that it takes nowhere near [state,
> national average] $5,000 a student per year to educate a child."
> With with the pressures, Dillon hasn't given up all hope.
> The Free State Project, a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-minded
> people will move to a single state of the U.S., where they can work within
> the political system to reduce the size and scope of government, has
> considerable national attention, and has people like Dillon seeking for a
> "I believe we're at a point in this country where it is absolutely
> that people take a stand against the deterioration of the constitution and
> the erosion of our liberties," Dillon said. "I'd been told that something
> like this had been tried in Fort Collins, Colorado, but I never heard of
> resounding success from the effort."
> The FSP gained prominence when economist Walter Williams, a professor at
> George Mason University in Virginia, wrote about the movement and gave it
> his full endorsement; Williams' FSP column was featured in this newspaper
> last year.
> When 5,000 people sign a "letter of intent," the FSP leadership will
> which of the current 10 candidate states will be the target for
> Currently, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Montana, Delaware, North and South
> Dakota, Vermont, Alaska, Maine and Nevada are up for consideration; the
> goals are simple, according to FSP Vice President Elizabeth McKinstry.
> "We believe that being free and independent is a great way to live," she
> Specifically, plans include finding fellow FSP members to run for local
> statewide office, enact laws to abolish what McKinstry calls "government
> waste" and above all, reduce taxes.
> "We will repeal state taxes and wasteful state government programs," she
> said. "We will end asset forfeiture and abuses of eminent domain,
> utilities and end inefficient regulations and monopolies."
> Some lawmakers from the candidate states have labeled the movement as
> "extreme," saying it would be impossible for so many people to
> in one area and be able to carry out the proposed plans.
> However, McKinstry said it wouldn't be thousands all at once, and even
> state governors, like Republican Craig Benson of New Hampshire, have
> supported the FSP's plans.
> Despite a small amount of skepticism, Dillon sees it as an oppurtunity to
> make an attempt at a better world for her, and for her daughter.
> "I didn't have to struggle long with the decision to sign up for the FSP,
> it's something I've always wanted to do," she said. "I happened to be at a
> point in my life when I was actively looking for someplace to relocate.
> As for whether the FSP will work, Dillon said she's not completely
> "I think it will work to pick a state and have people move there, but
> whether we can stem the tide of intrusive government, I'm not sure," she
> said. "I'm willing to give it a try, though."
> For more information about the FSP, visit http://www.freestateproject.org.
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