Good eye Chuck. Thanks for the
correction. I think this is a great article Joey!
Just my .02
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Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2003 12:45
Subject: how they decide. Re: [FSP_DFW]
My FSP *feature* story
When 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
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Saturday, May 31, 2003 6:25 PM
Subject: [FSP_DFW] My FSP *feature*
> 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
> I seriously think this one is a lot
> Saved As: Nws-TaxesFSP
> Mom struggles with higher taxes, homeschooling
> Finds hope in 'Free State Project'
> 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
> 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.
I came to the conclusion that paying 40-plus percent in taxes
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
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,
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
> "I believe we're at a point in this country where it
> 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
> 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
plans include finding fellow FSP members to run for local
statewide office, enact laws to abolish what McKinstry calls
> waste" and above all, reduce taxes.
> "We will
repeal state taxes and wasteful state government programs," she
"We will end asset forfeiture and abuses of eminent
> utilities and end inefficient regulations and
> Some lawmakers from the candidate states have labeled the
> "extreme," saying it would be impossible for so many
> in one area and be able to carry out the
> 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
> make an attempt at a better world for her, and for her
> "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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