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August 9, 2011

Forward for The Taxpayers

Farrell Keough

Some of you may know that I am on the board of We The People of Maryland. This is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) corporation with a focus on education and a mission to promote the economic engine of Maryland.


The major focus of our non-profit organization is education. We realized that it is so very difficult for the average citizen to keep up on local and state-wide issues. To that end, we decided to step up and fill that void so all citizens have access to information about these complicated issues.


We are very fortunate that Talk Radio host and writer for TheTentacle, Blaine Young, has accepted the position of honorary chairman of our group! This position is not compensated – hence Mr. Young's service to our group follows closely with our basic perspectives of reaching out to the larger public so we might help the everyday citizen understand the myriad changes which may occur in places like Annapolis.


We came together as a group a few months ago. We have gone through the painstaking process of filing article of incorporation as well as the required paper for the Internal Revenue Service for consideration of non-profit status.


Our motivation is to get the economic engine of Maryland back on track! We have a focus on the taxpayer, (no one seems to have compassion on these people) because that is what grows an economy and stimulates tax revenues. Maryland is last, (yes, last) in private job growth in the nation. That is very telling!


Our group is rather different from others. We don’t focus on gender or specific groups of people – we believe all people deserve to have good government, choice, and retain the payment for their labors.


So far, we have given funds to Del. Neil Parrott (R., Washington Co.) and other groups to get the Dream Act law on a referendum so the public can vote on this controversial policy. [] This is precisely the kind of grass roots action we fully support – it gives the Maryland voter and taxpayer a legitimate choice on legislation which has such far reaching consequences and which barely passed the General Assembly in Annapolis this spring.


Our general rules for supporting groups, education, and motivation are as follows:


We are non-partisan.


We will not endorse or oppose candidates for office.


We are an educational organization focusing on issues, policies and legislation affecting Maryland taxpayers.


No one who serves as a board member is compensated in any form.


The focus of our mission is on job creation, lower taxes, reducing government waste and spending, and reducing government intrusion/regulation of our everyday lives.


We have spoken with people in all areas of life and political ideologies – the common denominator is simple – pull back the government control and allow us to make our own decisions with our own income. Government is a necessity, but too much government is not of value.


As James Madison noted in Federalist #51:


“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”


In many areas, we have not been vigilant in controlling how far government extends. Removing the barriers will allow us to grow and thrive again, thereby allowing others to grow and thrive and the cycle will continue.


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