There are 73,954 pages I'd like you to help me take to the paper shredder.
Believe it or not, that's how many pages of Internal Revenue Service Code hardworking American citizens are forced to comply with every year.
Many of my colleagues here in Congress won't bother reading bills even 20 pages long.
But if you miss a single sentence, the punishments range from invasive audits, to fines, to outright imprisonment.
Unity, this MUST change.
As you'll see, I've created a special "END THE IRS" petition to your Congressman and U.S. Senators.
But I hope you won't just sign it. I hope you'll forward it to every friend and family member you have as well.
I know many Americans were shocked recently to learn about the IRS' targeted harassment of pro-limited government organizations under President Obama.
You and I still have to fight to get to the bottom of this.
But the truth is, arming a government agency with this much prying power in our daily lives and expecting it NOT to be abused would be misguided at best.
That's why I'm afraid things are about to get worse. Perhaps even much worse.
At least 90,000 bureaucrats, attorneys and enforcement agents are already employed by the IRS. But news stories have been trickling out over the past couple of years about the IRS hiring literally thousands of new agents to "enforce" ObamaCare.
You and I both know what that means . . .
More knocks on our doors from agents saying, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."
Studies already show, Washington, D.C.'s convoluted tax code exacts a high price on American citizens:
*** The IRS itself estimates that Americans spend 6.6 BILLION hours per year trying to comply with the tax code;
*** Other studies show Americans spend up to $168 BILLION -- on top of the hundreds of billions they already pay in our sky-high tax rates -- just to get their taxes done;
*** Too often, slick lobbyists succeed in cutting insider deals handing their own industries special favors. Thanks to this madness, Hollywood enjoys a $225 million tax break with write-offs other American citizens and industries don't enjoy.
Is it any wonder why our economy is still only limping along?
It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
I ran for office to stop this kind of politics-as-usual.
Our fragile republic simply will not survive unless more good folks like you and I work to change things.
That's why I'm fighting to END the IRS.
And now more members of Congress are joining me.
Instead of a convoluted income tax code -- with tens of thousands of agents frightening Americans into compliance -- why not move to a simple flat-tax?
Unlike President Obama, I believe the answer to our problems in Washington, D.C. right now isn't a lack of "revenue" (taxes) or government spending.
It's too much of both.
So earlier this year, I introduced a budget that would balance -- not in 20 years, not in 10 years -- but five.
My budget would eliminate wasteful federal spending, unconstitutional government agencies -- and cut taxes.
You see, I believe lowering the corporate and individual tax rates to a flat 17% could end up spurring economic growth.
Unity, there's no way around it.
Our country is facing big problems right now. It's time for our politicians to wake up and start looking for BIG solutions.
If you agree, please sign"your "END THE IRS" petition today.
And please forward your petition" to as many friends and family members as possible as well.
No longer will Congress get to depend on staffers and establishment "advisors" to shield them from what their constituents really think . . .
So now is the perfect time to show them you and I mean business about finally ending the IRS.
That's why, in addition to your signed" petition, I hope you'll agree to chip in a generous contribution of $20 or $10.
The more money you can give, the more heat I can turn up on my colleagues.
Your generosity right now can make all the difference.
So please act TODAY!
Senator Rand Paul (R - KY)
P.S. The IRS code is outrageously large, unreadable and unfair. It's time for the code to be scrapped -- along with the entire IRS.
There's never been a better time for us to show them you and I are serious about enacting BIG solutions to address our country's big problems.
As you'll see, I've created a special " "END THE IRS" petition to your Congressman and U.S. Senators.
But I hope you won't just sign"it. I hope you'll forward it to every friend and family member you have as well.
And if you can, please agree to chip in a generous" contribution of $10 or $20 TODAY!