Let's Scrap the Seesaw Approach
to Welfare and Taxation
ComingTogether is a plan
to remove welfare reform and tax reform from being a
political football. It is long overdue. Depending on the latest power grabs, the poor are
promised either a Big Mac™ in every microwave or told to pull themselves up by their Velcro™ tabs.
Politicians can't seem to agree on whether to promote self-reliance or to reward selected
constituencies with benefits that discourage attempts to better their lot in life.
Should We Raise
The Debt Limit??
This ComingTogether Plan is that the
federal government provide funding for basic living expenses for every American citizen very
efficiently through an electronic benefits transfer system, and that the income tax be
converted to a flat tax without even standard deductions or personal exemptions.
How It Works:
Benefit Funding: The Key to Fairness
Replace welfare's spider web with benefits for
ALL citizens, efficiently delivered. HOW?
Taxation: The Key to Progress
Replace the current, cumbersome income tax with a simple flat tax.
One Nation, Indivisible, Coming Together
Americans are a people of compassion
; we hate to see others suffer. We want the poor, disabled and elderly to
feel secure about their future. We also value freedom
, a practical freedom that allows individuals,
families, and businesses to pursue lawful interests without constant government involvement or interference.
We want our children to feel that this is a land of opportunity.
Should this apparent dichotomy, or tension, divide us? Is bipartisanship an impossible dream?
What if, instead of taking sides, we start "Coming Together?"
What if, instead of competition, we seek balance?
What would Welfare look like if Americans
were truly "Coming
Click on the pictures to meet Americans who would benefit by "Coming Together"
Think of the SINGLE MOTHER, and the frustration she feels when she leaves the
welfare rolls and joins the workforce, only to find little improvement in her
standard of living. She asks herself, "Why am I working? Why am I leaving my child?"
This ComingTogether Plan gives her an answer. Her work, under this plan, will improve
her standard of living — because she will receive her paycheck in addition to her benefits, not in
place of them.
Or think of the FACTORY WORKER, a good worker but in a
He hasn't had a raise in three years. A new factory in an
emerging technology industry opens up in his town, and offers to pay him 30%
more than he's currently making. But he asks himself, "What about my
chronically-ill wife? How can I afford to lose my employer-sponsored health plan?"
His move, under this ComingTogether Plan, will not risk his wife's medical care. Under this
plan, the health benefits are his, wherever he goes.
Or think of the CORPORATE EMPLOYEE, doing okay but hoping
to have a business of his own.
He designs an invention which he believes fills a
need, and that people will buy. He asks himself, "If I leave my day job,
will I still be able to eat?" His entrepreneurship, under this ComingTogether
encouraged. It will not be so traumatic to give up a regular paycheck, because
he will have the basic benefits to fall back on. Becoming self-employed is no
longer an impossibility for him. Under this plan, people can dare to dream, to
produce, to enhance the productivity of the economy.