The President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform and the proposals I submitted to the Panel
As a novice to the workings of the Government sponsored Advisory Panel, I naively assumed that there was a small window of opportunity for AutomaticTax to come to the attention of the White House and Secretary of the Treasury. The President established the "President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform". The Advisory Panel is to make its recommendations on or before September 30th, 2005. Don't hold your breath however, because the Advisory Panel consists completely of risk-averse "experts" that are Masters of Minutia. Absolute nothing will happen other than minimal tinkering with the existing 17,000 page tax code monstrosity we call out income tax system. It will have been a complete waste of effort of hundreds of citizens who submitted their comments and recommendations to the Panel and of all the efforts that went into this process. I wasted a few days, plane fare, hotel and meal charges to attend a two day public hearing of the Panel in Washington D.C. on May 11th and 12th, 2005. It was not a complete waste because I became educated in the way things work in Washington, or rather how they do not work. On balance it was worth the trip for me. Now I understand that only a concentrated "marketing" effort of AutomaticTax with the support of a well organized grass roots organization will ever accomplish some sort of real tax reform.
The disappointingly mostly empty forum (apathy of the public)
Reporters taking notes, me smiling toward the camera
The over 300 million people in the United States were invited to send suggestions for tax reform to this panel. Only 470 suggestions were sent to the Advisory Panel. I flew to Washington DC and attended the 2 day, May 11 and May 12, 2005, Public Hearings of the Advisory Panel and I was totally disappointed how few people had come to attend the hearing at which several proposals were verbally presented to the Panel of experts who were to find the best proposals among the 470 submitted. My proposal was not selected for verbal presentation. It is too far removed from what experts are familiar with and comfortable with. I asked one of the people there to take some pictures (at the Department of Transportation in Washington D.C.). Here are 3 pictures from the Public Hearing May 11 and May 12, 2005. Here is the one with me smiling at the camera. Steve Forbes was also there and he was allowed to present his "Postcard" income tax filing proposal. The panelists had no interest in anything that ventured too far from the Income tax.