What America toldCongress in 2011(Top 10 bills on POPVOX)For a list of the top 50 bills on POPVOX for 2011,see: http://www...
H.R. 589: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act           #10                                                 ...
S. 13: Fair Tax Act of 2011                 #9        (House version ranks #2)                                            ...
H.R. 822: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act                #8                                                 image ...
S. 724: Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011               #7                                                image so...
H.R. 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)                #6                                               image source:    ...
H.R. 2: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law                #5                                                 image ...
H.R. 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act                  #4                                                    image ...
H.R. 2306: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act                 #3                                                   i...
H.R. 25: the Fair Tax Act of 2011            #2    (Senate version ranks #9)                                              ...
H.R. 3035: the Mobile Informational Call Act                #1                                                 image sourc...
Add your voice!View a full list of the top 50 billsandshare your opinion with Congress:http://www.popvox.com/blog/2011/wha...
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2011 Top 10 bills

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Some dominated the headlines, some never got a vote. The bills that moved people to contact Congress in 2011 span the gamut from jobs to taxes, internet policy and immigration.

POPVOX compiled the top 50 bills that were important to you in 2011, along with a "where are they now." Here's a look at the Top 10. For the full list, visit: http://www.popvox.com/blog/2011/what-congress-heard-in-2011/.

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  • David Cort~
    The actual reason, in my opinion, that the political world does NOT want the Fair Tax, is that the Fair Tax is the single biggest power shift from government back to the people in history. The current tax code is not about revenue. It's been fairly effectively shown that the Fair Tax is fairer, generates a more consistent and dependable stream of revenue, grows the economy, and sustains the government quite adequately. It is naturally progressive and self-regulating. It is more efficiently collected and it broadens the tax base. None of these points can be effectively refuted. Why do lawmakers (and political pundits who support this brand of lawmaker) make fools of themselves trying?

    Because to eliminate the current tax code and replace it with a Fair Tax would mean a total restructuring of the power base. Congress now can regulate both the market and the individual by manipulating the tax code. You act this way, we reward you through the tax code. You act that way, we penalize you through the tax code. This all goes away with the Fair Tax. It is important to remember that what a candidate for president wants or wishes does not (and should not) have any effect on something like the Tax code. Those are things that will be implemented by the Congress with or without Presidential approval or desire. We need to be working on our legislators for this.

    What does have to happen at the Presidential level is an elimination of crony capitalism; also used to control us and our behavior. There is a huge 'underground' government that has nothing to do with the people who are supposed to make laws. The administrative branch has become huge, and a vast majority of that branch is comprised of some old, bald guy in some office deep within the bowels of government, removed several layers from the people who are tasked with regulating us and accountable to virtually no person or persons. And that guy is effectively making laws at the behest of large donors and as favors to companies that make curly light bulbs nobody wants. These people (the NTSB wants to federally outlaw cell phone use in cars??? Who the hell is NTSB and how do they get to make any laws???) make laws at will that have nothing to do with their right to do so and little to do with anyone's good but the folks they seek favor from and give favor to. Seat belt laws have nothing to do with the 'good of the people.' They have to do with the good of the auto insurance lobby. Why do pharmaceutical companies LIKE federal regulations that make it long, hard, and expensive to develop a new drug? Because the folks who would and could develop new drugs in competition with them can't afford to develop and market new drugs. THAT is what we need to be after our Presidential candidates about. It is just as invasive and controlling, and liberty-stealing as the tax code and much more insidious.
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  • My first words in 2012: What is it that has us paying federal tax by income and then paying for those same taxes again when we buy American product and service? FairTax is the most important Resolution before Congress, as it will end unemployment and cure much of our ills.
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2011 Top 10 bills

  1. What America toldCongress in 2011(Top 10 bills on POPVOX)For a list of the top 50 bills on POPVOX for 2011,see: http://www.popvox.com/blog/2011/what-congress-heard-in-2011/
  2. H.R. 589: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act #10 image source: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HP_h9tKlsls/TmWJmrsISuI/ AAAAAAAANk4/PFSAguoRsTw/s1600/ UNEMPLOYMENT1.jpgunexpectedjourney in North Carolinas 3rd DistrictTo be unemployed after working all your life is ahumbling experience...please help us that have lostour homes-pay the rent; keep the lights on; buy 59% SUPPORTgas; pay car insurance; and eat....we have worked 41% OPPOSEhard before and will work hard again...we need foryou to show us you believe in us, as we elected you (3,510 people)to fight for the people of this great country. excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  3. S. 13: Fair Tax Act of 2011 #9 (House version ranks #2) image source: http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2011/10/used- loophole-in-fair-tax.htmlFreeSpirit in North Carolinas 11th DistrictIt is the fastest, easiest and fairest way to get moremoney into the coffers. All levels of society (eventax protesters and tax resisters) would all have to 80% SUPPORTpay these taxes. 20% OPPOSE (3,537 people) excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  4. H.R. 822: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act #8 image source: http://gunholsters.com/news/wp-content/uploads/ 2011/04/glacier-concealed-carry-purse-gun-holster.jpgjcirclej in Colorados 7th DistrictWhen I travel to other states I feel vulnerable inareas that I am unfamiliar with. They say thatawareness goes a long way toward the prevention 78% SUPPORTof victimhood. ...The right to defend myself and my 22% OPPOSEfamily should not stop at my states border. (3,694 people) excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  5. S. 724: Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 #7 image source: http://www.toledoblade.com/image/ 2011/05/07/800x_b1_cCM_z_cT/military-personnel- salute-pledge-of-allegiance.jpgDianaBoney in Alabamas 7th DistrictThis should be out of Respect of OUR Country andthe people that have served, they need never to be 95% SUPPORTlet down... Support them all the way... 5% OPPOSE (3,920 people) excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  6. H.R. 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) #6 image source: http://www.fmderana.lk/image/data/E%20News %203/1303359291using-computer.jpgsam.hurt86 in Texass 19th DistrictA "shoot from the hip" approach to internetcensorship would be inappropriate in this 21st 2% SUPPORTcentury age of knowledge and community amongst 98% OPPOSEthe people globally connected by an open and freeinternet. (4,264 people) excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  7. H.R. 2: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law #5 image source: http://media.salon.com/2011/01/ the_business_case_against_repealing_healthcare_refo rm-460x307.jpgwdstckdr in New Mexicos 3rd DistrictCut waste, stop needless competitive reduplicationof services and streamline compensatory 60% SUPPORTmethodology. Give medicine back to the doctors- 40% OPPOSEnot to corporate entities (non-profit included) whoallow medicine to be practiced if it promotes their (4,588 people)bottom line. excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  8. H.R. 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act #4 image source: http://tribaltruth.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/ abortion-debate-image.jpgberryf in Missouris 9th DistrictI dont support abortions unless recommended by adoctor for the health and well being of the patient. 56% SUPPORTBut even in those cases, I do not support Federal 44% OPPOSEpublic money to support those procedures. (4,954 people) excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  9. H.R. 2306: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act #3 image source: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/Legalize%20it %20Bill%20St.%20Clair.jpgSpartacus1234 in Texass 11th DistrictIm a disabled combat veteran of Afghanistan andam allergic to opiates. I thought I was fighting for 91% SUPPORTfreedom, and the Constitution. ...End this illegal 9% OPPOSEwar on people who want to mind their own (5268 people)business. excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  10. H.R. 25: the Fair Tax Act of 2011 #2 (Senate version ranks #9) image source: http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2011/10/used- loophole-in-fair-tax.htmlsaveunclesam in Arizonas 2nd DistrictI believe the IRS is a bloated organization and thatour taxcode is too complex for the citizens that pay 80% SUPPORTit to understand. Please return April 15th to the 20% OPPOSEAmerican people and pass the Fair tax. (5292 people) excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  11. H.R. 3035: the Mobile Informational Call Act #1 image source: http://lifehacker.com/robocalls/jcmyhrt in Washingtons 6th DistrictMy cell phone is used for family & friendsexclusively. I use my landline for all other calls. 1% SUPPORTThis, I feel, will infringe on my privacy which we do 99% OPPOSEnot have a whole lot of these days! (10,554 people) excerpt from constituent comments sent to Congress with www.popvox.com
  12. Add your voice!View a full list of the top 50 billsandshare your opinion with Congress:http://www.popvox.com/blog/2011/what-congress-heard-in-2011/

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