Guest-posted by Jimmie Bise of The Sundries Shack.
Doug Hoffman, whose name you might have read a time or three around here, is a Certified Public Accountant by profession. That means he makes an awful lot of money from the convoluted tax code Washington has foisted upon us over the years. April 15 is pretty much Christmas for CPAs.
But Doug is not a normal accountant and far from the normal political candidate. In fact, he is reportedly going to take a stand tomorrow on an issue that could cost him a pretty penny.
But I'm going to hold you in suspense for a minute to throw you another interesting little tidbit. Dick Armey, the head of FreedomWorks, is in New York this evening and he'll be doing a couple events with Hoffman tomorrow morning. You can get the scoop on those here.
After that, though, he is going to stay in the area for at least another day and campaign for Hoffman on his own. In the words of a source close to Armey, he'll be "going rogue". This is a big deal. Armey is a widely-respected conservative who not only respects the grassroots but helped give the 9/12 Tea Parties a huge boost with his organization. He's laying down his personal marker on Hoffman and you can bet that he wouldn't do that if he didn't see quite a lot to like in the first-time candidate.
Okay, enough suspense. Stacy informed me earlier this evening that Doug Hoffman will hold a press conference in the media hub of the region, Syracuse, where he will endorse the flat tax. That may not necessarily seem like a big deal but consider what I wrote earlier. Hoffman makes a good part of his living off of navigating the byzantine tax code for people who are overwhelmed by it. A flat tax will cost him business, since you'll be able to figure out your taxes each year on the back of a postcard. Doug Hoffman is willing to work against his own financial interest to push something that's in our best interests. When was the last time a politician did that?
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