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Who’s to blame? August 9, 2011

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The following has been sent to USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the Sacramento Bee newspapers as a Letter to the Editor:

Who’s to blame?

Due to the recent debacle in Washington over the debt-ceiling, American’s are asking “Who’s to blame?”

Most would like to blame the incompetent members of Congress, incapable of patriotic compromise over scoring political points for the upcoming election. They are an easy target with the constant pandering to the media with tongue lashing partisan political attacks aimed at the opposition. The President and Congress both share an equally fair amount of the American wrath.

It’s time to look in the mirror. Blame simply goes to the American electorate, who have usurped their role in our republic buy forfeiting there voice to elected officials and divisively partisan political parties. We as individual citizens must participate in the process. We must use our voice to advocate. We must call, write, attend town halls, or any other opportunity to share our thoughts and desires with those we have entrusted to serve. It is not shame on them, the elected, it us shame on us the citizen. This is our fault if we don’t participate in the process of governing. Don’t shrug your shoulders and claim that ‘the elected’ don’t listen even if we the citizen try. If the elected don’t listen, then you must do the one thing that you can control – VOTE. We have the power to hire and fire with every single election, but rarely do we exercise our full rights.

If you are looking for someone to blame – look in the mirror!

Sincerely – a concerned citizen,

Roger Rickard

Rocklin, CA

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ASAE asks for our help! Let your voice be heard. February 10, 2011

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To Association Leaders:

Empower your voice to heard.  I have asked audiences to do just that for more than 15 years of promoting advocacy involvement.  Many have learned from my 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates. The 3rd action is, Get on the Record – write to elected officials. Here is a great opportunity, to help influence Congress and support small business in America by simply adding your name to the letter, as you will see below. 

What if you’re not an association leader but would like to voice your support? You can do so by contacting your congressional office directly and asking asking them to support the complete repeal of the new 1099 provision. Not sure how to do this? Contact me at roger@reventllc.com and I will forward you a step-by-step guide to communicating with Congress.

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION from the ASAE Public Policy Department.

Momentum is building in Congress to repeal the 1099 provision.  The Senate has passed an amendment to do just that and the House reportedly will soon pass its own version.  Both chambers expect some form of repeal to be on the President’s desk within weeks.

But the situation is still fluid, so associations need to take action now and push Congress to repeal the new 1099 requirement.

In November, ASAE sent a sign-on letter to Congress urging a repeal of the 1099 provisions.  We are again going to send that letter to the Hill, to show Congress how widespread the support for repealing the new 1099 requirements is within the association community.  Our letter with signatures can be seen here.  If your name is not on the letter and you would like it to be, please complete this form and return it to ASAE by February 14.  If you have signed this letter and would like your signature modified or removed, please send an email to rhay@asaenet.org.  If you want to stay on the letter, do nothing; your name will be among our over 600 going to the Hill!

The association community needs to stand up and be heard: the 1099 expansion hurts productivity, costs unnecessary time and money, and is a major burden on the association community.  Associations support a complete repeal of the new 1099 requirement.

Please contact the Public Policy Department at 202.626.2703 or publicpolicy@asaenet.org with questions or concerns.

US SENATE PASSES COMMON SENSE SOLUTION FOR BUSINESS OWNERS February 4, 2011

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SENATE PASSES 1099 REPEAL AMENDMENT IN FAA BILL: The Senate on February 2 adopted an amendment to legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repealing the new Form 1099 reporting requirements enacted as part of the health care law.

The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), completely repeals the expanded 1099 reporting requirement in the new health care law and pays for the repeal with unspent appropriated funds, or already appropriated money from various federal agencies, as directed by the Office of Management and Budget. The amendment passed 81-17 with unanimous Republican support and 34 Democrats voting in favor. The bipartisan nature of the vote was in stark contrast to the amendment that would have repealed the entire health care bill, offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which failed on a party-line vote.

“Today we provided a common-sense solution for business owners so they can focus on creating jobs, not filling out paperwork for the IRS,” Stabenow said after the vote. “Since last year, I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address this problem. If left unchecked, 40 million small businesses would see their IRS 1099 paperwork increase 2,000 percent.”

Work on the overall FAA bill is expected to continue into next week. Because revenue measures must originate in the House, the fate of the amendment is unknown. House Republicans have made 1099 repeal one of their top priorities, but it is unknown if the Stabenow “pay-for” is acceptable to the majority or if the Republican vehicle for passage could also pass the Senate.