CFPHR Joins Coalition for Tax Competition Letter Against OECD Subsidies
COALITION FOR TAX COMPETITION
October 25, 2011
Dear U. S. Senators and U. S. Representatives:
As part of an overall effort to help control the size of government, we believe Americantaxpayers should not subsidize the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD).
Even if we had a balanced budget, OECD funding would be contrary to US interests. The Paris-based bureaucracy increasingly promotes a left-wing economic agenda, despite the fact that UStaxpayers contribute nearly one fourth of their annual budget. We have long been disturbed thatthe OECD has a “harmful tax competition” project that seeks to hinder the flow of jobs andcapital to low-tax nations. And since the United States is the world’s biggest beneficiary of international capital flows and tax competition, it is the height of folly for the American taxpayerto subsidize this effort.
We’ve also noticed a disturbing tendency for the OECD to endorse big government positions ondomestic policy issues. The OECD has supported so-called “stimulus” spending, advocated forcap-and-trade regulation, and suggested a value-added tax in the US, just to name a fewexamples. In effect, US taxpayers are subsidizing further advocacy for bigger government andhigher taxes – positions against their own interests.
We look forward to working with you to bring spending under control and to ensure that US taxdollars are allocated in ways that advance America’s interests above all else.
Andrew F. Quinlan ~ President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation
Grover Norquist ~ President, Americans for Tax Reform
Stephen J. Entin ~ President, Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Pete Sepp ~ Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union
Phil Kerpen ~ Vice President for Policy, Americans for Prosperity
Tom Schatz ~ President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Jim Martin ~ President, 60 Plus Association
John Berlau ~ Director, Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Nicole Neily ~ Executive Director, Independent Women’s Voice
Eli Lehrer ~ National Director and Vice President, The Heartland Institute
Bob Bauman ~ Legal Counsel, The Sovereign Society
Terrence Scanlon ~ President, Capital Research Center
J. Bradley Jansen ~ Director, Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
Lew Uhler ~ President, National Tax Limitation Committee
Wayne Brough ~ Chief Economist and Vice President of Research, FreedomWorks
Karen Kerrigan ~ President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council