Who IS Bradley Rees, Anyway?

Rees For Congress 2010

Who is Bradley S. Rees?

I am a married father of two, Josh (7) and Aidan (4). A very pressing concern for their future is my main motivation for running.

 My Motivational Team

My Motivational Team

I am the former Lynchburg Area Community Coordinator for Americans For Fair Taxation, who are trying to implement the FairTax (H.R.25 in the House). I held that position for almost 4 years, informing thousands of Central Virginia residents of the FairTax and details of the bill. 

I left that post in April of 2008 to become the Founder and Project Manager of Operation:Bullhorn, a campaign to write in “FairTax” in the 6th District of Virginia to show the candidates how much support for the FairTax there truly is in the area. The project is ongoing. More info here.

I am wholeheartedly dedicated to smaller government, lower taxes, personal responsibility, and a return to our basic founding principles of virtually unlimited freedom. Freedom withers without liberty. Liberty, quite simply, means we ALL have access to the amazing opportunities that abound in this great country. Liberty also means that we are free to pursue success, and equally free to fail. Failure is nothing to be ashamed of, nor protected from. Failure shapes us, just as the mistakes we make inform our future choices. When ANY entity is artificially protected from failure, that intervention DIRECTLY undermines liberty and, thus, freedom.

 I am a factory worker. I’ve worked in the manufacturing sector for the majority of my adult life. I know the value of hard work, and the sense of accomplishment and pride that comes from putting in 10-12 hour days 6 times a week and coming home bone-tired. I also have seen, first-hand, the struggles of American corporations trying to stay competitive in our global economy, while being held back by mountains of Federal regulations, counterproductive tax laws, and lopsided import/export rules.

Outsourcing has squeezed out a large chunk of the manufacturing sector in recent years, which has had a particularly profound detrimental effect on the middle class. A lot of the reason for this has far less to do with corporations becoming so-called “Benedict Arnolds” as it does with them being pushed in that direction by taxing and regulatory agencies who routinely ignore the unintended consequences of their policies.


What does Bradley S. Rees stand for?

#1- The FairTax. In the last 2 weeks of the ’08 campaign, Tom Perriello launched ads attacking Virgil Goode for his co-sponsorship of the FairTax legislation. While disingenuous, they were, nonetheless, effective. Who wants to pay 23% more for everything when their budgets are already strained?

Well, no one, of course! At least not when that is the only caveat. By not letting people in on the fact that the FairTax also eliminates ALL Federal withholding from their paychecks and provides relief for the tax payable on life’s basic necessities, Perriello has distorted the FairTax into something no one could even imagine supporting. Very clever, but it won’t work with me in the race.

Because I’ve studied the FairTax extensively over the last 6 years, and I (unlike Goode) know how to explain it to people, in sound-bite-sized portions, if necessary. That is why I will make it the centerpiece of my campaign.

Our current economic troubles have been blamed on a variety of culprits, from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to Alan Greenspan. We’ve all seen the pointing fingers and heard the accusations shouted across the Congressional aisles. We may agree with some, maybe even all, of these assessments. I would like to propose that these recent economic troubles are merely symptoms, and alert you to the underlying disease that brought them about.

Rampant, unbridled, and even widely encouraged Consumerism.


#2- If given the honor of being elected to Congress, I will make it my goal to convince leaders of the other two major parties that our Republic cannot stand much longer under the oppressive weight of the Federal bureaucracy. A 10th Amendment Review Committee is not only advisable, but is quickly becoming a necessity.

So I will work tirelessly to bring a majority of Congressmen over to support establishing a commission of economists, businessmen, and experts on Constitutional Law and public policy to identify areas in which the Federal government has run afoul of the 10th Amendment. There are numerous things that are controlled from the Federal level that were once taken care of (and much more efficiently) at the state and local level.

A return to 10th Amendment restrictions will create more government efficiency, transparency, accountability, and responsibility, both in fiscal and civic arenas. We cannot spend our way out of problems created by massive spending. After all, isn’t doing the same thing, and expecting different results, the definition of insanity?

#3- Marginalize and, ultimately, cripple the influence of lobbyists on Capitol Hill. While the FairTax will effectively derail the influence of those lobbyists whose sole purpose is to game our incomprehensible and corrupt tax code, that process is a lengthy one. Something else must be done, in an immediate and decisive fashion, to set up a roadblock on either end of Gucci Gulch.

I will propose and fight for tough legislation to censure and remove elected officials caught illegally dealing with lobbyists so that scandalous behaviors exhibited by those such as Ted Stevens and Jack Abramoff will never be able to take place again. This corrupting influence has doubled just in the last 8 years, and was an untenable problem even before that. Enough is enough.

#4- I am NOT a lawyer. Lawyers are FAR over-represented in Congress. Well over 40% of House members and over 60% of Senators are lawyers, or have practiced law in the past. In a country that seemed so ready in ’08 to embrace “change,” how foolish is it to send the same old political class to represent us in D.C.?

Put another way, why do we believe that people who practice law should be entitled, or even allowed, to make laws? This seems a bit counter-intuitive and highly counterproductive to me. Also, in my opinion, this runs a bit contrary to the Constitution’s “Separation of Powers” clause. Just sayin’.

Does Bradley Rees have a shot at winning?                                     

That depends on you. If you’re willing to stand for the status-quo and send another lawyer to D.C. who will try to convince you to vote against your own interests (like Perriello with the FairTax), then the answer is no. If you are tired of the same old crowd representing themselves in Washington, and would rather cast a vote for someone like you, who will fight for you, then the answer is yes.

How do I find out more about Bradley Rees, and get involved?        

You can read more about my positions on various issues by logging onto my blog at http://www.SonOfLiberty2K10.wordpress.com.                                            

You can follow my campaign updates at http://www.twitter.com/ReesForCongress.    

You can find out more about the FairTax at http://www.FairTax.org


3 Responses

  1. I hope that you succeed! For all of us!! Our country is in trouble and we need to get back to the roots of our founding fathers.

  2. Thank you for the well-wishes, Katherine. I agree that we are at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, where failures could be fatal and the direct involvement of a well-informed populace is crucial to our survival. It is time to inform family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers of some forgotten facts regarding economics and which policies are successful in restoring economic liberty. We must pull no punches and make no mistake in declaring with absolute conviction, derived from empirical fact, that economic prosperity can not be achieved in the absence of liberty.
    That is why I have named these blogs after the Sons Of Liberty, because that principle of liberty is paramount to achieving any form of security, whether it be physical or financial. People must, first and foremost, be free. To succeed or to fail.
    Bradley S. Rees

  3. Great site…I wish you great success in your fight. I have had thoughts of doing a similar thing as you are here, and it’s good to see your example. I really hope it works well for you.

    Keep fighting the fight for liberty, freedom, and the FairTax! And keep setting the record straight against those who misconstrue how it really works! Also, please let me know whenever you have any campaign events…I may be able to make it. Take care.

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