CLT Update
Wednesday, November 8, 2000


CLT's ballot committee, A Promise to Keep: 5%
and Gov's Tax Rollback Committee
win Question 4 big!

"Everywhere we went during the petition drive and during the campaign, we kept hearing that people remembered there was a promise," said Barbara Anderson, who led the drive for Question 4 as executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

"God was on our side," said Chip Ford, co-chairman of the A Promise to Keep coalition. "We were telling the truth. I think the people of Massachusetts believe in keeping promises."

Pols held to promise as tax cut measure passes
The Boston Herald
Nov. 8, 2000

"Thank you Lord! The promise that was made 11 years ago has finally been kept. The Legislature didn't keep the promise so now the people did it for them," said Loretta Hayden of Stoughton, a campaign worker for Citizens for Limited Taxation.

Voters approve Cellucci's tax cut
The Boston Globe
Nov. 8, 2000

As I said a number of times last night, "Winning sure beats the hell out of losing!"

With 91 percent of the vote in and counted (at 8:00 a.m.), "YES! On Question 4 still holds a 60%-40% lead ... and that's not going to go away!

We, and the voters of the commonwealth, have made the Beacon Hill Cabal keep their promise at last!

How sweeeeeeet it is!

Listen to Jimmy and the Tax Everything And More flaks whine on! Our "YES!" side had an easy time of winning, they snivel; it was like we were "offering ice cream to the voters" while they were trying to force-feed voters their veggies for the voters' own good!

Notice how they call our rollback "the biggest tax cut in state history"? All we did was simply roll back the biggest tax increase in state history ... as promised!

Yesterday a CLT member -- also a union member -- e-mailed us to report that his union brothers and sisters were being paid $75 each to hold signs at polling places. TEAM reported that they had "7,000 'volunteers'" covering polling places across the state. Sorry we couldn't afford to pay our volunteers, but as the results show, there's nothing more pure and effective than honest commitment!

The Gimme Lobby threw over three million bucks of its members' dues at the voters trying to convince them that the world would end if Question 4 passes. They did their utmost to scare the bejesus out of voters, only to find out that the Lennon-McCartney team was right decades ago: "Money can't buy you love"!

Hey union members! We've heard from many of you how much you resent your union dues being used against your interests. You really ought to do something about that. Sorry you had to pay for your bosses' attempt to steal even more of your money. As usual, the Gimme Lobby takes, but thanks to us you'll get your long-overdue pay raise along with the rest of us. After all, "A Tax Cut is a Pay Raise" for you too! You're just lucky we won; now at lest you'll make up that money they took from you.

Thank each and every one of you who took an active role in this grueling campaign or made a contribution over the past four years. The teachers union spent $2 million in 1997-98 to kill our first petition in court and nearly bankrupted us, put CLT out of business. Our "YES!" side was outspent by more than 3-to-1 in this campaign, and their spending will surely climb when the next finance reports are filed. We were outnumbered, outgunned, and overwhelmed by the Gimme Lobby's unlimited resources.

But the War Between the States, the Civil War that divided our nation, also took four long years to wage. As with the result of its conclusion, this war also has freed the slaves.

Thank you one and all, and congratulations to each of you on a well-deserved, long-overdue, and glorious victory!

Chip Ford

Election Night Victory Party
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