Bridenstine’s tax-reform town hall draws big crowd to Bixby
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
BIXBY — About 1,300 enthusiasts for doing something — anything — about the federal tax code turned out to hear from fair taxer Neal Boortz and flat taxer Wayne Brough at the SpiritBank Event Center on Tuesday night.
Sponsored by 1st District Congressman Jim Bridenstine, the program also included tax attorney and law professor Dennis Bires and KRMG radio personality Rick Couri.
The event was part political rally, part social event. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former Mayor Bill LaFortune, whose wife Kathy LaFortune in on Bridenstine’s staff, sat on the front row. So did a legislative contingent of other area Republicans and Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
Boortz, a nationally syndicated talk show host, received the longest and loudest ovation. Long an advocate of the “Fair Tax” — essentially a national sales tax that would replace all other federal taxes — Boortz told his audience early on that it was “time to get the pitchforks and torches.”