Rubin Young is one of our newest signers of the FAIRtax Candidate Pledge. He is a man who doesn’t stay down for long. Rubin’s formative years reach back to the third grade when a kid named Bob, a bully, would chase him home from school. Bob was bigger, so Rubin’s fists were of little avail. But Rubin had two things going for him that were better than fists, a brain, and a heart. Rubin got to know the other children in his class and became so popular that he was elected Mayday King. After that, Bob no longer dared to bully him. In fact, Rubin stopped running from Bob and started running towards him.
Rubin’s popularity carried over to his adolescent and adult years, where everyone knew him, and even the bad actors respected him.
Rubin is driven. He became an honor student in public school. He had his eyes on military service, but knew he had to finish high school to get in. Consequently, he took inventory of what he needed to graduate and fulfilled every requirement.
Military service took him to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Rubin attributes his successful Army tour of duty to advice from his late brother, “don’t talk back!” Rubin did what the sergeants told him to do, did it well, and became a squad leader in basic training.
But beyond following the program for himself in basic training, Rubin distinguished himself by working with his fellow soldiers who weren’t, as Rubin put it, “cutting the mustard.” He helped them complete the mile, get through the sit-ups, push-ups, and other demands of basic training. All passed.
Rubin graduated from basic training with a perfect score of 300 points. Even though he didn’t have the stripes on his sleeve, his fellow soldiers treated Rubin as if he were their sergeant. Rubin is the kind of guy who would put his life on the line for them, and they knew it.
Following military service, Rubin worked for the Clerk of the Miami-Dade County Courts. His political instincts began to surface when he made it his business to get to know everybody in the office. He later became the first African-American to run for the office of Clerk of the Miami-Dade County courts.
While working in the court system, Rubin earned the trust of Hon. Judge William Gladstone who appointed him guardian ad litem to represent children in court cases. Rubin was particularly valuable to the Court because he would go into the inner city where other guardians would not go. He filed many reports with the Court, sometimes recommending that children be removed from their homes and sometimes recommending that they stay.
Rubin became a union steward of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (“AFSCME”) and quickly gained an appointment to the labor-management team. He resolved many cases of alleged employee abuse by supervisors. He moved to the international level at the union and went to Washington, D.C., where he became the go-to guy for employer-employee disputes.
Then, through no fault of his own but more due to of politics, Rubin went from having a well-paying job at AFSCME to having nothing. He found himself homeless and out on the streets. He was homeless for almost a year. To make matters worse, he was in an accident that took four of his toes, but Rubin says that God was with him. He got into a Veterans’ Administration housing program that started his comeback. He notes from personal experience that most people who are down on their luck want to get back into society.
Now Rubin is in politics. One might say he always has been. He actually ran for President of the United States in 1995, knowing that he had no chance to win, but wanted to bring some issues to the table. Rubin reaches into his pocket for campaign expenses, proving that he is not a politician out for the money.
Rubin was a Democrat for thirty years, but walked away from the Democratic Party in 2020. In spite of their rhetoric painting themselves as the pro-minority party, Rubin did not think the party was really doing anything for the black community or black candidates. The party told Rubin he was not to challenge or speak out against any Democratic incumbent.
He walked away from the Democrats and now runs as a Republican, although he really thinks of himself as an American first. He just believes the Republican Party embraces values closer to his belief in family values. (As a side note, we’re just reporting on Rubin’s political history. Note that the FAIRtax is non-partisan and does not favor either party’s agenda).
Rubin first heard of the FAIRtax when he attended the CPAC Conference in Orlando, Florida, in February this year. There he met FAIRtax Guys Bob Paxton and Ron Maiellaro. He liked what he heard, but still needed to hear more.
Later, Rubin heard from his political friend, Lavern Spicer, about Project 2224. This was a symposium designed to help new candidates learn the ropes of running a campaign for Federal office. It sounded good, but there was one big problem. It was in Las Vegas, a LONG way from Florida. Rubin initially decided not to go, but then he heard that the FAIRtax Guys would be there and he packed his bags.
At the conference, FAIRtax Guy Bob Paxton gave a special presentation geared specifically to candidates on how to make the FAIRtax a winning campaign issue. Rubin credits that presentation for making the FAIRtax click in his head. He sought Bob and Ron out after the presentation and eagerly signed his name to the FAIRtax Candidate Pledge. He likes the FAIRtax because he believes there’s a real need more disposable income for people in the inner city.
Thinking back to the third grade, Rubin believes that the income tax and the withholding that comes with it is a particularly egregious form of bullying that the IRS perpetrates against all Americans. It’s his goal to put the IRS out of business and believes that the FAIRtax is the only way to accomplish that.
Now Rubin is running for Congress in Florida’s 23rd Congressional district, located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. He’ll be facing three other Republicans in the primary, Jeff Olson, Carla Spalding and Saad Suleman. The winner will face off against Democratic incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the general election. At the moment, we don’t have any information on where the other Republican candidates stand on the FAIRtax.
How do we think Rubin will do? If putting in the effort is any indication, he should do pretty well. When we caught up with him, he was out knocking on doors introducing himself to the voters.
Do you know someone like Rubin Young? If so, I would love to hear from you.
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