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Become Great at Slicing Ham and Earn $4,000 Each Time You Do It

by Tyler Cowen

Florencio Sanchidrián has been slicing Iberian ham (jamon) for the last three decades and today his name is synonymous with the Spanish delicacy. The 55-year-old is regarded as the world’s best ham slicer in the world, and he charges accordingly for his services – a reported $4,000 to slice a leg of ham.

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Power Perfected in Weakness: Saturnalia vs. Christmas

by David Gornoski

What kind of strange power is perfected in weakness? The answer to this mystery continues to erode the very foundations of strong structures, political-social orders, across the globe wherever the story is told and imitated, however palely by its imitators.

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Why Europe Rose And Others Did Not

by Ralph Raico

If we are to understand how development can be promoted in the poorer countries today, we must understand the historical process which transformed developed countries in the past, and why this process failed to take place elsewhere.

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At New Highs, Bitcoin Is a Global Safe Haven Asset

by FEE

The market cap of Bitcoin surpassed the $14 bln margin for the first time in history, breaking its all-time record high previously set in 2014. The surging value of Bitcoin led to extensive mainstream media coverage and social media attraction, with Bitcoin earning a spot on the trending section of social media platforms like Twitter.

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Mobile Money Has Lifted 194,000 Kenyan Households Out of Poverty

by Scott Burns

Since M-PESA was introduced in March 2007, mobile money has become Kenya’s most popular payments medium. More than 95 percent of businesses and 96 percent of Kenyan households rely on it for their daily transactions.

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90,000 Pages of Bureaucratic Hell

by Clyde Wayne Crews

Today standing at 91,642 pages, the Federal Register is 10,000 pages higher than the prior all-time record. Those 10,000 pages have been added in the last month.

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Two important bills to be voted on this week by the Florida House

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Support HB 13: End the Slush Funds for Politicians

Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevolpment Agencie (CRA) . CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are charged with helping blighted neighborhoods. While the mission of a CRA is billed as anti-poverty measures, CRAs have been used to subsidize museums, concert halls, production studios and other pet projects of local political officials. CRAs are no longer being used for anti-poverty measures, but are now slush funds to reward political donors who fund elected official’s campaigns.

HB 13 will place tighter restrictions on CRAs and begin a phase out period for current CRAs.

Support HB 141: Free Craft Distilleries from Unnecessary Regulations

HB 141 deals with craft distilleries. A craft distillery is defined as one that is “a licensed distillery that produces 250,000 or fewer gallons per calendar year of distilled spirits on its premises.

HB 141 allows craft distilleries to get their product to more people by removing restrictions on how much distilleries can sell directly to customers. The current law says customers may purchase two bottles per brand/style per year.

The freedom to sell on-site is more profitable, and it allows for customers to try the product and share it with others outside the area.

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HB 13 and HB 141 are on Special Order Calendar for Tuesday April 25th, 2017 and could be voted on by the full House this week.

Call and e-mail your district Representative to support HB 13 to end CRA abuse and HB 141 to free Craft Distilleries from unnecessary regulations.

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preserving our history

 

 

Our party is growing and I am thrilled to help welcome so many “newborn Libertarians”.

 

But, as we grow and move towards our future, we MUST know our past, and we are in serious danger of losing it.

 

Many of the original delegates and liberty-fighters that started this party have passed away and with them go their memories and their archives.

 

I have had a passion for our history from the very first moment I read our Statement of Principles and this continues unabated to this day.

 

Last December I visited our headquarters and asked for a tour of the archives, and when I got the thrill of holding the very first issues of LP News and older news release and pictures and materials, I was overcome with the conviction that this was the common property of us all.

 

Everyone should have this opportunity to at least see all of this work and these treasures.

 

We have a deep ideological history and knowing that we stand on the shoulders of giants and continue in paths laid down by others helps to ground and inspire the eager new Libertarians we have brought in and re-ignite the fire in the belly of those who have been working for years.

 

Other than the sheer love of our history and our principles, there is a very practical side to this work.

 

There are very few things that are completely new and this party has written on freedom issues over decades. So, why should affiliates and candidates have to re-invent the wheel when we are asked about how we would end taxation, defend gun rights, or even…. build the roads?

 

With these archives available, Libertarians could re-construct and tailor press releases and talking points without having to re-expend precious resources.

 

Also, knowing history keeps us from repeating bad history.

 

Oftentimes we believe we have some “new idea” or solution but if we only knew our history we could know it has been tried before and where it might not have worked—and thus save ourselves from repeating past mistakes.

 

History is important.  It matters.

 

No one will save our history if we don’t.

 

I believe this may be one of the most important projects I will work on in my life.

 

I have traveled from convention to convention re-igniting and starting the passion for our history in affiliate after affiliate.

 

We are currently preparing the archives to be moved from headquarters in Alexandria, VA, to Colorado, where I live and will be managing the organizing and cataloging of these precious items.

 

I am a professional paralegal with over twenty years of experience in document management.

 

Once we know what we have, we will know what we don’t have, and the hunt will begin to find those missing pieces. Also, it will allow us to concentrate first on the items of most interest and most use to party members and move on from there.

 

For example, newsletters of all kinds are of general and intense interest. Already, we have scanned all the past archive issues of Liberty Pledge and made them available and have assembled a “most wanted” list of missing issues… you can see the archive here.

 

You can view similar archives of past platforms that are in fact complete and wonderfully preserved here.

 

Our next target is all of those old issues of LP News from 1972 onward.

This will be a huge project as we have an incomplete collection of these items in our archives and they are fragile. We’ll also have to overcome the challenges of scanning large newsprint pieces.

 

After those items, we will find training materials, minutes (particularly convention minutes), position papers, and the like. This work needs volunteers and funding.

 

The home for these records will be LPedia.org – the working collaborative, crowd-sourced history of the Libertarian Party.

 

From the description page: “LPedia is not Wikipedia. Unlike Wikipedia, which is based on the model of an encyclopedia, LPedia is more like a library. LPedia includes encyclopedia-style articles, including articles based on or describing historical documents, but it also includes the historical documents themselves.”

 

This will not be limited to national items, though national items are those items in the scope of our Historical Preservation Committee. State parties can also use LPedia to preserve and update their history. It will take on a life of its own. Spontaneous order if you will. Very libertarian.

 

I invite you to start an account today and start documenting the part of our history that you know.

 

And I also ask that you consider donating towards our historical preservation efforts. You can do so here.

 

 

 

Caryn Ann Harlos

LNC Region 1 Representative

Chair, Libertarian Party Historical Preservation Committee

 

 

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Refund it all!

 

Libertarians believe that Americans have the right to use their hard-earned money as they see fit. Today and everyday, we call for a full refund for all Americans and complete abolishment of the income tax.

 

Currently, the average American family pays $13,758 in federal income taxes.

 

This is enough money to buy a quality pre-owned car. This is enough money to pay tuition for one year at many in-state universities. This is enough money for a down-payment on a nice house.

 

In short, the amount of money the average American family pays in income taxes is enough money to substantially improve their quality of living.

 

Every dollar that the federal government takes from Americans every year is a dollar they can’t use to make a better life for themselves and their families. Instead, it is used by politicians to benefit their special interest cronies. The best thing the government could do is to stop stealing money from hard-working people and that’s why we are calling for a 100% tax refund to every American.

 

Thank you for your support of the Libertarian Party. We are working hard every day, standing up for your rights and liberties.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Nicholas Sarwark
Chair, Libertarian National Committee
Source: Congressional Budget Office, Budget and Economic Outlook 2017 to 2026; U.S. Census Bureau.

 

 

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Steve Bannon Is Not the Imaginary Hobgoblin Portrayed by the Media Elite

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February 7, 2017, 12:04 am

If they don’t listen they won’t hear.

The elite media is currently awash with fascinated hogwash about Steve Bannon, President Trump’s White House strategist. Time magazine devotes its current cover to an intentionally unflattering cover photo of and snarky cover headline about him. Time is joining the elite media lynch mob.

The one thing this tsunami of media infamy doesn’t get is… Steve Bannon. A Honey Badger, he don’t care. As Bannon said to the New York Times:

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” Mr. Bannon said in an interview on Wednesday.

“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

The New York Times headlined the report of this snippet of an interview “Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon Says ‘Media Should Keep Its Mouth Shut.’” Many other elite news outlets echoed that take. An alternative, higher integrity, and more interesting approach would have been “Steve Bannon says the media ‘should just listen for a while. … They don’t understand this country.’”

That declaration is self-evident to most people who live outside what Michael Wolff, in an interview with Bannon, called “the metrosexual bubble.” That’s most of us.

Presumably Bannon himself is enjoying the spectacle the elite media is making of itself. He’s likely taking the rhetorical rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air as an affirmation that he’s “over the target” as in the old World War II bomber crew adage, “If you’re not catching flack you’re not over the target.”

That said, it’s poor journalism. Memo to the elite media: What you are serving up is Olds, not News. H.L. Mencken summed it up perfectly 99 years ago in In Defense of Women:

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.

Steve Bannon is just the elite media’s imaginary hobgoblin du jour. If you read what Bannon says, in context, it is dramatically different from the twisted version of him being put out there.

>snip<One hostile media tactic is to faux-exalt Bannon. The New York Times editorial board called him President Bannon in a mischievous effort to provoke his boss’s ire. Sad!

Here is another example of the elite media’s perversity or perhaps mere density. The Daily Beast, in “Steve Bannon’s Long Love Affair With War,” based on some fascinating information furnished by estranged friends, attempts to paint Bannon as a warmonger. And fails:

You can also find Bannon’s affection for military and strategic ruthlessness in what he reads. According to two of Bannon’s former friends from his West Coast days, two of his favorite books are Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, the hugely influential ancient Chinese text on military strategy, and the Hindu Bhagavad Gita. The latter tells the story of a holy war to establish dharma.…

Bannon “used to talk a lot about dharma—he felt very strongly about dharma… one of the strongest principles throughout the Bhagavad Gita.”

Well. Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is a leading Taoist classic. As myself a student of Sun I happen to know that the heart of this classic is the principle of winning a war without battle. Sun:

to achieve a hundred victories in a hundred battles is not the highest excellence; to subjugate the enemy’s army without doing battle is the highest of excellence.

As the Science of Strategy puts it, stating the consensus view of Sun, “While Sun Tzu offers many rules for succeeding by minimizing conflict’s costs when it is unavoidable, he teaches that the best strategy is always avoiding conflict.”

The Daily Beast drew the exactly wrong inference. It serves up backspin.

As for the Bhagavad Gita, dharma is a deeply spiritual concept. The Gita is a Scripture cherished by the humanity’s third largest, and oldest, religion. As noted by the Dharma Yoga Center:

Dharma can mean “law of the universe,” “social and religious rules,” and/or one’s own individual mission or purpose. On the individual level, it can also mean a number of things. For example, in the Gita, Krishna points out to Arjun that his Dharma is to be a warrior whether he likes it or not. He cannot escape his Dharma and he must fulfill it. Arjuna is a warrior for what is right and just. He is not just a warrior for fighting’s sake.

It is not possible to do the concept of dharma justice in a paragraph. It is infused with deep and subtle spiritual significance, steeped in conscience and devotion to “what is right and just.” Per the Gita one must be unflinching in defense of the right and just, even to the point, when unavoidable, of war. This was lost on the Daily Beast.

>snip<

Bannon’s own words are consistent with a view of him as ruthlessly… compassionate. In 2014 Bannon gave a speech, via Skype, to a gathering of the Human Dignity Institute at the Vatican. Buzzfeed recently provided the full transcript. As I elsewhere wrote of it:

Steve Bannon has furnished an impromptu manifesto for the movement that, with the help of Bannon and others, propelled Donald Trump into the presidency. Those who wish for a framework to better understand what a Trump presidency portends — and the nature of the underlying movement — need look no further than Steve Bannon’s remarks to the Human Dignity Institute.

In this proto-Manifesto — all the more authentic for being extemporaneous — Bannon displays breathtaking erudition. And he convincingly lays to rest the unfounded fears that he sympathizes with the “white nationalist” movement:

By the way, even in the tea party, we have a broad movement like this, and we’ve been criticized, and they try to make the tea party as being racist, etc., which it’s not. But there’s always elements who turn up at these things, whether it’s militia guys or whatever. Some that are fringe organizations. My point is that over time it all gets kind of washed out, right? People understand what pulls them together, and the people on the margins I think get marginalized more and more….

I think when you look at any kind of revolution — and this is a revolution — you always have some groups that are disparate. I think that will all burn away over time and you’ll see more of a mainstream center-right populist movement.

>snip<Serious journalists are obligated to also confront Michael Wolff’s exclusive interview with Bannon published in the Hollywood Reporter:

“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” he tells me. “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over. If we deliver” — by “we” he means the Trump White House — “we’ll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we’ll govern for 50 years. That’s what the Democrats missed.”

Even — maybe especially — Bernie Sanders supporters might well applaud Bannon’s economic philosophy from his Vatican speech:

One thing I want to make sure of, if you look at the leaders of capitalism at that time, when capitalism was I believe at its highest flower and spreading its benefits to most of mankind, almost all of those capitalists were strong believers in the Judeo-Christian West. They were either active participants in the Jewish faith, they were active participants in the Christians’ faith, and they took their beliefs, and the underpinnings of their beliefs was manifested in the work they did. And I think that’s incredibly important and something that would really become unmoored. I can see this on Wall Street today — I can see this with the securitization of everything is that, everything is looked at as a securitization opportunity. People are looked at as commodities. I don’t believe that our forefathers had that same belief.

Why are those who celebrate the skeptical view of Wall Street propounded by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren not giving Steve Bannon a standing ovation? Why have the left and the elite media (but I repeat myself) organized themselves into a lynch mob on Bannon’s persona?

>snip<

Bannon also shows self-awareness and winsome self-deprecation: “We’re the know-nothing vulgarians.” As for his supposed cocktail party trope about being a Leninist it’s doubly hilarious for his inversion of Leninism to mean anti-Statism and in watching the left recoiling in horror, maybe for the first time, at an invocation of Lenin.

>snip<

Reporters covering Bannon may just be prisoners of their own dogma. They may be not malicious, just too tone deaf to hear and report the plain meaning of his words, too blind to get a good picture of his deeds.

Whichever it is, Steve Bannon can take care of himself. America, however, is vulnerable. By presenting grotesque caricatures of Steve Bannon the elite media and the left are inflicting injury on the American people and violating their own commitment to social justice.

Ignore the elite media’s imaginary hobgoblin.

Encounter for yourself the real Steve Bannon.

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2017 Session: Week 14

2017 Session: Week 14

We are in the 14th week of the 2017 Legislative Session, and Liberty Lobby LLC continues to advocate for maximum freedom at the statehouse and Legislative Office Building (LOB) testifying for pro-freedom legislation and against anti-freedom legislation.

On Tuesday April 18, Liberty Lobby LLC CEO, Darryl W Perry observed the Executive Session for the Senate Election Law & Internal Affairs Committee and testified on the following bill.

SB3 Relative to domicile for voting purposes. oppose

On Wednesday April 19, Liberty Lobby LLC CEO, Darryl W Perry testified on the following bills.

HB301 Relative to the regulation of electric grills. support

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American Spectator – What Has Gotten Into the Democrats?

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Gotten into Democrats

What Has Gotten Into the Democrats?

BY: R. EMMETT TYRRELL, JR.

In their skittishness they’re no longer giving peace a chance.

The average American is understandably perplexed as to why Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and, of course, runner up in last year’s Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders, are so lathered up over the Republicans’ recent overtures to the Russians. They are calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They want a special prosecutor to look into President Donald Trump’s relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. What has gotten into the Democrats? Why are they so bellicose toward Moscow? READ MORE

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Obamacare Repeal: The Dangers of Unrealistic Expectations

BY: DAVID CATRONIf conservatives hold out for free market health care, repeal may never happen.

Here’s a little reality check for conservatives and libertarians who fantasize about “going back” to free market medicine — we haven’t had anything resembling a free health care market since World War II and we will never have one. Why? The public doesn’t really want one. What the voters really want is cheap, accessible care — any way they can get it. READ MORE

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The Biggest News in Washington, D.C.: Deregulation

The Biggest News in Washington, D.C.: Deregulation

BY: BETSY MCCAUGHEYThe open secret to our success.

If you want to start a business, the World Bank says you’d do better to move to Canada than setting up shop here in the U.S., where mind-numbing government regulations smother entrepreneurs.

That was true, anyway, before Donald Trump became president. In his address to Congress last week, Trump announced that a “historic effort to massively reduce job-crushing regulations” is under way. In a mere six weeks, Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have rolled back 90 regulations, and they’re just getting started. READ MORE

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PeaceOptions – The Insanity of Trying to Change My World

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Apr 10, 2017 10:32 am | John Dennison

 

What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result? Well, then I must be nuttier than a fruitcake. Because I’m still here talking about peace while addressing the conditions — both inner and outer — that combine to steal it. Lately that’s had me writing and speaking…

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Do you like to watch a good fight? There’s a great one going on and I thought maybe you’d like to watch it with me. It’s called ObamaGate, and we’ve got ringside seats for a winner-take-all death match now going on for the future of our country. Once upon a time I thought I’d be…

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Mar 23, 2017 11:01 am | John Dennison

 

This is the time of changes. Where we go from here is up to us. We all know the news. Turmoil abroad. Turmoil at home. Passions run hot, and people are at each others’ throats. We can’t seem to agree on much of anything. Worse, we don’t want to listen to those who see things…

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Did you ever doubt yourself? Have you ever wondered whether you’re on the right track? Or that you were enough for the job? I have. And often still do. It’s hard, popping your own balloon and seeing yourself as you really are. Sometimes you just don’t like what you see. My new life started over…

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Disruption. One of its definitions, according to the Free Dictionary, is “to break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning.” Well, that pretty much describes Trump’s administration in a nutshell. He ran on a campaign of reversing course on policies and practices ingrained in a Beltway culture that thinks change is…

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Viva Obama (Reloaded)

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Viva Obama! A View from the English Right
By Sean Gabb
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November 2012

Note: Since I am not an American, I have no right to feel disappointed by Mr Trump’s apparent pulling off his mask to show the usual neo-conservative skull beneath. I am disappointed, even so. I therefore offer some rather old thoughts on Mr Obama. They are sharply-expressed, but may turn out to contain less wishful-thinking than anything else I have written about American affairs. SIG

 

I can understand that American conservatives and libertarians are upset at the re-election of Mr Obama as President of America. It means another four years of government by someone who wants to make their country into a third world dump. My own view, however, as an English libertarian and conservative, is that he is very good news for England.

Let me explain.

First, he openly hates England. This is something to do with an ancestor in Kenya who may have been roughly treated when he took up arms against the Queen. Whatever the case, it is a welcome change from the embrace of traditional American Anglophobes like Franklin Roosevelt and George W. Bush.

I think it is generally admitted nowadays that the idea of a Special Relationship between Britain and America is a delusion confined to the British ruling class. The true relationship is one based on longstanding American hatred of England. This hatred showed itself before about 1914 as resentment of British global hegemony. Since then, it has shown itself increasingly as patronising contempt. While Britain remained an independent power, it was American policy to destroy our naval power – the Washington Treaty of 1922, for instance. Otherwise, it was to undermine our general position in the world – for instance, the stab in the back at Suez. Once we had been broken to American control, the policy shifted to one of using our home territory as an unsinkable aircraft carrier against the Soviet Union, and the use of our armed forces as sepoys in American-led wars.

The American self-image is largely defined by Anglophobia. Americans may fear the descendants of their black slaves, or feel guilty about them. They have periodic episodes of paranoia about the Yellow Peril. But their real hatred is for England. There can be only one successor state to the British Empire as it existed in 1763. There is no room in the American mind for a continuation of the historic England as an independent and powerful entity.

Every Fourth of July brings a fresh crop of hot air about “British tyranny.” This is reinforced by the American film industry. English actors are mainly employed to play villains or buffoons. When not shown as individual psychopathic killers – Alan Rickman, Charles Dance et al – we are shown as oppressors of the Irish or the Scotch or the American colonial rebels. See films like Michael Collins, or Braveheart, or The Patriot. Otherwise, Wilfred Hyde-White and Alan Napier were allowed to make careers as plumy-voiced eunuchs. The James Bond films are tolerated so long as he and his employers are shown as junior partners in whatever crusade is uppermost in the American mind.

Actual American policy towards England has been ruthless. Enoch Powell always believed that the Americans murdered Airey Neave in 1979, when it looked as if the next Conservative Government would take effective action against the Catholic rebels in Ulster. The Americans bribed or blackmailed the Conservatives to lose the 2001 and 2005 general elections, because Tony Blair was seen as more reliably pro-American. It was nothing to them that Tony Blair was the most malevolent and destructive Prime Minister in British history. American regard for our ancient constitution was shown when they procured the 2003 extradition treaty, that allowed British citizens to be shipped off for trial in America without any of the traditional safeguards. It is also shown by current American pressure on the British Government to hold certain trials in secret.

This campaign of hatred has so far proceeded under a mask of cloying regard for a “common Anglo-Saxon heritage.” Mr Obama has ripped that mask aside. Open hatred is much easier to deal with. It disabuses everyone of the notion that there is any bond of affection between our countries. It encourages moves towards the reassertion of our national independence.

Second, Mr Obama is less likely than the grinning neocon he defeated to start a big war in the Middle East. I think this stands by itself. It is not a specifically English benefit. I have no idea how many Iraqi civilians have died since the American invasion of their country. It is certainly tens of thousands. It may be hundreds of thousands. An invasion of Iran might lead to millions of dead, and millions more wounded. Unless I have misunderstood him, Mr Obama will do all that he can to resist demands for war with Iran. His opponent, I have little doubt, would have been ordering his aeroplane bombers into action within weeks of taking office.

In general, there is something in claims that America is the Great Satan. America is certainly the New World Order. The global government that so far exists is nothing more than a cartel of national ruling classes. It has no powers of compulsion, but is a pretence through which national ruling classes insulate themselves from accountability. It has no tax gathering or military capacity. It relies largely on American contributions of money and armed strength. It is largely driven by American obsessions. Political correctness, and multiculturalism, and “women’s rights,” and “gay rights,” and the global campaigns to stop people from taking drugs and to abolish every trace of financial privacy – these are American exports. They are forced on the world by millenarian crazies, who may have lost their belief in God, but who have not lost their fatuous belief that they know how everyone else should be made to live. They are supported by amoral big business interests and millions of lunatic semi-Christians who believe that a nuclear war in the Middle East will bring about the conversion of the Jews and the return of Jesus Christ in glory. The French and Germans and Russians, and the Chinese, have no ambition beyond the pursuit of some rather narrow and predictable national interests. It is the Americans who want to remake the world in their own image, or to destroy it.

Take away America, and the New World Order becomes a fading ghost. A scaling back of the American Federal Government, and a return to isolationism, would be preferable for any number of reasons. Since this is not likely, however, we must hope that a second Obama presidency will hasten the forces of disintegration. Never mind the arguments about money and an impending bankruptcy of the Federal Government: sooner or later, continued mass-immigration will bring about a non-white majority in many states. White majority states may then break away. Five or six mutually hostile successor states will not have the same capacity for global domination as the present United States. Even if there is no break up, an electorate in which messianic white Protestants and post-Protestants are no longer the majority will eventually bring about radical changes in American foreign policy.

We need to look forward to a world of renewed diversity, in which hundreds – or perhaps thousands – of nation states and other groupings can work out their destiny in ways consistent with their moral capacity and historic circumstances. This is not possible when American-backed death squads and remote control weapons of murder can be sent anywhere at the press of a button.

But I return to England. We are oppressed by a ruling class that is effectively a committee of American satraps. The collapse of American hegemony will mean the possibility of throwing off that ruling class without having to face down overt American hostility and covert subversion.

If I were an American, I might tremble at the thought of having Mr Obama back for another four years. I freely admit that he is Tony Blair with a brown face. His plain ambition is to destroy America as it has so far existed. But I am English. And, for all he may hate us for personal reasons, he is objectively the most pro-English President in his country’s history.

Therefore, I say again: Viva Obama – and never mind his domestic policies.

 

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Chris Wallace Shows His Liberal Fangs by Robert Ringer

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Nothing personal here, but let’s get it out on the table once and for all: Chris Wallace’s problem is not that he’s a bad guy or has bad intentions. His real problem is that he’s a liberal idiot.

In an outrageous interview he did with Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Sunday, Wallace at one point said to Priebus, “Julian Assange published hundreds of thousands of classified cables and other emails and documents that very much compromised the military in Iraq and then endangered the lives of hundreds of Afghan informants helping the U.S. military. Why would the president-elect give any credibility to Julian Assange?”

Priebus, reverting to his ingrained Republican-establishment way of dancing around gotcha questions, absurd questions, and, above all, false-premise questions fumbled and stumbled in an effort to avoid giving a direct answer.

Hopefully, after Priebus has been around the King of Tweets for a while, he’ll learn to be direct, unapologetic, politically incorrect, and honest. But right now, he needs a helping hand, so, in a spirit of goodwill, I’ve decided to give him the free advice below.

The correct answer to Wallace’s question should have been: “President-elect Trump has no reason not to take seriously what Julian Assange says, given that there is not a single allegation from anyone that any of Assange’s leaks have been false. Forget about anyone proving something Assange said was false. I repeat: There has never even been an allegation that anything he has said was false.”

True to his liberal roots, what Wallace did was conflate two different issues and thus come up with a question that was based on a false premise, to wit: Because Julian Assange has illegally hacked into U.S government computers, nothing he says should be believed.

Sorry, Chris, but whether Assange’s hacking is illegal, or even immoral by some people’s standards, is irrelevant. What is relevant is that the information he makes public has always been correct.

In addition, Priebus should have pointed out that for decades U.S. intel personnel have repeatedly been caught lying, thus there is every reason to be skeptical of any information our intelligence agencies put out.

In the simplest of terms, the media fails to emphasize one important point about Assange, namely that his “crime” is that he merely makes public what he finds in government computers. That’s why the whole “Russian hacking” story is much ado about nothing. Russia, China, and the U.S., among others, have been hacking each other for decades. That the Dirty Dems are suddenly feigning shock and outrage is a real yawner. Shock and outrage, after all, is their stock in trade.

Again, the overriding point here is that what Julian Assange is guilty of is releasing the truth to the public, and if there’s one thing politicians do not want disseminated to the public, it’s truth. Allow me to close by being as politically incorrect as possible — and putting this whole story in proper perspective — by saying that even if you are of the opinion that Assange is a scoundrel, he’s still a thousand times more trustworthy than Hillary and those on the Clinton team who told lie after lie about her email crimes.

C’mon, Chris, gimme a break.

 

Original Story appears here: http://robertringer.com/tap/chris-wallace-shows-his-liberal-fangs/


Trumps Proposed Spending Cuts to Health and What They Mean

 

Trumps Proposed Spending Cuts to Health and What They Mean

Article from Gemma Perkins

During the election process President Trump was very vocal about his intention to drastically reduce government spending, particularly in health, and he has already begun to make good on these promises during the relatively short amount of time since he has help office. Health spending both for the rest of the year, and proposed spending for 2018, are set to be reduced, with the potential to leave the health industry in temporary disarray.

Cuts to Health Research

The latest news to come out of the White House is that they are planning to cut the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) budget by $1.2 billion, as part of a wider $18 billion spending reduction across all aspects of fiscal spending for the current year up to October. In 2018 the government has proposed to cut the NIH’s budget by a further $6 million. These cuts have widely been seen as an attack on science and medical progress, with the vast majority of this spending currently being invested in biomedical research that is so important in curing and treating conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released a statement that very vocally criticised the proposed cuts and the way they would affect their research, writing that the Trump administration was “throwing progress out the window.” However it is important to note that the Trump administration isn’t removing the ability of these institutes to seek independent research funding for individual donors or charitable organisations, and therefore provided there is a national will for this research to continue away from the strings of the public purse, there is no reason that it cannot continue.

Cuts to Mental Health Spending

Although many people don’t like to talk about the prevalence of mental health issues in the United States, the fact is that 18.2 percent of the adult population of the country suffer from some kind of mental health problem every year (almost one in five adult Americans). The range and severity of these mental health issues vary wildly, both in the impact they have on daily life and on the number of sufferers they have. Although many suicide attempts are unreported, conservative estimates suggest that one million Americans attempt suicide each year and anxiety and depression affects approximately 15 million Americans every year. Suicide is currently the tenth leading cause of death in the USA and the mental health issue that people are most reticent to talk about: there is a huge stigma associated with suicide in the mainstream that means that survivors of the condition are made to feel ashamed and encouraged to remain silent about suicide as a mental health concern.

The country’s annual mental health bill currently sits at an incredible  $148 billion and in order to save more money, in order to keep their promises to increase defence spending and cut taxes, Trump’s administration are proposing that federal mental health spending be cut by $100 million. Funding for the treatment of mental health issues varies wildly from state to state, with the highest spending states spending just over $300 per head in mental health funding and the lowest spending states, such as Florida, spending just $37 per head on mental health funding. In Florida this has lead to a huge lack of treatment opportunities for many impoverished individuals in need of support, and as a result Senate reinvestment for 2017 has been agreed to push an additional $58 million in funds for the renewal of mental health hospitals. This scheme is also intended to  divert nonviolent offenders with mental illness to treatment centers where they can receive the help that they need, rather than punish them with incarceration. From a fiscal point of view, this policy actually makes a lot of sense, as it is much less expensive to pay for short term mental health treatment in order to improve someone’s physical and mental wellbeing than it is to fund their incarceration for a significant period of time, making this a both morally and fiscally sensible decision. This is a great example of how much needed funding cuts can be used as an opportunity to enrich the lives of citizens, by simply rethinking how the funds that are available can be best used, and removing unnecessary spending.

 

 

 

Support HB 13: End the Slush Funds for Politicians

Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevolpment Agencie (CRA) . CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are charged with helping blighted neighborhoods. While the mission of a CRA is billed as anti-poverty measures, CRAs have been used to subsidize museums, concert halls, production studios and other pet projects of local political officials. CRAs are no longer being used for anti-poverty measures, but are now slush funds to reward political donors who fund elected official’s campaigns.

HB 13 will place tighter restrictions on CRAs and begin a phase out period for current CRAs.

Support HB 141: Free Craft Distilleries from Unnecessary Regulations

HB 141 deals with craft distilleries. A craft distillery is defined as one that is “a licensed distillery that produces 250,000 or fewer gallons per calendar year of distilled spirits on its premises.

HB 141 allows craft distilleries to get their product to more people by removing restrictions on how much distilleries can sell directly to customers. The current law says customers may purchase two bottles per brand/style per year.

The freedom to sell on-site is more profitable, and it allows for customers to try the product and share it with others outside the area.

TAKE ACTION

HB 13 and HB 141 are on Special Order Calendar for Tuesday April 25th, 2017 and could be voted on by the full House this week.

Call and e-mail your district Representative to support HB 13 to end CRA abuse and HB 141 to free Craft Distilleries from unnecessary regulations.

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FEE – Ten Greatest Hits This Week

The Failure of Public Schooling in One Chart

by Daniel J. Mitchell

Between 1950 and 2009, American public schools experienced a 96 percent increase in student population. During that time, the number of administrators and other staff increased by over seven times the increase in students. This staffing surge still exists today, but the promised benefits are nowhere to be seen.

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I Believed that Communism Would Liberate the World from Oppression. I Was Catastrophically Wrong.

by Max Eastman

Max Eastman was the US’s most erudite and principled communist, who eventually became a champion of the free market. Here is his story in his own words. “I wanted to extend that freedom to all men; I wanted to see a society without distinctions of caste, class, race, money-power—without exploitation.”

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What We Can Learn from George Orwell’s Review of Mein Kampf

by J. Andrew Zalucky

While working as a journalist during the Second World War, Orwell penned a review of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. But rather than stay at a safe, analytical distance from the subject, he reveals a truth that most bourgeois commentators would not dare even to whisper in polite company.

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Netflix Does the Birth of Modern Finance, with Drama

by Jeffrey A. Tucker

The Medici family worked to bring wealth and opportunity to everyone regardless of life station. And yet, without exception, when a plague would appear, people would blame the Medicis because, surely, this is the wrath of God against the usurers. Of course! Yes, the 15th century had its own Occupy Wall Street movement.

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Why Does the Minimum Wage Debate Never End?

by Donald J. Boudreaux

When you drop pebbles into a pool, it increases the water level in the pool. There is no furious empirical debate about this. Why then do economists furiously debate an equally central and indisputably correct tenet of their science? The laws of economics don’t change simply because powerful ideologues want them to.

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How One College Professor Learned to Love Homeschoolers

by Annie Holmquist

Professor Ali Gordon believes that the inclination for independent study among the homeschooled transfers seamlessly to the scholarly research environment.

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Moana’s Tragedy of the Commons

by Jeffrey A. Tucker

The beautiful myth that forms the plot of “Moana” was a substitute for modern economic thinking. The tribe experienced a tragedy of the commons. They needed capitalism. But the transition from common ownership to private ownership would also mean a dramatic cultural change, and there was no time for that: they needed food now.

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Bureaucratic

by Daniel J. Mitchell

Yoga classes for federal employees have cost taxpayers over $150,000. Nine of the 20 richest counties are suburbs of D.C., chock full of our bureaucratic overlords. Employees at the FCC routinely spend the equivalent of a full workday each week watching porn. Should we fire them? Of course not! According to the government, 99 percent of federal employees are really good at their jobs and almost two-thirds exceed expectations. They’re so good that only 1 in 500 will be fired in any given year.

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Abolish the EPA? Absolutely!

by Kent Lalley

Natural resources are no exception to the maxim: That government is best that governs least.

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Obamacare Is Literally Killing Us

by Hans Bader

The death rate increased 1.2% last year, and life expectancy fell in 2015 for both men and women. As ABC News notes, “A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.” The decline in health began even as the provisions of the Affordable Care Act were supposed to be providing improvements.

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Trump to continue Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

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George Orwell once wrote, “Truth is treason in an empire of lies.” This statement has become increasingly truer over the last decade with Thomas Drake, Shamai Leibowitz, Chelsea Manning, Donald Sachtleben, Stephen Kim, Jeffrey Sterling, John Kiriakou and Edward Snowden having been charged with violating the Espionage Act during the Obama Presidency.

John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer who was the first to confirm specific torture methods used by the CIA, said “You can either go through proper channels and risk prison, or you can go to the press and risk prison. Or you can just keep your mouth shut. And the powers that be are banking that you’re just going to keep your mouth shut.” To date, Kiriakou is the only government agent connected to the CIA’s use of torture to be incarcerated in connection with the CIA’s use of torture.

Of the aforementioned whistleblowers charged, and convicted, of a criminal offense Manning was given the longest sentence. Originally sentenced to 35 years in prison, Manning will be released on May 17 after serving almost 7 years behind bars – Manning was arrested May 20, 2010. And it now appears the Trump Administration is going to continue this War on Whistleblowers, with reports stating, “Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization.” The UK Independent reports, “Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of [WikiLeaks founder Julian] Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.” However those ways to move forward have not been revealed.

One of Assange’s attorneys, Barry Pollack, said officials with the Department of Justice have not discussed the status of any investigation with either him or Assange. Pollack said there was “no legitimate basis for the Department of Justice to treat WikiLeaks differently than it treats other journalists,” adding, “however frustrating it might be to whoever looks bad when information is published — WikiLeaks is a publisher, and they are publishing truthful information that is in the public’s interest.”

WikiLeaks has come under scrutiny for publishing the Vault 7 leaks, which revealed “secret cyber-tools used by the CIA to convert cellphones, televisions and other ordinary devices into implements of espionage.” WikiLeaks also published the leaked emails from the DNC during the 2016 election cycle, and thousands of diplomatic cables, leaked by Manning in 2010, revealing potential war crimes.

In the book A Clash of Kings (the 2nd book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire), Tyrion Lannister says, “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” Instead of eliminating its corruption and illegal operations, the US government wants to tear out the metaphorical tongue that has not been deterred from speaking the truth. And criminal charges against Assange, will very likely have the opposite intended affect, and may actually embolden others to reveal the secrets of those who claim to be in power.

Darryl W. Perry

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Open letter to people of Syria, other nations; five new elected Libertarians in Illinois; and more

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News from the Libertarian Party:


An open letter to the people of Syria, Iran, Iraq, and other nations

Arvin Vohra, vice chair of the
Libertarian National Committee

LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra issued an open letter on April 11 regarding the recent U.S. drone strikes on a Syrian air base:

During the last decades, many of you have come to fear and hate Americans. You have witnessed the bombing of schools, weddings, and hospitals. You have seen “targeted” drone strikes that killed far more innocent bystanders than military targets.

These actions were carried out by the U.S. government, but not with the support of the American people….

Read more here.


Illinois LP elects five new officeholders

Jasen Howard, elected Libertarian trustee
of New Lenox, Ill., and the Illinois
LP’s candidate recruitment director

Five members of the Illinois Libertarian Party (LP) were elected to office on April 4, and three more were reelected.

“With how divided our country was left after this last election, people are looking for integrity and principles.  The LP is the party of principles, and people are flocking to be a part of that,” said Jasen Howard, the candidate recruitment director for the Illinois LP, and one of the newly elected officials.

Read more here.


New and improved LPedia

The Historical Preservation Committee of the Libertarian National Committee is pleased to announce that, after hard work by several dedicated volunteers, LPedia.org is open and welcome for new account creation and use as a resource for party members.

LPedia is a collaborative wiki of the history of the Libertarian Party and will be the home to the wealth of historical documentation being digitized and preserved by the committee.  Please come, browse, and open your account.

The committee welcomes any party member to view its discussions and deliberations.

Read more here.


2017 Libertarian candidates

Listed below are races in which you can still vote for a Libertarian candidate in 2017.
Visit LP.org/2017-candidates for updates to this list.

CANDIDATE OFFICE ELECTION DATE
Montana
Mark Wicks U.S. House May 25
New Hampshire
Joseph LaChance State Senate, District 16 June 6
New Jersey
Peter Rorhman Governor Nov. 7
Karese Laguerre Lt. Governor Nov. 7
Dan Krause State Assembly, District 12 Nov. 7
Anthony Storrow State Assembly, District 12 Nov. 7
Eveline Brownstein State Assembly, District 13 Nov. 7
Amanda Ayers State Assembly, District 21 Nov. 7
Michael Brown State Assembly, District 22 Nov. 7
Ryan Manville State Assembly, District 22 Nov. 7
Damien Caillault State Assembly, District 27 Nov. 7
Jeff Hetrick State Assembly, District 27 Nov. 7
Claudio Belusic State Assembly, District 37 Nov. 7
Jason McKenna State Assembly, District 39 Nov. 7
Jim Tosone State Senate, District 39 Nov. 7
Dan Heitkamp Hunterdon County Freeholder Nov. 7
Brendon Maroney Monmouth County Freeholder Nov. 7
Tom Maciejewski Berkeley Heights Town Council Nov. 7
Hisham Hamed Manalapan Town Council Nov. 7
John Ordille Northfield City Council Nov. 7
Michael Chazukow West Milford Town Council Nov. 7
Tennesee
Jim Tomasik State House, District 95 June 15
Andrew Wilson Knoxville City Council Nov. 7
Washington
Paul Addis Kent City Council Position 2 Nov. 7
Daniel Marsh Olympia City Council Position 7 Nov. 7
James Passey Seattle City Council Position 8 Nov. 7
James Blair Yelm City Council Position 7 Nov. 7

2017 State LP Conventions

Visit LP.org/2017-state-conventions for newly announced LP state conventions and updates to those listed here.

Alabama: Feb. 25
Alaska: May 6
Arizona: Jan. 20–21
Arkansas: April 8
California: April 28–30
Colorado: March 24–26
Connecticut: March 11
Delaware: March 25
Florida: May 5–7
Georgia: March 25
Illinois: April 7–8
Indiana: May 5–7
Iowa: March 24–25
Kansas: April 22–23
Kentucky: June 23–25*
Maryland: April 29
Massachusetts: Oct. 14
Michigan: Feb. 4†
Minnesota: April 29
Mississippi: April 8
Missouri: July 22
Montana: Feb. 19
Nebraska: Oct. 20–22
Nevada: Jan. 21
New Hampshire: March 18
New Jersey: March 11
New Mexico: April 8
New York: April 29
North Carolina: Aug. 11–13
Ohio: May 5–7
Pennsylvania: April 2
South Carolina: Nov. 4
Tennessee: March 11
Utah: April 22–23
Washington: April 21–23
West Virginia: June 24
Wisconsin: April 21–23
* LP Kentucky will also hold a special convention on Aug. 5, to focus on rules and constitutional changes that are needed to alleviate time constraints for rules issues at the main convention.

 LP Michigan’s Feb. 4 event was a special convention for purpose of adopting bylaws pertaining to LPMI’s acquiring “major party” status; state convention to be scheduled for late spring.


 

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This has been one busy session

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The Liberty First Network has been tracking double the legislation that we have tracked in years past. We have also seen massive activity with the legislation that we have supported. This has caused a massive increase in calls that we are asking people to make in the 2017 legislative session.

While this is a good problem to have it still is a problem that needs solving for the 2018 session.

We have a solution.

If you sign up to call and give us your district house and district senate number we can send you alerts specifically pertaining to your State House Representative and State Senator.

This will decrease the numbers of calls that you have to make and it will make those calls more effective (constituents calls are the most effective calls)

Would you be more willing to call if you got email and text action alerts for your rep and senator?

If so then make sure you sign up with the new system (by clicking on the link below) that we will be using after the 2017 session is completed.

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Thursday: Can you make “Southeast Libertarian mixer/supper club”?

Thursday
Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group
Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:30 PM
Mimi’s Cafe
8455 Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA
We discuss current events and plans for the future and make new friends, in a convivial and welcoming setting.
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Final days of the 2017 Florida Legislative session

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UPCOMING EVENTS

We will be going over our legislative agenda and the progress we have made so far this session on a statewide conference call Monday May 1st 2017 at 7:00 PM EST http://www.floridaactionalerts.com/mayconferencecall

The Liberty First Network will have the May Lobby Day in Tallahassee on Tuesday May 2nd, at 8:00 a.m., in the Plaza Rotunda in the Florida Capitol. http://www.floridaactionalerts.com/maylobbyday

NEW E-MAIL SERVICE COMING IN MAY. SIGN UP TODAY

This session we have been tracking double the legislation that we have tracked in years past. This (along with the fact that the legislation we have picked is moving) has caused a massive increase in calls that we are asking people to make in the 2017 legislative session. While this is a good problem to have it still is a problem that needs solving for the 2018 session.

We have a solution.

Sign up on the NEW LFN Action Alerts and give us your district house and district senate number. We will send you alerts specifically pertaining to your State House Representative and State Senator. This will decrease the numbers of calls that you have to make and it will make those calls more effective (constituents calls are the most effective calls) Would you be more willing to call if you got email and text action alerts for your rep and senator?

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May 2017 Reminder: FreedomWorks, Billy and Karen Vaughn

Please Join Us for FreedomWorks on: 

(Also with Billy and Karen Vaughn on their new organization)

New Location Just this month

Tuesday, May 2 at Boca

 (Also with Kirk Wolak)

Wednesday, May 3 at Wellington

 (Also with Marion Frank on Affordable Health Care)

 for

Alan Page, Southeast Director

and

Kathy Hartkopf, Grassroots Coordinator

FreedomWorks

ASSET FORFEITURE  & OVERVIEW OF FREEDOM WORKS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.
For over a quarter century, FreedomWorks has identified, educated, and actuated citizens who are enthused about showing up to support free enterprise and constitutionally limited government. 
They are not primarily a “think-tank,” content to study the issues and publish papers and reports. FreedomWorks breaks down the barriers between the beltway insiders and grassroots America. 
FreedomWorks members know that government goes to those who show up. That’s why they give them the tools to break through the media noise and provide the same access to Washington as the big-moneyed lobbyists.  
Preserving liberty depends on all Americans having access to their elected officials-not just special interests. FreedomWorks holds Washington accountable to the citizens that put them in office. 
FreedomWorks was originally founded as Citizens for a Sound Economy in 1984. Founded to fight for liberty, they brought together some of the best and brightest minds of the liberty movement. Since then, they’ve expanded their ambitions from a free-market think tank to a service center for the grassroots freedom movement across the whole country.
Monday, May 1, 2017
County Library, Palm Beach Gardens Branch
11303 Campus Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
6:00PM Program
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:30pm
Community Center
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Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 393-7807

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Wednesday, May 3, 2016, 6:30PM
Community Center
12150 Forest Hill Boulevard
(561) 753-2484

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Activist training

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to a special conference call on
How to do Effective Outreach Through Tabling
LNC State Affiliate Development Specialist
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May 8

 

5 PM Pacific

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Andy Burns serves as State Affiliate Development Specialist for the Libertarian Party. His job is to help grow Libertarian state parties across America. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Minnesota.

 

 

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American Spectator – Campus News: Conservative student released from suspension for supporting Trump

Conservatives Punished

Suspension for Supporting Trump Lifted at California College

BY: STEVEN GREENHUT

The suspension of a conservative student is lifted three months after he defended himself and Donald Trump.

The board of trustees at an Orange County, Calif., community college district put an end to a long-simmering local dispute by ending the suspension of a student who recorded his college instructor unleashing an anti-Trump rant following the presidential election. But all is not well that ends well. The fracas sheds light on the nature of academia these day — a problem that has infected every level of the college experience. READ MORE

Witches

The Powers of Hell Take On Trump

BY: THOMAS J. CRAUGHWELLLike Democrats in general, these witches don’t know who they’re dealing with.

At midnight on Friday, February 24, witches across the United States, either individually or in covens, cast what is called “a binding spell” on the president intended to prevent him “from harming people and nature,” as Steve Annear, a reporter for the Boston Globe, described it. A small group cast their spell outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City. You can watch the witches in action on YouTube READ MORE 

France

France on the Brink

BY: SAMUEL GREGGEconomic doldrums and Islam are making sure it won’t matter who is elected President Hollande’s successor.

In April and May, French voters will head to the polls to decide who will succeed François Hollande as their President. France’s constitution invests the French presidency with even greater powers than an American president’s. But for all the power of the office, Hollande’s presidency is ending in failure. A somewhat hapless figure, he’s not even running for reelection. His approval-ratings averaged 4 percent at the end of 2016. READ MORE

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Can Donald Trump Avoid Andrew Jackson’s Trap And Create An American Economic Miracle?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/31/can-donald-trump-avoid-andrew-jacksons-trap-and-create-an-american-economic-miracle/#5aef1e6d1440

Jan 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Andrew Jackson was a populist. His charisma and rhetoric anticipated that of Donald J. Trump. Many have noted the resemblance. Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory.” Call Donald Trump “New Hickory.”

It appears that Jackson’s portrait now hangs in the Oval Office. President Trump might just, if he reads this column, consider replacing it with one of Alexander Hamilton.

Can Trump avoid the trap — a huge depression — into which Jackson naively propelled America? President Jackson’s beautifully intended populism precipitated what became the worst and longest depression in American history right up until the Great Depression.

Consider this column a cautionary tale. Not a prophecy.

>snip<Jackson cut a handsome figure. That said, his reputation is badly scarred by an economic catastrophe of his own devising. He talked a great game but the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

As noted by The National Geographic:

[A]s president, [Jackson] deliberately cast himself as the champion of the ordinary American working man against the bankers, the entrenched interests, corporations, banks, and their lobbyists and the special favors they were able to procure.

Fair summary. In his veto of the re-charter of the Second Bank of the United States (the Fed of its day) Jackson wrote, on these very themes:

Many of our rich men have not been content with equal protection and equal benefits, but have besought us to make them richer by act of Congress. By attempting to gratify their desires we have in the results of our legislation arrayed section against section, interest against interest, and man against man, in a fearful commotion which threatens to shake the foundations of our Union. ….  [W]e can at least take a stand against … any prostitution of our Government to the advancement of the few at the expense of the many…..

>snip<Jackson’s crushing of the bank and then, through his specie circular, the dollar, precipitated the worst, longest, depression in US history until the Great Depression. Wikipedia summarizes:

Profits, prices, and wages went down while unemployment went up. Pessimism abounded during the time. … Banks collapsed, businesses failed, prices declined, and thousands of workers lost their jobs. Unemployment may have been as high as 25% in some locales. The years 1837 to 1844 were, generally speaking, years of deflation in wages and prices.

President Jackson — champion of the common folk like me — caused a depression by, with the best of intentions, messing up the monetary and banking systems. This history offers an object lesson for President Trump.

Monetary policy seems to be mostly an orphan inside the Trump administration. Only Donald Trump demonstrates hints of mastery here.

This situation has led to contradictory signals with the about-to-be-inaugurated president declaring to the Wall Street Journal: “Our companies can’t compete with them now because our currency is too strong. And it’s killing us.” With the dollar recently reaching a 14-year high against the currencies of our trading partners Trump is on to something.

Trump’s treasury secretary-designate should be following Trump’s cue. Yet very soon after the president’s declaration treasury secretary-designate Steve Mnuchin told the Senate:

The strength in the currency as a result of free markets and people wanting to invest here may have had negative impacts on our ability in trade, but I agree with you, the long-term strength over long periods of time is important….

Secretary-designate Mnuchin promptly, if somewhat ambiguously, backpedaled. Per Bloomberg:

“The strength of the dollar has historically been tied to the strength of the U.S. economy and the faith that investors have in doing business in America,” Mnuchin said in a written response to a senator’s question about the implications of a hypothetical 25 percent dollar rise. “From time to time, an excessively strong dollar may have negative short-term implications on the economy.

Yikes! Mixed signals on the hair-trigger, economically crucial, dollar.

>snip<

Mnuchin, a brilliantly successful financier and a true Trump loyalist who assuredly deserves Senate confirmation, sounds out of his depth on matters of monetary policy. In this he is hardly alone. He would benefit from a tutorial by the new president.

Rather than by “free markets” the dollar’s value — as measured against foreign exchange and commodities — is determined by Fed policy to which the markets react. And, as Forbes.com editor John Tamny has pointed out, the wishes of the president as to the dollar prevail. I would add: as carried out by the Fed under cover of its largely fictitious independence.

That said the whole concept of a “strong” vs “weak” dollar reflects a badly collapsed distinction. It is a distinction that Trump, with his praise for the gold standard, seems to grasp. Mnuchin, not so much.

At base, currency, such as the dollar, is a unit of account. It makes no sense at all to think in terms of a strong or weak unit of account, such as, for illustration, the ounce or inch. It does not make sense to describe, or to push for a policy of, the dollar as “strong” or “weak.” It would make no sense to attribute America’s economic strength to a “strong” ounce or inch or to attribute a “strong” ounce or inch to a strong American economy. That’s jabberwocky.

Nor does it make sense to think about the dollar this way.

The dollar is a unit of account whose benefits to equitable prosperity derive from its rigorous, nonfluctuating, integrity of definition. It possessed such integrity under the gold standard from America’s inception until around 1968 (albeit punctuated by war). Since President Johnson ruined that in 1968 and President Nixon codified the ruins in 1973 we’ve repeatedly suffered through inflation, stagflation, stagnation and an abundance of financial panics and disasters.

Trump has put his finger on the optimal form of good policy: the gold standard. Restoring a 21st century version of that begins, simply, by enacting Jack Kemp’s Gold Standard Act of 1984. A meaningful step also can be made by removing the regulatory and tax barriers that inhibit the use of gold itself as money, a course recommended by Hayek, a Nobel Prize economics laureate. A petition, Make Money Great Again, has been launched on the Internet for just that.

Inline image 1Trump seems to intuitively grasp the power of great monetary policy.

>snip<

The prosperity-inducing power of getting monetary policy right should never be underestimated. When FDR set the gold standard back to rights with his revaluation of the dollar from $20.67 to $35, adjusting it to reflect the general rise in the post WWI price level. As Liaquat Ahamed wrote in his Pulitzer Prize winning history Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World:

But in the days after the Roosevelt decision, as the dollar fell against gold, the stock market soared by 15%.  …

Taking the dollar off gold provided the second leg to the dramatic change in sentiment… that coursed through the economy that spring. … During the following three months, wholesale prices jumped by 45 percent and stock prices doubled.  With prices rising, the real cost of borrowing money plummeted. New orders for heavy machinery soared by 100 percent, auto sales doubled, and overall industrial production shot up 50 percent.

Such is the power of monetary policy done right.  >snip<

FDR’s economic burst was not an outlier. Explosive growth brought about by the right monetary policy has been demonstrated repeatedly. Consider post-WWII Germany. Its economy was in literal, as well as figurative, shambles. Post-war Germany was in far worse shape than America now is. Currency reform, coupled with other free market measures, promptly turned Germany around.

Germany’s Ludwig Erhard effected a currency and general economic policy reform.  The results were extraordinary and immediate.

>snip<

This was called the German Economic Miracle, the Wirtschaftswunder. If Trump takes the monetary reins firmly he has the power to engineer an American Economic Miracle by properly implementing a new classical gold standard. “If the state of recovery was a surprise, its swiftness was even more so.

Conversely, bad monetary policy torpedoed not just President Jackson but (among others) Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter and tarnished the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama as pointed out here and here. The new administration’s economic eyes are focused on trade policy, tax policy, regulatory policy, infrastructure policy and immigration policy. These are necessary but not sufficient.

>snip<

President Trump, surely a deal-maker in Alexander Hamilton’s league, would do well to assemble, formally or informally, a Monetary “Team B” to push monetary policy to the fore and to instruct them to produce a blueprint to have in readiness to institute his inspired intuitions on gold.

>snip<

Great monetary policy is necessary to make America both good and great again. It is a lot easier to do than Donald Trump has been advised. We have the gold.

Trump can avoid Andrew Jackson’s colossal blunder simply by putting such a team at his fingertips and satisfying himself as to The Plan. Then let this “deal-maker in Alexander Hamilton’s league” get on with the creation of an American Economic Miracle with prosperity and justice for all.

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2017 Session: Week 13

 

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PeaceOptions – #ObamaGate: Ringside Seats for the Fight of the Century

 

 

Apr 06, 2017 10:43 pm | John Dennison

 

Do you like to watch a good fight? There’s a great one going on and I thought maybe you’d like to watch it with me. It’s called ObamaGate, and we’ve got ringside seats for a winner-take-all death match now going on for the future of our country. Once upon a time I thought I’d be…

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This is the time of changes. Where we go from here is up to us. We all know the news. Turmoil abroad. Turmoil at home. Passions run hot, and people are at each others’ throats. We can’t seem to agree on much of anything. Worse, we don’t want to listen to those who see things…

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Did you ever doubt yourself? Have you ever wondered whether you’re on the right track? Or that you were enough for the job? I have. And often still do. It’s hard, popping your own balloon and seeing yourself as you really are. Sometimes you just don’t like what you see. My new life started over…

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Disruption. One of its definitions, according to the Free Dictionary, is “to break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning.” Well, that pretty much describes Trump’s administration in a nutshell. He ran on a campaign of reversing course on policies and practices ingrained in a Beltway culture that thinks change is…

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Obamagate. You’d think an ex-president would know better than to direct the vast surveillance powers of the American government toward a private U.S. citizen, much less one that was running to replace him in the highest office in the land. But for a supposedly smart guy, this sure looks like a dumb move. Because now…

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Libertarian Parenting

 

 

Speaking as a dad I know first hand that parenting is plenty challenging and, arguably, libertarian parenting is even harder.

 

There are currently precious few resources that guide parents on the art of libertarian parenting.

 

Valerie Sarwark, wife of our national Chair, Nicholas Sarwark, and mom of three, recommends Little Dreams Come True.

 

Valerie says,

 

“As a mother of three very young children, trying to parent with the pressures of society and still maintaining a libertarian method of parenting is extremely challenging. I love Little Dreams Come True because it teaches mindfulness to both the child and the parent and gives great lessons to teach that actions have consequences–something that, in my opinion, is one of the main underlying messages that is missing in this day and age. Little Dreams Come True is a wonderful, succinct book that would be an asset to any home with children.”

 

For a limited time, and while quantities last, the Libertarian Party is offering a free copy of this book to members who joins or renews their membership through this link.

 

Whether you are a parent yourself, or want this book to pass along to a friend, you’ll find it to be a unique spin on an important topic.

 

 

 

 

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