By Ralph Benko
Jack Kemp was one of very few transformational political leaders of the 20th century. He incontrovertibly was the political prime mover in raising the world’s wealth to $100 trillion (trillion with a t). As this writer elsewhere has observed:
“According to the World Bank, the world’s GDP in 1980 was around $11 trillion. Today it is around $60 trillion. The added $50 trillion-per-year capitalizes to over $100 trillion in new wealth… even when adjusted for inflation.”
$100 trillion is a lot of money… even by Washington standards. Thanks to the work of Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.) and his tiny team, America was instrumental in bringing a billion people out of abject poverty into decent working affluence. Not incidentally, Kemp’s work created the conditions for the generation of nearly 40 million jobs, under Reagan and Clinton, in America. Abandoning the Kemp formula, America has stagnated.Kemp’s honors include the
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FOX News in conjunction with the University of Florida Gainesville, will be hosting the first 2014 Gubernatorial Debates which will include Libertarian Candidate Adrian Wyllie, to be held September 29th from 6:30 – 7:30. Also invited are Democrat Nan Rich, Former Governor Charlie Crist and Governor Rick Scott. There will be a debate party following the event. Wyllie has consistently been polling statewide in high numbers and once you hear him speak, your hooked on freedom. www.wyllieforgovernor.com
Meanwhile, Libertarian candidate for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District after receiving great news from stpetepolls.org, showing Overby with a big jump at 31%, only 16 points behind incumbent David Jolly, has now a campaign which has taken off nationally and Overby, is now considered the best candidate in the country to beat the establishment. Overby was a guest Monday on FOX news show “The Independents”. Look for Overby to win this race in a surprise as Jolly is polling less than 50% with no Democratic opposition. In the poll, 43% of Dems are likely to vote for Overby. www.lucasoverby.com
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Florida -The AFL-CIO is the recognized voice of labor in the State of Florida. It is commonly accused as a largely partisan organization. In many cases, the sheer fact of having a “D” will get a candidate the nod. Many wonder if that is how Crist (dubbed the anti-Crist by the AFL-CIO when he ran for governor as an R) now receives their 2014 endorsement. We offer our consolations to the hard work of Nan Rich and her staff.
This election season’s Attorney General’s race creates a new first for the AFL-CIO. Both of the candidates who received the endorsement will be facing off in the August Democratic primary. The fact the winning spot goes to the two Democrats bodes well for Libertarian Attorney General Candidate Bill Wohlsifer. To our staff’s knowledge Mr. Wohlsifer was the only Libertarian invited to participate. Thrilled to inform and educate AFL-CIO members from a huge range of occupations of the true advocacy and action the Libertarian party offers, Bill Wohlsifer was happy to participate and was received well throughout the halls and gatherings of the conference in Jacksonville, FL this past weekend.
“Coming in 2nd to what amounts to a nod only to a prevailing party, instead of an individual candidate’s particular beliefs, tells me my campaign platform earned an opportunity to be heard. We took that opportunity and will continue to reach out to individuals wanting freedom to practice their craft and trade.”
The AFL-CIO boasts 900,000+ members in Florida. These cover a wide variety of trades and skill sets. It is significant that a Libertarian candidate for Attorney General garnered enough attention to be invited to participate. It was an excellent opportunity to introduce Bill’s platform to an audience who may have never encountered it, much less considered it, otherwise. Simply put, this is another example of the Libertarian Party gaining traction in traditionally exclusive circles, which is why they are currently the fastest growing party in Florida.
To most people, gold is just a metal. To them, any precious metal is just a metal. Yet, when it comes to metals they seek out and hoard gold, silver and other precious metals. Often they do this with jewelry. The idea of them investing in something to make them look nice (jewelry) and still have a retained value that would make others “jealous” because that jealously stems from the value perceived of the metal. The perception is what gives gold its intrinsic value; otherwise it would in fact be “just” another piece of metal.
Gold and other precious metals like silver have played an important part in our monetary systems over the centuries. The first gold coins were struck by order of King Croesus of Lydia (what is now part of Turkey), somewhere around the year 550 BC. Countries around the world soon followed suit and gold coins became the currency until the introduction of paper money. Even then, when paper was introduced, it was still tied to the value of gold through a standard of acceptance and trading.
Countries hoard gold to this very day. In the United States we officially came off the gold standard in the early 1970’s (1971 I think?) with President Nixon. That does not stop the country from still hoarding its gold though. When times get tough and the money from the Federal Reserve becomes worthless, that gold will be used to kick start the relevance of the country again. You see, gold’s baseline is the single role it plays as a primary asset that is held without being someone else’s liability.
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Florida – The Wohlsifer for Attorney General Campaign is excited to announce the addition of Lynn House to their campaign staff. She will assume the roll of treasurer, drawing from her years of experience as the secretary of the state Libertarian party. After a short trial period, they have decided this was a mutually beneficial arrangement and she will be assuming the role immediately.
“We are extremely lucky to have the experience of the former LPF state secretary serving as our treasurer,” Bill Wohlsifer was quoted as saying. “She is an excellent addition to our staff.”
According to campaign manager, Steve Edmonds, she is joining an exceptionally talented and motivated staff. “The staff is excited to have her on board,” he was quoted as saying. “I couldn’t have asked for a better staff to work with on this campaign.”
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In response to yesterday’s Hobby Lobby ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict made the following statement:
Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark said, “Cutting the government requirement that birth control be purchased only with a prescription and making it over-the-counter would advance liberty by giving easier access to birth control for people who want it without putting their employer in the middle of their personal choices. Government doesn’t make men get prescriptions for condoms, there’s no reason it should make women get prescriptions for birth control pills.”
The Libertarian Party platform contains the following health care plank: “We favor restoring and reviving a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.”
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On Independence Day, the Libertarian Party calls on American voters to declare independence from the Republican and Democratic parties.
The Declaration of Independence says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark said, “Those words from the Declaration also hold true of political parties. The Republicans and Democrats have no interest in securing our rights — they have become ‘destructive of these ends,’ and now spend most of their time working on new ways to violate our rights. It’s time to throw them out.”
Sarwark continued, “According to recent Gallup polling, 46% of Americans now consider themselves ‘independent’ from the Democratic and Republican parties. We urge the other 54% to join them.
“The Republicans and Democrats have maintained their power partly by fostering the illusion that they are significantly different from each other. Supporters are told that if the other team gets elected, the world will end. In reality, the Republicans and Democrats are so similar that it doesn’t matter which of them are in power. George W. Bush and the Republicans grew government across the board. Barack Obama and the Democrats grew government across the board.”
Libertarian candidates show strong support among independent voters. For example, a recent Public Policy Polling poll in North Carolina showed that 19% of independent voters supported Libertarian Sean Haugh for U.S. Senate, versus 31% for the Democratic candidate and 25% for the Republican candidate.
Sarwark added, “We encourage all people who value freedom and individual rights to join the Libertarian Party.”
To read the full column, click here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2014/05/05/harry-reids-neo-mccarthyist-vilification-of-the-koch-brothers-begs-for-censure/
Ralph Benko, Contributor
Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) trafficked in the culture of allegations of the ”un-American.” He was censured by the United Senate and died disgraced.
Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is engaging in misconduct comparably shameful: “redbaiting” those with red state values. He deserves censure for such misconduct. If the Democrats will not provide it, if the Republicans regain the majority in the U.S. Senate the censuring of Harry Reid deserves to be the first order of business next year.
Leader Reid has cast himself as the point man in a campaign by the left to vilify Charles and David Koch. As recently inventoried by The Washington Free Beacon, and as noted by The Washington Post, Reid has vilified the Koch name, at last count, 134 times.
This is not a random act by Reid.
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Delegates to the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention in Columbus, Ohio, elected Nicholas Sarwark of Colorado to be the party’s new chair.
Sarwark has been active with the LP since 1999. He has served on committees of the national party, and as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland. He is currently the vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, where he played a key role in recruiting the state’s 42 Libertarian candidates for 2014, as well as supporting the passage of Colorado’s historic marijuana legalization initiative in 2012.
Sarwark’s goals include clearly positioning the Libertarian Party as the only choice for pro-freedom young people.
“Younger voters are rejecting the old political parties,” Sarwark said. “Reaching out to pro-freedom young people will make us the dominant political party in 20 years.”
Sarwark is a deputy public defender and has tried more than 30 cases before a jury and argued in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also has more than a decade of experience in computer consulting and sales. He lives with his wife and two children in Denver.
Arvin Vohra, an educator from Bethesda, Md., and leader of the national party’s social media efforts, was elected vice chair. Alicia Mattson, of Las Vegas, Nev., was elected secretary; and Tim Hagan, also of Las Vegas, was re-elected treasurer.
“The Libertarian Party is the future of America,” Sarwark said. “We’re adding registered voters while the ranks of the two old parties are shrinking. Our vote totals among 18–29-year-olds have risen sharply in the last two years, and our candidates are ready to give voters the real choice for cutting government and advancing liberty they crave.”
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