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The GOP Is Not Your Savior | The Libertarian Institute

Posted by M. C. on June 17, 2021

Unfortunately, the answer is that the Republicans would not have saved us, and for two reasons, one historical and the other philosophical: (1) Republicans have never saved us from the bad policies and programs of Democrats, regardless of whether they had partial or total control of the government and could have done something, and (2) Republicans are philosophically not much different from Democrats, regardless of how often and how loud they recite their conservative mantra about the Constitution, the free market, limited government, federalism, traditional values, free enterprise, a balanced budget, individual freedom, free trade, and property rights.

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/the-gop-is-not-your-savior/

by Laurence Vance

If Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) had not gotten sick and resigned his Senate seat, then the title of this article would have been “Will the Republicans Save Us?”

After serving in the Georgia state house and senate, Isakson served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2016. Although his Senate term did not expire until January 2023, in August 2019 he announced that because of his Parkinson’s disease and other health challenges, he was resigning his Senate seat effective at the end of 2019. Under Georgia law, the governor—Brian Kemp, a Republican—was allowed to make an appointment to fill the unexpired term until the next regularly scheduled statewide election (November 3, 2020). He selected Republican Kelly Loeffler, the co-owner of the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), who had never held political office. She assumed office in January 2020.

Under Georgia election law, all candidates for a special election, regardless of their political party, compete in a “jungle primary” where every name is on the November general election ballot. If no candidate in what is usually a crowded field receives more than 50 percent of the vote, then a runoff election is conducted in January. All told, there were twenty-one candidates—including a write-in candidate who received seven votes—most of whom received less than 1 percent of the vote. Loeffler finished second in the special election with 25.9 percent of the vote. That is why she was in the January 5 runoff election for the Senate seat she held at the time. But although Loeffler claimed to be the most conservative Republican in the Senate, and was considered to be the richest member of the Senate, she lost in the runoff election to the Democrat Raphael Warnock by the slim margin of 50.8 to 49.2 percent.

It is because of this special election that Georgia was the only state to hold two Senate elections in 2020. In the Senate, the 100 senators are divided into three classes with staggered terms. Thus, only one-third of the Senate seats are contested at any election, and never more than one Senate seat in a state. In the regular Senate race in Georgia, the incumbent Republican David Perdue—the cousin of former Georgia governor and Trump administration Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue—was seeking a second term. But as he received only 49.7 percent of the vote (47.9 percent went for Democrat Jon Ossoff and 2.3 percent went for Libertarian Shane Hazel), Georgia law required a runoff election between the top two candidates. But in the January 5 runoff election, Ossoff defeated Perdue by a margin of 50.4 to 49.6 percent.

Winning these two Georgia Senate seats is how the Democrats wrested control of the Senate from the Republicans, who had controlled the Senate since January 2015. Prior to the Georgia runoff election, there were 50 Republicans in the Senate and 48 Democrats (including the two independent members of the Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, who caucus with the Democrats). So now that the Senate is tied 50-50, the Democratic vice president, the former senator Kamala Harris, gets to cast the tie-breaking vote, effectively giving Democrats control of the Senate.

The Democrats

One-party control of the government is dangerous. Gridlock in the Congress helps prevent one party — whether Democrats or Republicans — from exercising unbridled power. Thus, even if one Georgia Senate seat had been won by a Republican, it could have stopped bad legislation proposed by Democrats from passing (assuming that all of the Senate Republicans voted together). But the reality is that life under Democratic rule will be especially dangerous to privacy, liberty, and property.

Now, we know that the Democratic Party for many years has been the party of liberalism, progressivism, collectivism, socialism, paternalism, statism, environmentalism, “social justice,” economic egalitarianism, organized labor, taxpayer-funded abortion, public education, climate change, affirmative action, welfare, higher taxes on the “rich,” universal single-payer health care, increased government regulation of the economy and society, increased government spending, larger and more-intrusive government, and assorted income-transfer programs and wealth-redistribution schemes. The Democratic solution to every problem, injustice, or crisis — real, imaginary, or contrived—is invariably more government, more government intervention, or more government money.

The Democratic Party is not just going to pick up where it left off at the end of the Obama administration. Democrats in Congress will stop at nothing to achieve their agenda. The Democratic Party of today is even more radical than it was twelve years ago during the first two years of Obama’s first term, which was the last time that Democrats had total control of the federal government (House, Senate, presidency).

What’s On the Table

In an episode of “The Libertarian Angle” recorded just two days after the Electoral College vote was certified, Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob Hornberger and Citadel professor Richard Ebeling examined the question of life under Democratic control and it was not a pretty picture they painted. According to Hornberger and Ebeling, we are going to see massive increases in federal spending, and the debt ceiling rendered totally irrelevant; massive foreign intervention, since Biden is essentially owned by the national-security state; increased focus on official enemies, expansion of the role of the military in American life, expansion of the welfare state, the revitalization of Obamacare, the attempt to implement a full-fledged government health-care system, and the expansion of the war on drugs (a war that Biden supported when he was vice president and Harris supported as a prosecutor); increased federal regulations, massive welfare-state socialism, a more centrally planned economy, massive debauchery of the currency, tax increases, increased anti-trust enforcement, a national increase in the minimum wage, elements of the “green new deal,” and emphasis on equality of outcomes and proportional representation of minorities in all groups; and more money creation by the Fed, increased inflation, wage and price controls to combat inflation, and a more interventionist foreign policy. They concluded that under a Biden administration, everything is on the table that could be a danger to our liberty, privacy, income, wealth, property, and freedom in the marketplace.

To this we can certainly add increased deficit spending, further increases in the national debt, unrestricted funding for Planned Parenthood, loosened restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions, increased enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, expanded gun-control laws, a federal family-leave policy, government-funded child care, increased resources devoted to fighting climate change, increased violation of privacy and civil liberties in response to the coronavirus, fewer welfare-work requirements, and increased promotion of the transgender movement.

On the basis of statements in the 2020 Democratic Party platform, the recommendations in the “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations,” and statements from Biden himself, we can also look forward to extended unemployment benefits, a $15 per hour minimum wage, and more-generous refundable tax credits that give even more Americans tax refunds of money that they never paid in; increased funding for food stamps, WIC, and school-meal programs; greater “investment” in mass transit and transportation public-works projects, “fair” trade policies and deals, expanded farm and housing subsidies, a national goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for all new buildings and vehicles, and “environmental justice”; increases in corporate tax rates, aggressive attempts to increase the supply of “affordable” housing, increased government efforts to close the racial wealth gap, increased spending on K-12 education, tuition-free college, increased federal education grants, extended student-loan payment suspension, and student-debt relief; and making Washington, D.C., the 51st state, an increased push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels, the ending of cash bail, the passing of an Equal Rights Amendment, increased condemnation of “hate speech,” the reauthorization and expansion of the Violence Against Women Act, the securing of equal pay for women, and increased funding for arts and culture.

The Republicans

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This article was originally featured at the Future of Freedom Foundation

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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Some in GOP want audit of PA election like Arizona’s

Posted by M. C. on June 5, 2021

“Pennsylvania had a free and secure election.”-Comrade Wolf

What do you suppose the reaction would be from the IRS or PA treasury looking for an audit when you said “but it was a full and complete return, this is a disgrace to democracy”?

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=37ada8bad_1345dd1

But Rep. Grove says it will not be authorized

J.D. Prose Pennsylvania State Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK – PENNSYLVANIA

In the wake of a Republican legislative delegation’s visit to watch the partisan audit of Arizona’s election results, there could be a split among GOP leaders on whether to pursue a similar audit in Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin County; state Sen. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson County; and state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin County, were in Arizona to review that state’s election audit orchestrated by Senate Republicans unhappy that former President Donald Trump lost Arizona.

President Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by 80,555 votes, according to the

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Pennsylvania Department of State. Biden won Arizona by just under 10,555 votes.

Following the Arizona trip, Mastriano, a possible governor candidate in 2022 who organized a bus trip to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, but denies participating in the U.S. Capitol insurrection, called for an audit of certain counties during an appearance on the farright One America News Network, which has continually fueled conspiracy theories about the validity of the presidential election.

“I don’t think we really have an option. We probably have to do this in a couple counties. Let the chips fall where they may,” Mastriano said.

“This is not about overturning. It’s about finding the truth.”

Will an audit happen in Pa.?

The prospects for an audit happening in Harrisburg, though, appear hazy as two GOP leaders shared their thoughts after Mastriano’s trip.

State Sen. Dave Argall, R-Schuylkill County, the chairman of the Senate State Government Committee, told PennCapital-Star.com that, “We are still reviewing the pros and cons.”

However, state Rep. Seth Grove, RYork County, was clearly opposed to one in a Twitter post on Thursday.

“The PA House of Representatives will not be authorizing any further audits on any previous election,” Grove wrote.

“We are focused on fixing our broken election law to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

Grove has led a series of hearings this year on the election and potential changes to the state’s election laws.

There is also a bipartisan special state Senate committee preparing a report on its findings after holding several election hearings.

Gov. Tom Wolf addressed the Arizona audit and a possible Pennsylvania one in a Friday morning tweet.

“What they’re calling for isn’t an ‘audit.’ It’s a taxpayer-funded disinformation campaign and a disgrace to democracy,” Wolf wrote.

“Pennsylvania had a free and secure election. That’s a fact. Pennsylvanians deserve better from their elected officials.”

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, considered the Democratic front-runner for governor, went on MSNBC to decry the Arizona audit as a “sham.”

He said it is just the latest in the GOP’s effort to sow doubt on the 2020 election results, an effort he said led to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

“This now the next chapter in that, continuing to perpetuate the big lie and then pushing forward legislation and these sham audits in various states to try and make it harder for peoples voices to count,” Shapiro told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.

“If they try and bring this nonsense, this sham audit, to Pennsylvania, they’ll have to go through me,” he said, “and every time they’ve tried to take me on when it comes to voter enfranchisement, or in their case voter disenfranchisement, they’ve lost and I’ve won and we’ve protected the people of Pennsylvania.”

J.D. Prose is a reporter with the USA TODAY Network’s Pennsylvania State Capital Bureau. He can be reached at jprose@gannett.com.

‘We probably have to do this in a couple counties. Let the chips fall where they may,” state Sen. Doug Mastriano said on the OAN Network about an Arizona-style audit of Pennsylvania’s presidential election results. DAN RAINVILLE/THE EVENING SUN

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Stand for liberty with Libertarian Sen. Laura Ebke | Libertarian Party

Posted by M. C. on December 6, 2017

They fear the voice of freedom, just like with Ron Paul in Maine.

https://www.lp.org/stand-for-liberty-with-libertarian-sen-laura-ebke/

Last week, the Nebraska GOP showed its true colors when it attacked the intelligence and the integrity of the voters of Nebraska’s Legislative District 32. In the process, it showed that the most important strategy for the old parties is to prevent discussion and deliberation instead of advancing a principled message.

In an email blast sent to voters in Nebraska’s 32nd district, the Republican politicians desperately attempted to scare people away from a family movie night. A screening of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life hosted by Libertarian state Sen. Laura Ebke was dishonestly painted by establishment politicians as an “illegal” event. Read the rest of this entry »

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