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Tax cuts, surveillance, press freedom, candidates, and more LP news!

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 29, 2017

Table of Contents:
* Tax cuts are great, but we need balanced budgets
* Congress should let FISA amendments expire
* USDOJ should stop persecuting foreign-owned press
* December issue of LP News now on website
* Pennsylvania Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate interviewed in Delaware
County Daily Times
* Illinois Libertarian gubernatorial candidates debate deficits,
pensions, gun control
* Colorado Libertarian working to ‘stop the shakedown’

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Tax cuts are great, but we need balanced budgets
[1]Government should not incur debt…

After Congress approved the new Republican-sponsored tax reform bill on
Dec. 19, President Donald Trump signed it into law on Dec. 22. The Tax Cuts
and Jobs Act of 2017 is a mixed bag that will cut taxes for some and
increase them for others, and completely ignores the federal government’s
chronic overspending.

“Tax cuts are great, but balancing our checkbook is also crucial,” said
Libertarian National Committee Chair and Phoenix, Ariz., mayoral candidate
Nicholas Sarwark. “This reform package is a mix of the good, the bad, and
the ugly.”

[2]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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Congress should let FISA amendments expire
[3]Libertarians advocate individual privacy and government transparency. We
are committed to ending government’s practice of spying on everyone.

Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act in 2008 to enable surveillance of
persons or organizations outside the United States, but in practice section
702 of the act includes sweeping warrants for the National Security Agency
(NSA) and its PRISM surveillance program to collect static information
stored in widely used online portals like Google and Facebook — no matter
whose information it is. Section 702 of FISA is set to expire on Dec. 31.

“Congress should let it expire,” said Libertarian National Committee Chair
Nicholas Sarwark. “At the very least, there should be a standalone
up-or-down vote in both houses of Congress, so Americans can know which
politicians put the illusory quest for security ahead of the Fourth
Amendment.”

[4]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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USDOJ should stop persecuting foreign-owned press
[5]We support full freedom of expression and oppose government censorship,
regulation or control of communications media and technology.

Freedom of the press should be sacrosanct in the United States, especially
considering the explicit protection for the rights to speak and publish
guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but government
officials are using the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in an effort
to silence views they don’t like.

“Freedom of speech, especially political speech, is essential to a free
society,” said Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark. “It
doesn’t matter if some of that speech is sponsored by people in other
countries. The BBC isn’t subject to U.S. government harassment because
it’s owned by the United Kingdom. France 24, Deutsche Welle, and Al Jazeera
all have a longstanding American presence despite funding by foreign
governments. The United States has its own state-sponsored foreign media
presence, the Voice of America. If people don’t like the news coverage or
commentary published by RT or any other media outlets, they should respond
with their own views and arguments rather than resorting to effective
censorship.”

[6]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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December issue of LP News now on website
[7]LP News, December 2017

The December 2017 issue of LP News has hit mailboxes and is now ready to
view on our website.

Inside, you can read coverage of Libertarian Party victories and other
notable outcomes in the 2017 election; the LP’s ambitious plan to run 2,000
candidates for public office in 2018; notable donors to our Legacy
Libertarians program and David F. Nolan memorial office; a ballot access
lawsuit in Georgia; Executive Wes Benedict’s remarks at a fair debates
rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building; the discovery and
acquisition of a priceless piece of party history; 2018 convention
registration and package info; Libertarian perspectives on federal
spending, foreign policy, the war on opioids, and the Texas church
shooting; #ProudlyLP membership card selfies; and more.

[8]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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Pennsylvania Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate interviewed in Delaware
County Daily Times
[9]Dale Kerns

Kerns is the Libertarian running for the Senate and he’s optimistic it will
go well, considering his predecessor’s success with little effort.

“Ed Clifford brought in 235,000 votes without even being a candidate who
was campaigning,” Kerns said of the 2016 Libertarian Senate candidate. “I
expect us to get far great than that because we have a great plan in place,
we have a great volunteer team and student organizations on campuses across
Pennsylvania.”

[10]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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Illinois Libertarian gubernatorial candidates debate deficits, pensions,
gun control
[11]Three Libertarian candidates for Illinois governor participate in
debate on Dec. 6, 2017

Three Libertarian Party candidates for Illinois governor participated in an
election debate held on Dec. 6 at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign.

The declared candidates, Jon Stewart, Matthew Scaro, and Kash Jackson,
addressed such issues as the state pension problem, the possibility of
Amazon coming to Chicago, government licensing, the budget deficit, health
insurance, the cost of higher education, race relations, gun control, and
agriculture.

[12]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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Colorado Libertarian working to ‘stop the shakedown’
[13]Steve Kerbel

Nik Loecher likes the police in his small town of 528. “They make us feel
safe and protected,” he said, as he leaned over the counter of his
family-owned business.

But some, like former Libertarian presidential candidate Steve Kerbel of
Colorado Springs, think about the town and its police department
differently – that it relies too much on revenue from traffic tickets and
fines – and he intends to do something about it through a ballot measure in
the 2018 election.

Kerbel’s ballot measure, however, goes far beyond just stopping small towns
from collecting fines through speed traps. The ballot measure also would
put the skids on fines collected by city, county and state governments.

[14]Read the rest and share at LP.org!

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References

1. http://www.lp.org/tax-cuts-great-need-balanced-budgets/

2. http://www.lp.org/tax-cuts-great-need-balanced-budgets/

3. http://www.lp.org/congress-let-fisa-amendments-expire/

4. http://www.lp.org/congress-let-fisa-amendments-expire/

5. http://www.lp.org/usdoj-stop-persecuting-foreign-owned-press/

6. http://www.lp.org/usdoj-stop-persecuting-foreign-owned-press/

7. http://www.lp.org/december-issue-lp-news-now-website/

8. http://www.lp.org/december-issue-lp-news-now-website/

9. http://www.lp.org/pennsylvania-libertarian-u-s-senate-candidate-interviewed-delaware-county-daily-times/

10. http://www.lp.org/pennsylvania-libertarian-u-s-senate-candidate-interviewed-delaware-county-daily-times/

11. http://www.lp.org/illinois-libertarian-gubernatorial-candidates-debate-deficits-pensions-gun-control/

12. http://www.lp.org/illinois-libertarian-gubernatorial-candidates-debate-deficits-pensions-gun-control/

13. http://www.lp.org/colorado-libertarian-work-stop-shakedown-kerbels-ballot-measure-beyond-halt-collections-fines/

14. http://www.lp.org/colorado-libertarian-work-stop-shakedown-kerbels-ballot-measure-beyond-halt-collections-fines/

15. http://lp.org/

16. http://www.facebook.com/libertarians/

17. http://twitter.com/lpnational
18. https://lpstore.org/

19. https://lpaction.org/

20. http://lpedia.org/

21. https://www.lp.org/donate/

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Is Tax Reform Libertarian? – LewRockwell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 11, 2017

Shuffling the deck without reducing taxes and employing the necessary reduction in the size of government is worthless.

The implication is there will be winners and losers.

This government we are talking about. I do not expect to come out a winner.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/12/laurence-m-vance/what-makes-tax-reform-libertarian/

And if taxation is organized theft, then, as Rothbard also says: “There can be no such thing as “fairness in taxation” since “the concept of a ‘fair tax’ is therefore every bit as absurd as that of ‘fair theft.’” And as Frank Chodorov adds: “There cannot be a good tax nor a just one; every tax rests its case on compulsion.” Read the rest of this entry »

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

Posted by Martin C. Fox 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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Victim Blame: Media Suggests Rand Paul Deserved To Be Attacked | The Daily Bell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 8, 2017

In a post Constitutional, post liberty society the individual/free(dom) thinker must be shown no mercy. His brand of disease must not be allowed to spread.

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/victim-blame-media-suggests-rand-paul-deserved-to-be-attacked/

The media has got their narrative and they are sticking to it.

It doesn’t matter that a shooter specifically targetted a Republican softball practice in June. It didn’t fit the narrative that the right is brewing hatred and violence. So most media was quiet about the Democrat Bernie supporter shooter.

Senator Rand Paul was one of the members of Congress at that softball practice in June. And now, for the second time this year, he has been literally attacked by a Democrat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Libertarian response to latest North Korean missile launch | Libertarian Party

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 31, 2017

https://www.lp.org/libertarian-response-latest-north-korean-missile-launch/

Libertarian foreign and defense policy derives from the common-sense ideas of a vigorous defense of our own country against foreign aggression, coupled with refraining from interference in the affairs of other countries, and free trade with all.

Most Democratic and Republican politicians are at the beck and call of the military/industrial/security/intelligence complex and their K Street lobbyists.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Afghanistan and NATO | Libertarian Party

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 23, 2017

There is nothing left of the dead Afghan horse to beat.

https://www.lp.org/afghanistan-and-nato/

According to Forbes: “Since [the initial] intervention in the aftermath of 9/11, roughly 2,400 American military personnel have died and more than 20,000 been wounded attempting to bring democracy to Central Asia. Some 3,500 military contractors have been killed, along with more than 1,100 allied personnel. Overall the US has poured more than $800 billion into the war. Set aside the costs of combat. The US has spent $117.3 billion on relief and ‘reconstruction,’ that is, attempting to create a functioning state in Afghanistan.”

Despite all of this sacrifice and hard work, nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a failure. No matter how sophisticated our military is and no matter how much we sacrifice, nation building is far more difficult than our politicians believed. Not only that, it may create more terrorists than it quells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rubio=Cruz=Trump=Clinton=Sanders-A Five Sided Coin

Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 8, 2016

Now is your chance to vote Libertarian. It is not as if you would be wasting your vote.

Many of the sources I read say they quit voting long ago or vote with little enthusiasm. I would think How can you do that? What about keeping out the worst of the worst out?

The answer to that question is more obvious than ever this election season. There is no difference.

Ask yourself who is going to make an effective difference. Think ending perpetual war, instituting economic sanity and restoring personal liberty.

Who among the above will does not advocate all out war in Syria and Iran? Cruz makes noises about being in a no-win situation. Trump and Sanders have disavowed Iraq and Trump thinks it OK for Russia to disinfect Syria. No one has admitted the current state of the Middle East is a result of our meddling. No one wants US to leave. No one will close bases in South Korea, UK, Germany nor any of the other hundreds of overseas bases. They all want to lick Netanyahu’s boots once elected. Who will require AIPAC to register as a foreign agent or rant against Israel’s ownership of congress? Trump wanting to work with Russia won’t help him with the unwashed low information masses. Hillary never met a war she didn’t like. Although she is the only candidate to make helicopter landing in a free fire zone with her daughter and a comedian in tow. Sorry, had to say it! Read the rest of this entry »

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Dear Matt Drudge, Forget the Tweets and Put It on The Front Page.

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 4, 2013

I admit it, I look at the Drudge Report.  I check it out to see what major thing might be going on.  The  family reunion in Bezurkistan we “Droned”, how did Putin make Washington look stupid again today, who did the biggest flip on what they said last week…that sort of thing.

That being said I don’t care when food nanny-in-chief Michelle Obama is caught buying a cheeseburger.

But low and behold Drudge is quoted on The Blaze. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rebuttal to Mr. Brian Pitzer’s letter criticizing my advocating the succession of public funding for Amtrak

Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 16, 2013

See the letter here.

Three things immediately come to mind:

-The Constitution does not allow nor did the founding fathers intend for the government to be in business.

-All of my working life I have heard from contractors it costs the government twice as much to do a project as the private sector.

-Governments with printing presses don’t worry about profit and loss statements.

Crony capitalism did not start in the 21st century. Railroads have always benefited from the largess of the government, particularly during the Lincoln administration and later. Have you ever thought how all those rights-of-way were paid for and how the owners were “persuaded” to sell?

There were numerable reasons for rail’s decline in the twentieth century. The depression (the Fed’s first major accomplishment), government regulation, railroad labor unions (Amtrak currently has to deal with a dozen or so unions), the emergence of cars and air travel, ICC’s inept rate setting and heavy government subsidy of highways and airlines. Government is a major source of its own problems.

To address Mr. Pitzer:

I am glad gasoline taxes initially paid for Eisenhower’s highway project. This must be the only government project where only the intended user fully paid for what they were using. As Mr. Pitzer commented, that is no longer the case as costs have sky rocketed. Remember, government projects cost twice as much. The Highway Trust Fund may get $53B compared to $1.4B for Amtrak but I am guessing there are more than 38 times more automobile passenger miles travelled.

The figures I see tell me the average Amtrak ticket is subsidized by $45. These are Federal subsidies we are talking about. Many states also subsidize Amtrak, PA included. These figures aren’t addressed in this discussion.

Yes, airlines are in a mess also. Where else but in a government project would you have federal, state and county government give US Air a billion dollar airport in Pittsburgh and allow US Air to walk away leaving a $62M annual mortgage? A deal crooked as a dog’s hind leg. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Roadblock to Libertarian Nirvana

Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 13, 2013

Updated below

Today EJ Dionne tells us Libertarianism will never work. Why hasn’t it blossomed?

I can understand why those that have actually taken the time to understand the concept would be less than enthusiastic.

There is that bugaboo personal responsibility.

No more government freebies.

Legalized drugs.

Privatized police.

The gold standard, no more free “government money”.

OOOH Scary!

But Mr Dionne is asking the wrong question. The real question is why, when anyone with half a brain see it is a failure, are we sticking with the current system.

Follow the money and you will find the answer.

Be seeing you

Update I

Tom Woods response to EJD

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