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C4L President John Tate Condemns Actions of Alaska GOP

February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Megan Stiles

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia- Today Campaign for Liberty released the following statement from C4L President John Tate condemning the actions of the Alaska GOP which on Thursday ousted its duly elected incoming state chairman, Russ Millette. Millette was elected chairman of the Alaska Republican Party at the state convention in April.

“It is inexcusable for the Alaska GOP to oust its incoming chairman, Russ Millette, who was duly elected by hundreds of Party activists at the ARP’s state convention in April. The outgoing leadership, which is now pushing the ouster of Millette, includes the same individuals who freely violated Party rules by publically opposing a Republican nominee, encouraging activists not to attend Party events, and taking sides in contested primaries. These individuals are simply angry that Alaska Republicans have had enough of their leadership selling out to politicians who support Big Government and refuse to stand for Republican principles. Millette is a staunch defender of liberty and a committed Party activist who was duly elected by fellow Alaska Republicans. If the Alaska GOP wants to remain a viable Party and actually increase its membership, then the State Central Committee should vote to seat Russ Millette as chairman at their February 9th meeting.”

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Vikings: Sneak Peek

February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

By History.com Staff The word “Viking” has long been synonymous with brutality, terror and mystery, but these legendary warriors were much more complex than their mythical reputation suggests. HISTORY’s new series Vikings, which premieres March 3, 2013, at 10/9c reveals the extraordinary world of these Dark Age raiders, traders and explorers—not through the lens of outsiders, but through [...] …read more
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Is the Federal Reserve Insane?

February 1, 2013 in Economics

By Norm Singleton

Yes, if one believes that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. News reports indicate that, following Wednesday’s announcement that the Gross Domestic Product shrank by .01 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, the Federal Reserve plans to continue pumping money into the economy via the asset-buying program known as “Quantitative Easing.” Some reports indicate the Fed may purchase as much as $1.14 trillion in assets this year.

The Fed plans these purchases despite its balance sheet already topping $3 trillion.  Clearly, the Fed’s aggressive asset purchases have not stimulated the economy – in fact, they have weakened the economy and will likely contribute to further economic problems.

One significant portion of the Fed’s asset holdings is government debt.  However, the Treasury is not the only beneficiary of the Fed’s largess, as the Federal Reserve also buys large quantities of private-sector financial instruments, such as “mortgage-backed securities.”  Apparently, the Federal Reserve has forgotten how the government’s investment in promoting mortgage-backed securities helped cause the housing market to crash in 2007-2008.

Since much of the monetary expansion of “QE” 1, 2, 3, 4-ever, etc. is being held by banks as “excess reserves,” the inflationary effects of the Fed’s expansion have not yet been fully felt. However, once banks began circulating the new money through the economy, inflation will likely skyrocket to the point where even the government statisticians will have to notice it.

Thus the American economy, which is still suffering from high unemployment brought about by the last Federal Reserve-created recession, could experience a sudden jolt of inflation, which could result in a return of 70s-style stagflation and will certainly lead to another economic meltdown.  The next meltdown is likely to be more severe than even the 2008 meltdown, and, of course, will be used by the big spenders in DC to justify a new round of bailouts, “stimulus,” and inflation.  This is why it is vital we take the first steps toward monetary reform this year by passing Audit the Fed legislation. We must also continue fighting the big spenders in both parties for real spending cuts in all areas.

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Sen. Paul Introduces National Right to Work Act

February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul this week introduced the National Right to Work Act, S. 204, which seeks to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.

‘Every American worker deserves the right to freedom of association – and I am concerned that the 26 states that allow forced union membership and dues infringes on these workers’ rights,’ Sen. Paul said. ‘Right to work laws ensure that all Americans are given the choice to refrain from joining or paying dues to a union as a condition for employment. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans support the principles and so I have introduced a national Right to Work Act that will require all states to give their workers the freedom to choose.’

Sen. Paul’s Right to Work Act does not add a single word to existing federal law, it simply deletes forced unionism provisions in federal law.

Due to six infringing and freedom-crushing provisions in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA), there are currently 8 million working Americans who are required by law to pay union dues. These workers are not required to join a workers union but they are required to pay the dues; and if workers refuse to pay these union fees, they risk losing their jobs to Big Labor.

Below is text of Sen. Paul’s legislation:

S.204
A bill to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ”National Right-to-Work Act”.
SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS TO THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT.
(a) RIGHTS OF EMPLOYEES.-Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 157) is amended by striking ”except to” and all that follows through ”authorized in section 8(a)(3)”.
(b) UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES.-Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 158) is amended-
(1) in subsection (a)(3), by striking ”: Provided, That” and all that follows through ”retaining membership”;
(2) in subsection (b)-
(A) in paragraph (2), by striking ”or to discriminate” and all that follows through ”retaining membership”; and
(B) in paragraph (5), by striking ”covered by an agreement authorized under subsection (a)(3) of this section”; and
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Sore Losers

February 1, 2013 in Politics & Elections

By Tim Shoemaker

And the GOP purges continue, this time in the Alaska GOP.

Yesterday, after reviewing a list of trumped up “charges” against duly-elected incoming Chairman Russ Millette, the ARP Executive Committee voted to remove Millette, pending a review by the State Central Committee.

Dave Nelle of the Republican Liberty Caucus reports:

During the lame duck tenure of the outgoing State Executive Committee, party insiders raised various charges against Millette and his Vice Chair Debbie Brown, which observers categorized as “trivial” and “irrelevant,” amounting to little more than vague financial questions and accusations of not being enough of a party loyalist. No actual rule violations of any substance were raised.

A plan was put forward to hold a hearing on the charges at the installation meeting of the Executive Committee on February 1st.  Then, to the surprise of party members who described the action as “a sham” and “a witch hunt,” the hearing was moved forward a day so that the new committee members would not yet be seated or have a vote on the accusations.

Even more troubling to many party members was the notification right before the meeting that outgoing Chairman Randy Ruederich had cleaned out the party treasury of $35,000 and transferred the money to a bank in Juneau out of control of the Executive Committee, a classic “rule or ruin” tactic designed to make sure that if the new leadership takes over they will have no money to fund party operations.

This news comes not two weeks after Wisconsin C4L state coordinator Todd Welch was denied membership in his county GOP.

While Reince Priebus has recently made overtures towards the liberty movement, particularly following his reelection as RNC Chairman, it’s time for action to back up the rhetoric.

The RNC should weigh in and put an end to these sorts of shenanigans. They ought to urge the Alaska State Central Committee to do the right thing and seat the duly-elected Chair Russ Millette at their February 9th meeting, and send a notice to state parties across the country to stop the party purges and respect the will of the voters.

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