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NM Senator Introduces Memorial Requesting A Study On Taxing And Regulating Marijuana

February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Jay Smoker New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino Introduces Memorial Requesting a Study of the Budgetary Implications of Taxing and Regulating Marijuana in New Mexico DPA: The Safe Regulation of Marijuana Would Undermine Criminal Enterprises on Both Sides of the Border, While Boosting New Mexico’s Economy and Protecting Our Public’s Safety Today, New Mexico State Senator [Continue Reading]

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Audit the Fed Gains Steam!

February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Tim Shoemaker

Thanks to an impressive level of grassroots advocacy from C4L members nationwide, Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed continues to pick up cosponsors in both the House and Senate.

The House bill, H.R. 24, currently has 117 cosponsors, while the Senate bill, S. 209, picked up three since its introduction this week, including a high-profile cosponsor – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – bringing the Senate version to 21 cosponsors.

Campaign for Liberty President John Tate said, “The tireless efforts of our members is paying dividends. After 4 years of countless phone calls, letters, emails, and faxes, Congressional leadership is realizing what the American people already know: The time to Audit the Fed is now!” He continued, “While Audit the Fed is a bipartisan issue, we’re happy to have the Senate Minority Leader and Whip cosponsoring this legislation in the Senate.”

Despite Senator Harry Reid claiming as recently as 2010 that he supports Audit the Fed, he has thus far refused to bring the issue to the floor for a vote.

Let’s keep the momentum going! Place a call and email your representative and senators urging them to cosponsor H.R. 24 and S. 209, respectively.

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New CBO report good for political posturing, useless for understanding economic malaise

February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

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By John Watts

This week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report projecting budgetary and economic trends for the next ten years.

The CBO does not officially represent either the Democratic or Republican factions of the ruling coalition in Washington, and thus is considered “non-partisan.” However, by its very nature as a federal agency within the legislative branch, it is biased in that it represents the interest of the central government – whose interests rarely, if ever, align with the interests of the American people.

This bias is also an inherent feature of the mainstream economic methodology employed in the CBO analysis. The report gives a lot of attention to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) – which is a virtually meaningless concept despite the fashionable use of the concocted metric to analyze the health of the economy at a particular point in time.

Pseudo-scientific CBO reports have the effect of promoting what F.A. Hayek termed the “fatal conceit” – that is the belief that planners are capable of ministering to the economy.

The report basically takes current law and boldly attempts to forecast future economic conditions based on an interpretation of the effects of current budgetary measures, spending and debt levels, and tax rates.

The CBO makes a lot of ill-founded assumptions rooted in orthodox, non-Austrian, economic thinking. The result is each faction in Washington gets an official, scientific-looking set of charts and graphs and technical language they can use to further convince themselves of their own correctness.

For example, the left has found that the report confirms their irrational belief that “austerity” will hold back economic growth. Another leftist outlet has taken one paragraph in the report to make the frivolous claim that deficit-reduction has hurt the economy.

The idea that sequestration somehow constitutes “austerity” is patently absurd. The mandated “cuts” are in fact mostly mere reductions in future spending. Likewise, the assertion that reducing the federal deficit could impede economic growth is hokum. The government-  any government – can only reallocate wealth to particular individuals or sectors of the economy. It cannot make everybody more prosperous, which the idea of “growing the economy” would seem to imply.

The utter refusal to make genuine cuts in spending now means that future tax increases will be necessary. That will be on top of the massive tax increases and inflation requisite to service the never-before-in-history colossal debt the government has already accumulated.

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ID Brings Racial Equality Discussions to DC, New York

February 8, 2013 in SCIENCE

By kdelmonico

Henry Schleiff, Kerry Kennedy and Keith Beauchamp

On Tuesday, Investigation Discovery debuted documentary film, ID Films: March to Justice, reflecting on our nation’s ongoing pursuit of racial equality. The event, held at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., also featured a panel discussion following the film’s premiere, with Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and daughter of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, John Seigenthaler, First Amendment Center founder and former administrative assistant to Robert F. Kennedy and Carolyn McKinstry, witness to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, AL in 1963.

Award-winning filmmaker Keith Beauchamp will host another ID event next week, this time in New York on Tuesday, February 12 at the Paley Center. The event will feature highlights of Beauchamp’s upcoming The Injustice Files: Hood of Suspicion, an in-depth look at racial-profiling practices still occurring today, brought to national attention in 2008 with the shooting of Robbie Tolan in Texas and, more recently, by the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Beauchamp will also be joined by Henry Schleiff, President & General Manager of Investigation Discovery, Kerry Kennedy, John Seigenthaler, Carolyn McKinstry, and Robbie Tolan for a panel discussion. For more information or to attend the Paley Center event, click here.

The Newseum, Washington, D.C.

Carolyn McKinstry, Birmingham Bombing Survivor

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Sen. Rand Paul: Trust but verify on immigration reform

February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

I am in favor of immigration reform. I am also wary of reforms granted now for a promise of border security later. In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed a deal that made just such a promise, yet we are still waiting for the border security that never came. Conservatives are also still waiting for the promised three dollars in spending cuts for every dollar in tax hikes. Fool me once … So, it is understandable conservatives should insist that any immigration reform incorporate the principle of trust but verify.
In that vein, I approach these efforts in good faith. I will advance both immigration reform and verifiable border security. Under my plan for comprehensive reform the US would begin with prioritizing Visas for immigrants with advanced degrees, the so-called STEM Visas and an immediate expansion of the work Visa program. These reforms would happen immediately.
But, as a matter of both national security and immigration policy, it is absolutely essential that we both secure our border and modernize our visa system so we know who comes and who goes on travel, student and other temporary visas. And it is vital all other reforms be conditioned on this goal being met.
Border Security, including drones, satellite, and physical barriers, vigilant deportation of criminals and increased patrols would begin immediately and be assessed at the end of one year by an investigator general from the General Accountability Office. Most importantly, and in contrast with any other plan out there, my plan will insist that report be presented to Congress for a vote. If, and only if Congress agreed that border security was progressing, then more reforms would ensue. If we can’t secure our border, and if we cannot prove we can modernize our system of issuing and tracking visas, we cannot take on the task of adding more people to our system.
After ensuring border security, then I would normalize the status of the 11 million undocumented citizens so they can join the workforce and pay taxes. I would normalize them at a rate of about 2 million per year. I would start with Dream Act kids, children brought here illegally as minors. Normalization would get them a temporary Visa …read more
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Virginia takes first step toward sound money

February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Norm Singleton

This week, the Virginia House of Delegates passed Delegate Bob Marshall’s HJ 590. This legislation authorizes a study of the feasibility of Virginia adopting a “metallic-based” “currency” to protect the citizens of the Old Dominion in the event of a collapse of the US Dollar. The legislation still has to pass the Virginia State Senate. Virginia supporters of sound money should call their state senator and urge their support for HJ 590.

State-issued, metallic-backed currency would be a good first step toward restoring monetary freedom. However, the ultimate goal should be to restore the right of the individual to issue privately created currencies. Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul championed this cause during his years in the Congress, and fortunately, Representative Paul Broun has picked up where Dr. Paul left off by reintroducing Ron Paul’s Free Competition in Currency Act, H.R. 77. In addition, Paul Broun is the House sponsor of Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed bill, the Senate version of which was introduced this week by Senator Rand Paul.

Find the names and phone numbers of Virginia Senators here.

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“Assassin in Chief?”

February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Tim Shoemaker

That’s the question two top constitutional attorneys, Herb Titus and William Olson, ask after reviewing the Obama administration’s “whitewash of a ‘white paper’.”

Exercising a power that no prior president ever thought he possessed — a power that no prior president is known to have exercised — President Obama admitted that he ordered the execution of American citizens, not on a battlefield, based on his belief that they were involved in terrorist activities.  It is known that at least three U.S. citizens, including a 16-year old boy, were killed on the president’s order in drone strikes in Yemen in 2011.

The administration has stonewalled previous attempts to learn more about the targeted killings of American citizens. Nearly two years later, public attention is finally turned towards President Obama’s “kill list” as the Senate confirmation hearings begin on John Brennan to head up the CIA.

Now we can see why the Department of Justice has been so reluctant to share the basis for its legal analysis.  It is deeply flawed — based on a perverse view of the Fifth Amendment Due Process Clause.  Additionally, the white paper completely ignores the procedural protections expressly provided in the Constitution’s Third Article — those specifically designed to prohibit the president from serving as prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner.

Titus and Olson outline the white paper’s three “requirements” the administration deems sufficient “due process” to order a targeted killing of an American citizen. They point out, there is no reason to presume these drone attacks won’t eventually be carried out on American soil.

According to the white paper, there are only three requirements to order a killing.  First, “an informed high-level official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States.”  Second, capture is “infeasible.”  And third, the ” operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with the applicable law of war principles.”  Indeed, from the white paper, it is not clear why killings of U.S. citizens on American soil would be judged by a different standard.

Read the rest at The American Thinker.

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Sequestration Is Nothing to Fear

February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

On March 1, we are told, the world will end. That’s the date on which the spending sequester goes into effect, after being postponed for two months as part of the fiscal-cliff deal. But Cato scholar Christopher A. Preble argues that the Pentagon cuts currently under consideration are small relative to its gargantuan budget. “The United States will maintain a substantial margin of military superiority over any conceivable combination of rivals even if it spends far less than it does today,” says Preble. “And cuts in military spending should pay dividends for the economy over the long run.”

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Why The Fed Makes Matters Worse

February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Monty Pelerin For those who don't understand the damage being done by the Federal Reserve, Jerry O'Driscoll provides a short Austrian description why. Mr. O'Driscoll penned this in response to a piece written by John Taylorin the WSJ. Easy Money, SlowGrowth January 29, 2013 by Jerry O’Driscoll In today’sWall Street Journal,John Taylor explains why the U.S. recovery …read more
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Pick A Number, Any Number

February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Monty Pelerin GDP is a bad measure of an economy's health for a host of reasons. It is also a measure that is easily manipulated by the government employees who put it together. As an example of just one way it can easily be influenced, one can take a look at how nominal GDP is converted to …read more
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