CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY

I am glad to report that for the first time a real red light camera ban has passed out of the Texas House Transportation Committee! HB1631 by Stickland received 9 out of 13 votes in the committee to advance to the next stage and is one more step closer to getting a floor vote in the House. If we can get a floor vote HB1631 would surely pass with more than 100 of the 150 members cosponsors to the bill! Unfortunately with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake the corrupt red light camera companies are in survival mode and are throwing around a lot of money for lobbyists to keep this bill from ever getting a vote. The next hurdle will be the Calendars Committee. This important committee decides which bills come up for a vote on the floor and when. Many good bills die here. With your help I know we can get HB1631 out of the Calendars Committee and on to a floor vote! Here's how you can help. Please contact each of the Calendars Committee members below and tell them you want a floor vote on HB1631 and that they should move the bill along quickly! Emails so you [...]
Fri, Apr 19, 2019
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With the arrest of Julian Assange, this seems like a good time to revisit Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul’s official speech on wikileaks publication of the Private Manning leaks. You can read the speech here and below: LYING IS NOT PATRIOTIC  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Paul) is recognized for 5 minutes.  Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, WikiLeaks' release of classified information has generated a lot of attention worldwide in the past few weeks. The hysterical reaction makes one wonder if this is not an example of killing the messenger for the bad news.  Despite what is claimed, information so far released, though classified, has caused no known harm to any individual but it has caused plenty of embarrassment to our government. Losing a grip on our empire is not welcomed by the neoconservatives in charge.  There is now more information confirming that Saudi Arabia is a principal supporter and financier of al Qaeda, and this should set off alarm bills since we guarantee its sharia-run government. This emphasizes even more the fact that no al Qaeda existed in Iraq before 9/11, and yet we went to war against Iraq based on the lie that it did.  It has been discharged by self-proclaimed experts [...]
Thu, Apr 18, 2019
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Campaign for Liberty President Norm Singleton issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s veto of S.J.Res. 7, which directed him to end US involvement in the Yemen Civil War: “As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to end military interventions in conflicts unrelated to American interests. Not only are there no American interests in Yemen, US support for Saudi Arabia’s horrific actions in Yemen endangers America by giving the region one more reason to resent the US. It is disappointing (to say the least) to see the president once again neo-conned into supporting a foreign policy that puts the deep state first and the American Constitution and taxpayers last.  Congress must continue its efforts to end this unwise and unconstitutional intervention by adding language to this years defense appropriation bill forbidding the use of taxpayer funds for further intervention in Yemen. Campaign for Liberty’s dedicated activists stand ready to help end the war. [...]
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
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Last Monday the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released the first part of a $4.2 billion three-peat loan to Ecuador. The loan is to help Ecuador’s economic modernization program. The US Government supposedly pressured its fellow members of the IMF to approve the deal. The US Government is also negotiating a trade deal with Ecuador. What makes this particularly interesting is that the IMF released the first part of the loan just three days before the Ecuadorian government allowed British officials to enter the Ecuadorian embassy and arrest Jullian Assange. Vice President Mike Pence raised the Assange case during a visit to Ecuador last year, and Lenín Moreno, Ecuador’s President has described Assange as a “stone” in Ecuador’s shoe. So it is likely the IMF loan was a “reward” for Ecuador’s turning over Assange— and Ecuador will get further rewards in the form of new trade deals complete with more taxpayer subsidies. Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul examined the ways the IMF serves as an instrument of US foreign policy in 2025: Repeal, Don’t Reform the IMF! A responsible financial institution would not extend a new loan of between 17 and 40 billion dollars to a borrower already struggling to pay back an existing multi-billion dollar [...]
Tue, Apr 16, 2019
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Last week’s arrest of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange by the British government on a US extradition order is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on the US Constitution. It is an attack on the free press. It is an attack on free speech. It is an attack on our right to know what our government is doing with our money in our name. Julian Assange is every bit as much a political prisoner as was Cardinal Mindszenty in Hungary or Nelson Mandela in South Africa. They, and so many more, were imprisoned because they told the truth about their governments. Repressive governments do not want their citizens to know that they are up to so they insist on controlling the media. We are taught, at the same time, that we have a free press whose job it is to uncover the corruption in our system so that we can demand our political leaders make some changes or face unemployment. That, we are told, is what makes us different from the totalitarian. The arrest of Assange is a canary in a coal mine to warn us that something is very wrong with our system. What’s wrong? The US mainstream media always [...]
Mon, Apr 15, 2019
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You probably heard Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was arrested by British authorities yesterday. Mr. Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. Assange is expected to be extradited to the United States, where he will face charges for “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion,” for helping then-Private Bradley Manning create a secure password to allow Manning to hack defense department computers and download classified documents. The documents would then be transmitted to Wikileaks via a drop box. The US Government’s argument is that anytime an individual helps a whistleblower obtain classified information, or proactively acts to protect the whistleblower’s identity, they violate federal law. If the government succeeds, it will mean that journalists will be little more than passive recipients of information. This will obviously have a chilling effect on journalists’ willingness to work with whistleblowers and violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the First Amendment. Kevin Gosztola, writing for Shadowproof blog, has a good analysis of the case: The WikiLeaks website publicly solicited submissions of classified, censored, and other restricted information,” the indictment states. “Assange, who did not possess a security clearance or need to know, was not authorized to receive classified information of the United States.” Reporters [...]
Fri, Apr 12, 2019
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Ryan McMaken of the Mises Institute has a must-read essay on “One Reason the Left Wins.” McMaken’s reason for leftist success is that they never lose sight of their long-term goal, whether nationalized health care, gun control, or a green new deal. They are willing to accept small steps toward that goal, but they never take transitional steps that conflict with the ultimate goal and never do or say anything that will hurt the primary goal. In contrast, conservatives, and even many libertarians, only focus on the short-term. They obsess over what can be passed today. As a result, they rarely advocate for the long-term goal, whether ending the Fed, bringing home the troops, ending gun control, rolling back the surveillance state, or closing down the Department of Education. Instead, they limit themselves to advocating whatever minor reforms they think the political class will accept. Whenever pushed to advocate for the ultimate goal, they insist we need to be “realistic.” But they are the ones not being realistic, because unless someone advocates the ultimate goal, we will never achieve it. By limiting themselves to only advocating whatever the political class will accept at any given time, the so-called “realists” and “pragmatists” are allowing [...]
Thu, Apr 11, 2019
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Congressional leadership has pulled their spending plan because of objections from both the progressives and moderates. The moderates object to the higher spending levels without offsets while the progressives object that it increases “defense” spending more than domestic spending. So the Democratic leadership will resume negotiating over the bill. Republicans object to the Democrats spending plan because — even though it spends $664 billion on “defense” in 2020, a 2.1% increase, and $680 billion in 2022 — it does not spend enough on defense. President Trump requested $750 billion for Fiscal Year 2020, which Republicans claim is the bare minimum needed to defend the country. Of course, both parties define defending America to mean intervening around the world to spread democracy and human rights. A defense budget that actually defended America would not require spending trillions of dollars to ”police the world.” As Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul says, you cannot support an interventionist foreign policy and be a defense hawk. [...]
Wed, Apr 10, 2019
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The House is in session Monday through Wednesday.  This is a short week because the Democrats have their retreat this week. The retreat is usually earlier but was delayed because of the government shutdown. The most significant bill the House will consider this week is H.R. 2023, which increases the spending caps. As I wrote last week, under the bill, non-defense discretionary spending is set at $631 billion in 2021, a 5.7% increase, and $646 billion in 2022. The bill increases “defense” spending by 2.6%. Despite this, Republicans are saying Democrats are “underfunding” defense. Perhaps that’s because the bill limits spending on the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund (OCO) to $59 billion for defense and $9 billion for non-defense matters. The House will also consider H.R. 1644. This legislation requires the Federal Communications Commission’s to bring back “net neutrality” rules.  These rules prevent internet service providers from “discriminating” among websites. The rule would cripple innovation and the fact that none of the parade of horrible predictions when the FCC overturned the regulation came true shows it is not necessary. The House will also consider a number of suspension bills this week, including: H.R. 1331— Reauthorizes clean water programs relating to “no point source management”—which is where pollution [...]
Tue, Apr 09, 2019
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Last month marked nine years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (popularly known as Obamacare) became law. Obamacare’s proponents promised that the law would reduce costs, expand access, and allow us to keep our doctors if we liked our doctors. The reality has been quite different. Since Obamacare was enacted, individual health insurance premiums have more than doubled while small businesses have been discouraged from providing health insurance benefits. The increased costs of, and decreased access to, health care are a direct result of Obamacare’s mandates — particularly the guaranteed issue and pre-existing condition mandates. Another costly mandate forces most plans to cover “essential health benefits.” This mandate is why postmenopausal women must pay for contraceptive coverage. The increase in health insurance premiums has not helped those who like their doctors keep their doctors. Instead, patients’ choices of providers are restricted to ever-narrower networks. As leading health care scholar John C. Goodman observed, the result is that a cancer patient from my hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas who obtains insurance through Obamacare’s exchanges cannot get treatment at nearby MD Anderson, one of the country’s top cancer treatment centers. If health care were a true free market, insurance companies would compete [...]
Mon, Apr 08, 2019
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