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Last week, three Republicans who are poised to play a significant role in the upcoming debate on the “green new deal”—Representative Greg Walden (OR-02) ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Fred Upton (MI-06) ranking member of the Energy Subcommittee of the Commerce Committee, and Representative John Shimkus (IL-15) ranking member of the Environment Subcommittee of the Commerce Committee penned an op-ed, “Republicans have better ideas to address climate change.” As the title suggests, the op-ed accepted the premise that the science is settled regarding the causes and dangers of climate change necessitating government action. While properly denying the Democrat’s “green new deal,” the three propose a “nonservice, free-market” approach to address climate change. Key to their approach is government subsidies for research and promotion of “clean” and “renewable” energy, as well as focusing on carbon capture. The focus on carbon capture could be a gateway to a carbon tax and/or a revised cap-and-tax system. Remember, back in 2009 many environmentalists tried to sell cap-and-tax as a “market-based” program, since it “allowed” private industries to trade carbon credits. Of course, this was all done under the control of a big government bureaucracy that attempted to manage the carbon [...]
Thu, Feb 21, 2019
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As Dr. Paul discussed in his weekly column, the House last week passed H.J.Res. 37, which directs the president to end US military involvement in the Yemen civil war. The vote was 248-177. The vote was extremely partisan, as every Democrat voted for the resolution, while all but 18 Republicans voted against it. Here is the roll-call vote. While this was a welcome development, we should not take this as a sign that the Democrat House majority is consistently anti-interventionist. After all, just two weeks ago every Democrat joined the majority of Republicans in voting to rebuke President Trump’s skepticism of the NATO alliance. So the same Democrats who want to end military involvement in Yemen also want to make sure the US remains committed to go to war to “defend” our NATO allies. I know you’re shocked that partisanship trumps (no pun intended) principles on foreign policy, but that should not distract from appreciating this significant victory. This is the first time since its passage that the House has used the War Powers Act to rebuke an unconstitutional military intervention. It is up to principled non-interventionists to use this precedent to advance the cause of a constitutional policy of peace. The way [...]
Wed, Feb 20, 2019
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Congress is out of session this week for President’s Day recess, so here’s a look at some of the key votes from last week. The big news was passage of the budget deal to avert a government shutdown. As is common with these deals, this one was rushed to the floor before members had a chance to read it. The 1200+-page deal was released last Wednesday night, then voted on in the Senate and House on Thursday. The bill overwhelmingly passed the Senate with only 16 no votes. While the majority of Democrats voted for the bill, most Democratic senators running or likely to run for president voted no— except for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Here is the House vote on the budget deal. Here is the Senate vote on the deal. As expected, the Senate also confirmed William Barr as Attorney General. Barr was supported by three Democrats—Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Rand Paul was the only Republican Senator to oppose Barr. Here is the roll-call vote on Barr. The Senate also passed S. 47, legislation renewing federally-funded land programs. Some expressed concerns over whether [...]
Wed, Feb 20, 2019
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In a fitting legacy for my friend Walter Jones, Jr. who passed away last week, the US House made history by voting in favor of H.J.Res. 37, a resolution “Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.” As George O’Neill wrote in the American Conservative magazine this week, the historic 248-177 victory for a bill demanding the end of the US participation in the nearly five year Saudi war of aggression “reflects how many hearts and minds were influenced by the late Congressman's tireless efforts.” Walter Jones did not care who controlled Congress. He was happy to join forces with any Member to end the senseless US global military empire, which sends thousands of young men and women off to patrol foreign borders, overthrow foreign governments, and needlessly put themselves at risk in missions that have nothing to do with the safety and security of the United States. US participation in the Saudi war on Yemen is a classic example of the abuse of the US military that made Walter Jones most angry. When the Saudis decided in 2015 that they wanted their puppet to be Yemen’s president, [...]
Mon, Feb 18, 2019
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Campaign for Liberty President Norm Singleton recently penned an Op-ed for The Western Journal urging President Trump to work with Congress to eliminate wasteful defense spending and stop wasting blood and bodies on a fool’s errand to “democratize” the Middle East. You can read Norm’s op-ed here and below: With the federal government’s debt at $22 trillion and rising, politicians of both major parties can no longer afford to avoid reducing wasteful spending. A serious plan to cut spending does not just mean reducing the welfare state. It also requires changing our foreign policy and cutting the waste, pork, and unnecessary expenditures in our “defense” budget — very little of which is actually spent defending the American people. According to an analysis of the 2019 federal budget, military spending accounts for more than half of the $1.2 trillion discretionary federal budget. The U.S. spends more on its armed forces than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, the UK and Japan combined. While Congress must make sure our military is able to protect the American people, that does not justify wasting trillions on a futile effort to “democratize” the world. It also does not justify turning a blind eye to wasteful spending that dulls our [...]
Fri, Feb 15, 2019
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“Every day’s a gift” was Congressman Walter Jones’ response when asked how he was doing. It was a reflection of his Christian faith, a faith that informed his politics and his life. Congressman Jones passed away this Sunday on his 76th birthday, after being placed in hospice care following a fall. His passing is a great loss to the country and to the cause of peace and liberty. Elected to Congress in 1994, he first came to national prominence as the leader of the effort to get the House of Representatives' cafeterias to rename french fries “freedom fries” to protest France’s opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. But as the war dragged on and he learned more about the falsehoods behind the war (in part by attending Ron Paul’s weekly Liberty Lunches), he came to regret supporting the war. Unlike others who casually admit the Iraq war was a mistake as they parrot war party propaganda for the next war, Congressman Jones became a fierce opponent of the military-industrial complex and the neocon propaganda apparatus that sustain it. He also became a fierce opponent of the GOP establishment, which he never forgave for misleading the country into war. Speaking out against the war party was [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019
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On February 5, the Senate passed S. 1, the bill providing aid to Israel and Jordan, imposing sanctions on Syria, and allowing states to refuse to do business with participants in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement designed to convince Israel to change its policies towards the Palestinians. The vote was 77-23. Senator Rand Paul (KY) was the only Republican to oppose the bill, and he gave a February 5 must-watch speech on the floor of the Senate  criticizing the bipartisan war party for rebuking President Trump’s efforts to withdraw U.S. Troops from Syria and Afghanistan. You can watch Senator Paul’s speech here. Here is the roll-call vote on S. 1. Senator Paul was also the only Republican to vote against cloture for the nomination of William Barr for Attorney General. Three Democrats — Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — joined every Republican except Senator Paul in supporting cloture. The vote is here. Here is Senator Paul’s statement on Barr: “I am unable to support Bill Barr’s nomination to be the next Attorney General. While I support President Trump and have supported most of his nominees, I have too many concerns about the record and views of this [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2019
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The most important vote of the week will be the Senate vote on the nomination of William Barr for Attorney General. The vote is expected later this week, so Campaign for Liberty supporters should call their Senators and tell them to oppose William Barr for Attorney General. The House will vote on H.J.Res 37, which invokes the War Powers Act to end US military involvement in the Yemen civil war. Campaign for Liberty members should call their Representatives and tell them to vote for H.J.Res 37. Congress also has until midnight Friday to pass legislation funding the majority of the federal government or else there will be another government shutdown. As of this writing, it appears there may be an agreement in principle on funding for border security between the House and Senate. The Senate will also consider S. 47, legislation reauthorizing laws, programs, and federally-funded projects related to the use and acquisitions of natural resources on federal land. Some have expressed concerns that many of the programs and projects funded are little more than federal land grabs. Of course, the only way to ensure these resources are used for the highest value is to privatize federal lands and let the market decide what [...]
Tue, Feb 12, 2019
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Last week’s bipartisan Senate vote to rebuke President Trump for his decision to remove troops from Syria and Afghanistan unfortunately tells us a lot about what is wrong with Washington, DC. While the two parties loudly bicker about minor issues, when it comes to matters like endless wars overseas they enthusiastically join together. With few exceptions, Republicans and Democrats lined up to admonish the president for even suggesting that it’s time for US troops to come home from Afghanistan and Syria. The amendment, proposed by the Senate Majority Leader and passed overwhelmingly by both parties, warns that a “precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from the on-going fight…in Syria and Afghanistan, could allow terrorists to regroup.” As one opponent of the amendment correctly pointed out, a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is hardly “precipitous” since they’ve been there for nearly 18 years! And with al-Qaeda and ISIS largely defeated in Syria a withdrawal from that country would hardly be “precipitous” after almost five years of unauthorized US military action. Senators supporting the rebuke claim that US troops cannot leave until every last ISIS fighter is killed or captured. This is obviously a false argument. Al-Qaeda and ISIS did not emerge in [...]
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
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I have some exciting news! While Campaign for Liberty continues to push for passage of Audit the Fed, there is something you can do RIGHT NOW to help end the Federal Reserve’s money monopoly! Tennessee Campaign for Liberty is working with State Representative Rick Eldridge and Senator Steve Southerland to legalize competing currencies in our state. Tennessee’s Legal Tender Act (HB 1323 / SB 978), which would recognize precious metals as money, was just introduced in the state legislature. This bill will go a long way in helping Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul put an end to the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. Not only that, but Tennessee currently burdens you with sales and other taxes if you buy precious metals. But since money itself is not taxed, it only stands to reason you should not be taxed when you trade one currency for another. The Legal Tender Act would end this unjust taxation! But I need your help to push the bill through the state House and Senate. Click here to sign your petition demanding your state legislators actively support and vote “YES” on The Legal Tender Act. Auditing the Fed is just one of several necessary steps to returning America to sound financial footing. The Legal Tender Act [...]
Thu, Feb 07, 2019
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