CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY

This week, the Senate may consider the SECURE Act. This legislation passed the House in May. The act makes changes to rules governing tax-free retirement accounts like IRAs and 401 (K)s. The bill originally contained a provision allowing homeschooling families to use 529 tax-free savings accounts for homeschooling expenses, but speaker Nancy Pelosi removed it at the “request” of the teachers unions—who just happen to be the largest financial supporters of the Democratic party. There is an effort led by Senator Ted Cruz to add the 529 provision to the Senate version of the bill. Supporters of this effort are looking for statements from homeschooling parents explaining why allowing them to use money saved in tax-free savings accounts would benefit them. If your family would benefit from being able to use Section 529 to benefit your children, call your Senators and tell them to support Senator Cruz’s efforts to amend the SECURE act to make 529s available to homeschoolers. For more on Section 529 see here. Unfortunately, SECURE also raises taxes on Americans and increases the value of IRAs. Under current laws, an IRA can be passed down to one’s heirs. But the house-passed SECURE Act changes the law to require heirs of [...]
Tue, Jul 23, 2019
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The UK got a taste of its own medicine this week as Iran seized a British tanker, the Stena Impero, just two weeks after UK Royal Marines seized a tanker near Gibraltar carrying two million barrels of Iranian oil. As could be predicted, the US and UK media are reporting Iran’s seizure of the Stena Impero as if it were something out of the blue, pushing the war propaganda that “we” have been attacked and must retaliate. Media criticism of the UK is limited to claims that it has not put enough military into the Persian Gulf, not that it should never have seized the Iranian ship in the first place. The truth is, the UK seizure of the Iranian ship was calculated to force Iran to retaliate and thus provide the pretext the neocons need to get their war. As usual, Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton is in the thick of this operation. Bolton Tweeted that he was so surprised – but pleased – by the UK move against the Iranian tanker. However it is becoming clearer that Bolton was playing a role behind the scenes pushing London to lure Iran into making a move that might trigger the war [...]
Mon, Jul 22, 2019
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C4L staff have been pounding the pavement on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, visiting and calling offices, and mobilizing grassroots activists in targeted districts in support of Audit the Fed. In fact, we've visited 192 offices in just the past two weeks! Since our recent Audit the Fed "Banner Bomb" launched, we've already recruited over a dozen new cosponsors. I’m pleased to report Representatives John Carter (TX-31), David Schweikert, (AZ-6), Bob Latta (OH-5), Steve Stivers (OH-15), Brad Byrne (AL-1) and Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) have joined Bill Johnson (OH-6), Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-5), Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1), Denver Riggleman (VA-5), Doug LaMalfa (CA-1), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), and over 70 other members of Congress in signing on to Rep. Thomas Massie’s H.R. 24 -- my Audit the Fed bill! Two of the newest co-sponsors are Democrats which goes to show this is not an issue for just one party. Audit the Fed is an issue for all Americans!! The truth is, we are making headway against the Banksters!! But if you and I are to ultimately succeed in exposing them and put an end to the constant economic crises that the Federal Reserve System creates, I need your help. I’m counting on you to sign your Audit the [...]
Fri, Jul 19, 2019
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If it is a two-year budget agreement that raises spending -- Campaign for Liberty says NO DEAL! Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seeking to cut a budget deal with President Trump that would bust the caps imposed by the 2011 budget deal. As Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul pointed out here, the Republicans have routinely violated the caps, so making a deal to continue violating them should not be a big surprise. A deal could be reached as early as today or the end of the week. Campaign for Liberty has cosigned a coalition letter opposing a two-year deal raising the spending caps: July 12, 2019 Washington, DC As Congress and the White House work together to reach a deal on spending before the end of the Fiscal Year, conservatives urge them not to pass a spending bill that would increase spending above the budget caps, and put important pro-life policies at risk. A two-year deal that raises the spending caps will result in higher spending levels at a time when the Congressional Budget Office projects the share of the public debt to be nearly 80 percent of our Gross Domestic Product, with the budget deficit at record-breaking levels. A spending deal cut with Democrats will also [...]
Thu, Jul 18, 2019
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Yesterday, the Senate rejected, by a vote of 4-92, an amendment to the Tax Treaty with Spain offered by Senator Rand Paul that would have required requested information on tax records be individual and relevant to an ongoing investigation. This would have put in some protection of taxpayer privacy that is lacking from the current treaty. The three Senators who voted with Senator Paul are: Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Lee (UT) Dan Sullivan (AK) You can see the roll-call vote here. Yesterday, the House passed a resolution condemning the president’s tweets attacking four members of Congress. Before that, they voted to allow Speaker Pelosi to remain on the floor despite having had her words removed from the Congressional Record after she called the president racist. You can see the vote on the president here and the vote on Pelosi here. In addition to the bills mentioned yesterday, the House will also consider a resolution recommending Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross be held in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with congressional subpoenas. The House will also consider some bills under suspension of the rules, including: H.R. 2615—Authorizes $77,000,000 for new programs in the northern triangle, “to support the people of Central America and strengthen [...]
Thu, Jul 18, 2019
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The Senate will consider nominations and three tax treaties, one with Spain, one with Japan, and one with Luxembourg. Senator Rand Paul has objected to the treaties on the grounds they may threaten the confidentiality of American’s tax records. At this writing, it is unclear what actions Senator Paul will take regarding these treaties. The House is in session Monday through Thursday. The House will consider H.R. 3494, the Intelligence Authorization Act. The bill increases spending by 1.4% above the president’s request. Exact appropriation numbers are unavailable. The bill creates a “climate security advisory council” to ensure that intelligence agencies incorporate climate change concerns into their work. The bill also requires a report on domestic terrorism (wonder if they’ll ask for assistance from fusion centers). It also creates routes to incentivize development of 5G and technologies to automatically detect machine manipulated media. One provision of the bill that has raised concerns broadens the definition of “covert agent” to include an agent who has served overseas within the past five years ... so someone who spent a month overseas five years ago would now be considered a covert agent. Since it is a federal crime to reveal the identity of a [...]
Tue, Jul 16, 2019
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Recently several prominent social and populist conservatives have attacked libertarianism. These conservatives, some of whom are allies in the fight against our hyper-interventionist foreign policy, blame libertarianism for a variety of social and economic ills. The conservative attack on libertarianism — like the attack on the freedom philosophy launched by leftists — is rooted in factual, economic, and philosophical errors. Libertarianism’s right-wing critics claim libertarianism is the dominant ideology of the Republican establishment. This is an odd claim since the Republican leadership embraces anti-libertarian policies like endless wars, restrictions on civil liberties, government interference in our personal lives, and massive spending increases on welfare as well as warfare. Anti-libertarian conservatives confuse libertarianism with the authoritarian “neoliberalism” embraced by both major parties. This confusion may be why these conservatives blame libertarians for the American middle class’s eroding standard of living. Conservatives are correct to be concerned about the economic challenges facing the average American, but they are mistaken to place the blame on the free market. The American people are not suffering from an excess of free markets. They suffer from an excess of taxes, regulations, and, especially, fiat money. Therefore, populist conservatives should join libertarians in seeking to eliminate federal regulations, repeal the [...]
Mon, Jul 15, 2019
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President Trump has issued a veto threat to the National Defense Authorization Act because it only authorizes $733 billion instead of the President’s full amount of $750 billion. Of course, both bills spend too much, but the smaller amount is preferable. You can see Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams discuss the NDAA here. Here is a letter Campaign for Liberty co-signed in support of the lower spending limit: Dear Senator: As organizations representing Americans across the ideological spectrum, we are writing to urge you to ​vote “no” ​on any version of S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, that provides for Pentagon spending of ​$750 billion​. Current national defense spending is ​not driven by necessity​. Indeed, the ever-changing budget levels that emerged from the Trump administration demonstrated that politics guide the President’s budget requests. Less than eight months ago, the Pentagon and Pentagon boosters in Congress were calling for a $733 billion topline, as President Trump pushed for $700 billion. ​ The President’s formal request for $750 billion has been reported to have been an arbitrary “round number” and a “negotiating tactic" to ensure the most Pentagon spending. This level of Pentagon increase remains unacceptable and unwise — even, to [...]
Fri, Jul 12, 2019
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The House is currently working through more than 400 amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act. One of the amendments offered by Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) would forbid the Department of Justice from purchasing facial recognition technology. The use of this technology poses great dangers to privacy and liberty. The federal government is using facial recognition technology to build a database on American citizens tied to their driver’s license pictures. You can read about that here. Campaign for Liberty members should contact their Representatives and tell them to support the Jayapal amendment. Campaign for Liberty is also supporting amendments to reduce wasteful spending in the Pentagon budget. Here is a coalition letter signed by Campaign for Liberty on some of those amendments: July 10, 2019 As groups concerned with the interests of American taxpayers, we write regarding two amendments to H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization bill that should be of interest to all Members of Congress who take seriously the problem of cronyism in government contracting. We support Rep. Huffman’s amendment #42 (introduced as #447) that “amends Section 2831 to restrict any energy sourced from Russia and repeals another Section from FY19 NDAA dealing with preference for domestic sources at one specific European base.” This amendment [...]
Fri, Jul 12, 2019
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The House is in session Tuesday through Friday. They will spend most of the week on H.R. 2500, the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorizes a total of $733 billion. This consists of $655.9 billion in base funding plus $69 billion in Overseas Operation Funding plus $8.2 billion for programs outside of the jurisdiction of the House Armed Services Committee. Note that a lot of the provisions in the bill highlighted below are aimed at reversing or checking President Trump’s efforts at diplomacy. So much for the Democrats as the party of peace. The bill requires the Secretary of Defense or any commander to report to Congress on any executive orders. It also requires the President to submit an annual report regarding the legal and policy framework for any use of force. It also requires reports on discrepancies between DOD reports on number of civilian casualties and reports by non-governmental organizations. The bill also provides funds for an independent research center to examine the military’s “standards, processes, and procedures” relating to civilian casualties. The bill forbids placing any new prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and authorizes transfers for Gitmo. It also strengthens the requirement that the Pentagon conduct regular audits [...]
Fri, Jul 12, 2019
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