At this writing, it appears the Continuing Resolution will contain funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation, thus allowing the administration to continue to give taxpayer money to farmers harmed by the trade war with China. The bill is also likely to include increased Medicaid funding for U.S. territories. In addition to the bills discussed yesterday, the  House will consider several bills under suspension of the rules including: 1. H.R. 2211 – Requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to review standards for “free-standing clothing storage units” like dressers to prevent risk of tipping over, develop new testing and warning label requirements, and apply new standards to imports. 2. H.R. 3625 – Establishes a whistleblower protection program for individuals who report violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley accounting  standards. Unfortunately, the standards only apply to private companies and not the federal government. 3. H.R. 3619 – Provides the Federal Appraisal Subcommittee with authority to modify appraisal rates and maintain a registry of appraisal trainees  who can charge lower fees. The bill also creates a grant program for states to assess appraisal compliance with the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. 4. H.R. 2613 – Requires the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) to study the use [...]
Thu, Sep 19, 2019
The House is in session Tuesday through Friday. The big event of the week is a “continuing resolution” keeping the government open past September 30, which is the end of the fiscal year. Before leaving town for the August recess, Congress passed a budget deal that will raise spending by $320 billion and also suspended the debt ceiling for two years. The deal also required both parties to agree not to add “poison pills” to the appropriation bills. (Poison pills are provisions that make it impossible for a bill to pass.) The appropriation bills the house passed this summer contain plenty of poison pills, while the Senate just started working on their bills.  The odds of Congress passing all 12 appropriation bills bills before September 30 are slim, even if the process goes smoothly, so the House will need to pass a continuing resolution. The continuing resolution extends government funding until November 21 and  keeps the government operating at current levels. It also extends the Export-Import Bank, and the Higher Education Act. This CR has generated opposition from some members -- not because of what is in it but because of what is missing. The controversy stems from the trade war. The administration has created [...]
Tue, Sep 17, 2019
The recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities by Yemeni Houthi forces demonstrate once again that an aggressive foreign policy often brings unintended consequences and can result in blowback. In 2015 Saudi Arabia attacked its neighbor, Yemen, because a coup in that country ousted the Saudi-backed dictator. Four years later Yemen is in ruins, with nearly 100,000 Yemenis killed and millions more facing death by starvation. It has been rightly called the worst humanitarian catastrophe on the planet. But rich and powerful Saudi Arabia did not defeat Yemen. In fact, the Saudis last month asked the Trump Administration to help facilitate talks with the Houthis in hopes that the war, which has cost Saudi Arabia tens of billions of dollars, could finally end without Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman losing too much face. Washington admitted earlier this month that those talks had begun. The surprise Houthi attack on Saturday disrupted half of Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas production and shocked Washington. Predictably, however, the neocons are using the attack to call for war with Iran! Sen. Lindsay Graham, one of the few people in Washington who makes John Bolton look like a dove, Tweeted yesterday that, “It is now time for the US [...]
Mon, Sep 16, 2019
Shortly before adjourning for the August recess, the Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill authorizing spending on transportation and  infrastructure. The $287 billion bill creates new programs for climate change. These programs could cost as much as $10 billion. Among the climate measures are grants for infrastructure projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reward state and local governments that have taken action to reduce emissions. The bill also provides funding for electric car stations. The fact that Republicans on the Committee unanimously supported this bill is the latest sign that the GOP is moving toward embracing the “green” agenda, complete with cap-and-tax or some other form of tax. Since this transportation bill needs to be “paid for,” we could see an effort to attach a cap-and-tax scheme to it when it comes to the Senate floor. There may also be an attempt to increase the gas tax. Here is a letter Campaign for Liberty co-signed earlier this year opposing an increase in the gas tax: Dear Members of Congress: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of American individuals, families, and business owners they represent, we urge you to focus on comprehensive reforms to prioritize, streamline and [...]
Sat, Sep 14, 2019
Campaign for Liberty has co-signed a letter to President Trump urging him to oppose any appropriations bill that allows the government to develop a “unique patient identifier.” Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul had blocked funding for the medical ID for years, and the House continued to ban funding for the ID after Dr. Paul left office. However, earlier this year, the House voted to reinstate the ban, thus allowing the government to begin working on a unique medical identifier. You can see the vote to repeal the ban on funding for the unique medical ID here. You can read more about the dangers of a medical ID here. You can read the text of the letter to President Trump here. [...]
Thu, Sep 12, 2019
On September 11, 2001, everything changed. As we look back over the eighteen years that have passed since the horrific terrorist attacks, there’s simply no denying it. Things that were practically unthinkable before have become our new reality. Unconstitutional domestic spying schemes.  Secret “terrorist” watch lists.  Endless foreign wars.  TSA grope-downs and naked body scanners.  Security screenings just to watch a baseball game with your kids.  The militarization of local law enforcement.  The growing realization that members of Congress from BOTH parties want to watch our every move. Now, our national media is constantly trying to redefine the definition of a so-called “domestic terrorist” to include virtually anyone to the right of Elizabeth Warren. Under the last president, even supporters of my 2008 presidential campaign were flagged as potential “threats” by a Department of Homeland Security Fusion Center as they fretted about the rise of “right-wing extremism.” Intelligence agencies were turned inward to examine the American people.  And 15 years later, they were used to carry out an espionage campaign against the opposition party’s presidential candidate and staff, just as I warned would ultimately be the case. The Deep State has grown so large and unwieldly, these Washington, D.C. “Swamp Creatures” have spent the last two years trying to oust [...]
Wed, Sep 11, 2019
They’re back! Congress returns from its “August district work period” this week. The most significant event of the week is today’s Judiciary Committee mark-up of H.R. 1236 which gives federal grants to States to encourage  them to adopt “red flag” laws, which take away second amendment rights without due process. The Committee will also mark-up H.R. 2708 which strips second amendment rights from anyone convicted of a misdemeanor or hate crimes. Hate crimes adds extra punishment for crimes motivated by hate thus criminalizing thoughts not actions. The Committee will also consider H.R. 1186, which bans magazines that hold more than ten rounds. The House is in session Monday through Thursday. The most interesting bill is a suspension bill, H.R. 281. This bill requires the Federal Reserve to consider race and gender when interviewing candidates for Federal Reserve Governor. Other suspension bills include: H.R. 3620—Provides financial assistance to low-income tenants of ritual housing projects and requires the Department of Agriculture to develop a plan to preserve low-income rural housing. H.R. 1760—Authorizes the Office of Nuclear Energy to develop and deploy low-enriched uranium and recoup the federal government’s costs in developing and deploying the uranium. It’s also anti-drilling week in the House as they consider the following bills related to energy [...]
Tue, Sep 10, 2019
Former Federal Reserve official Bill Dudley’s recent op-ed calling for the Federal Reserve to implement policies that will damage President Trump’s reelection campaign states that such action would be unprecedented. Dudley claims the Federal Reserve bases its policies solely on an objective evaluation of economic conditions. This is an example of a so-called noble lie — a fiction told by elites to the masses supposedly for the people’s own good, but really designed to maintain popular support for policies that benefit the elites. Dudley’s noble lie is designed to bolster a rapidly (and deservedly) eroding trust in the Federal Reserve. The truth is the Federal Reserve has always been influenced by, and has always tried to influence, politics. President George H.W. Bush and other members of his administration blamed his 1992 defeat on then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s refusal to reduce interest rates. Greenspan was more cooperative with Bush’s successor, Bill Clinton. Lloyd Bentsen, Clinton’s first Treasury secretary, wrote in his autobiography that the Clinton administration and the Federal Reserve had a “gentleman’s agreement” regarding support for each other’s policies. Greenspan also boosted President George W. Bush’s “ownership society” agenda by lowering interest rates after 9-11 and the collapse of the [...]
Mon, Sep 09, 2019
Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul recently took to the pages of Real Clear Politics to criticize the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of e-cigarettes. Dr. Paul points out the FDA’s actions are in contradiction to the Trump administration’s generally admirable deregulatory agenda. You can read Dr. Paul’s op-ed here and below: FDA Is Outlier in Trump's Deregulation Administration President Trump has presided over undeniably successful deregulation efforts across the executive branch.  At his re-election campaign announcement in Orlando, he touted his record on “the growing economy, the tax cuts, and deregulation.” Right up there with the economy and tax cuts, the president holds deregulation as one of his top priorities and successes. And it’s easy to see why. After Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017, which repealed the Obamacare individual mandate, the administration expanded the hardship exemption provision, saving people millions of dollars in 2018. Ajit Pai, appointed by President Trump to lead the Federal Communications Commission, successfully repealed net neutrality last year. Despite doomsday predictions by some that this would mean the end of the Internet as we know it, news broke recently that the average Internet speed in the U.S. increased 28% in the past year. Just last month, [...]
Thu, Sep 05, 2019
The US Constitution never granted the federal government authority to create a central bank. The Founders, having lived through hyperinflation themselves, understood that government should never have a printing press at its disposal. But from the very beginning of America’s founding, the desire for a crony central bank was strong. In fact, two attempts were made at creating a permanent central bank in America prior to the creation of the Fed. Fortunately, the charter for The First Bank was allowed to expire in 1811, and President Andrew Jackson closed down the Second Bank in 1833. But, unfortunately, a third attempt was successful and the Federal Reserve was unconstitutionally created by Congress in 1913. Americans have been living under a corrupt and immoral monetary system ever since. The Federal Reserve is the printing press that has financed the creation of the largest government to ever exist. Endless welfare and endless military spending are both made possible by the Federal Reserve. The Fed can just print the money for whatever the US establishment wants, so those of us who long for a Constitutional and limited government have few tools at our disposal. Despite all the propaganda claiming “independence,” the Fed has always been a deeply [...]
Mon, Sep 02, 2019


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