This was originally posted at my personal blog, JasonPye.com. Stephen Littau asked that I post it at The Liberty Papers. I currently work as Gov. Gary Johnson’s state director in Georgia and blog regularly at United Liberty. Last weekend, I joined several hundred Libertarian Party members at Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, [...]Continue reading Brief recap of the Libertarian National Convention
Our friends at the Cato Institute, the only think tank in DC dedicate to personal and economic liberty, have launched a new site, DownsizingGovernment.org, committed to cutting waste from the federal budget. From the press release: The research on the site also exposes that many public outlays—though vigorously defended by the politicians who created them [...]Continue reading Downsizing Government
A friend has started an organization called the 1776 Project, which he’s kicking off today “hoping to inform and educate voters by promoting the values and principles of a Constitutional government.” Here’s press release explaining the motivation: The 1776 Project stresses that our Constitution is the single most important civic document in governing our nation. [...]Continue reading 1776 Project
In response to Brad’s post below, he fails to point out that the Obama Administration and Congress, with its seemingly (though not literally) infinite wealth, pushed the stimulus bill through with the explicit purpose of creating jobs and even presented the public with a graph showing unemployment with and without (pg. 5) the passage of [...]Continue reading In defense of rhetoric…
Ramussen has a poll on the public’s perception of the Constitution: Eighty-three percent (83%) of voters nationwide rate the U.S. Constitution as good or excellent, and there is little public support for changing the document. However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% believe the Constitution doesn’t place enough restrictions on the [...]Continue reading US still likes the Constitution…sort of
Could opponents of the stimulus bill actually have been right? Take a look at the numbers of what the Obama Administration said unemployment would look like with and without the “stimulus” compared to what it is today. Don’t forget that the ridiculous claim by Obama Administration that 150,000 jobs have been created (total job losses [...]Continue reading Wasn’t the “stimulus” bill supposed to keep unemployment down?
Chrysler will not pay the $7+ billion it owes to taxpayers: Chrysler LLC will not repay U.S. taxpayers more than $7 billion in bailout money it received earlier this year and as part of its bankruptcy filing. This revelation was buried within Chrysler’s bankruptcy filings last week and confirmed by the Obama administration Tuesday. The [...]Continue reading Chrysler files for protection against taxpayers
Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute dives into the names of possible replacements for Justice David Souter: [Obama] is under great pressure to appoint a woman, and the three leading female candidates are new Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor, and Seventh Circuit Judge Diane Wood. Kagan would be an almost-certain pick [...]Continue reading Cato scholar on SCOTUS appointments
Tired of hearing about violence at the Mexico border, the false claims of firearms coming from the United States that fuel the violence and the imprisonment of citizens who are doing nothing other than trying to help patients with medical problems? If so, the Wall Street Journal has a solution to drug war blues: An [...]Continue reading WSJ dares ask the question…
Dissent is “unhealthy”: A top adviser to President Barack Obama takes a dim view of last week’s anti-tax “tea parties,” promoted by organizers in the spirit of the Boston Tea Party. “The thing that bewilders me is this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people. So I think the tea bags [...]Continue reading Dissent is not unhealthy, it’s patriotic
I’m a certified “rightwing extremist“: Make your own here.Continue reading Oh noes…
Our very own Stephen Gordon will be on The Rachel Maddow Show tonight on MSNBC at around 9:30pm or so. Make sure you tune in.Continue reading Stephen Gordon will rock MSNBC tonight
As you may already know, there will be nationwide protests on April 15th, Tax Day, to protest spending and tax hikes by the Obama Administration. These protests, referred to as Tea Parties, have taken place nearly every week since Friday, February 27th (yours truly attended the Atlanta Tea Party and was interviewed by Neil Cavuto [...]Continue reading On Tea Parties and Republican hypocrisy
Last night’s episode of 20/20 was one of the best I’ve ever seen. John Stossel took on several topics, such as taxpayer-funded bailouts, transportation, medicinal marijuana, universal pre-kindergarten and immigration. Many of the segments are based on and include footage from The Drew Carey Project from Reason TV. Stossel also interviews Drew Carey in some [...]Continue reading 20/20 and Reason: “Bailouts & Bull”
The Bush Administration weighed restrictions on the First Amendment, according to a recently released memo: In perhaps the most surprising assertion, the Oct. 23, 2001, memo suggested the president could even suspend press freedoms if he concluded it was necessary to wage the war on terror. “First Amendment speech and press rights may also be [...]Continue reading Bush Administration considered free speech restrictions?
This may be the only time that President Obama doesn’t try to undermine the sovereignty of individual states granted by the Tenth Amendment, but I’ll take it: Drug Enforcement Administration agents this week raided four medical marijuana shops in California, contrary to President Obama’s campaign promises to stop the raids. The White House said it [...]Continue reading A Tenth Amendment victory?
Welcome back to the New Deal: A stimulus package may be a lifeline for the nation’s economy, but it could be a death sentence for a lot of cows. Lawmakers are looking for ways to use the forthcoming stimulus bill to help dairy farmers, and the number one priority is to dampen milk supplies and [...]Continue reading A not so brilliant idea
Maybe, just maybe, lawmakers around the country, including here in Georgia, have overreacted with regards to internet predators: The Internet may not be such a dangerous place for children after all. A high-profile task force created by 49 state attorneys general to look into the problem of sexual solicitation of children online has concluded that [...]Continue reading Security theater and online predators
One thing I am hearing right now is that Sarah Palin is a fiscal conservative. The Club for Growth released a statement on a potential Palin VP candidacy that praises her stance on earmarks and support for opening ANWR. Fighting earmarks and opening ANWR are important, but they are only half the battle. When the [...]Continue reading Is Palin a reformer and fiscal conservative?
“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is no force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist.”- John Adams Monday is third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s [...]Continue reading Remember Kelo