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Sarah Palin: competent? libertarian?

In Humor, Iraq War, John McCain, Media, Republican, Sarah Palin, Second Amendment, Terrorism, War on September 29, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Let’s get the libertarian thing out of the way.

The answer is no

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Lisa Nova presents a couple of humorous portrayals, giving different views of Palin’s competence level.

In Clip #1, Palin is portrayed as very competent (and ruthless).

In this one…not so much

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Trillion dollar ripoff is dead…for now

In Congress, Economics, Libertarian, Personal Responsibility, Politics, Republican, Taxation, Terrorism, Torture, US Government on September 29, 2008 at 7:26 pm

The House version of the Congressional wall street bankers bailout ripoff is dead. Conservative Republicans united with liberal Democrats in a narrow victory against the muddled middle, but the fight is not over.

Terra Eclipse has united a diverse group of interests, including MoveOn, Downsize DC, True Majority, Campaign for Liberty, United Liberty, FreedomWorks and the National Taxpayers Union to oppose and track no votes in the Senate and possible future votes in the House.

pdsa reports at IPR:

Republicans blamed Pelosi’s scathing speech near the close of the debate — which attacked Bush’s economic policies and a “right-wing ideology of anything goes, no supervision, no discipline, no regulation” of financial markets — for the vote’s failure.

“We could have gotten there today had it not been for the partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House,” Minority Leader John Boehner said. Pelosi’s words, the Ohio Republican said, “poisoned our conference, caused a number of members that we thought we could get, to go south.”

Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the whip, estimated that Pelosi’s speech changed the minds of a dozen Republicans who might otherwise have supported the plan.

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Stunning defeat for economy bailout; stocks plunge“, Associated Press, September 29, 2008

Libertarian Party of Louisiana chair explains factors that led to missing the deadline to put Bob Barr on the ballot

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics on September 29, 2008 at 11:39 am

In a comment at Ballot Access News, the chair of the Libertarian Party of Louisiana explains why they missed the deadline to put Bob Barr on the ballot. Louisiana has one of the easiest ballot access requirements among all states, with no need to get signatures from voters – just a slate of electors to put the Presidential candidate on the ballot. There is an organized and active Libertarian Party in Louisiana, which is officially recognized as a political party by the state (unlike in some other states).

The Barr campaign’s attempt to complete the required paperwork got caught up in the confusion in the final week for regular filing, with both the electors needed to sign off on the papers as well as the Secretary of State’s office subject to evacuation due to Hurricane Gustav. Several smaller parties (including the Socialist and Reform Parties) also had the same problem. Several other parties and candidates avoided the problem by filing well ahead of the deadline.

The Libertarian and Socialist parties submitted their paperwork and sued the state, and the Libertarians (but not the Socialists) were initially granted injunctive relief by the court and placed on the ballot. However, an appeals court later reversed that ruling. The case is currently being appealed to the US Supreme Court.

Adrien Monteleone’s explanation of why the Libertarian Party was not among those that filed well ahead of the deadline:

We wanted to file these papers on the first day. However, the Barr campaign took it upon itself, without contacting the state party or the La SoS, to file and pay themselves. They did so incorrectly. The process of receiving the incorrect paperwork back from the SoS, forwarding to the Barr campaign for proper form of payment, and then getting it back in return took till the Wednesday before the Storm hit. It was on Thursday we were informed by the SoS that we in fact, as a recognized party, DID NOT need the payment. Had the SoS office been knowledgeable about the fact that we are to file in the same manner as the Dems and Reps from day one, we would have filed our paperwork on the first day.

Combine the Barr campaign’s lack of communication with the state party, the ignorance of the Secretary of State’s office of their own laws, and the hurricane closing the offices on the last day of filing (not to mention scattering some electors) and you see why we missed the Sept 2nd deadline.

Had we had even just the correct info from the SoS, the rest would have been irrelevant. The case required us to prove there was an action by the SoS which prevented us from filing – the combination of improper information of the requirements, as well as closing the offices on the last day (and lack of communication from them on re-opening) is what prevented the LPL from filing timely. Hence why we were granted the injunction.

In another comment on the same post, Richard Winger points out that

The Fifth Circuit opinion itself says the Dems & Reps didn’t file til Sep. 5. And, indeed, the Reps couldn’t have filed on Sep. 2, since they didn’t nominate for either pres or v-p until Sep. 3.

Reason Foundation Wrong on Texas Toll Roads

In Libertarian on September 29, 2008 at 12:27 am

The Austin American Statesman recently posted an article announcing an award from the so-called “Libertarian” Reason Foundation for Texas Governor Rick Perry, calling him an “innovator in action” for his toll road programs.

The public-private toll roads in Texas grant monopoly pricing rights to the private operators.  Non-compete clauses prohibit construction of competing roads by other private or governmental agencies.  These are not roads constructed in a free market environment, but the use of the terms “toll” and “private” have duped a lot of well-intentioned people into thinking these toll roads are a good deal.  In fact, toll roads are one of the most expensive ways to add capacity to our transportation system.

Imagine if the City of Austin comes up with a so-called plan to privatize the water system.  They give all of the water plants, piping distribution, water meters, etc., to a private company (I’ll call it Austin Water Lords), outlaw competition, and sell the plan to the public by calling it “privatization.”  Austin Water Lords can then charge monopoly pricing rates to consumers.  I’m sure my water bill would instantly quadruple.  Jacking up prices would reduce demand.  Similarly, jacking up prices on blog postings would cut back on bandwidth usage.

Texas Governor, Rick Perry, recently supported a $3 billion Texas cancer bond and mandatory immunization of teenage girls for the HPV virus.  He was re-elected Governor in 2006 with just 39% of the vote.  He’s no friend of freedom and Texans smell his corruption.

I haven’t provided many references to facts here.  However, there’s tons about this all over the internet and in the mainstream press.  We got a big problem in America with people misusing the term “privatize” to grow government.

I’m convinced some very bad people have infiltrated the Reason Foundation and are heavily abusing the term “libertarian” and “privatize” to grow the size and scope of government and corruption.

Carbon taxes?  How about oxygen taxes?

The Reason Foundation is way messed (it’s Sunday) up!