Bizarrely, Barr’s latest post-campaign fundraising missive rails against the federal bailout(s) before ending with a… request for a bailout for his campaign! I think it’s irresponsible for a Libertarian candidate to end a campaign in debt, with a possible exception for a campaign that seems to be within a hairsbreadth of being won – and in such a case I have enough faith in the market to think that Libertarian ‘investors’ would be flocking to buy in at the end. I remember poor Gary Nolan was still asking for money for months – maybe as long as a year – after his failed nomination bid in ’04, but at least he was a frontrunner in that race and had some good rationale for overextending himself.
I’d like our presidential candidates to leave us at the end of the election looking forward, not backward. Barr should be pitching ballot access fundraising and outreach fundraising, and instead he’s still offering the same tired anti-Obama rants and begging us to ball him out.
To be fair, though – at least Barr is not asking for the money to be stolen on his behalf. I just thought it was an interesting piece of irony. I also find his (admittedly mild) crowing about the victory of Chambliss to be in poor taste. If this kind of language keeps up, people just might start thinking of the LP as a wing of the Republican Party. Crap, I’ve probably invoked Dondero with those words.
Here’s the letter in full:
With Senator Saxby Chambliss’ victory in the Georgia US Senate runoff election the Obama administration will not have a guaranteed 60 votes in the US Senate to prevent full consideration and debate of issues.
Of course, just lacking 60 Democratic votes in the Senate is no guarantee that the Republicans will stand up to the Obama administration on issues that are of importance to you and me.
For instance the Bush-Obama-McCain Bailouts (BOMB) are an example where a rush to spend our tax dollars was poorly thought out and even more poorly implemented. Where they will stop no one knows.
As the auto industry stands in line with their hands out for your hard earned tax dollars and the states and cities start lining up for federal help to continue their irresponsible spending, the end is nowhere in sight.
We have other issues that are also going to go unheard if we do not organize and become a vocal advocate, like privacy issues. Remember that then Senator Obama voted for the expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) when it came up this past summer including retroactive immunity provisions.
The Bush administration used the mantra of Terrorism to undermine our Bill of Rights. Will the Obama administration use the mantra of Economic Emergency (“They’re too big to allow to fail!”) to continue eroding not only our civil rights but to confiscate our income?
Where is the money going to come from for all these ‘bailouts’ and ‘stimulus packages’?
Two months ago there was a suggestion circulating in Washington for the Federal Government to takeover all private 401k type retirement accounts and fold them into the failed Social Security system. That terrible idea died – at least for now – but might it be resurrected? Again, the question is, where is the money for all these bailouts, stimulus packages, and guarantees, going to come from?
On May 12th when I announced my candidacy for president our national debt was $9.366 trillion. Today, less than 7 months later, our national debt is $10.681 trillion. Can’t you just see Washington politicians salivating over getting control of your private retirement account?
There is a lot of work ahead of us to insure a voice of reason is heard during the policy debates that are looming. But before I can fully engage in these matters, I have to pay off the remaining expenses of the campaign.
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