D4L Thoughts on Liberty – 11/12/2013

by Chuck Donovan

“Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the ease with which the many are governed by the few.” – David Hume

“The issue is always the same: the government or the market. There is no third solution.” – Ludwig von Mises

 

ANYONE ELSE NOTICE WE HAVE WOUNDED WARRIORS KILLING THEMSELVES?

REASON is one of the few “good guys” in our media.  In their recent piece, “Is Government Bureaucracy Failing Our Veterans?”|Nov. 11, 2013, they just noticed there is an alarming trend in veteran suicides.  The BBC just noticed this year also.  (BBC report from July, 2013, )  Only the Libertarians have taken a lead in this area.  In 2011 and 2012, Libertarian candidate for Vice President, Judge Jim Gray, the only veteran running for national office, made veteran suicides an campaign issue.  In 2010 during my campaign, I was asked how we should support our veterans.  As a veteran myself I have experienced being barred from further care at the Veterans Administration Hospital system.  My cancer was not quite cured and my new employer considered it a “pre-existing condition”.  I got through that, but I know what the VA Hospital system is like, and yes government bureaucracy does fail our veterans!

In 1971 the Libertarian was formed.  One of the primary motivations was an anti-war  stance.  We have been consistently anti-war since then.

In 2010 I said we could best help wounded warriors by getting less of them wounded.  Bring them all home now!

 

FROM THE GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION (GPPF, http://www.georgiapolicy.org)

GPPF publishes “Friday Facts” each week.  Here are some interesting quotes from their newsletter.

Health care – Ruling’s lesson: “The Supreme Court’s decision in the ObamaCare case to strike down the broad penalty for refusing to comply with the Medicaid expansion constitutes a significant victory for the Constitution and its Tenth Amendment. The ruling could grant states expansive new flexibility to modify or withdraw from programs without losing the funds that Congress thought it could use to cudgel the states into compliance with its endless stream of new programs. Now it is up to the states to test the boundaries of that new flexibility – and to push back everywhere that federal coercion comes attached to a dollar of federal ‘assistance.'” – Mario Loyola, “Loosening the Federal Straightjacket: How the NFIB Decision Affects Federal Funds in State Budgets,” Texas Public Policy Foundation

Taxes – No more taxes: Colorado voters rejected a tax increase that would have changed the currently flat 4.63 percent tax on all income to a 5 percent tax on the first $75,000 (an 8 percent increase) and a 5.9 percent tax on income above that (a 27 percent increase). It would have hit 95 percent of Colorado businesses. Source: Tax Foundation

 

THE CATO INSTITUTE ON HEALTHCARE

“If you want the Swedish healthcare system you are going to have to adopt the Swedish political system.”  – from Cato interview with David Goldhill, author of, “How American Health Care Killed My Father”

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTARY

Yes, YouTube has more important things than dancing cats and epic failures.  See this documentary and educate yourself, better yet de-educate yourself from the propaganda presented to you by our so-called education system.

Fiat Empire — Why the Federal Reserve Violates the U.S. Constitution

 

FOREIGNERS UNDERSTAND AMERICA COULD BE BETTER

This is excerpted from an open letter by Craig Ballantyne:

Dear America (Letter from an Admirer)”, by Craig Ballantyne

“..You’re not defined by being a donkey or an elephant. Quit labeling yourself, it means nothing.

Here’s what you really are, even if so many people around the world will only begrudgingly admit it. You are a great country full of even greater individuals that simply all want a better life. In fact, we all do, every person in every country of the world. 

But here’s the problem.

Everyday we teach our children that bullying is wrong. Don’t be mean, don’t pick on other kids, don’t tell lies or spread gossip, don’t belittle or ostracize others. But then what do the so-called leaders of America do? They bully each other and anyone that disagrees with them, which sets a terrible example.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, if left to the people of America, and not to the political parties, it wouldn’t be that way.

What real Americans do is add value, solve problems, and help one another.”

…and they do all of it without government interference.

 

Craig Ballantyne looks to be someone who is not afraid to let freedom win.

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