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March 2015

Politics

Paulonomics: Rand’s Plan For An Economic Boom

The 2016 race has begun to heat up in recent days for the Rand Paul campaign, with several key hires having been made and an April 7th announcement date scheduled to declare his candidacy for president. With over a dozen rivals expected to challenge Paul for the Republican nomination, one of his major challenges is going to be convincing the American people that he is the man with the vision to restore American greatness. Fortunately for his libertarian fans, Rand Paul has a budget plan that would cause an economic boom by utilizing core economic principles that conservatives and libertarians alike agree on. This bold vision for America would create millions of jobs by instituting the first real spending cut we have seen since World War 2 ended, a major tax cut that would leave billions of dollars in the economy, and a regulatory reform plan that would simplify the process of dealing with a treacherous federal government for American families, businesses and individuals everywhere. The budget begins with… Keep Reading

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FEC: We Do Not Have a Filing Indicating Rand Paul Is Running

UPDATE: The FEC confirmed to CNBC that this filing relates to an earlier report by a pro-Rand Super PAC, and that Rand Paul has indeed not yet filed to run for President. A spokesman for the Rand Paul campaign later affirmed this statement. ORIGINAL POST: Though Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has yet to make an official announcement of his candidacy for President, and is widely expected to do so at an event in Louisville on April 7, he has made the decision to preemptively file with the Federal Election Commission as a Republican candidate for President of the United States, according to the Washington Examiner. This early announcement could possibly be motivated by the rumors that Rand, unlike most candidates, will not go through an exploratory committee phase in 2016, therefore this early announcement could help generate attention for his likely campaign. Of the more than a dozen prospective rivals Rand will face for the Republican nomination, only Maryland neurosurgeon Ben Carson has thus far filed to run in 2016, though several are… Keep Reading

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Tompkins County GOP: “Ditch Mitch McConnell And John Boehner”

The Tompkins County GOP Executive Committee has issued a vote of no confidence in the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The resolution states that the party “Has no confidence in the “leadership” of House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and requests the respective Republican congressional caucuses to move to substitute new leaders who will vigorously contest the President’s and executive branch’s unconstitutional or overreaching executive orders and actions.” As one of the ring leaders of the resolution who debated passionately in favor of it, this author can attest to what a major victory it was to pass this resolution. This no confidence vote sends a message that is loud and clear. A message that should resonate with Republicans across the state and the country. We demand that our elected officials abide by the Constitution and the Republican Platform. This resolution was a major win for conservative activists who have been fighting hard against the GOP establishment, and I hope it… Keep Reading

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The Cuban Challenge For All Americans

If we are to open up relations with Cuba we must do so with the intent of bringing the information age to all Cubans. That means insisting the Internet be made available to all Cubans, just as it is available to the Castro elites, the Pope, and Mr. Obama who all want new formalized relations. Cuba is a museum of two profound failures: the complete failure of communism to improve the quality of life for all Cubans, despite all it stole on behalf of the poor; and the second miserable failure of the US embargo to end Castro’s anti-American  communism and his murderous regime. Yet, the primary reason for our rapprochement with the island nation just 90 miles from the Florida shore, is to protect our Gulf-area sea lanes and the New Orleans port to the Mississippi River. Our shipping of fuel, agriculture, and material commerce up the Mississippi River to Canada fuels nearly half our national GNP and job markets. The Mississippi as well as the Gulf area… Keep Reading

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Senator Menendez Loses Public Trust

New Jersey has a long history of electing politicians who don’t hold the state’s or the country’s best interest to a high standard. Unsurprisingly, Bob Menendez is the latest politician to join numerous others, such as Woodrow Wilson, Jon Corzine, Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Jim McGreevey as a politician from New Jersey who clearly puts personal interests before Constitutional oaths. As CNN first reported on March 6, the Justice Department is considering bringing federal criminal charges against Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee. It was said that Menendez used his political influence to secure government contracts with the Dominican Republic for a Florida eye surgeon who happened to donate more than $33,000 to Menendez’s political campaigns since 2004. As a constituent, I am deeply concerned that Bob Menendez would use his office to further personal gains over profoundly defending and standing up for the Constitution. Senator, I respect your Constitutional rights, and presuming you are innocent, your actions nonetheless embody the prevailing stereotype… Keep Reading

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Run Ben Run! (For Senate)

There is concern within the liberty movement over Ben Carson’s credentials in embracing liberty and promoting the Constitution. His comments about gun control and views about free speech are just a few of the main issues that put him at odds with liberty minded conservatives and libertarians. To be fair, Carson hasn’t held any elected office and is a retired neurosurgeon. He hasn’t been too influential in politics, except for recently where the movement to draft him for President secured him a fourth place finish in the 2015 CPAC straw poll. In other words, Ben Carson’s heart might be in the right place, but the political atmosphere for a person who claims to understand liberty one day but changes his views consistently, is not ripe for a Carson Presidential run. The chance to change politics, however, is right at Ben Carson’s doorstep – almost literally. This past weekend, Barbara Mikuski a five-term Senator from Maryland, announced that she will not be seeking re-election in 2016. Terry Giles, a top… Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

The Destruction Of Capitalism Is Well Underway. When Are We Going To Do Something About It?

Christiana Figueres, who heads up the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, has said: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history. “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution.” Hold that thought. Meanwhile, the big political story in Britain in the last week has been a new Cash for Access scandal which lead to the defenestration of two senior Parliamentarians: Labour’s Jack Straw and the Conservative’s Malcolm Rifkind. Both are former Foreign Secretaries. Both were caught by Channel 4’s Dispatches program offering to use their positions as politicians to benefit a fictitious Chinese firm in exchange for at least £5,000 a day. And both will now be stepping down at the… Keep Reading

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