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As a veteran and long time (since 1978) Libertarian whose brand of libertarianism was relabeled as Neolibertarian (a description I heartedly embraced) by the crew at QandO back in 2004, I believe that Sarah-Cuda just laid out why we need a strong revolt from the self-privileged, self-entitled, thieves, poltroons and con-men of the political class.

On America’s News HQ, Sarah Palin criticized both Republicans and Democrats who “caved” in to President Obama’s “wishes to legalize illegal aliens.”

Palin slammed the bill and its supporters, saying “it’s a matter of a lack of principle and respect the law.” She even called it a “betrayal” to law-abiding Americans and legal immigrants. “It doesn’t solve any of the problems that we may have with immigration.”

When it comes to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Palin said he needs to face the consequences of his actions if he did indeed violate the law. “We are still a nation that respects the rule of law, right, even though amnesty bill just sort of thwarted all that.”

via Sarah Palin: Immigration Bill Supporters 'Betrayed' Americans – YouTube.

Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory R-Opelousas explains why he recently switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. He discusses the history of the Republican Party, founded as an Abolitionist Movement in 1854. Guillory talks about how the welfare state is only a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.

via Elbert Guillory: "Why I Am a Republican" – YouTube.

This week, we explain what NOT to do when talking to people about liberty… with special guest, Libertarian Girl!

The Libertarienne Show is hosted by Cathy Reisenwitz and produced by Sean W. Malone of CitizenA Media, LLC

via How NOT to Talk to People About Liberty – YouTube.

All citizens must possess equal rights and duties.

The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. No individual shall do any work that offends against the interest of the community to the benefit of all.

Since every war imposes on the people fearful sacrifices in blood and treasure, all personal profit arising from the war must be regarded as treason to the people. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war profits.

We demand the nationalization of all trusts.

We demand profit-sharing in large industries.

We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions.

We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class,

We demand an agrarian reform in accordance with our national requirements

We stand against those who work to the injury of the common welfare.

We will make it possible for every resident to obtain higher education

The State has the duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing healthcare.

We demand the abolition of the regular (volunteer) army and the creation of a national (draft) army.

We demand that there be a legal campaign against those who propagate deliberate political lies and disseminate them through the media.

We demand freedom from all religious faiths in the state

COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD

In order to carry out this program we demand: the creation of a strong central authority in the State, the unconditional authority by the political central parliament of the whole State and all its organizations.

I usually observe Godwin’s law, but “When the shoe fits”, throw it.

These platform planks were lifted (with very minor alteration, such as substituting “healthcare” for “maternity care”) from the official platform of the National Socialist German Workers Party. (Nazi Party for those with recent educations)

Supporters of Communism, or of socialism in general, like to pretend that Nazism was not socialist but “right wing”.

It was common in those days, as it is in ours, to identify the Communists as leftist and the Nazis as rightists, as if they stood on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. But Ludwig von Mises knew differently. They both sported the same ideological pedigree of socialism. “The German and Russian systems of socialism have in common the fact that the government has full control of the means of production. It decides what shall be produced and how. It allots to each individual a share of consumer’s goods for his consumption.”
The difference between the systems, wrote Mises, is that the German pattern “maintains private ownership of the means of production and keeps the appearance of ordinary prices, wages, and markets.” But in fact the government directs production decisions, curbs entrepreneurship and the labor market, and determines wages and interest rates by central authority. “Market exchange,” says Mises, “is only a sham.”

Prager University: Do High Taxes Raise More Money? – YouTube.

Possibly the best short explanation of the Laffer Curve I’ve seen. Of course there is more to be discussed because this example focuses on the morally reprehensible “progressive” tax system wherein 47% of filers wither pay no income taxes or receive a cash bonus for filing. However, we’ll save that for another time.

Tim Groseclose, in addition to being a faculty member at Prager University, is a professor of political science and economics at UCLA. His article on this subject is here.

The Laffer Curve and New Evidence that Taxes Stifle Economic Output

Here is the link to download the Romer & Romer paper (in pdf) from theĀ UC Berkeley website:

The Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Changes: Estimates Based on a New Measure of Fiscal Shocks

Cato Institute director of health policy studies Michael F. Cannon discusses the IRS’s attempt to enforce key provisions of ObamaCare without statutory authority.

via ObamaCare Exchanges and the IRS (Michael F.Cannon at the House Oversight Committee) – YouTube.