Archive for March, 2008

Libertarian George Phillies Would End H-1 B Visa Quotas

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Ending the limits on high tech workers, by removing the quota on the number of H-1 B visas, would be an added benefit to the American economy and add needed high skilled workers to the American labor force. This is a good policy recommendation by Libertarian Presidential candidate George Phillies.

From George Phillies press release:

“In a high-tech world, America needs the best talent that money can buy,” said Libertarian Presidential candidate George Phillies. “A half century ago, during what was called the ‘brain drain,’ Europe’s best and brightest moved to America. This meant that our industries and universities benefited enormously from foreign excellence. Now more than ever, America should be open to highly skilled foreign visitors. The H1-B program brings people with extraordinary skills to America. They share those skills with Americans. Quotas barring potential H1-B entrants instead keep those skills abroad, putting American companies at a disadvantage compared with our foreign competitors. Some American companies are forced to open foreign branches, in order to employ the foreigners they cannot bring to America. We should end the H1-B quota system.”

“The H1-B program requires visa holders to return to their native lands within six years,” Phillies noted. “Every one of those people will have lived in America. They will have seen how our way of life brings us unparalleled levels of prosperity and freedom. When they return home, these people become overt agents for the most important Libertarian message: Freedom is the answer. Government of and by the people is the solution.”

“The H1-B program protects foreign workers. The sponsoring company is required to pay the cost of returning each worker to his or her home country, so American taxpayers are not handed a welfare bill for people stranded in America. The H1-B program is an enormous winner for the American people. Our largest industrial competitor already graduates ten times as many engineers as we do. By bringing the best of the best to America, we ensure that their talents benefit us.”

Bob Barr May Be Running For President

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Bob Barr told on Wednesday that he is very seriously considering running for President.

“There’s been a tremendous expressed to me both directly and indirectly on the Internet. I take that support very seriously, and I think it also reflects a great deal of dissatisfaction with the current candidates and the current two-party system. So it is something, to be honest with you, that I’m looking very seriously at,” Bob Barr told AntiWar Radio.

Bob Barr is a former Republican Congressmen from Georgia who joined the Libertarian Party in late 2006. Bob Barr was a strong drug warrior in office but it seems clear his position on the issue has changed somewhat since he has lobbied for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Bob Barr is my favorite of the likely Libertarian Candidates to run for President.

Former Sen. Mike Grave Joins Libertarian Party

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Former U.S. Senator from Alaska Mike Gravel has announced he is joining the Libertarian Party.

Mike Gravel stated, “I’m joining the Libertarian Party because it is a party that combines a commitment to freedom and peace that can’t be found in the two major parties that control the government and politics of America,” says Gravel. “My libertarian views, as well as my strong stance against war, the military industrial complex and American imperialism, seem not to be tolerated by Democratic Party elites who are out of touch with the average American; elites that reject the empowerment of American citizens I offered to the Democratic Party at the beginning of this presidential campaign with the National Initiative for Democracy.”

“It is a distinct honor to have another former member of Congress within the Libertarian Party,” says Barr. “Just as Senator Gravel believes Democrats have lost touch with the American public, I too concluded Republicans had lost their core principles, and could no longer associate myself with the GOP. While coming from opposite sides of the aisle, Senator Gravel and I definitely agree on the fundamental need for systemic change in our political system, and that the only way we have of effecting that change is by supporting and working in the Libertarian Party, which is the only political party in America that consistently works in word and deed to maximize individual liberty and minimize government power.”

“We’re honored to have a former member of the United States Senate join our ranks,” says Libertarian Party Executive Director Shane Cory. “Senator Gravel has a sincere dedication to empowering the American people and eliminating the corrupting influence of the two major parties. His switch from the Democratic Party, as well as former Congressman Barr’s abandonment of the GOP, shows that the Libertarian Party is truly a big tent organization moving firmly in the direction of Liberty.”

Mike Gravel adds an additional level of prestige to the Libertarian Party as a former Senator and would make a worthwhile addition to the LNC. Mike Gravel is not a pure Libertarian on every issue but he does support ending the war in Iraq, open immigration, and ending the war on drugs. Eric Dondero points out in a comment on Third Party Watch that Mike Gravel has a true libertarian streak which can be seen by Gravel supporting lowering the drinking age to 18.

Superdelegate Counting

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The Presidential race is still neck and neck between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and may come down to the ever important Super Delegates.

Congresspedia has released a widget to keep track of the Superdelegates.

Jury Nulification Time

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

The writers of The Wire, Richard Price, Ed Burns, David Simon, and George Pelecanos, have an article on Time Magazine’s website calling for jury nullification in drug prosecution cases.

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right,” wrote Thomas Paine when he called for civil disobedience against monarchy — the flawed national policy of his day. In a similar spirit, we offer a small idea that is, perhaps, no small idea. It will not solve the drug problem, nor will it heal all civic wounds. It does not yet address questions of how the resources spent warring with our poor over drug use might be better spent on treatment or education or job training, or anything else that might begin to restore those places in America where the only economic engine remaining is the illegal drug economy. It doesn’t resolve the myriad complexities that a retreat from war to sanity will require. All it does is open a range of intricate, paradoxical issues. But this is what we can do — and what we will do.

If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented. Save for a prosecution in which acts of violence or intended violence are alleged, we will — to borrow Justice Harry Blackmun’s manifesto against the death penalty — no longer tinker with the machinery of the drug war. No longer can we collaborate with a government that uses nonviolent drug offenses to fill prisons with its poorest, most damaged and most desperate citizens.

Jury nullification is American dissent, as old and as heralded as the 1735 trial of John Peter Zenger, who was acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, and absent a government capable of repairing injustices, it is legitimate protest. If some few episodes of a television entertainment have caused others to reflect on the war zones we have created in our cities and the human beings stranded there, we ask that those people might also consider their conscience. And when the lawyers or the judge or your fellow jurors seek explanation, think for a moment on Bubbles or Bodie or Wallace. And remember that the lives being held in the balance aren’t fictional.

Radley Balko points out on his blog that the tragedy of the drug war has affected real lives.

Video: GTA – “Wanna Be Myself"

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

The U.K. rap group GTA has released their first video titled “Wanna Be Myself.”

The GTA consist of a doctor and accountant as rappers. Reading that was almost enough to scare me away from even watching the YouTube for fear it was on some stupid nerdcore vibe or else just plain corny. But the song is actually enjoyable with a fun, almost silly vibe recognizing individualism with an enjoyable keyboard heavy beat. It’s always refreshing to hear something different.

Damon Dash for President

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Damon Dash for President … of Def Jam Records.

Electability: The Supreme Hustle

Russell Simmons Endorses Barack Obama

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Russell Simmons put out a press release today endorsing Barack Obama.

This is clearly a sign of the end of the road for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Russell Simmons has had a closer relationship on legislative issues with Hillary Clinton. Russell Simmons also was annoyed at Barack Obama’s criticism of hip-hop after Don Imus’s firing. Despite these facts, Russell Simmons endorsement shows the power of Obamamania.