Archive for the ‘Libertarian Party’ Category

Barr Spending Roundup

Monday, May 18th, 2009

George Phillies has a roundup of Bob Barr’s 2008 Presidential Campaign spending. George Phillies lost the Libertarian Party’s nomination of President to Bob Barr at the 2008 Libertarian Party Convention.

Voting Is Scary

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Voting isn’t really scary in the United States unless something goes extremely wrong. Choosing candidates to vote for now that is the scary part. Reason Magazine has a survey of its writers and contributors and who they plan to vote for President.

My answers are down below:
1. Who are you voting for in November? Bob Barr. He is not a perfect candidate but who is. Voting for Bob Barr gives the clearest signal to the world that I side with libertarians. I’m not going to vote for John McCain because he strikes me as crazy and believes that national greatness can be brought to the country by the government. Barack Obama is a liberal who wants to spend more than most of the other candidates running and would make George W. Bush look like a fiscal conservative. So I am voting for a former member of Congress who has recently lobbied on behalf of the MPP and opposed the bailout of the banks.

2. Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2000? In 2004: I voted for Badnarik and was a candidate for the electoral college for Badnarik in New York. Badnarik was a loon who could not drive himself anywhere because he refused to give the DMV in Texas his Social Security number. But Badnarik was not Bush or Kerry and he talked and believed in smaller government. In 2000: I voted for Harry Browne. I thought about voting for George W. Bush because he said he was against nation building but I am sure glad I did not make that mistake.

3. Is this the most important election in your lifetime? I’m not sure. Looking back the 2000 Presidential Election was a big deal. I don’t think we would have gone into Iraq after 9/11 if Al Gore had been President.

4. What will you miss about the Bush administration? Laura Bush. Laura Bush has been a very gracious first lady who has had very little involvement in policy which I admire in a first lady.

5. Leaving George W. Bush out of consideration, what former U.S. president would you most like to have waterboarded and why? I’m tempted to agree with what Grover Norquist told Reason that it should be Dick Cheney for poetic justice reasons. I guess it would have to be one of the warmongering Presidents like Polk, Jackson, Wilson or Johnson.

Ron Paul’s Unendorsement

Friday, June 13th, 2008

So far Ron Paul has not endorsed any candidate for President.

Ron Paul did not endorse John McCain because Paul though McCain did not represent small-government values.

Ron Paul has said highly favorable things about Bob Barr’s candidacy:

“He’s saying the things he should be saying. He’s joined the Libertarian Party and he presents these views and he talks our language. So I do really believe that he can have a very positive effect in this campaign and let the people know that limited government is a very, very important message and that people will have a chance. That gives everybody a choice in the matter.”

Ron Paul can not fully endorse Bob Barr since Ron Paul wants to continue to work as a Republican congressman.

Liberal Democrats for Bob Barr

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

A poster at DailyKos called Caban suggests that liberal Democrats should support Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party. Caban’s logic is that if Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party are on the ballot in many states Bob Barr will wind up taking votes away from John McCain. Bring it on! The more Bob Barr supporters the better, even if it is for the wrong reason.

Bobb Barr Says Cut Spending First

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Bob Barr has a new video on YouTube calling for cuts in government spending and tax reform.

Bob Barr states that cutting the size of the government spending is more important than changing tax policy. I like tax cuts a lot but the problem with the Bush administration has been government spending not the lack of tax cuts.

Bob Barr stresses the need for tax reform stating that any reform of the system would be better than what the United States has now. Bob Barr has been the supporter of the Fair Tax which is essentially a national sales tax plan. Bob Barr does mention he is open to other types of tax reform plans including a flat tax plan. This is good news because I dislike the fair tax because I am afraid it would impose a harsh regulatory burden on small businesses. Barr’s ability to consider other tax reform policies makes him a more of an attractive candidate for Libertarians.

Chris Bennett ends campaign for VP under Libertarian Party

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Chris Bennett has announced he will no longer seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination for Vice-President. Bennett ended his campaign for VP because it was no longer financially feasible for him. Chris Bennett is not giving up on the Libertarian Party,

“I want to thank those who did contribute and keep contributing to Libertarian candidates all over the country. My campaign was solely focusing on the growth of the LP. Even though I am no longer a candidate, the LP needs to reach out to younger voters, minorities and women. We need to elect more principled Libertarians at all levels and I promise to continue to lend any support I can to our candidates. We need to strengthen our state and local organizations and increase college campus libertarian groups across the country. The LP is not just about our principled ideas it’s also about growth and without growth we can’t assure that our party will exist for future generations. Thank you for your support and please keep supporting the Libertarian Party!”

Bobb Barr is Running for President as a Libertarian

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Bob Barr is now clearly running for President of the United States as a Libertarian. Bob Barr should be the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President for the primary reasons that he is a libertarian and he would provide the Libertarian Party with a large amount of credibility as a former member of Congress.

The main concern some libertarians have with Bob Barr was because Barr used to be a strong proponent of the war on drugs but Bob Barr has changed his stance on this issue as of late including actively lobbying for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Bob Barr’s website is focused on four issues: big government and big spending,individual liberty, secure our borders and national defense. Bob Barr does support the fair tax which I think is a bit of a strange economic policy but politically it has the advantage of attracting some former Mike Huckabee supporters. Bob Barr argues for a non-interventionist on foreign policy providing a true anti-war candidate.

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.