Archive for the ‘Presidential Election’ 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.

Barack Obama

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Barack Obama has now won the 2008 Presidential election. I did not vote for Barack Obama but I wish him well. I hope Barack Obama brings home the troops and closes the prison on Guantanamo Bay as well as realizes there is no longer the financial incentive to continue the war on drugs.

Election Day

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

I voted in Pound Ridge, New York this morning where turnout appeared to be higher than previous years. I voted for Bob Barr for President because I believe voting for Bob Barr shows a clear message in favor of small government.

Update: Here is a video of George Carlin arguing against voting and democracy.

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.

Obama: Let’s Prop Up Failing Corporations

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Obama has a new ad called “Revitalize” in which the narrator criticizes John McCain for not supporting government loans to the auto manufacturing companies. There is no reason to support loans to car manufacturers who are not able to meet the demands of the manufacturers; American car manufacturers will be able to get loans from private businesses if they deserve them. All these loans would do is to funnel money from taxpayers to big inefficient corporations.

John McCain Goes With Inexperience

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Less than 24 hours after Barack Obama finished making his acceptance speech, John McCain shifted all the media coverage by choosing Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

From a timing standpoint this was a smart move because the media was concentrating on McCain’s speculation for Vice President rather than on Obama’s speaking skills.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is a good choice from her record. She has been Governor of Alaska for two years which is a bit of a welfare state. Palin has tried to clean up corruption in Alaska. She supports increased domestic drilling including drilling in ANWR which is further than John McCain is willing to go on the issue.

Strategically, it seems pretty clear that Sarah Palin is partly a quota pick. A governor,with two years experience of a small strong-Republican state would have been chosen without the rise of Hillary Clinton. In fact, Sarah Palin made reference to Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro during her speech earlier this week. Sarah Palin’s lack of inexperience may actually be a plus for Obama because each time a Democrat or the media points it out it will point to Obama’s lack of experience.

Will this choice pick up Hillary Clinton voters? Probably not but it will excite the Republican Party base.

I’ll House You

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Politico was interviewing John McCain and John McCain did not know how many houses he has. Members of the media seem to be covering this non-stop on the TV news networks.

Research has been done and according to Barack Obama, John McCain has seven homes.

It does not matter how many homes John McCain owns. Some people would like to use this as another example of how John McCain is old, senile and probably out of touch but the truth is that John McCain doesn’t know how many homes he is part owner of because his wife is the one with the money. Politicians who are treated as serious Presidential candidates have lots of money and that is not going to change.

August 6th Barr Bomb

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Barrbomb.com is setting a goal for a money bomb for Bob Barr of August 6th.

The people at barrbomb.com seem to realize that the Bob Barr money bombs are not going to raise as much as Ron Paul’s money bombs. They have set the goal for the August 6th money bomb to raise $100,000 which is an impressive goal since the last money bomb for Bob Barr raised only $40,000. Bob Barr does not seem to be having the traction that Ron Paul had earlier this year either in terms of fund raising or media coverage.

Bob Barr Meets with Al Gore On Global Warming

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Bob Barr met with Al Gore earlier this week to discuss global warming. From Bob Barr’s press release:

Former Vice President Al Gore and I have met privately to discuss the issue of global warming, and I was pleased and honored that he invited me to attend the “We” Campaign event. Global warming is a reality as most every organization that has studied the matter has concluded, whether conservative-leaning, liberal oriented or independent. I am, however, also aware that scientists differ on its causes, impact and remedies. I remain firmly committed to free market solutions and innovations to address this issue; not tax-driven policies.

I commend Mr. Gore for his efforts and leadership in this area, and urge Senators Obama and McCain to join me in studying, debating, and finding solutions to the problem of energy needs, consumption and effects. The American people deserve to hear all of our views and proposals on this issue and others. I am particularly pleased that Mr. Gore agrees that the public debate of this issue should include me so that the American people can make an informed choice after hearing a range of views. However, the fact that neither of the two major party candidates attended this event may indicate their unwillingness to address this important issue. Mr. McCain, for example, seems to have adopted already the internationalist approach and relying on the cumbersome and costly “cap and trade” formula and he may therefore be unwilling to engage in a real debate that would reveal how flawed that approach truly is.

All of the three major candidates have met with Al Gore to discuss global warming.

Thomas L. Knapp left a comment on the Third Party Watch blog post discussing global warming explaining a libertarian argument for a carbon tax:

In discussing the “green tax shift” with advocates thereof (Brian Holtz and Fred E. Foldvary, to name two), I’ve been at odds with them insofar as they advocate a carbon tax not for the purpose of paying for the removal of excess carbon from the atmosphere and sequestration of it, but as government’s “general revenue” source.

In my opinion, a government carbon reduction policy should pay for itself—barely. It shouldn’t be a source of revenue that enables the state to get up to unrelated fuckery.

The presumptive goal is to keep the carbon content of the atmosphere below x parts per million (the number I’ve heard thrown around a lot is 350, but it may be something else). If there’s a libertarian justification for that goal, said justification is that carbon in excess of x parts of million harms people or property, and that therefore pushing the ratio of carbon above x parts per million is an initiation of force.

It’s already getting complicated, but then throw into the complication the fact that there are not just 300-odd million Americans involved in emitting carbon, but another 6 billion people not in US jurisdiction.

Presumably there’s going to have to be an assessment of just how much carbon any one person can emit before crossing the threshold into initiation of force by contributing to exceeding the x parts per million threshold.

After that, rather than a tax, I’d prefer to see a destination-optional user fee. For every ton of carbon in excess of the threshold, the emitter can buy offset/sequestration from a private party at a market rate. If someone is caught “emitting in excess” without offsetting or sequestering, then why not go with the old civil standard of “treble damages?” The government fines them three times the market price of the offsets/sequestration they should have bought, buys TWICE as much on their behalf, and keeps 1/3 to cover the costs of enforcement/administration.

I suspect that most of this would take care of itself very quickly through the market—manufacturers would roll their automobiles, lawn mowers, etc. out of the factory with an “X Tons of Carbon VER purchased for this device at point of manufacture” sticker on them (in an amount in excess of emissions produced in the average life of the device type), utilities would fold the price of VERs into the kilowatt-hour charge, etc. On a personal level, investigating/charging someone with excess emissions would be subject to all the same probable cause, reasonable search, etc. constraints as any other state enforcement action

Previously Bob Barr had said that global warming is a myth.

A blogger at Freedom Democrats posits that Barr flip flopped on this issue so he will be included in a debate on climate change.

Bob Barr Conference Call

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Bob Barr recently held a conference call with several bloggers. Ed Morrissey, The Moderate Voice and James Joyner. Bob Barr explains the practical things he would do if President:

Barr would lead by example, ordering an immediate 10% cut in the Executive office for personnel and spending. Further, he would ask Congress, (both parties) to start cutting costs or “they will be next“. Any bill that increases the national debt will be vetoed. No increases in appropriations for any office will be tolerated. He would immediately put a freeze on all federal spending. He would also eliminate the Dept. of Education, reduce the size and scope of the Dept. of Energy, and establish a commission similar to the Grace Commission under Ronald Reagan. This group would examine every department and agency to determine their constitutionally based identity and function and prioritize eliminating those that don’t meet muster