Saturday, June 07, 2008

Democrats vs. Obama

Don’t Wreck the Economy in the Name of the Environment, Says Bob Barr

June 5, 2008 2:37 pm EST

Atlanta, GA -- The Senate is now debating the Lieberman-Warner bill to restrict energy use. "This legislation would sacrifice our economic future, and particularly that of poorer Americans, for virtually no environmental gain," warns Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president.

Despite the many predictions of doom, "the science of climate change remains highly complex," he says. There has been no warming over the last decade and scientists disagree over how much warming is likely in the future.

To respond to purely speculative problems, Lieberman-Warner would mandate an emission cut of 70 percent by 2050, a virtual impossibility. "It would be hard enough to hold energy use constant with a growing population," he notes. "every additional person needs food, transportation, and housing."

Energy prices would soar. Hundreds of thousands or millions of jobs would be lost. Barr points to a study by the Congressional Budget Office which warns that the Senate bill would hike energy costs $1300 per household, effectively a $1 trillion tax hike over the next decade. "Estimates of the potential GDP loss run into the trillions of dollars," he explains.

The legislation also "would create a monster bureaucracy to run the system," warns Barr. Sen. Lieberman estimates that the new Climate Change Credit Corporation would have as much as $7 trillion in grants to give away, which, says Barr, would set up "an unprecedented special interest gold rush."

Yet climatologists like Dr. Patrick Michaels figure that Lieberman-Warner would cut potential future warming by only .013 degrees (Celsius), "an amount hard to even measure," says Barr. It makes far more sense "to adapt to challenges as they develop than to commit economic suicide to prevent problems that are unlikely to occur."

Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and also served as an official with the CIA.

Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and has teamed up with groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the American Conservative Union to actively advocate every American citizens' right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.

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Bob Barr Cites Anniversary of Proposition 13, Calls for New Tax Revolt

June 5, 2008 2:00 pm EST

Thirty years ago this week California voters passed Proposition 13, "inspiring an entire generation of advocates of individual liberty and limited government," notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president. It was a true people's revolt against the entire political establishment—politicians, lobbyists, interest groups, and unions.

"We need a similar popular revolt today," says Barr. Tax Freedom Day wasn't until April 23 this year, meaning that on average Americans spent almost four months just to pay their taxes. That isn't the end of the burden: "it also took six billion hours to comply with Uncle Sam's dictates," notes Barr.

"We must both reduce and simplify taxes," he adds. That could mean replacing the income tax with a consumption tax. It could mean a low, flat income tax. But, he emphasizes, "the bottom line is that taxes are too high and too complex. It's time for Americans to say that they are mad and aren't going to take it anymore, just like they did in California three decades ago."

Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and also served as an official with the CIA.

Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and has teamed up with groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the American Conservative Union to actively advocate every American citizens' right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.

Poll of Mostly Younger Voters Finds Abortion 4th Most Important Political Issue

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 6, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A poll of mostly younger voters finds abortion is the fourth most important political issue in the upcoming presidential election. Conducted at the end of May, more than 20,000 Virgin Mobile USA customers responded to a survey with several questions about the upcoming presidential election. [read more]

Friday, June 06, 2008

Carter-Obama Taxes

Catholic League News Release

COOPER UNION’S IDEA OF GREAT ART

New York’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is currently hosting an exhibition of student art; it began May 27 and ends June 10. Not all student contributions, however, are being shown. The school’s website says, “The School of Art faculty have selected major pieces by students representing ‘the best of’ each discipline ranging from sculpture, graphic design and painting to video installations.”

One of the selections is a series of paintings by Felipe Baeza. In one of the them, he shows a man with his pants pulled down with a crucifix extended from his rectum. Under the painting it says, “el dia que me converti catolico,” or “The day I became a Catholic.” There is a similar piece which substitutes a Rosary for the crucifix; another shows a man with his pants down and an angel holding two Rosaries with a penis attached to each of them; there is also a halo hovering over a naked man with an erection.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue offered his comments today:

“Surely there is a difference between art, traditionally understood as conveying beauty, and junk. Admittedly there is so much junk that passes as art these days that the public can be forgiven if it is no longer capable of making critical distinctions. But we should expect more from the art faculty at a distinguished institution of higher education.

“That the works of this student should be deemed ‘major,’ representing the ‘best’ of the student contributions does not speak well for Cooper Union. On the other hand, I have the sneaking suspicion that these paintings made the cut precisely because they were an assault on Catholic sensibilities. No, I can’t prove what the motive was, but I can be deadly certain that if even a reverential portrait of Muhammad had been offered, it would have been rejected. I hasten to add that if a reverential portrait of Jesus had been submitted, it too would have been rejected, but for entirely different reasons.”


Contact Cooper Union president George Campbell at
campbell@cooper.edu

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1441

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Ronald Reagan 40th Anniversary of D-Day Speech



We would like to salute all of our Veterans and their families, who have all sacrificed greatly for this nation.

Where Is A Good Samaritan When You Need One?

Sad, but true; this is what a growing portion of our society has come down to. This is what happens when liberal tolerance of "anything goes" gets shoved down the throat of society long enough. We created this callous environment by taking away consequences for one's own actions and we must change it.


Bystanders Ignore Hit-and-Run Victim

By STEPHEN SINGER,AP
Posted: 2008-06-06 07:09:34
Filed Under: Nation News


HARTFORD, Conn. (June 5) - A 78-year-old man is tossed like a rag doll by a hit-and-run driver and lies motionless on a busy city street as car after car goes by. Pedestrians gawk but do nothing. One driver stops briefly but then pulls back into traffic. A man on a scooter slowly circles the victim before zipping away. [read more]

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst



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Michigan Pro-Life Advocates Lobby Granholm on Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 2, 2008


Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) -- Michigan pro-life advocates are urging calls and emails to the office of Gov. Jennifer Granholm to urge her to sign a ban on partial-birth abortions. The state legislature signed off on the bill last week, but it appears Granholm will likely veto the measure and set up a showdown in the state House and Senate.
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Mexico Supreme Court Continues Hearing Case on Mexico City Abortion Law

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 2, 2008


Mexico City, Mexico (LifeNews.com) -- The Mexico Supreme Court continues holding hearings on a lawsuit seeking to overturn the new law in Mexico City allowing abortions up to 12 weeks into pregnancy. Pro-life advocates presented petitions from hundreds of women who said they regretted their abortions.

The nation's high court held the most recent hearing on May 23 and 15 legislators and leaders of pro-life groups appeared, according to a California Catholic Daily newspaper report.
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Newt Gingrich WI GOP Convention

McCain tells American Jews: Obama is dangerous to Israel

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008 staff writer


McCain tells American Jews: Obama is dangerous to Israel

Republican presidential candidate John McCain reasserted a pro-Israel stance, flaunted his recent visit to Israel and said that the US would not accept a nuclear Iran under his leadership.

Stumping at a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday he attacked his opponent, democratic candidate Barack Obama, who is also expected to address the three-day convention along with Hillary Clinton, embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I am committed to making certain Israel maintains its qualitative military edge. Israel's enemies are too numerous, its margin of error too small and our shared interests and values too great for us to follow any other policy,” the Arizona senator said.

McCain criticized Obama’s soft stance on Iran, which he said is dangerous to Israel and the region. The former prisoner of war said that America must be tough on Iran.

“Armed as well with its ballistic missile arsenal, an Iranian nuclear bomb would pose an existential threat to the people of Israel.”

He also recalled his recent visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

“Today, when we join in saying 'never again', that is not a wish, a request or a plea to the enemies of Israel. It is a promise that the United States and Israel will honor against any enemy," he said.

Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il

Bob Barr Interview By ABC News discusses Ron Paul

Bob Barr Media Appearances

Watch for him on Wednesday, June 4, when he will appear on "The Colbert Report," which airs at 11:30 EDT Comedy Central. Thursday, June 5, he will appear on "The Glenn Beck Program" on CNN Headline at 7:00 EDT. Glenn Beck has had him on several times over the past few weeks and has devoted the full hour-long broadcast exclusively to Bob! He will also appear on "Night Talk" with Mike Schneider on Bloomberg Television later Thursday evening at 10:00.

Bob Barr Welcomes Election Contest with Barack Obama and John McCain, Urges Weekly Debates

June 4, 2008 12:12 am EST

Atlanta, GA -- Tonight the Democratic Party effectively finished its nomination process, choosing Sen. Barack Obama as its presidential candidate. Sen. Hillary Clinton fought long and well, helping spur a record voter turnout on the Democratic side. In most any other year she would have been her party's standard-bearer, but she fell short against Sen.Obama, perhaps the Democrat's most eloquent proponent of liberalism.

Sen. John McCain defeated his leading opponents even earlier to become the presumptive Republican nominee. Sen. McCain has a distinguished career, beginning with his military service during the Vietnam War. He well represents a Republican Party that has become an advocate of slightly smaller big government at home and aggressive war-making abroad.

I, and the Libertarian Party, offer a very different alternative to the American people: limited, constitutional government dedicated to protecting individual liberty. I look forward to a vigorous contest this fall and meeting my fellow candidates to debate the many important issues facing our nation. But there is no need to limit the debates to the usual handful of carefully choreographed contests.

In congratulatory letters I am sending, I challenge Senators Obama and McCain to meet me in weekly debate in cities across America with just the candidates and a moderator to keep order. Let us argue the issues, after which the American people can make their decision on Election Day. Surely the citizens of the greatest nation on earth deserve no less.

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Pope Benedict XVI Says Fighting Hunger Linked With Opposing Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 2, 2008



Vatican City (LifeNews.com) -- Pope Benedict XVI told a delegation from Guatemala in a Saturday meeting that fighting child hunger is linked to the pro-life battle against abortion. He said promoting the best interest of children on hunger are similar to pro-life interests in a child's right to life.

The pontiff said that, without the right to life, children die, and without food, children are subjected to death as well. [
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Bob Barr Criticizes Proposals to Expand FDA Regulation to Tobacco

June 3, 2008 1:37 pm EST

Atlanta, GA -- When all of the leading politicians agree on a policy in Washington, “you can bet the house that the public interest will suffer,” observes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate. So it is with proposed legislation to expand the authority of the Food and Drug Administration to tobacco.

We all know that smoking is bad for people’s health, but most of us also believe that America remains a free country, in which people should be able to make mistakes. Yet for years “would-be national nannies have been attempting to give the FDA the power to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products,” says Barr. The latest proposal is moving through Congress with the support of the Republican and Democratic presidential contenders.

But “the last thing we need today is more regulation and more bureaucrats, which inevitably means less freedom,” explains Barr. People know smoking is bad for their health, which is why ever fewer people light up. Washington should leave smokers and other tobacco users alone.

“We should be particularly skeptical when a major business, in this case Philip Morris, lobbies for regulation,” notes Barr. That usually means the proposal is written to benefit a particular company or interest rather than the public. “If we want to preserve America’s prosperity and freedom, we need to be cutting, not increasing, regulation,” adds Barr.

Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and also served as an official with the CIA.

Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and has teamed up with groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the American Conservative Union to actively advocate every American citizens’ right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.

Bob Barr Criticizes Plan to Bail Out Insurance Industry

June 2, 2008 11:45 am EST

Atlanta, GA — Congress should not socialize insurance for natural disasters, warns Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party nominee for president. “With a growing budget deficit and massive unfunded future liabilities, we must cut, not increase, federal expenditures,” he insists.

The House has passed and the Senate is considering legislation for the federal government to provide “reinsurance” in all fifty states to subsidize large insurers in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane. “It comes as no surprise that some of America’s biggest insurers are lobbying for this legislation, which would enrich their bottom lines if they had to pay out under their policies,” observes Barr.

The bill, supported by both Democratic presidential contenders, also would lower premiums for people who choose to live in disaster-prone areas, encouraging even more growth. This subsidy program, says Barr, “would be a triple play against the American people: taking their money to bail out big corporations, subsidize home owners who want to live on the beach, and promote even more damage to environmentally sensitive areas.” After years of spending wildly under Democrats and Republicans alike, Congress must say no to special interest bail-outs.
Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and also served as an official with the CIA.

Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and has teamed up with groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the American Conservative Union to actively advocate every American citizens’ right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.

Barr Says Limit Government to Make Executive Accountable;

June 2, 2008 11:44 am EST

McClellan Confirms Bush Administration Resembled Clinton Administration in Lack of Accountability

Atlanta, GA — The revelation that the Bush administration engaged in a sustained “political propaganda campaign” to mislead the American people over Iraq demonstrates the need for real change in Washington, observes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president. “We need a president who cares more about protecting the people’s liberty than in getting reelected,” he says.

Barr points to Scott McClellan’s observation that the Bush presidency “wandered and remained so far off course by excessively embracing the permanent campaign and its tactics.” The Clinton administration was little different, notes Barr, who served as one of the House impeachment managers in Bill Clinton’s case. Neither party can be trusted to protect the people’s liberties.

Thus, all of us, from the Congress to the public, “has a responsibility to hold the president accountable for his actions,” says Barr. But “it is not enough to talk about change,” he insists. Policy must change too, particularly “the relentless bipartisan effort to expand government control and power,” Barr explains. We must adopt “a policy of limited government and fiscal responsibility at home and peace and nonintervention abroad.” That is the only sure way to safeguard the liberties of Americans.

Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and also served as an official with the CIA.

Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and has teamed up with groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the American Conservative Union to actively advocate every American citizens’ right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.