Saturday, October 08, 2011

Ron Paul Wins Value Voters Summit Straw Poll

In a huge win, Ron Paul wins 37% of the vote from an audience you would think would be more aligned with Rick Perry and Rick Santorum. This is undeniable proof of Ron Paul's continued momentum. I wonder how little coverage the results will get; after all straw polls only matter if Herman Cain wins them.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Tea Party to Obama: STOP POLICING THE WORLD!

Ron Paul On Freedom Watch

Ron Paul Campaign Raises More Than $8 Million in Q3

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced today that it has raised more than $8 million in the third quarter from more than 100,000 unique donors – more than five times the number of total donors to the campaign of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

“The amount and nature of donations to Ron Paul proves his fundraising prowess and also demonstrates in real numbers the grassroots support Dr. Paul receives from average Americans,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

Dr. Paul shared his fundraising results total at a luncheon speech at the National Press Club.

Authorized and paid for by Ron Paul 2012 PCC Inc. www.RonPaul2012.com

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STRATFOR Dispatch: Important Weekend for Central Europe

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

More Freedom, Less Government - The Estonian Formula Of Success

Business quarter in Tartu
A true Libertarian Utopia does not exist on this planet, but there is a place that has come close; it is called Estonia.  A republic that has fought its way from under communist oppression and decay and through solid, proven, and common sense economics has thrust itself to the top of the free world.  The more you read about Estonia's history and its struggle for freedom and the perfect combination of luck and wisdom of a prime minister who instituted an economic system based on Milton Friedman's economics book, "Free to Choose", the more you see that America's freedom has been stolen away by our own government.

We Americans are living a lie, a lie based on the truth of the past, but never-the-less a lie.  When our founding fathers created our republic we were free.  Every administration since has stolen away more and more of our freedom.  Today Americans are fed the freedom lie to cover up the police and prison state we have truly become.  Americans are like a horse with a harness (taxation and regulation) and blinders (mainstream media and talk radio) pulling a grossly oversized and deteriorating wagon (the parasitic strain of illegal aliens, minorities, and unemployment and welfare entitilements).  They struggle to reach the carrot (hope and change rhetoric) that its master (government in dictoral preportions) dangles in front of it.  They are struggling, hopelessly, to their own peril because they have no understanding of the true situation they are in.  They believe that the freedom they see in front of them, and keep hearing about, is real and never see the harenss of their own demise enslaving them to the symbiosis of socialist government and the sycophant civilians whose death-grip to their entitlements is eternal.
Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn
If you can't learn from history then take a chapter out of current news and remove the harness that it keeping you from the freedom you are struggling so hard to achieve.  If Estonia can hold on to a nationalistic, self-reliance so defiantly that they freed themselves from the death grip of socialism and now enjoy a free and private market, that is growing every day, and a state of freedom that Americans only dream about, then we have hope. 

If we elect a libertarian minded leader who understands that personal freedom is profitable, success is virtuous, socialism is theft, and oppression in every form is evil then we can break the bonds of slavery and deception and free ourselves from the parasitic and murderous oppression of democracy.  Yes, democracy.  Remember, to the republic for which is stands.  We are a republic, not a democracy.  In another American misconception we are indoctrinated to believe that democracy is a good thing when in reality a democracy is confined to a small spot or a portion of the population while a republic is extended over a large region or the whole of a population.  Do you believe that everyone deserves life, liberty, justice, and freedom or just an elite few?  Thrust America to the top of the free world, along side with Estonia, and shed the shakles of unconstitutional government.

Sharon Maloney: Why You Should Vote For Bill

Maloney for West Virginia

Why You Should Vote For Bill

By: Sharon Maloney
I believe in my heart that my husband and best friend, Bill Maloney, is the best man to be Governor for our great state of West Virginia.
 
Bill and I have been married for 30 years. Ever since we met in college, he's always been there for me. He's been a great father and an exceptional example to our two daughters, Christina and Lauren. Even when he was working more than 12-hour days, he made sure that he was at as many events as possible to support our daughters. Bill is a man of his word and always commits to what he promises.
 
We were warned coming into politics that it could become very rough. Bill has been tenacious but the attacks on his character were hard for me. We started our life together with very modest means and we only got to where we are today because Bill has always been a man of integrity. I think struggling in our early years is what makes giving back to our community so important to us. Whether it was getting involved to help high school students go to college or assisting with the development of sports centers, giving back our time and resources is something that we consider as a part of our lifestyle.
 
This time last year, Bill running for office never crossed our minds. As far as I knew, Bill was a good businessman who had a knack for creating jobs, but his experience in Chile changed him and gave him a fresh outlook on life. He saw an impossible situation that he thought he could fix and despite fighting to be heard, he and his team were able to save 33 lives. Similarly, Bill believes that he can help West Virginia move forward despite how difficult things may seem. I believe he can, too.
 
Bill has a contagious "can do attitude" that will serve as a great example for West Virginians as Governor. He knows that he will need to make tough decisions in order to do what's right and what's best for the state. Bill will work tirelessly to make a difference. He will provide the honest leadership that our state has been craving for years.
 
We as West Virginians have an opportunity to elect a man who is in this race purely to help the people of our state. Bill isn't obligated to anyone. He's in this race because he knows how hard it is for businesses to make it here. He's in this because he doesn't want other families to see their children leave for better opportunities like ours did. He's in this because he genuinely wants to make West Virginia better for everyone.
 
Please vote for Bill -- a man of integrity, honor -- and well, he's just a good man.
I humbly ask you to vote for Bill tomorrow, Tuesday, October 4.


ABOUT BILL MALONEY

Bill Maloney is a conservative Republican candidate for governor of West Virginia. He founded his first business in Morgantown in 1984, and grew the two-man shop to a business of 150 employees. A proven job creator, Maloney has helped build businesses that have provided jobs to hundreds of West Virginia families. He's never held public office. Maloney has a degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University. Bill and his wife Sharon live in Morgantown and attend Chestnut Ridge Church. They have two grown daughters.

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Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)


Tuesday, October 4, 2011


RSC Update: Another Year, Another Trillion in Debt


From the Chairman

Over the last 12 months, the federal government spent about $1.3 trillion that it didn’t have. That makes three straight years with trillion-dollar deficits – the three largest deficits in history. And even as federal spending accounted for almost a quarter of GDP, our economy continues to struggle.


Republicans have worked all year long to cut spending and get back on track to a balanced budget. The RSC budget proposal, for instance, would balance the books in nine years. Unfortunately, liberals continue to stand in the way of significant cuts to wasteful spending.


Senate Democrats have now gone 888 days without producing any budget at all. The failure of politicians to limit the size and appetite of the federal government is a direct cause of our current debt problems. To fix the problem permanently, it’s clear we need a Balanced Budget Amendment that forces Washington to kick its spending addiction. Families and businesses have to live within their means, why shouldn’t Washington?


God Bless,


Congressman Jim Jordan

Chairman, Republican Study Committee


RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.

· Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06): The Consequence of US Leadership Failure at the UN; The Daily Caller, September 30.


· Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49): Regulatory Tsunami Impeding Economic Growth; The San Diego Union Tribune, September 30.


RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

· Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-03) introduced H.R. 3050, The Transportation Funding Flexibility Act, which would amend Title 23 of the United States Code to eliminate the requirement that States set-aside 10 percent of Surface Transportation Program funds for transportation enhancement activities.


House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.

· The House was not in session last week.


Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.

· On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 2608, the continuing resolution through Nov. 18.


· On Wednesday and Thursday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 2681, the Cement Regulatory Relief Act.


· On Thursday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act.


RSC Reports



· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.


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STRATFOR Dispatch: South Korea Plans Naval Bases Amid Maritime Tensions

European Crisis: Precise Solutions in an Imprecise Reality

European Crisis: Precise Solutions in an Imprecise Reality is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

By George Friedman

An important disconnect over the discussion of the future of the European Union exists, one that divides into three parts. First, there is the question of whether the various plans put forward in Europe plausibly could result in success given the premises they are based on. Second, there is the question of whether the premises are realistic. And third, assuming they are realistic and the plans are in fact implemented, there is the question of whether they can save the European Union as it currently exists.

The plans all are financial solutions to a particular set of financial problems. But regardless of whether they are realistic in addressing the financial problem, the question of whether the financial issue really addresses the fundamental dilemma of Europe — which is political and geopolitical — remains.

STRATFOR has examined the plans for dealing with the financial crisis in Europe, and we find them technically plausible, even if they involve navigating something of a minefield. The eurozone’s bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, would be expanded in scope and reach until it can handle the bailout of a major state, the default of a minor state and a banking crisis of unprecedented proportions. Given assumptions of the magnitude of the problem and assuming general compliance with the plans, there is a chance that the solution we see the Germans moving toward could work.

The extraordinary complexity of the plans being floated in Europe is important to note. It is extremely difficult for us to understand the specifics, and we suspect the politicians proposing it are also less than clear on them. We have found that the more uncertain the solution, the more complex it is. And the complexity of the European situation is less driven by the complexity of the economics than by the complexity of the politics. The problem is relatively easy: Banks and countries under massive financial pressure almost certainly will default without extensive aid. By giving them money, default can be avoided. But the political complexity of giving them money and the opposition by many Europeans on all sides to this solution contributes to the complexity. The greater the complexity, the more interests can be satisfied and — ultimately — the less understanding there is about what has been promised. Some subjects require complexity, and this is one of them. The degree of complexity in this case tells another tale.

The Foundation of the Crisis


Part of that tale is about two dubious assumptions at the foundation of the crisis. The first is the assumption that interested parties are genuinely aware of the size of the financial problems, and to the extent they are aware of it, that they are being honest about it. Ever since 2008, the singular truth of the financial community globally has been that they were either unaware of the extent of the financial problems on the whole or unaware of the realities of their own institutions. An alternative explanation is, of course, willful ignorance. This translates as the leaders being fully aware of the magnitude of the problem but understating it to buy time or to position themselves personally for better outcomes. It could also simply be a case of their being engaged in helpless hopefulness — that is, they knew there was nothing they could do but remained hopeful that someone else would find a solution. In sum, it combined incompetence, willful deception and willful delusion.

Consider the charge that the Greeks falsified financial data. While undoubtedly true, it misses the point. The job of bankers is to analyze data from loan applicants and to uncover falsehoods. The charge against the Greeks can thus be extended to bankers. How could they not have discovered the Greek deception?

There are two answers. The first is that they didn’t want to. The global system of compensation among financial institutions — from home mortgages to the purchase of government bonds — separates the transaction from the outcome. In other words, in many cases bankers are not held responsible for the outcome of the loan and are paid for the acquisition and resale of the loan alone. They are therefore not particularly aggressive in assessing the quality of a given loan. Frequently, they work with borrowers to make their debt look more attractive.

During the U.S. subprime crisis, in the mortgage crisis in Central Europe and in the sovereign debt and banking crisis in Europe, the system placed a premium on transactions, immunizing bankers from the repayment of loans. The validity of the numbers systematically were skewed toward the most favorable case.

More important, such numbers — not only of the status of loans but also about the economic and social status of the debtors — inherently are uncertain. This is crucial because part of the proposed European solution is the imposition of austerity on debtor nation states. The specifics of that austerity and its effect on the ability to repay after austerity heavily depend on the validity of available economic and social statistics.

There is an interesting belief, at least in the advanced industrial countries, that government-issued statistics reflect reality. The idea is that the people who issued these statistics are civil servants, impervious to political pressure and therefore likely providing accurate data. A host of reasons exists for looking at national statistics with a jaundiced eye beyond the risk of politicians pressuring civil servants.

For one, collecting statistics on a society is a daunting task. Even small countries have millions of people. The national statistical database is based on the assumption that all of the transactions and productions of these millions can be measured accurately, or at least measured within some knowable range of error. This is an overwhelming undertaking.

The solution is not the actual counting of transactions — an impossible task — but the creation of statistical models that make assumptions based on various methodologies. There are competing models that provide different outcomes based on sampling procedures or mathematical models. Even without pressure from politicians, civil servants and their academic mentors have personal commitments to certain models.

The center of gravity of our global statistical system, particularly those of advanced industrial countries, is that the selection of statistical models is frequently subject to complex disputes of experts who vehemently disagree with one another. This is also a point where political pressure can be applied. Given the disagreements, the decision on which methodology to use — from sampling to reporting — is subject to political decisions because the experts are divided and as contentious as all human beings are on any subject they care about.

And this is the point at which outside decisions are made, based on outcome, not on the subtleties of mathematical modeling. There is a connection between the numbers and reality, but the mathematics of a bailout rests on a statistical base of sand. It is always assumed that this is the case in the developing world. This creates a certain advantage, in that it is understood that the statistics are unreliable. By contrast, the advanced industrial countries have the hubris to believe that complex mathematics has solved the problem of knowing what hundreds of millions of people in billions of transactions actually have done.

A Culture of Opaque States


Compounding this challenge, the European Union has incorporated societies on its periphery that never have accepted the principle that states must be transparent, a problem exacerbated by EU regulations. Southern and Central Europeans always have been less impressed by the state than Germans, for example. This is not simply about paying taxes but about a broader distrust of government, something deeply embedded in history. Meanwhile, regulations from Brussels, whose tax and employment laws make entrepreneurship and small business ownership extraordinarily difficult, have forced a good deal of the economy “off the books,” aka, underground.

While not an EU state, Moldova — said to be the poorest country in Europe — is an instructive example. When I visited it a year ago, the city (and villages outside the city) were filled with banks (from Societe Generale on down) and BMWs. There was clear poverty, but there also was a wealth and vibrancy not captured in intergovernmental statistics. The numbers spoke of grinding poverty; the streets spoke of a more complex reality.

What exactly is the state of the Greek, Spanish or Italian economy? That is hard to say. Official statistics that count the legal economy suffer from methodological uncertainty. Moreover, a good deal of the economy is not included in the numbers. One assessment says that 10 percent of all employees are off the books. Another says 40 percent of Greeks define themselves as self-employed. A third estimates that 40 percent of the total Greek economy is in the grey sector. When evaluating what tries to remain hidden, you’re reduced to guesswork. No one really knows, any more than anyone really knows how many illegal immigrants are participating in the U.S. economy. The difference, however, is that this knowledge is of profound importance to the entire EU bailout.

The level of indebtedness and the ownership of the debt of European banks and countries are as murky as who held asset-backed securities in the United States. Yet there is a precise plan designed to solve a problem that can’t be quantified or allocated. The complexity and precision of the plan fails to recognize the uncertainty because the governments and banks are loath to admit that they just aren’t certain. The banks have grown so big and their relationships so complex that the uncertainty principle parallels the state’s. The United States — where the same governing authority handles all fiscal, monetary and social policies — powered through such uncertainties in the 2008 financial crisis by sheer mass and speed. Europe, with dozens of (often competing) authorities, so far has found it impossible to exercise that option.

The countries that face default and austerity have no better understanding of their own internal reality than the financial institutions understand their own internal reality. Greek numbers on the consequences of austerity for government workers do not take into account that many of those workers show up to work only occasionally while working another job that is not taxed or known to the state statistical services. Thus, one has a complete split between the state and banking systems’ ability to honor debt obligations, the insistence on austerity and the social reality of the country.

Germany has always been different. Ever since the early 19th century German philosopher Georg Hegel declared the German civil service had ended history, the idea of the state as the embodiment of reason has meant something to Germans that it did not mean to others — in both a noble and a horrible sense. We are now at the noble end of the spectrum, but the idea that the state is the embodiment of reason still doesn’t capture the European reality. The Brussels bureaucracy is based on the German view that a disinterested civil servant can produce rational solutions that partisan politicians and self-interested citizens could not.

The founding concept of the European Union involves joining nations that do not share this view, and even find it bizarre, with a nation for which it is the cultural core. This has created the fundamental existential issue in the European Union.

The realization that the rational civil servants of Brussels and Berlin have failed to create systems that understand reality strikes at German self-perceptions. There is a willful urge to retain the perception that they understand what is going on. From the standpoint of Southern and Central Europe, the realization that the Germans genuinely thought that the states on the EU periphery had reached the level of precision of the German civil services (assuming Germany had in fact reached that stage), or that they even wanted to, is a shock. Their publics, which saw the European Union as a means of getting in on German prosperity without undergoing a massive social upheaval putting the state and the civil service — disciplined and rational — at the center of their society, experienced an even greater shock.

The political and geopolitical problem is simply this: Germany is unique in Europe in terms of both size and values. It tried to create a free trade zone based on German values allied with France that looked at the world in a much more complex way. The crisis we are seeing, which Germany is trying to solve with extraordinary complexity and precision, rests on a highly unstable base. First, the European banking system, like the American banking system, does not understand its status. Second, the entire mathematics of national statistics is inherently imprecise. Third, the peripheral countries of the European Union have economies that cannot be measured at all because their informal economies are massive. The fundamental principles and self-conception of Germany and Central Europe diverge massively. The elites of these countries might like to think of themselves as Europeans first — by the German definition — but the publics know they are not, and they don’t want to be.

The precision of the bailout schemes reveals the underlying misunderstanding of reality by Europe’s elites, and specifically by the Germans. To be more precise, this is willful misunderstanding. They all know that their precision rests on a foundation of uncertainty. They are buying time hoping that prosperity will return, mooting all of these problems. But the problem is that a precise solution to a vastly uncertain problem is unlikely to return Europe to its happy past. Reality — or rather the fundamental unreality of Europe — has returned.

In some sense, this is no different from the United States and China. But the United States has its Constitution and the Civil War’s consequences to hold itself together in the face of this problem, and China has the Communist Party’s security apparatus to give it a shot. Europe, by contrast, has nothing to hold it together but the promise of prosperity and the myth of the rational civil servant — the cultural and political side of the underlying geopolitical problem.


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Monday, October 03, 2011

I need a Hero - Ron Paul 2012

America needs a hero now.  If America doesn't wake up and see that not only is Ron Paul electable against Obama, but that his stands are the only thing that will keep our republic viable.  If the military gets what Ron Paul is saying about preemptive wars, as shown by 71% of all military donations going to Ron Paul, then who is any citizen who has never served their republic to question their wisdom.  They are the ones dying for an empire thrusting itself upon a world who hates their presence and a dictator want-to-be who believes he has the power to order the murder of Americans and call it war on terrorism. 

The military understands that we have no business poking the bear in its den, but rather that they should be home protecting our own soil from the bears and dragons who are rising on the horizons against it.  The military also understand that our shrinking tax dollars should never go to nations and dictators overseas, but to strengthening our own republic and status in the world.  Your freedom is an illusion, there are other nations who enjoy the freedom that has been stolen from you by the eagle on the Potomac.  

Maloney for West Virginia: The Race Is Tied! Don't Forget To Vote

Maloney for West Virginia

The Race Is Tied! Don't Forget To Vote

Friends,
 
A poll today showed that we are tied with Earl Ray Tomblin on the day before Election Day. This is good news, but I need your help now more than ever.
 
Our state needs honest leadership. The status quo in Charleston just isn’t working. Our state has been ranked at the bottom of too many lists for too long. We deserve better. We're tired of the career politicians putting themselves above us. Tomorrow, we can bring our state the honest leadership it deserves.
 
I humbly ask you for your vote tomorrow. I promise that I will move our state forward. I will work to create jobs and create opportunities for your children and grandchildren. Click here to find where to vote.
 
Because of our momentum, in the past few days, Earl Ray's campaign has launched into a series of desperate attacks that the Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register called "dirty politics at its worst" and the Parkersburg News and Sentinel headlined "Disgraceful." Let's send Earl Ray and the career politicians a message tomorrow: West Virginia won't stand for dirty tricks and unethical behavior.
 
To do that, we need to get you and our other supporters to the polls. Being statistically tied means nothing if we don’t get all of the Democrats, Republicans and Independents out to vote tomorrow. Call your neighbor, your friends, your colleagues and your family and remind them to vote so that we can move this state forward.
 
I love West Virginia. I've spent my life building jobs and opportunities here. I am a proven job creator, not a career politician, so I will work tirelessly to bring jobs to West Virginia and turn this economy around. Let's give our kids the chance to stay here, to grow here and to succeed here.
 
I, again, humbly ask you for your vote.
 
Together, we can move West Virginia forward. We are going to change this state, but again, I need you to vote tomorrow. Click here to find where to vote.
 
Sincerely,
Bill

ABOUT BILL MALONEY

Bill Maloney is a conservative Republican candidate for governor of West Virginia. He founded his first business in Morgantown in 1984, and grew the two-man shop to a business of 150 employees. A proven job creator, Maloney has helped build businesses that have provided jobs to hundreds of West Virginia families. He's never held public office. Maloney has a degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University. Bill and his wife Sharon live in Morgantown and attend Chestnut Ridge Church. They have two grown daughters.

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