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Bostonians Party Like It's 1773
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Bostonians Party Like It's 1773

On July 4 several hundred limited government activists gathered in Boston for an extended day of tea party events at the Boston Common and on the harbor at Christopher Columbus Park.  The event was organized by ConservativeSolutions.org.  The key note speakers were Dr. John Lewis of Duke University and Dr. Yaron Brooke of the Ayn Rand Institute (a 9/12 sponsor).  I had the honor of addressing the crowd on what people can do to turn the energy of the tea parties into effective advocacy against out of control spending (hint: get your family and friends involved).

07/08/2009
The First Rule of Budget Holes: Stop Digging
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The First Rule of Budget Holes: Stop Digging

In a familiar storyline, Pennsylvania lawmakers are seeking to close a budget gap of some $3.2 billion by—you guessed it—raising taxes. To that end, Governor Ed Rendell has called for a “modest” hike of 16 percent in the state income tax rate from 3.07 to 3.57 percent for the next three years. Similar “temporary” tax hikes, implemented in 1983 and 1991, have yet to be fully repealed.

06/24/2009
Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate
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Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate

Settled science rarely is. Except to those with a vested policy interest in the debate. True to form, a recent diatribe by Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest acknowledges none of the widely available data that conflict with his passionate crusade against table salt. However, to a debate that has endured for decades, Jacobson does bring a modern twist:

06/11/2009
Stimulus Success? Higher Unemployment
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Stimulus Success? Higher Unemployment

The unemployment rate hit 9.4 percent last month—a 26 year high.  111 days after the passage of the stimulus bill $43.7 billion of it has been spent while over 2 million jobs have been lost.  Today the president announced that they will accelerate the rate of spending and save or create 600,000 jobs over the next hundred days. 

06/08/2009
As California Goes, So Goes New York
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As California Goes, So Goes New York

... Aaaand probably the federal government.Over at the Atlantic, Megan McArdle takes on the question "Is California too big to fail?" Short answer?  Nope.

05/20/2009
Key Vote NO: Conference Report on S. Con. Res. 13
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Key Vote NO: Conference Report on S. Con. Res. 13

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote “No” on the Conference Report on S. Con. Res 13, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid budget.  Their budget taxes too much, spends too much, and borrows too much.  And, potentially worst of all, it would open the door for socialized medicine and a massive energy tax to be enacted later this year without substantial debate through the reconciliation process.No one voting for this budget—Democrat or Republican—will have any creditability in the future as a fiscal conservative.

04/28/2009
Help Stop Minnesota Tax Hike
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Help Stop Minnesota Tax Hike

Even after freedom-loving citizens took to the streets last week on April 15 to protest the tax and spend ways of our federal and state governments, it looks like a massive tax hike is still on the horizon for Minnesotans.  There is a plan to raise the state cigarette tax by a whole $1 making its way through the Minnesota legislature. That would make a pack in Minnesota cost almost $7!It’s clear that we still have to keep up the pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing.  Take Action and urge your leaders to oppose this tax hike.Like many other hurting states, Minnesota is facing a $4.6 billion budget gap.  That’s a big hole, but trying to fill that with more taxes, especially taxes that affect a minority of Minnesotans just won’t work.  States that enact cigarette taxes, hoping to get a fresh wave of cash in the door, rarely see those promised funds.  That hole will still be there and they’ll have to turn to even more taxes and fees from taxpayer pockets.  Cigarette tax hikes hurt Minnesota’s small businesses.  To avoid high costs, people turn to the black market, the internet, across state lines, and to Indian reservations to get cheaper cigarettes.  At a time when everyone – not just the state government – is struggling to make ends meet, our elected officials should think twice before raising taxes.  If citizens are cutting back on expenses, reconsidering where their money goes, and sticking to a budget, the state should too!  This is the time for real leaders to make the tough choices necessary to promote real growth in Minnesota.  Cutting waste and spending, and rolling back regulations would make the state a great place to do business and bring jobs to the area.  Take Action and tell your elected officials Minnesota doesn’t need new tax hikes, we need lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.

04/24/2009
Obama Thinks the New Deal Worked
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Obama Thinks the New Deal Worked

President Obama, during his first press conference last night, said in response to his first question about the economy,

02/10/2009
Key Vote No Ensign/McConnell Fix Housing First Amendment
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Key Vote No Ensign/McConnell Fix Housing First Amendment

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote “No” on Senator Ensign’s Fix Housing First amendment to H.R. 1, as promoted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  The Senator claims this act would “fix” the housing problem, considered to be at the root of so much of our current economic pain.  However, far from fixing anything, this plan would create even more problems and rather than letting the market naturally adjust, will merely delay recovery creating bigger problems in the future.

02/04/2009
FreedomWorks Ad Campaign Targets Key Senators on Stimulus
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FreedomWorks Ad Campaign Targets Key Senators on Stimulus

This week FreedomWorks unveiled an ad campaign targeting Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), George Voinovich (R-OH), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) over how they will vote on the more than $1 trillion stimulus plan now before the U.S. Senate.  These print ads, scheduled to run in targeted newspapers in each senator's state, highlight the potentially devastating economic impact that the proposed stimulus plan threatens and urges them to oppose it. An excerpt from the ad relays that this legislation:

02/04/2009

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