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Macon County, NC Holds Chapter Meeting
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Macon County, NC Holds Chapter Meeting

The Macon Chapter of FreedomWorks was treated to an update on the County delivered by County Manager Jack Horton on Saturday, May 9.  A record crowd heard Horton's assessment of County activities and finances, with special emphasis on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  Macon's strong financial condition will help the County to ride out the economic downturn with minimum effect on services. 

05/12/2009
Higher Deficits Announced
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Higher Deficits Announced

Today the White House raised its budget deficit forecast for this fiscal year ending Sept. 30 by $89 billion and forecasts an additional $87 billion deficit in 2010 over previous estimates.  The new 2009 deficit number weighs in at $1.84 trillion--the largest in American history.  The deficit alone amounts to about 12.9 percent of our economic output this year.

05/11/2009
In “Bizarro” Congress Barney Frank is Helping Keep the Internet Free
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In “Bizarro” Congress Barney Frank is Helping Keep the Internet Free

If you are a fan of the Superman comic book series, or if you were a regular Seinfeld watcher, you would be familiar with the backwards “bizarro” world where down is up, day is night, you say goodbye when you mean hello and so on.  In other words, expect the opposite of what you would normally expect. Well when it comes to keeping the internet free from excessive government regulation, it would seem there’s a bit of a bizarro streak running through Congress right now.  That is because efforts to repeal unnecessary government regulation and oversight that limit innovation and growth on the internet are being led by, of all lawmakers, Representative Barney Frank (D, MA-4); outspoken liberal and regular ally to big government causes one would normally associate nanny-state internet regulation with.  Nevertheless, Frank has been leading the charge on Capitol Hill against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), first offering legislation to repeal it last year and just this week reintroducing the bill in the 111th Congress.UIGEA was pushed through by the Bush Administration (which free-market limited government conservatives came to expect bizarre-like action from) in its final days with the stated purpose to stop unlawful online gambling.  However, because the act never actually spelled out what that meant, UIGEA in broad terms put the government in the role of “Big Brother” on the internet.  In particular, the act has had the effect of turning online payment transaction companies into informants and enforcers for the federal government, raising privacy concerns as well as significant costs to consumers. True, Frank’s real reason for his new found deregulatory stance on online gaming is filling government coffers.  UIGEA’s heavy government hand has forced consumers to foreign companies with offshore websites which Frank and others on the Left have argued leaves the U.S. taxman out in the cold.  Of course it also hurts U.S. based businesses that otherwise could compete in a more open marketplace. But motives aside, deregulatory policy is deregulatory policy.  Traditional allies to the limited government conservative movement should be mindful of this and resist the bizarro knee-jerk against UIGEA repeal simply because Barney Frank is championing it. Unfortunately, many on the Right have allowed social arguments concerning the “evils of gambling” to cloud their judgment and force them from their free-market moorings.  In this sense, turning online gambling into the bad guy may indeed cater to certain constituencies.  It does not however excuse the larger consequences of restricting the free and open internet for conservatives who claim to support free markets.   This includes prominent Republicans like Senate Minority Whip John Kyl (R-AZ) who are trying to help reshape the party and return it to its rightful limited government roots.  Kyl is usually a reliable champion on core limited government issues, but has missed the mark on UIGEA as he was one of the act’s original proponents and remains a staunch advocate in the face of repeal efforts in this Congress.  Other Republicans have followed suit with much hand-wringing over gambling in general and protecting people from themselves, again ignoring the big government elephant in the corner.If the political calculus is that meaningless overtures to social conservatives at the expense of core limited government principle is a winning strategy, conservatives need to remember 2006.  After demagoguery-fueled battles that stroked the party’s social wing at the expense of those who wanted to see smaller, more restrained government, most notably the Terri Schiavo sham and the gay marriage Constitutional Amendment side-show,  a disenfranchised conservative base stayed home on Election Day and Democrats seized control of Congress.  Limited government voters were rightly upset that Bush and Delay were driving the out-of-control spending train off the proverbial cliff while Democrats in many respects seized the mantle of fiscal responsibility and successfully convinced the American people they were the better stewards of their hard-earned tax dollars.This is not to overstate the importance of UIGEA repeal and certainly not to suggest it as the means by which Republicans could find their way back into the majority.  Rather it should suffice to say that this is a good, albeit small step and conservatives would greatly help their cause if they would recognize good policy when they see it and no matter who supports it.  Even if in today’s bizarro world in Congress that means standing with Barney Frank, Republicans who espouse to be on the side of the free market, limited government movement should do it on UIGEA repeal. If they do it will help us wave goodbye to burdensome internet regulation (or perhaps I should have said “hello”).

05/08/2009
President Begins to Trim Budget
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President Begins to Trim Budget

The president announced today that he plans to cut $17 billion out of the budget.  It's great to see the president living up to his promise of scouring the budget "line by line" to make cuts.  It's a start, but it is only a tiny fraction of the $3.4 trillion budget.  In fact, the cuts amount to one half of one percent of planned spending.  The White House says they are not done yet though, so hopefully we will see some more cuts soon.

05/07/2009
Save the D.C. School Voucher Program
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Save the D.C. School Voucher Program

A bunch of us here at FreedomWorks are heading to a rally for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarships.  It's at 1pm at the Freedom Plaza down the street.  The voucher program was cut out of an omnibus spending bill earlier this spring and was blogged about here. The tragedy and irony surrounding this decision abound - President Obama said that he would make decisions about education reform based on programs that work, the D.C.

05/06/2009
Alliance for Climate Protection Ignores Economics
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Alliance for Climate Protection Ignores Economics

Check out this commercial by Al Gore's foundation that completely ignores economics:

05/05/2009
Obama to Eliminate Tax Breaks
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Obama to Eliminate Tax Breaks

The president recently announced plans to crack down on what he calls "corporate tax abuses."  He is seeking another $200 billion out of companies over the next ten years that do business internationally.  Whether he calls it closing a loophole or a tax hike, it will have the same effect as raising taxes by $200 billion on American businesses.  That might cause the elimination of more jobs, drive companies to more tax-competitive countries, and slow business in the United States.  Government should not tax and spend more, especially in a recession.

05/05/2009
Obama's empathetic judicial poison
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Obama's empathetic judicial poison

Barack Obama’s statement that “empathy” would be a key qualification he’d look for in a nominee to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court is not simply soft liberal thinking, it’s a direct attack on the rule of law, an abrogation of Obama’s oath of office – and entirely consistent with Obama’s prior statements. Obama’s statement about the process of selecting his nominee included this:

05/04/2009
Chrysler and Sacrificing for the "Greater Good"
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Chrysler and Sacrificing for the "Greater Good"

A blog post over at the Foundry by James Gattuso, helps reveal the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) as a delegated blank check to Administration bureaucrats.  Check it out here.  Some excerpts:

05/04/2009
The Health Care Fight
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The Health Care Fight

Steve Forbes new article, "The Fight" does an excellent job of explaining how important the health care fight will be.  Check out the article.  Here are some quotes from it:

05/04/2009

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