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President Reagan on Government-Run Health Care
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President Reagan on Government-Run Health Care

No one sums up the fight and the future better than the Great Communicator.  It's worth listening to the whole thing. Twice.h/t: Club for Growth

06/16/2009
FreedomWorks Deplores IMF Funding
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FreedomWorks Deplores IMF Funding

Washington, DC – Due to its promised share of the G-20’s $500 billion increase in the IMF’s New Arrangements to Borrow (NAB), The Obama administration is seeking $108 billion in new resources for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Under such legislation, so the story goes, the IMF would then be able to expand its ability to lend to troubled economies. By granting new resources at the request of the administration, the U.S. Congress would be granting unprecedented power to the IMF. Given the current status of the global financial system, this marks a rather troubling departure from the traditional role the IMF has played since its formal inception in 1944.In addition to the $500 billion NAB supplement, the G-20 also agreed to $250 billion in Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to member countries as well as a new, unrestricted Flexible Credit Line (FCL) for member states that pre-qualify with “good” economic policies. Under the combination of the FCL and SDRs, the IMF creeps eerily closer to what amounts to an international central bank with unconditional lending powers, yet it is without any regulatory authority. As a result, while the IMF can lend to well-intended beneficiaries like Poland and Hungary, it is also free to dish out even more—due to its system of quotas—to malevolent states like Iran and Venezuela.FreedomWorks encourages all members of Congress to deny the passage of any bill that grants such unnecessary influence to an obsolete international institution at the expense of the American taxpayer. The IMF no longer serves the purposes it was initially intended, and in its new role, questions regarding the political and financial legitimacy of the institution should be raised. FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe attacked such a new role for the IMF: “Should such legislation pass, it would effectively remake the IMF. This is not your grandfather’s IMF. The IMF was already revamped after crisis of the ’70s, but what is now being supported by the administration is more than asinine, it borders on illegality. That an honest, taxpaying American must send his hard-earned dollars to finance a nuclear-aspiring rogue state such as Iran or big government thugs like Hugo Chavez is difficult to imagine.”

06/16/2009
Help Stop a New Internet Tax Scheme in Louisiana
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Help Stop a New Internet Tax Scheme in Louisiana

Politicians in Baton Rouge are quickly trying to rush through a new, multi-million dollar internet tax hike that proponents are claiming will help crack down on internet crimes such as child pornography and fraud.TAKE ACTION! HB 569 will impose a $.15 per month fee on bills from internet service providers to fund a new “Internet Crimes Investigation Fund.”  The bill recently passed the Louisiana House and will be heard in the Senate this week.Cracking down on crime, and particularly crimes involving children, is a noble cause indeed.  But HB 569 is the wrong approach.Lawmakers supporting this legislation are rushing to a big-government solution, even without allowing state law enforcement agencies adequate time to evaluate what they truly need.  No credible studies have been produced to justify the creation of this new fund and the tax increase it requires.  At the same time more localized efforts to combat online crimes have enjoyed success by better utilizing existing resources.  For example, the Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has been extremely successful while operating on about $150,000 to $200,000 a year and relying on cooperation from a host of local law enforcement and district attorney’s offices in the region. Legislators need to think innovatively and prioritize projects instead of simply looking to expand government on the backs of hard-working Louisiana taxpayers.  The size of the proposed new Internet Crimes fund may seem modest at this point, but just creating it opens the door to a slippery-slope of new government spending.  We’ve all seen how bureaucracies can so easily grow out-of-control and as well-intentioned as they might be, turn into government slush-funds with taxpayers on the hook. Don’t let politicians use the idea of keeping children safe to cram more big government down your throat.  TAKE ACTION NOW before the Senate takes up HB 569 and tell them to oppose this new internet tax hike scheme!

06/15/2009
Help Stop Delaware Tax Hikes
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Help Stop Delaware Tax Hikes

Delaware is the latest state to jump on the tax hike bandwagon with a plan to raise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol to bridge a looming budget gap.  These so-called “sin taxes” seem to be the first place politicians go for some quick cash anytime they can’t pay the bills.  Take Action and urge your lawmakers to oppose tax hikes and pursue real long-term growth policies.A recent proposal would raise alcohol taxes by two cents per 12-ounce can of beer, three cents per 5-ounce serving of wine, and 15 cents per bottle of liquor. The state cigarette tax would see a $.45/pack hike.Delaware doesn’t need to go down the path of higher taxes that nickel-and-dime citizens.  State legislators need only look up I-95 to New Jersey to see the effect cigarette tax hikes have on the budget.  A Heartland Institute study shows that for two years running, the tax hikes have led to reduced revenues, not the millions the state was banking on.  New Jersey was left with a still gaping budget hole and businesses were hurt as smokers turned to the Internet, Indian Reservations, and the black market for lower priced cigarettes.  This is a common scenario when legislators go after a minority of citizens for the funding woes of a state.  The picture is the same when you look at alcohol taxes.  Raising those taxes hurts businesses as well.  Already, the hospitality industry is bleeding jobs during this economic downturn.  The last thing they need is higher taxes!Governor Markell is hoping these proposals bring in over $20 million, a drop in the bucket when Delaware is facing an $800 million gap for 2010.  But looking at other states who have tried the same tax and spend schemes, that money won’t be there and taxpayers will be again left holding the bag – only now with a much bigger price tag.  Take Action and tell your legislators to avoid these tax gimmicks altogether.  Delaware has a great history of tax competition and economic liberty that has allowed that state to thrive.  Keeping spending in check is a far better way to maintain long-term growth than going down the tax-hike road where other states have become stuck.

06/15/2009
A Widening Trade Deficit: Something to Worry About?
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A Widening Trade Deficit: Something to Worry About?

Last Wednesday, the Department of Commerce announced that the US trade deficit has grown for the second consecutive month. In April alone, the US imported $29.2 billion worth of goods and services more than it exported. When similar news came out in June of 2008, then-Senator Obama said the trade deficit was the result of “unprecedented fiscal irresponsibility.”

06/15/2009
FreedomWorks Applauds House Conservatives’ Energy Alternative
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FreedomWorks Applauds House Conservatives’ Energy Alternative

Washington, DC – “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system,” then-Democratic presidential candidate Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008, “Electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” House conservatives, on the other hand, led by Mike Pence (IN), John Shimkus (IL) and Fred Upton (MI) recently unveiled an “all of the above” plan that focuses on energy independence, creating more jobs and ultimately a cleaner environment—all this without increasing energy prices or mandating a national energy tax.

06/12/2009
Michael Bennet can't decide: Unions or our nation?
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Michael Bennet can't decide: Unions or our nation?

Observers of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet have been wondering aloud how he could in 25 minutes make a decision to support Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor but still be unable after a few months of opportunity to consider the issue to take a position on “card check”, the Democratic plan to eliminate the requirement for a secret ballot to unionize a company and to force binding arbitration of contracts between companies and their unionized employees. As reports of a potential “compromise” come out, the positions of on-the-fence Democrats becomes increasingly important. And Michael Bennet is the poster child for “on the fence.”

06/12/2009
What Won't They Tax? Company Phones Next
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What Won't They Tax? Company Phones Next

The IRS is looking to actively enforce its complicated tax codes on company-issued mobile phones. The Wall Street Journal explains:

06/12/2009
FreedomWorks: Obama’s Economic Plan Stimu-less
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FreedomWorks: Obama’s Economic Plan Stimu-less

Washington, DC – “Save and create” is the catch phrase of the hour. The Obama administration has continually used it as leverage against mounting new jobless data that further indicates Obama’s $787 billion debt stimulus plan has produced a lot of debt, but not a lot of jobs.In January President Obama and his economic team promised that if the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 passed, that unemployment would peak at 8 percent and that his recovery plan would “save or create three to four million jobs.”

06/12/2009
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

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