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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
Urgent: Call to Protect Privacy in Oklahoma
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Urgent: Call to Protect Privacy in Oklahoma

FreedomWorks  has been closely watching the REAL ID battle in Oklahoma and other states like South Carolina.  Representative Dr. Mike Ritze has three bills ready to go that will help protect the privacy of Oklahoma citizens.  The bills protect sensitive personal information on Oklahoma citizens, stop REAL ID and enhanced driver's license implementation.

02/23/2009
Urgent: Protect State Sovereignty
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Urgent: Protect State Sovereignty

< p>Is there a better way to kick off the New Year than with a good rally for the cause of Freedom?  < p style="text-align: left" class="MsoNormal">FreedomWorks Oklahoma invites you to attend a rally to support State Representative Charles Key’s legislation designed to protect Oklahomans from unwarranted federal intrusion that puts our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property in jeopardy.  This includes his Tenth Amendment Resolution which re-affirms the scope of authority granted to states and the limitations placed on national government as set forth in the US

01/02/2009
The REAL Violation of Privacy
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The REAL Violation of Privacy

< p class="MsoNormal">            In 2005 the REAL ID Act was passed by Congress as a rider in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief.  This new law imposed new security, authentication, and issuance procedures for all state issued IDs such as driver’s licenses in order for an ID to be accepted for official purposes.  Every state is required to comply with this act, permitting only extensions on the timelines for which the program must be fully implemented.&nbs

10/13/2008
Elites Seek Control Over Rising Cashless Society
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Elites Seek Control Over Rising Cashless Society

BY Red Baron

The terrorists in the federal government are continuing their push to implement a cashless economic enslavement system. According to a legislative notice from the U.S. Senate, a new Housing Bill (HR 3221) contains a provision that will require nearly every online credit card transaction to be reported directly to the Internal Revenue Service. The insanity of this is obvious and it is nothing more than a way to give the government a means to track and trace as many private transactions as humanly possible. Previously, Visa’s CEO has stated that it is their goal to establish a cashless society by the year 2012. As technology increases, a greater number of businesses are accepting credit card payments. It wasn’t too long ago that fast food restaurants wouldn’t accept anything but cash for payment, now almost all of them accept credit cards. We are also starting to see biometrics utilized as a way to facilitate transactions. The bottom line is that there is an agenda at play to setup a cashless system that will allow the elite to take total control over the global economy. These people want to eliminate privacy in mutual exchanges and this is another step in doing just that.

07/25/2008
Elites Seek Control Over Rising Cashless Society
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Elites Seek Control Over Rising Cashless Society

BY Lee Rogers

The terrorists in the federal government are continuing their push to implement a cashless economic enslavement system. According to a legislative notice from the U.S. Senate, a new Housing Bill (HR 3221) contains a provision that will require nearly every online credit card transaction to be reported directly to the Internal Revenue Service. The insanity of this is obvious and it is nothing more than a way to give the government a means to track and trace as many private transactions as humanly possible. Previously, Visa’s CEO has stated that it is their goal to establish a cashless society by the year 2012. As technology increases, a greater number of businesses are accepting credit card payments. It wasn’t too long ago that fast food restaurants wouldn’t accept anything but cash for payment, now almost all of them accept credit cards. We are also starting to see biometrics utilized as a way to facilitate transactions. The bottom line is that there is an agenda at play to setup a cashless system that will allow the elite to take total control over the global economy. These people want to eliminate privacy in mutual exchanges and this is another step in doing just that.

07/25/2008
Matt Kibbe on a dangerous sneaky provision in the mortgage bailout bill
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Matt Kibbe on a dangerous sneaky provision in the mortgage bailout bill

BY Rossputin

As if the mortgage bailout bill isn't enough of a travesty, it also includes an unrelated but dangerous provision which should concern us all. I doubt whether this horrible legislation can be stopped, at least in the Senate, but I urge you all to contact your Senators and your Representative and urge them to vote against the bill, both for its stated purpose and for the danger which Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks, points out in this article: Chucking Privacy American Spectator -- Matt Kibbe

06/29/2008
Police State Alert
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Police State Alert

BY Revolution

The government wants all your E bay transactions to be reported to them. Congress wants to know everything. This is the police state in action. Call Congress and Tell Them to Oppose The eBay Reporting Provision in the Housing Bill: 1-866-928-3035 http://freedomworks.org/newsroom/press_template.php?press_id=2571&_kk=&_kt=87fd03e2-f446-4d4a-884f-f955e2ecba8d The jist of it:

06/26/2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

BY Matt

Alex welcomes Max Pappas, Policy Director of FreedomWorks, to talk about a Senate bill requiring online transactions to be monitored by the government. Alex also talks with Kevin Ryan, former engineer and site manager for Underwriters Laboratories fired for questioning NIST's explanation of the WTC collapses. Joining Ryan will be Richard Gage, founding member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Finally, Alex welcomes Kevin Booth, director of American Drug War - The Last White Hope. Direct download: Backup: thewildeast.net uploadjockey.com

06/25/2008
Senate Housing Bill to Require Collecting of Online Payment Information
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Senate Housing Bill to Require Collecting of Online Payment Information

BY Berin Szoka

While the Wall Street Journal has noted one disturbing aspect of Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CN)’s sprawling mortgage industry bailout bill (HR 3221) –the required fingerprinting of mortgage loan “originators”–Sen. Dodd and his Republican colleague Richard Shelby (R-AL) last week introduced an even more disturbing amendment (Subtitle B of S.AMDT.4983) that would require the nation’s payment systems to track, aggregate, and report information on nearly every electronic transaction to the federal government,” as reported by FreedomWorks (and noted briefly by the WSJ).

06/23/2008

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