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Monday, May 18, 2015

Getting a Balanced Budget via Article V Constitutional Convention: 2.0

Getting a Balanced Budget via Article V Constitutional Convention: 2.0



Dear Reader:

Reason Magazine just gave the Compact for America Initiative huge coverage!

This in-depth interview is a bit raw, but true to the nearly hour and a half long conversation I had with its author Brian Doherty; and the case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget is made clearly and succinctly (or so I’m told from the many favorable responses posted on social media). 

I hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as I enjoyed giving it.

And if you’d like to follow up with any questions, I’m happy to answer all that come my way!

The campaign to educate the Libertarian community about the Compact for America Initiative will continue on July 10th at FreedomFest, where we will be hosting a panel on Article V, as well as a breakout session walkthrough the Compact for a Balanced Budget.

Why Libertarians? Why not? Well, part of the reason is that many folks in the libertarian world have misconceptions about Article V and they could be strong allies if educated!
Stay tuned for more details!

And please consider sponsoring our educational events at Freedom Fest! We need a gift of approximately $20,000 to cover the cost of sending 4 team members, setting up an exhibition booth with necessary materials, organizing an Article V debate panel and a breakout session.
You can make a donation at our website via paypal!
Very truly yours,

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Nick Dranias
President & Executive Director
Office of the President
Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc.
Mobile: 602-228-2582
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Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc. (the “Foundation”) is a not-for-profit tax-exempt educational organization formed under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is recognized as such by the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to the IRS determination letter dated October 1, 2014. Additionally, the Foundation was retained to serve as the Compact Administrator for the Compact for a Balanced Budget by the Compact for a Balanced Budget Commission on January 13, 2015 pursuant to a technical services agreement.  The Foundation is formed primarily to educate elected officials, citizens and residents of the United States and the several states of the use of an interstate compact agreement and counterpart federal legislation to coordinate the use of Article V of the U.S. Constitution by state legislatures and the US Congress to originate, propose and ratify constitutional amendments. Accordingly, the Foundation serves as a pro-bono technical advisor providing procedural guidance to various state legislators, compact commissioners, compact commissions, members of Congress, state governors, and interested citizens on matters related to the development, education, evaluation, enactment and implementation of related interstate compact agreements. Further, as the Compact Administrator of the Compact for a Balanced Budget, the Foundation and its officers are serving as public officials at the direction of the Compact for a Balanced Budget Commission and therefore exempt from lobbying registration under most state laws. In the foregoing capacities, nothing in this message should be construed as an attempt to influence legislation, except in so far as this message is sent at the specific written request of the Compact for a Balanced Budget Commission, a governmental body, pursuant to the technical advisory services contract between the Commission and the Foundation.  The only Compact for America entity authorized to influence legislation either directly or by way of grassroots calls to action without regard to said technical advisory services contract is Compact for America, Inc. ("Compact for America Action"), which is a not-for-profit tax-exempt social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and recognized as such by the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation is making every effort to ensure its operations are not confused with those of Compact for America Action. If you believe that this message constitutes an attempt to influence legislation that is not related to said technical advisory services contract, which is not our intent, please immediately advise us and we will ensure all clarifying steps are immediately taken, including further express disclaimers as needed.  Any distribution of this message by any person who is not the intended recipient is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, do not read it. Please immediately notify the sender and delete it. Thank you.

Jeff Flake at Cato University



Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) will be a featured speaker at this year’s Cato University. Cato University Summer Seminar on Political Economy is the Cato Institute’s premier, one-of-a-kind educational event. This annual program – held this year at Cato in Washington, DC from July 26-31 – brings together outstanding faculty and participants from across the country and, often, from around the globe – all sharing a commitment to liberty and learning.

Ending Common Core

FreedomWorks
We need to destroy Common Core.

Only teachers and parents should determine a child’s education, NOT some DC bureaucrat.
You know federal standards need to end. Thankfully, we know what Common Core’s kryptonite is: separating education standards from federal funding. The Ohio Legislature already defunded Common Core testing. But we need Senate Republicans to know that any education bill must separate testing standards and federal funding.

If we do this, we’ll be able to defeat Common Core in states across the country. And, Bruce, that's why I’m asking you to sign the petition telling Senate Republicans to separate federal education funding from education standards right now!

Ending Common Core will happen. And, together, we can show the world that education freedom works.

Noah Wall
National Director of Grassroots

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Charles Murray on RealClearRadio this weekend



 
Tune in Saturday, May 16th to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests, Charles Murray and William Hastings Burke.

You can listen live Saturdays at 1p or 7p ET on Bloomberg’s BostoniHeartRadio or at 10a or 4p PT on Bloomberg’s San Francisco iHeartRadio.

Civil Disobedience for Freedom
Charles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, explains his radical proposal. Murray calls for mass civil disobedience to quell today’s overzealous administrative, regulatory state, in order to encourage a more tempered, “no harm, no foul” enforcement practice.

A Lost Legacy of Civil Disobedience
William Hastings Burke, historian and author of Thirty Four, shares the story of Albert Goering, the younger brother of Hitler’s top aid Field Marshall Herman Goering, who courageously and repeatedly defied the regime to save many lives during the Second World War.

In addition to KNEW 960AM & KOSF 103.7FM-HD2 San Francisco and WXKS 1200AM & WJMN 94.5FM-HD2 Boston, RealClear Radio Hour is broadcast Saturdays at 4a MT in Tucson, AZ on 1030 KVOI AM The Voice, 7a CT in Bloomington, IL on WRPW Cities 92.9FM, and 3p CT in Pensacola, FL on1330AM WEBY; Sundays at 3p CT in Hays and Larned, KS on The Patriot KRMR 105.7FM & KNNS 1510AM; and Mondays at 8p ET on WROM Radio Detroit.

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Stephanopoulos Apologies

Stephanopoulos Apologies | The Sean Hannity Show

Sen. Paul on Iraq invasion

New Charles Murray book

Rebuilding liberty without permission: A conversation with Charles Murray

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Book: Left targets journalists that appear on Drudge Report

Book: Left targets journalists that appear on Drudge Report | WashingtonExaminer.com

Report: 3,554 new regs in 2014, 16 for every law, $1.8 trillion pricetag

Report: 3,554 new regs in 2014, 16 for every law, $1.8 trillion pricetag | WashingtonExaminer.com



Competitive Enterprise Institute releases its annual report.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Right On Line





Right On Line is the conference for bloggers and other new and digital media activists and journalists held more or less annually, with varying sponsorships.

I attended the 2011 one in Minneapolis, the last one Andrew Breitbart attended, which had been deliberately and provocatively  scheduled to occur in the same city at the same time as NetRoots Nation, the socialist conference for digital media types.

This year's Right On Line was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity at the new Marriott Marquis hotel across from the Cato Institute, which got mentioned a lot due to its proximity, although only one Cato employee (Kat Murti) was on a panel.

Most of the discussion were nuts and bolts about blogging or doing investigative journalism (like Ed Morrissy of HotAir.com above), or surveys of media as an industry and a political force (like Sheryl Atkinson's keynote address).

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Paul Krugman Is a Self-Righteous Moron

New 2nd Amendment Suit

SAF Sues Feds Over Censorship Of 3-D Firearms Printing Information
BELLEVUE, Wash., May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation today joined Defense Distributed of Austin, Texas, in filing a federal lawsuit against Secretary of State John Kerry, the Department of State and other federal officials, seeking to stop the Government's unconstitutional censorship of information related to the three-dimensional printing of arms.

The Government's restraint against the publication of this critical information, under the guise of controlling arms exports, violates the First Amendment right to free speech, the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and the Fifth Amendment right to due process, the lawsuit alleges. 

SAF and Defense Distributed seek to publish 3-D printing information at no cost to the public. Constitutional attorney Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky leads the litigation team, which also includes William "Tommy" Jacks, Bill Mateja, and David Morris of Fish & Richardson; export control counsel Matthew Goldstein, and constitutional law Professor Josh Blackman.

"Americans have always been free to exchange information about firearms and manufacture their own arms," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "We also have an expectation that any speech regulations be spelled out clearly, and that individuals be provided basic procedural protections if their government claims a power to silence them."

The lawsuit asserts the defendants are unlawfully applying International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to prevent the plaintiffs from exercising in free speech on the Internet and other forums. ITAR "requires advance government authorization to export technical data," the complaint asserts. There are criminal and civil penalties for violations, ranging up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million per violation.
Defense Distributed generated technical information on various gun-related items, which it published on the Internet. But it removed all the files from its servers upon being warned that it "may have released ITAR-controlled technical data without the required prior authorization from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), a violation of the ITAR." In June 2013, Defense Distributed submitted various published files to DDTC for review of a machine called the "Ghost Gunner." In April, DDTC said the machine does not fall under ITAR, but that software and files are subject to State Department jurisdiction.
"Defense Distributed appears to be caught in what seems to be a bureaucratic game of merry-go-round," Gottlieb said. "The right to keep and bear arms includes the ability to acquire or create arms. The government is engaging in behavior that denies the company due process under the Fifth Amendment. We're compelled to file this action because the bureaucracy is evidently playing games and it's time for these agencies to behave." 

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. 

SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Today's FreedomWork Call

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Mitch McConnell is selling you and me out by giving Obama exactly what he wants!
You and I both know that Obama ignores the Constitution. In fact, his administration is violating the 4th amendment on an almost daily basis. Mitch McConnell is planning to pass a clean reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act, that lets Obama continue his unconstitutional spy program. Unfortunately, it looks like McConnell is going to cave to Obama. Again. 
Bruce, that means we need to make sure 7 swing Republicans know they can’t kow-tow to McConnell and Obama. They need to tell him that your God-given rights must be protected.  They need to tell McConnell that it is time to stand up to Obama.
The Constitution clearly states that the government cannot spy on you without a warrant. End of Story. And it’s time that conservatives defend the Constitution.Call these 7 Republicans right now. Tell them to defend the Constitution.
Let’s show the world freedom works.
Adam Brandon
Chief Executive Officer, FreedomWorks

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Real Clear Radio on Gentrification




 
Tune in Saturday, May 2nd to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests, Professors Lance Freeman and Benjamin Powell discussing the positives of gentrification and sweatshops.

You can listen live Saturdays at 1p or 7p ET on Bloomberg’s BostoniHeartRadio or at 10a or 4p PT on Bloomberg’s San Francisco iHeartRadio.

The Bright Side of Gentrification
Lance Freeman, Professor in Columbia University’s Urban Planning program, separates fact from fiction in the gentrification debate and discusses the surprising response he found when researching two inner city New York City neighborhoods for his book, There Goes the ‘Hood.

Sweatshop Boon
Benjamin Powell, Director and Professor of Economics at Texas Tech University and author of Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy, defends so-called sweatshops as the least bad option for individuals trying to escape extreme poverty and a stepping stone for countries seeking to jump start economic development. Powell recommends conscientious shoppers unreservedly buy products from poor countries so that they, too, can follow the path of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.

In addition to KNEW 960AM & KOSF 103.7FM-HD2 San Francisco and WXKS 1200AM & WJMN 94.5FM-HD2 Boston, RealClear Radio Hour is broadcast Saturdays at 4a MT in Tucson, AZ on 1030 KVOI AM The Voice, 7a CT in Bloomington, IL on WRPW Cities 92.9FM, and 3p CT in Pensacola, FL on 1330AM WEBY; Sundays at 3p CT in Hays and Larned, KS on The Patriot KRMR 105.7FM & KNNS 1510AM; and Mondays at 8p ET on WROM Radio Detroit.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

New John Tamny book driving leftovers nuts


Maybe that should be a magazine like Popular Mechanics?



John Tamny is editor of RealClearMarkets, Political Economy editor at Forbes, and a senior economic adviser to Toreador Research and Trading (www.trtadvisors.com). His book,Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics (Regnery) is set for release in April of 2015. He can be reached at jtamny@realclearmarkets.com.

Ending Big Government Policing

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INVITATION

Sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute, the Institute for Justice, The Heritage Foundation, and The American Conservative Union Foundation

Ending Policing for Profit: How to Reform Federal Civil Forfeiture Laws

Featuring
Darpana Sheth
Attorney, Institute for Justice

Russ Caswell
Owner, Motel Caswell and Victim of Civil Forfeiture

John Malcolm
Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Heritage Foundation

Pat Nolan,
Director, Center for Criminal Justice Reform, American Conservative Union Foundation

Moderated by
Vikrant Reddy
Senior Research Fellow, Charles Koch Institute

Under federal civil forfeiture laws, law enforcement agencies can permanently seize and keep property merely suspected of involvement in criminal activity, without ever charging—let alone convicting—anyone of a crime. Serious defects in the current law place enormous burdens on innocent owners faced with the loss of their property, and facilitate the circumvention of strong state laws, in violation of federalism principles. This issue has received significant attention from the media and Congress.

Join us for an important and timely discussion on the need to reform federal civil forfeiture laws.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Russell Senate Office Building
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Washington, DC
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Daniel Hannan on RealClear Radio Hour



 
Tune in Saturday, April 11th to RealClear Radio Hour Live from London with Cornelia Meyer and Daniel Hannan.

You can listen live Saturdays at 1p or 7p ET on Bloomberg’s BostoniHeartRadio or at 10a or 4p PT on Bloomberg’s San Francisco iHeartRadio.

Live from London—Will the EU Survive?
Cornelia Meyer, independent economist, energy expert, and Chairman and CEO of MRL Corporation, assesses the European Union’s challenges of governance and prescribes fiscal policy alignment and deeper coordination and control across the EU to avoid the risk of sovereign defaults.

Live from London—Anglo Cultural Traditions
Daniel Hannan, Conservative MEP for South East England and author ofInventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World, traces the first incarnation of society based on the consent of the governed—built on a foundation of ordered liberty, individual autonomy, and common law as opposed to state-led control. 

In addition to KNEW 960AM & KOSF 103.7FM-HD2 San Francisco and WXKS 1200AM & WJMN 94.5FM-HD2 Boston, RealClear Radio Hour is broadcast Saturdays at 4a MT in Tucson, AZ on 1030 KVOI AM The Voice, 7a CT in Bloomington, IL on WRPW Cities 92.9FM, and 3p CT in Pensacola, FL on 1330AM WEBY; Sundays at 3p CT in Hays and Larned, KS on The Patriot KRMR 105.7FM & KNNS 1510AM; and Mondays at 8p ET on WROM Radio Detroit.

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Sen. Lee on Civil Asset Forfeiture and President Obama’s Nominee for Attorney General

Friday, April 10, 2015

10 year federal budget projections

Mercatus

Republican Budget Resolutions: 
Slower Spending but Future Never Certain
The Republican-controlled House and Senate have passed respective budget resolutions for the 2016 fiscal year.

This week’s main chart shows that both proposals would reduce the growth in spending compared to the Congressional Budget Office’s baseline. Both proposals claim to lead to a balanced budget by the end of the 10-year horizon.

While it is true that the budgets propose structural changes to major programs including Medicaid, the reality is that neither proposal seeks to end any of the federal government’s seemingly countless roles and responsibilities. Without such a change, it will remain difficult for lawmakers to control the growth
 in spending and debt.


What's really behind the Republican budget?
To read the full publication, see
 "Republican Budget Resolutions: Slower Spending but Future Never Certain."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: Rolling Stone Fallout

Sen. Lee on Congress Delegating Its Authority to Government Bureaucrats

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Exclusive: Barack Obama Talks Harry Reid, Economy, Legacy with Reason TV

Are Economics Majors Anti-Social?

Are Economics Majors Anti-Social?



A leftover professor calls for censoring economics.  Hilarious. She wants an index of banned books, especially those that show the destruction and foolishness of her policies. This woman is a further argument for the defunding of academia. She should never receive a tax dollar, and probably not a private dollar either. She should be mopping floors and not promoting fascism and disinformation.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Peter Goettler is the new head of Cato

Peter Goettler is the new head of Cato

Here is part of an email from an email from Cato:
The Cato Institute welcomes Peter Goettler, a former managing director at Barclays Capital, as its new President and CEO, effective April 1. Current CEO John Allison is retiring after more than two exemplary years on the job.
Goettler retired in 2008 as a managing director and head of Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets, Americas, at Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank, PLC. He also served as chief executive officer for the firm’s businesses in Latin America and head of Global Loans and Global Leveraged Finance. He has been a member of the Cato Institute’s board since last year and a supporter of the Institute for 15 years.

After resigning from Barclays, Goettler was elected chairman of the board for the New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a two year term in 2013. Peter has been a member of the board since 2008 and chaired numerous committees including the Governance and Development Committees.

“Peter brings boundless drive and enthusiasm and I look forward to our partnership in moving the chapter forward to empower people living with MS and improving their lives,” says Robin Einbinder, chapter president.

Peter’s involvement with the chapter dates back to mid-1990s. Over the years he became more involved through his participation in the fundraising event, Bike MS NYC. He is a member of the Bike MS NYC team, Barclay’s Chain Gang, which has helped raise more than $1million for the event, the largest one-day fundraising bike ride in New York City. The funds that Peter helped raise support the comprehensive programs and services the chapter provides to more than 10,000 people in the area affected by MS. Funds also support the National MS Society’s critical research initiatives, an area that Peter has a keen interest in as his wife is living with MS.

“I am honored to continue to dedicate my energy and resources to the chapter in my new role. I am committed to the mission of creating a world free of multiple sclerosis and look forward to engaging with our constituents on an even deeper level,” says Peter.
He resides in New Canaan, CT.