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Red Dog does not like collectivism. Free markets for a free society.

Jun 242015
 
 June 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am About US No Responses »
FILE - In this May 12, 2009, file photo Jonathan Gruber, professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, participates in a Capitol Hill hearing on the overhaul of the heath care system in Washington. A supporter of the Affordable Care Act, Gruber says, "It’s so crazy to think that a society that has Social Security and Medicare would not find this (law) constitutional.” Gruber advised both the Obama administration and Massachusetts lawmakers as they developed the state mandate in the 2006 law that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney championed as governor. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who claimed the authors of ObamaCare took advantage of what he called the “stupidity of the American voter,” played a much bigger role in the law’s drafting than previously acknowledged, according to a published report.

The Wall Street Journal, citing 20,000 pages of emails sent by Gruber between January 2009 and March 2010, reported Sunday that Gruber was frequently consulted by staffers and advisers for both the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about the Affordable Care Act. Among the topics that Gruber discusses in the emails are media interviews, consultations with lawmakers, and even how to publicly describe his role.

The emails were released as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the legality of federal health insurance exchange subsidies.

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Jun 192015
 
 June 19, 2015  Posted by at 3:20 pm About US No Responses »
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Washington (CNN)It is D-Day once again for Obamacare, the President’s hard-won health law, which stands again before the Supreme Court.

Opponents are asking the Supreme Court to determine a critical question: does the text of the law authorize tax subsidies for 6.4 million Americans who have already received help to afford health coverage?

As the justices work toward a self-imposed June deadline, they will seek to answer that question, knowing that if they side with the challengers the ruling could severely destabilize the structure of the entire law. Here are five questions to understand what is going on:

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Jun 172015
 
 June 17, 2015  Posted by at 4:39 pm About US No Responses »
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Donald Trump Hired Paid Actors To Attend Presidential Launch Event

“I am officially running for president of the United States and we are going to make our country great again,” proclaimed Donald Trump in the lobby of Trump Tower. And with that, Trump ended his decades long flirtation with running for president by, according to him, officially entering the race to become the Republican party’s 2016 nominee.

Twitter widely mocked the meandering speech. Some conservatives heralded Trump’s announcement with great fanfare, others received the news with skepticism and derision. Pundits, prognosticators and journalists were mixed. In one analysis, Halperin noted Trump’s ability to draw crowds as an asset.

The full story can be found at medium.com

Jun 162015
 
 June 16, 2015  Posted by at 1:36 pm About US No Responses »
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Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush credits the low-carb Paleo diet for his recent weight loss, estimated at 20 or 30 pounds.

Sources told Reuters Jeb adopted the low-carb Paleo diet at the suggestion of his son, George P. Bush, the newly elected Texas land commissioner. Jeb, 62, is so thrilled with his weight loss he urged his son, Jeb Bush Jr., to go Paleo.

Continue to the Examiner for the full article. 

Jun 152015
 
 June 15, 2015  Posted by at 11:42 pm About US No Responses »
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This post is in response to a post on Reuters by their journalist Alan Wolfe.

As someone who considers themselves liberal, in the Jeffersonian sense, I was surprised to see so many inaccuracies by Alan Wolfe’s recent story for Reuters titlted “Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think”. Maybe I don’t know enough about Stalinism to get the comparison. Wikipedia’s site claims Stalinism stands for “ a centralized state” , that is, the brand of Communism practiced by Joseph Stalin, in the area currently known as Russia, from the mid 1920’s until the 1953.

In my belief of what libertarianism stands for, and what Wikipedia also states, is that it “upholds liberty as its principle objective” and that those who follow it “ seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, ephasizing political freedom, volentary association and the primacy of individual judgement”

So I seem to have a pretty good premise on what Stalinism and Libertarianism. But how does Rand Paul fit into this?

Dr. Rand Paul is currently running for president, and has many people scared of his message, and I believe that is because it is misunderstood.

Yes Alan, it Paul does “cross the otherwise impregnable line between the right and the left” and I agree as well “ Paul’s appeal doesnt stop there”. But the reasoning that you use is not that of a libertarian, and which is why you are coming to the conclusion that that Stalin’s Communistic government has any parallels with libertarianism.

The first aspect of a libertarian politician, that Mr. Wolfe has misguidedly crafted his argument, is that Rand will categorize the American people as “ the GOP base that is getting older and whiter”, one of the “minorities” such as the “African-American and Latino[s]”, that need special favors before they will get that voting block. A libertarian candidate doesn’t see groups of people, only individuals whose liberty it is for them to protect and preserve.

Pandering to groups based on skin color or ethnic backgrounds would imply that some are more worthy of tax dollars than others. As in all governmental affairs, for those groups to benefit, someone needs to be redistributed from somewhere else. This, according to a libertarian politician, would violate his beliefs, as the preservation of one’s private property is held in the 5th Amendment of our Constitution

Alan’s second misguided point about libertarian politicians is that “isolationism is built into libertarianism” and that they would cut off all ties to other countries; if they had their way. The misconception comes from confusion between the terms ‘isolationist’ and ‘non-interventionist’, which have distinct differences Consider the countries of Switzerland and North Korea. Switzerland allows for free travel of its borders, mostly without of an inconvenience for both its citizens and tourist from other countries. It also allows the trade of goods from inside and outside of its borders, just like other countries in Europe. Switzerland does not have armed forces past the size that suits their landmass, and does not interfere with the policies of foreign governments through intimidation or force. . This is how you would define a non-interventionist state. Come and go peacefully: but no external fighting.

Now for North Korea. They too have no meddling armed forces. But they have little in trade in or out of their country. This would be the proper definition of isolationist. You can never leave, and almost no one enters: but no external fighting

Continuing on the list of inaccuracies, Israel? Rand is running for the Presidency of the United States of America, not Israel. Another tenant of libertarianism – which happens to align with its non interventionism – is to let the people of Israel, or whatever name you want to give to the disputed landmass in which they currently occupy the freedom to decide their own fate: it is none of the business of the American people to decide what happens to a people half way around the world. Let them take care of themselves.

There are several other misguided examples in the article mislabeling libertarian thought. Leading Wolfe to the points he has attempted to make, but they and the ones already stated here, come down to the point that “libertarianism is among the most rigid of modern ideologies” has been confused for sticking to ones principles. Which should be a highly desirable quality in a politician.

And libertarianism does not have a “sordid” past. Alan was merely gripping onto adjectives to fluff up a completely misguided article. Libertarian history is the struggle of freedom versus oppression, specifically by force, and the freeing of mans’ mind and body, allowing himself to live as he sees fit.

Jun 132015
 
 June 13, 2015  Posted by at 8:57 pm Election 2015 No Responses »

Out in Iowa, there has been a change in the Presidential Primary race.  What once was the country’s first, and most publicized poll for the Republican Party will not be taking place this election cycle.  After 36 years, and 6 official ballots, The Iowan Republican Party has decided to no longer conduct the poll, citing lack of interest among candidates, and the cost of running the event

The poll, which drew criticism last election cycle as the winner, Michelle Bachmann was caught handing out over 6,000 tickets to a Randy Travis convert in exchange for votes at the poll.

The second place finisher in 2011, who did not hand out anything for votes was candidate Ron Paul.  Finishing with 27.7% of the vote, compared to Mrs. Bachmann’s 28.6%, it is close to certain the winner of the poll would have been Dr. Paul, if she had not handed out over $180,000 worth of concert tickets.

If this year’s poll were to take place, Rand, son of Ron would have been on the ballot.

To those close to the Paul Campaigns, it may seem too much of a coincidence that poll is being scrapped, when Rand Paul is currently polling well across the country.  

Could this be an attempt by the Republican Party to keep a Liberty-Minded candidate out of the discussion? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Dec 212012
 
 December 21, 2012  Posted by at 3:24 am About US No Responses »

Peter Schiff currently is the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Inc and has authored several books regarding the financial crisis.  Presumably, in his free time, Peter enjoys schooling Socialist on why government controlled economies will always result in a failed economies based on the clips below.

He and other economist such as Max Keiser and Gerald Celente had predicted the 2008 housing ‘bubble’  and are well aware of the much larger decline we are approaching.  When a guest comes onto a talk show and makes all the host look stupid, should you not find someone more capable for the position?

Most ‘mainstream’ news channels today Regurgitate the same story from the corporate office down to the local affiliates.  Split down the middle in a left right paradigm, our media needs more people like these three men to inform the public on an alternative to what we have now.

 

Nov 082012
 
 November 8, 2012  Posted by at 11:56 pm About US No Responses »

Reuters) – Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee’s call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade.

U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge Washington denies.

READ THE FULL STORY AT http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-arms-treaty-un-idUSBRE8A627J20121107