The Weekly Sedition

Friday, 17 August 2012

Carla Howell: Mitt Romney = Big Government

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:47 PM

Current mood: cynical

Dear Friend of Liberty,

I ran for governor against Mitt Romney in 2002 in Massachusetts. I read his every press release, read every major newspaper article about him, and followed his every move throughout his governor campaign – and in each of the four years he served as governor.

Mitt Romney IS Big Government – to the core.

Which is why I nearly fell off my chair one day when I was asked by a libertarian, “Aren’t you glad to have Mitt Romney as your governor? He’s pretty libertarian, isn’t he?”

It is critical that voters know the truth about Big Government Mitt Romney. Please forward the below column to every voter you know who would consider voting for him.

Thank you for helping to set the record straight.

In liberty,

Carla Howell

Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

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Mitt Romney: Champion of Big Government
By Carla Howell

Is Mitt Romney the “economic conservative” he claims to be? Especially when it comes to tax and spend policies?

Now that he’s running for president, let’s compare his words with his deeds.


Romney claims to be anti-tax. He even “took” a “no new taxes” pledge when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. “Took” is in quotes because he refused to sign that pledge. His signature wasn’t necessary, he claimed. He assured us that he’s a man of his word.

But Mitt Romney has been a champion of new taxes.

Mitt Romney proposed three new taxes while campaigning for governor: a new tax on vehicles, a new tax on campaign donations, and a new tax on building construction. They didn’t get much fanfare in the media and were quickly forgotten.

Right before the 2002 election, he ran millions of dollars in ads portraying himself as a “no new taxes” governor. The media refused to set the record straight.

But that was only the beginning.

Each of the four years Romney served as governor, he raised taxes – while pretending he didn’t. He claims he only raised mandatory government “fees.” But government mandatory fees are nothing but taxes, and taxes are nothing but mandatory government fees. Romney’s new tax-fees raised hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue for the state government every year.

In addition to:

  • scores of new tax-fees,

Mitt Romney also increased several other taxes by:

  • “closing loopholes” to enable collection of a new Internet sales tax
  • passing legislation that enables local governments to raise Business Property Taxes
  • enacting a new tax penalty that raises Income Taxes on both individuals and small businesses.

This, he claims, is not raising taxes.

I suppose you could say Romney merely enacted bills that force taxpayers to hand over billions of dollars – which end up in the coffers of the government.

Quacks like a tax increase?

In 2008, Romney boasted that he was the first presidential candidate to sign a “taxpayer protection pledge,” in which he promised to oppose “any and all efforts” to increase income taxes on people or businesses.

So he’ll call his tax increases “government fees” or “closing loopholes” or “penalties” or something else. But if Romney is president, the IRS will collect this money from you, your family, your friends, and millions of Americans just like you.

Government Spending

Mitt Romney claims to have cut the Massachusetts budget by “$2 billion.” Sometimes he claims he cut it “$3 billion.” The media gives him free advertising by parroting this myth repeatedly. They repeat it so often that even many fiscal conservatives and libertarians assume it must be true.

But these “cuts” were merely budget games. Spending cuts in one area were simply moved into another area of the budget.

In fact, not only did Mitt Romney refuse to cut the overall Massachusetts budget, he expanded it. Dramatically.

The Massachusetts state budget was $22.7 billion a year when he took office in January of 2003.

When he left office four years later, it was over $25.7 billion – plus another $2.2 billion in spending that the legislature took “off budget.” (Romney never reminds us of this fact.)

The net effect of budgets proposed and signed into law by Mitt Romney? An additional $5.2 billion in state spending – and a similar increase in new taxes. Every year.

He claims to have done a good job as governor of liberal Massachusetts in light of the fact that it’s a “tough state” for poor “conservatives” like him. He infers his hands were tied by the predominantly Democratic legislature.

But when it comes to tax and spend policies, he’s not only in lockstep with the Democrats. He leads the way.

Each of the four years Romney served as governor, he started budget negotiations by proposing an increase of about $1 billion in new government spending. Before the legislature even named a budget figure.

Romney initiated massive new spending – without any prodding.

The legislature responded with a handful of line item budget increases. Romney agreed to some of them and vetoed others. The media helped him out again by making fanfare of his vetoes and portraying him as tough on spending – after he had already given away the store!

The Romney-Kennedy Alliance

But his grande finale was the worst of all: RomneyCare, Mitt Romney’s version of socialized medicine.

By his own admission, he didn’t plan his socialized medicine scheme until after the 2002 election.

During Romney’s governor campaign, he convinced voters that his Democrat rival would be worse – because she would saddle us with socialist tax-and-spend policies, he said.

But soon after he was elected, Romney started the drumbeat for socialized medicine. Three years later, he signed RomneyCare into law.

Voters of Massachusetts did not vote for RomneyCare. Mitt Romney foisted the granddaddy of Big Government expansions upon them without warning. He championed it from the beginning. Again, without any prodding from his Democrat rivals.

When Romney ran for U.S. Senate in 1994, his campaign popularized the derogatory term “Kennedy country” to describe the devastating effects of Ted Kennedy’s “liberal social programs” on poor neighborhoods in Massachusetts.

Yet Mitt Romney stood proudly with Ted Kennedy while he signed RomneyCare into law.

Ted Kennedy has pushed for socialized medicine for decades. Romney fulfilled his dream. Kennedy lobbied the legislature hard to get Romney’s bill passed. It was a Romney-Kennedy alliance.

Welcome to Massachusetts: Romney-Kennedy country.

Romney’s socialized medicine law mandates everyone who doesn’t have insurance to buy it – or suffer income tax penalties. Both individuals and small businesses face steep fines if they refuse to give up their freedom to make their own health care choices. There’s yet another “off budget” Mitt Romney tax increase.

Romney’s mandate will cost individual taxpayers many thousands of dollars every year in health insurance premiums for unwanted policies – or force them to pay sizable tax penalties.

The total cost of RomneyCare in mandates and new spending? At least several billion dollars every year – to start. It will rise from there, as socialized medicine programs are wont to do.

Romney’s law went into full effect in 2009. Its harmful effects were not felt until after the 2008 presidential election was over. Romney’s time-release tax increase.

Romney’s Words Versus Romney’s Deeds

Smart moms tell their kids, “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.”

That advice saved me a lot of heartache. And it will do the same for anyone who is leaning towards voting for Mitt Romney.

Candidate Romney campaigns for president with the words we’re aching to hear. Words we want to believe. Candidate Romney tells us that he is a:

  • “fiscal conservative”
  • “friend of small business”
  • “tax cutter”
  • “waste fighter”
  • “opponent of runaway spending”
  • “tough leader who vetoes new taxes and needless government spending”

Let’s follow Mom’s advice: ignore candidate Romney’s words. Look at elected Governor Romney’s deeds.

What does he do when he’s elected?

Mitt Romney hits up taxpayers with a variety of new taxes – while pretending he doesn’t.

Mitt Romney jacks up government spending as much as any Big Government Democrat would.

Mitt Romney champions massive Big Government Programs – that made Ted Kennedy proud.


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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Gary Johnson 2012 — Peace is Cheaper

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 3:48 AM

Current mood: excited

Gary Johnson 2012Peace is Cheaper

From the page of the embedded YouTube clip

Republicans are Thelma. The Democrats are Louise. Together they are taking our nation over a cliff. We have a President and a majority in Congress who insist on endless war. But a majority of Americans are insisting on Peace. As our President, Gary Johnson will end the wars and bring our men and women home — where we will rebuild and renew our broken nation together. We the People will have PEACE. Demand it. Donate to it. Elect it. Protect it. The fight for our liberty never ends.

Media coverage of this clip KOB-TV (Ch.4) – Libertarian Party releases first ad featuring Gary Johnson

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Thursday, 7 August 2008

Stanhope for President 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 6:45 PM

Just recently, I was reading Tom Knapp’s blog and found this post — Reconsidering Stanhope.

I had first heard of Doug Stanhope when his potential candidacy was stumped for on the [Libertarian2008] Yahoo!  group, by of all people, Eric “the Shake” Dondero. This was back in the middle of 2006.

Eric was saying that the LP should nominate Stanhope because Doug had some name recognition. Since name recognition seems to be Shake Dondero’s ONLY criterion when supporting LP candidates, I was initially dismissive of the idea. Still, I was intrigued enough to look him up on the net, and found an interview that Doug had did with the now-defunct It was great stuff — this wasn’t another Russell Means shopping for a nomination in the hopes of getting some “free” TV time and then absconding with the campaign treasury. Doug addressed the issues raised very well, and showed a fresh take on those issues. One of the issues raised was “9-11” (the 11 Sept 2001 attacks), and he managed to talk about it without coming across either as a nut or a lamestreamer. When took a dirt-nap, that interview went with it. Doug had copies posted to his Myspace pages, but those seem to have been taken down as well. Which really sucks, as it was a great interview.

A few months later, the candidates for the LP’s presidential nomination were asked some questions, and the answers were posted in the pages of the print edition of LP News. One of the questions was What makes you uniquely qualified to be president? As the other candidates cited various credentials, Stanhope’s answer went like this —

No one is uniquely qualified to be president. Beware the person who claims to be.

That comment right there told me that Stanhope was the best candidate for the nomination. Of all the available people, he “got it” the most.

Fast-forward to January 2007 — Doug’s comedy tour came to Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema on 21 January 2007. His routine was very close to what you see on his No Refunds DVD. Afterwards, I met with Stanhope outside the Guild, and we crossed Central Ave to Kellys Brewpub. While there, he told me about his campaign ideas — bringing up prison reform, for example. I told him that I thought he would be a great candidate, but he didn’t seem as confident.

In March, 2007, Doug said that in May, a big announcement was forthcoming. On 1 May 2007, the announcement was released. The content of it was that Doug was dropping out of the race, as the path he wanted to take (using his comedy tour as a campaign venue) was outlawed by the McCain-Feingold Incumbent Protection Act of 2002. Which was a disappointment, but understandable.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

It’s Time, America — Stand Up and Be Counted!

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Saturday, 22 March 2008

New Mexicans for Ron Paul (2008 campaign)

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Sunday, 9 March 2008

Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign, RIP (July 2007 — February 2008)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — weeklysedition @ 10:57 PM

On 8 February 2008, I received the following email from the Ron Paul for President campaign —

Whoa! What a year this has been. And what achievements we have had. If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent. It will not end at the Republican convention. It will not end in November. It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked. Not because of me, but because of you. Millions of Americans — and friends in many other countries — have dedicated themselves to the principles of liberty: to free enterprise, limited government, sound money, no income tax, and peace. We will not falter so long as there is one restriction on our persons, our property, our civil liberties. How much I owe you. I can never possibly repay your generous donations, hard work, whole-hearted dedication and love of freedom. How blessed I am to be associated with you. Carol, of course, sends her love as well.

Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter. Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.

I also have another priority. I have constituents in my home district that I must serve. I cannot and will not let them down. And I have another battle I must face here as well. If I were to lose the primary for my congressional seat, all our opponents would react with glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I cannot and will not let that happen.

Basically, what’s he saying is that he’s giving up on the Presidential campaign to focus on his Congressional campaign. From the strategic standpoint, this is a good plan. Still, many of the supporters of the presidential campaign were disillusioned about this (as I was). This decision of Dr. Paul’s was confirmed in an email from the presidential campaign dated 27 February 2008 —

Ron Paul has conceded that there is now little chance of a brokered convention, but has pledged to continue his campaign to bring his message of peace, freedom and prosperity to the Republican convention. The prize now is to have a significant influence in the future direction of the Republican party.

One of the things that you can do is run for State Legislature, and post the Ron Paul Revolution graphic on your website and your literature.
Here in New Mexico, it’s pitifully easy to get on the ballot as a candidate for State Legislature, even if you’re running as a “third-party” candidate, as I am (Libertarian for State Senate, District 26). It will only take me about 200 petition signatures to get myself listed on the ballot.

As for using a logo created to support a Republican candidate, well, it was originally created by long-time Libertarian activist Ernest Hancock for his 2006 campaign for Arizona  Secretary of State —

If the Ron Paul Revolution is going to have an impact, it’s got to be about more than just Ron Paul, and Ron Paul admits this — he says that he’s just the current messenger. What needs to happen is that more people need to take up the role of messenger for Liberty.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

The ONLY Republican Presidential Candidate Worth Your Vote!

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — weeklysedition @ 1:36 PM

Dr. Ron Paul is the ONLY Republican presidential candidate worth voting for! Voting for ANY of the others is a WASTED VOTE!

The Official Ron Paul Campaign Site

Ron Paul’s official site as a Representative in the U.S. House

New Mexicans for a Constitutional Government (See also

New Mexico for Ron Paul 2008

More links for the Paul campaign

Meetups in New Mexico

Albuquerque Meetup
Farmington Meetup
Roswell Meetup
Santa Fe Meetup
Socorro Meetup
Taos Meetup

Posted by Mike Blessing, Executive Heretic at KCUF Media

Reposted at the New Mexicans for Ron Paul Myspace profile and the New Mexicans for Ron Paul Myspace group.