Should We Give Politicians the Power to Swap Campaign Cash for Corrupt Earmarks?

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This is depressing.

Republicans botched the repeal of Obamacare. They’ve already sold out (twice!) on the spending caps in the Budget Control Act, and they’re about to do it again.

And now they want to bring back earmarks.

In this interview with Neil Cavuto, I explain why this is a very troubling development.

One thing I didn’t mention in the interview is that earmarks are inherently corrupt. Indeed, there’s a near-universal four-step process that – in a just world – would result in politicians getting arrested (see 18 U.S. Code § 203) for bribery, graft, and conflicts of interest.

  1. An interest group decides it wants other people’s money and decides to use government as a middleman.
  2. The interest group hires lobbyists, most of whom are former members of Congress or former staff members.
  3. The interest group and the lobbyists direct campaign contributions to one or…

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“If You Don’t Where Aleppo Is, You Can’t Bomb It” Says Larry Sharpe In Defense of Gary Johnson

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Last night’s episode of the Governor’s House with Larry Sharpe became heated when someone commented on the livestream “What’s an Aleppo?”

Among Sharpe’s commentary on universal basic income, New York’s new free college program and unions (and someone calling in asking if Larry had seen our Presidential Poll), was a response to a viewer seeming to seek to make a crack at Gary Johnson’s infamous slip on MSNBC where a reporter asked “What is Aleppo” and Johnson did not know is was the capitol of Syria.

“Shame on you for doing that” began Sharpe and then explained how he was not embarrassed at all by being Gary Johnson supporter and retorted the Johnson jab with “if you don’t know where Aleppo is, you can’t bomb it.”

The Governor candidate continued by praising Johnson for being honest and saying that it’s a flaw he would love to see in his…

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Will the new tax bill be as great as some say or as apocalyptic as others say?

“Many politicians tend to be drama queens and are on stage every day with their political theater. Suddenly some on Capitol Hill are talking about how concerned they are with the growing federal debt when they have been voting to increase the debt through dramatic spending programs for years. Apparently, they are betting on Americans either being stupid or having short memories.”

Palm Beach Free Press

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affecting federal taxes was signed into law yesterday, December 22, 2017, by President Donal Trump and depending upon what political affiliation you are with, it is either the end of the world or the best thing since sliced bread. So, let’s try to distill the shrill and get back to reality as it is neither of those things.

First and foremost, we must understand, that according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that over 45 percent of Americans do not pay federal income taxes as they are not required to do so. So, for over 45 percent of Americans, this will have zero impact because they are not paying into the system already. They may be paying other taxes such as federal Social Security and state sales taxes; however, none of those have any bearing on this issue.

If you wish to look…

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The Butler Book Tour

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Threaded Destiny takes place in the fictional town of Harper, but as many of you know by now, Harper is modeled after downtown Butler, Pennsylvania. Last weekend, I had the honor of being invited to talk about Threaded Destiny on the local radio station and to do a book signing at a bookstore in downtown Butler.The Butler Book Tour took me to WISR 680AM radio for an interview on Friday, October 27th and then to The Book Book for a book signing on Saturday, October 28th. What a great time! Dave Marlarkey of WISR is an amazing host who really knows how to keep the interview going. Erik Bell at The Book Nook, along with Elsie, made the book signing a memorable and fun experience. Thank you, Thank you!

If you’d like to hear the interview, click the link below. My segment time is 34:08 to 1:05:30.
https://wisr680.com/turn-guests-fri-1027/

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Wyllie had the confidence of the LPF EC in 2015

Since Adrian Wyllie continues his revisionist history regarding his resignation I feel the need to put it to rest. The fact is that Wyllie HAD the confidence of the LPF EC, which is CONTRARY to what he has been telling the public from day one, even today he posted a video where he clearly mismanages the facts and here is the proof. Now I personally like Adrian; however, on this one issue, I cannot let him continue to confuse the public as to what actually happened during that time.

You will see that every single EC member that voted within Wyllie’s 24 hour voting time frame agreed with him and voted NO, and not one EC member voted YES. A vote of NO meant that Wyllie should continue on and speak freely about Invictus and there were ZERO indications from us (the EC) that Wyllie should stop. The vote, in our minds, should have given Wyllie the encouragement to move forward but left us in a serious situation with his sudden resignation. Wyllie CLEARLY had the confidence of the EC and resigned anyway.

Here is the email communication from that vote:

9/27/15 11:53PM From Adrian Wyllie: I have made the following motion, and we are initiating an email vote.  Please respond with “Yes” or “No”.   This is a simple majority vote of members present.   For the purpose of this email vote, quorum will be established by the number of EC members responding within 24 hours (by 11:59pm on Monday, 9/28/15).  “Abstain” however will not be counted as part of the quorum of members present, per RONR.    The quorum will be established by the number of “yes” and “no” votes cast only.

VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE CHAIRMAN – Motion by Adrian Wyllie

LPF Chairman Adrian Wyllie has spoken strongly against Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus, and against LPF members who have affiliations with known neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations. Wyllie has done so without specific authorization of the LPF EC. He has expressed (and he reaffirms here) that he will continue to speak for the LPF on these matters, even without approval from the EC. Therefore, he exceeds his authority as LPF spokesman. I hereby move that Adrian Wyllie be asked to resign.”

Do I have a second?

Sincerely,
Adrian Wyllie, Chairman

 

9/28/15 4:44 AM From Karl Dickey: Second.
Discussion: I do not agree with how you have dealt with the matter; however, it is not worthy of forcing your resignation as Chair.
My vote: NO

 

9/28/15 5:11 AM From Pete Blome: Pete votes no on the motion of no confidence.

Seriously thinking about who we are, and what we represent, is never easy, but Adrian is doing so in an open, honest, and forthright manner.  In my opinion, he is taking into consideration the law, the rights of the individual, and our duty as officers of a political party in a responsible fashion.

Regards,

Pete Blome, Region 1

 

9/28/15 7:09 AM From JD Pierce: John D. Pierce, Region 8 Representative, votes No on the motion of no confidence, and supports the actions of the Chair in this matter.

JD

 

9/28/15 9:40 AM From Char-Lez Braden: All,

No.

For Liberty,

Char-Lez Braden, Secretary LPF EC

 

9/28/2015 2:30 PM From James Morris: I support the Chairs position of speaking out against harmful elements of the LPF.

For Liberty,

James Morris, Treasurer

 

9/28/15 6:47 PM From Jared Jones: I vote no. If this passes, is the next chair intended to support Invictus? If Invictus were a republican or democrat, by self proclamation, we wouldn’t even be giving him a second glance. Hitler was nice to his people. And had many supporters. In many way Invictus represents the very fabric of ideology that we are, as a party, trying to ward off. Again, my vote is a resounding NO.
Jared Jones

At-Large Director (1)

 

9/28/15 6:58 PM From Matt Worley: Absolutely NO

9/28/15 9:13 PM From Region 11 Rep: I vote No on this motion.

 

Karl’s Permanent Portfolio – 2 year update

So it has now been exactly two years since I made my version of the Permanent Portfolio public and it has outpaced the DOW and the S&P. The net return has been 79.4% while the DOW has had a return of 31.9% and the S&P 23.2% during the same time period. And, for the naysayers regarding my small investment in Bitcoin for the portfolio then one would have to say the same about NVR and PYPL, etc. But if one was to remove Bitcoin from the mix completely, the investment would have been within a point of the DOW’s return without any of the risks in holding just 30 equity stocks or a single ETF for the DOW. This portfolio is eclectic, to say the least, but is designed to weather some heavy financial storms as well. It also has a minimum 10-year horizon, so at two years, it is still in its infancy.

See the full page here: https://karldickey.wordpress.com/karl-dickey-investment-portfolio/

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