Enough Socialism! Capitalism is now dead in America

What is happening to the United States?

Our federal government and the Federal Reserve are rapidly dismantling the America we once knew in trade for a “quick fix” reminiscent of a heroin addict. George Bush was afraid we had an addiction to oil? How about an addiction to government bailouts.

Instead of letting companies fail we are bailing them out left and right with money we do not have. This is now going to cost us trillions of dollars at a time when our government is spending well over 25% of what is coming in from taxes. It is true that if the government did not step in to take over trouble investment banks, banks, and insurance companies that the economic system could potentially collapse as a result of both public fear and lack of trust in our currency, however these cash infusions & bailouts are only exasperating the problem. Whereas we were anticipating a very negative economic situation ten years from now (see I.O.U.S.A. documentary as an example), this year the government has multiplied the negative economic situation causing a more serious situation in five to eight years.

Looking at the spending demographics for the future…well…all I can say it looks very bleak with few places to put your money. So today, when the markets rise thanks to this new “solution”, people with a long term horizon of investing should be shorting the market. Oh, that’s right, I almost forgot, the government has put into effect some mechanisms no longer allowing you to do so! What a convenient way to falsely prop up the market – do away with things that could potentially pull it down and everyone can continue on in the blissful Matrix. Enjoy the market’s rally for so long as it lasts.

The smarter money is leaving this country by the billions. And when Warren Buffett pulls out of insuring bank deposits, you know the game is up.

It is a sad day when so-called Wall Street capitalists have traded in that hat for one that is socialistic, if not communistic. And why are they so willing to give in? To save their own hide.

Although I have used the blog for other things, look for more commentary on the financial markets in the future.

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Libertarian Freedom Fighter Brian Bustamante Passes at 62

BUSTAMANTE, BRIAN Libertarian leader Brian Bustamante dies at 62. After a courageous year- long battle with cancer, he passed away on August 18th.

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Officers Work Against Individual Rights

Officers Work Against Individual Rights
Palm Beach Gardens Police Arrest Twelve For No Legitimate Reason

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LPPBC) is disgusted at the lack of respect our local, county, state, and federal authorities have for human rights and an American’s ability to participation in victim less, voluntary transactions.
This morning the Palm Beach Gardens police, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshall’s, and the DEA all participated in a scheme to waste tax dollars while dozens of these public servants should have spent their time protecting the public. What were they doing? Hoping to garner headlines for busting drug dealers? However, that is not the whole story. These “drug traffickers” stole nothing and didn’t create victims in their supposed “crimes”.  Where are the victims?
The accused participated in filling their legitimate prescriptions for oxymoron at their local drug store (a legal transaction) and instead of injecting the prescriptions decided to sell them. And for that, we have arrested twelve people supposedly to make our streets safer, however this type of transaction happens everyday in Palm Beach County and without any victims.
The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County feels strongly that our police forces should be focused on crimes with actual victims rather than waste their time and resources (and the public’s tax dollars) on frivolous victim less “crimes” such as these. Each U.S. Citizen should have the right to participate voluntary transactions without threat by the strong arm of the law. We feel this ideology shift would more than double the resources available for true crime prevention, and significantly reduce the number of violent criminals at work in Palm Beach County.

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County Works Unethically Against Church

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY

356 NW 35th Place, Boca Raton, FL 33431 www.lppbc.org

Contact: Karl Dickey, Chairman 561.237.5586 karldickey@gmail.com

NEWS RELEASE August 5, 2008 For Immediate Release

County Works Unethically Against Church

We need MORE organizations such as Westgate Tabernacle

Boca Raton, Florida – The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LPPBC) is interested in seeing more private organizations assist the homeless and less fortunate and have the county government lower their regulation of such organizations, such as the Westgate Tabernacle.

Karl Dickey, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County, said this morning, “Imagine if we allowed private organizations to take on the less fortunate in our area without the oppressive, heavy hand of our county government breathing down their back to comply with unrelated and ridiculous regulations. We would have greater participation from the private community to effectively help the homeless and the unemployed if government would just get out of the way. One instance I recall was where a business I was involved, decided to give out sodas, grilled hot dogs, and grilled hamburgers to the public on our own private property. We were shut down within two hours by code enforcement for not having a permit. We were shocked we would need to get permission from the government to feed the public.”

The LPPBC feels it is unethical for Palm Beach County government to work against the rights to property each American and each property owner is entitled. Code enforcement has been quoted as saying that it is unsafe to sleep in a tent – this is preposterous.

The LPPBC feels private organizations should be able to assist the less fortunate without threats from our government. We encourage dollar-for-dollar tax credits for contributions to private charities, we encourage removal of various licensing laws currently keeping organizations from forming, we encourage the reduction and even the complete elimination of zoning laws, we encourage our county government to rescind all inclusionary zoning laws, and we encourage a dramatic change our current failed government-run education system so our young are prepared for the real world in which they will live and can prosper.

We realize these reforms are not easy or painless – and may seem unorthodox to many, however the compassionate people of Palm Beach County can and will assist those in need. Our current government-run welfare system is costly to taxpayers and cruel to the children born into a cycle of welfare dependency and hopelessness. We offer positive alternatives to the failed welfare state and offer a vision of a society based on work, individual responsibility, and private charity.

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PBC Commissioners Should Praise Westgate Tabernacle

KARL DICKEY

Libertarian for Palm Beach County Commission

5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, FL 33433 www.karldickey.org vote4karl@gmail.com

NEWS RELEASE August 1, 2008 For Immediate Release

PBC Commissioners Should Praise Westgate Tabernacle

Boca Raton, FL – Karl Dickey, 2010 candidate for Palm Beach County Commission, said this morning, “The Palm Beach County Commissioners should be praising Bishop Avis Hill and his Westgate Tabernacle Church instead of finding ways to shut the church down. Amazingly, our county government is working against itself and using taxpayer money to do it.”

The Palm Beach County government is litigating against the church over a zoning issue and most recently has been finding other ways to close down the church while the case is under appeal. The church is helping approximately 100 individuals that would otherwise be homeless or be feeding off the public trough moreso than they are now, yet the county government is clearly more interested in throwing its weight around – costing the Palm Beach County taxpayers in the process.

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Taking Advice from Libertarians, Florida will Move Forward

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA

P.O. Box 3012, Winter Park, Florida 32790 800.478.0555 www.lpf.org

Contact: Karl Dickey, Chairman 561.237.5586 karldickey@gmail.com

NEWS RELEASE July 31, 2008 For Immediate Release

Florida DOT Moves to Improve Florida Transportation

Taking Advice from Libertarians, Florida will Move Forward

Winter Park, Florida – The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) is pleased to see the progress toward more efficient uses of our transportation resources. Specifically, the Florida DOT has chosen to replace HOV lanes to HOT lanes on some sections of I-95.

LPF chairman, Karl Dickey said this afternoon, “As put forth in my 2006 run for State Senate [see next page] , the State has heeded the advice of innovative transportation experts to install Fast/HOT toll lanes in Miami-Dade with variable tolls related to congestion. We expect our Florida government to move in a more Libertarian direction, utilizing the innovative and effective solutions we offer for the benefit of all Floridians. Now we must insist on a direct reduction in taxes related to the toll income.”

Although notice could have been better administered to I-95 drivers before installing the delineators [there were some initial accidents as drivers became confused due to lack of signage and warning], drivers will soon be given the option to stay in the normal congested traffic for free or pay a few dollars to get to their destination much faster and safer. The “candlesticks’ were installed in July, the next steps are to install the overhead signage and electronic equipment to register the tolls. Soon the HOT lanes will be up and running.

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The following was taken directly from the website for Karl Dickey’s campaign for Florida Senate, District 30 in 2006 and can also be seen on his 2010 campaign website for Palm Beach County Commission:

3. Transportation Improvements

South Florida and other metro areas of Florida need innovative solutions to the serious transportation issues that they face. The Florida legislature stands in the way of those solutions. The Florida DOT’s solutions have been to simply widen lanes of existing roads. A federal system of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, while noble in theory, has been a dismal failure.

I would recommend reading the IBTTA report, the congestion relief analysis from Washington State and Reason Foundation articles by Robert Poole. Another source is the book Street Smart: Competition Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads by Gabriel Roth.

  • Adopt a network of “fast” lanes and adopt variable speed toll lanes
  • Replace HOV lanes with HOT lanes. HOT lanes are usable only by paying vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses, and vanpools. This system is up and running in other cities with effective results. If our legislature was serious about effective results these and other innovative solutions would already be in place.
  • Creation of truck-only toll (TOT) lanes for increased safety and efficiency.
  • Eliminate the “your tax money down the drain” light rail system. We can use that tax money in more effective areas and we can sell off those assets to cut our losses. We can use those funds to smartly improve our roadway system and thereby improve safety & congestion. No one loves the idea of a light rail system more than me, however the bottom line is that it cannot work to be self-sufficient in South Florida. Not only are we paying to ride the Tri-Rail directly through fares, but our tax money is funding it as well.
  • Encourage telecommuting & flexible work hours. With great technologies now here it is easier than ever for companies to work from home as if they are in the office. In addition, having employees come in at different hours can greatly improve traffic congestion.

Encouraging Words from Mary McCarty

www.karldickey.org vote4karl@gmail.com

NEWS RELEASE July 25, 2008 For Immediate Release

Encouraging Words from Mary McCarty

Boca Raton, FL – In a quote published today in the Palm Beach Post, Mary McCarty said, “…someone should come in with new ideas. People want us to continue all services without paying for it.”

Karl Dickey, Libertarian candidate for the 2010 race for Palm Beach County Commission, has put forth responsible new ideas and feels the time is right for the public to embrace those ideas. Mr. Dickey expects to be elected to Mary McCarty’s seat on the commission as she will be term-limited out of office.

Some of those ideas are allowing senior citizens the option not to pay the school tax found on their property tax bill, dramatically reducing the county government’s budget resulting in dramatically lower property taxes, encouraging the county sheriff to prioritize his focus on crimes with actual victims, and improving the education for Palm Beach County students.

Karl Dickey said this morning, “It is encouraging to see Mary McCarty embrace the notion of bringing in someone with new ideas to her seat on the county commission. The status quo we have seen over the past several years has brought us to this point of crisis. The county commission has, for too long, engaged in reckless spending that we will continue to pay for years to come. New ideas will not come from the same, conventional parties, but from fresh blood. An responsible outsider like myself can bring about the change Palm Beach County needs to get back on its feet and act responsibly when times are difficult and when times are good.”