37 votes

The "Flat" Tax is Not Flat and the "Fair" Tax is Not Fair

Shift taxes? Increase taxes? Tax the rich? Impose new taxes? Use the tax code to influence public policy? What kind of libertarian tax reform plan is this? How about reduce, cut, eliminate, and abolish taxes? Not deductions, not exemptions, not credits, not shelters, not loopholes — taxes.

Two specific tax reform plans that some libertarians have fallen for are the Flat Tax and the FairTax. Both plans promise to invigorate the economy, increase employment, and raise everyone's standard of living. Neither one is true to its name; neither one is an incremental step toward overall lower taxes. Both are fraught with problems and contradictions; both are revenue-neutral plans that would fund the federal government at the same obscene level that it is now.

30 votes

Natural, organic items grab bigger share in supermarkets

Natural, organic items grab bigger share in supermarkets

By Michelle Pemberton, Gannett

In recent years, the grocery industry has seen sales of Natural and organic food double in supermarkets such as Kroger.

This isn't some exotic, hippy supermarket au natural. This is Kroger, one of the largest mainstream grocers in the nation.

"Used to be this was all very faddish," said Gregg Proctor, who heads up natural foods for Kroger's central division, which includes Indiana. "Not anymore. We're adding new items constantly because if we don't get it when it comes out, our competition will." [Click through for more.]

19 votes

Don't bet on getting rid of Obamacare

This is my first post on here. This morning I watched Penn Gillette take on Sean Hannity and was less than impressed. I wish Penn had been prepared to better expose the many and sundry ways the Republican establishment has grown government similarly to the big government Democrats and help the viewers understand that there's no difference between the two as far as individual liberty is concerned: they're both against it.

So the article below was forwarded to me this morning and I took a look. I think this is helpful for liberty lovers to understand how much even average Republican voters are increasingly swayed by big government arguments. The poisonous government handouts are achieving their mind-corrupting effects, even among those who have typically preferred smaller government:

55 votes

The Free State of New Hampshire Recruits Liberty Lovers

http://freestateproject.org/101Reasons

New Hampshire is recruiting liberty minded citizens for the free state project.

51 votes

Stunning Piece of Visual Imagery Interpreting the Last Decade of Lies, Chaos & Human Suffering

I, pet goat II by Heliofant

A story about the fire at the heart of suffering.
Bringing together dancers, musicians, visual artists and 3d animators, the film takes a critical look at the events of the past decade that have shaped our world.

WARNING: Contains images that some may find controversial and graphic.

I, pet goat II from Heliofant on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/44583147

41 votes

News: The Latest Story From the Fight for Nebraska Delegates

The establishment will stop a nothing to quiet the Ron Paul supporters.

The rift within the Nebraska Republican Party pitting the establishment against Ron Paul supporters has widened following a power struggle that led the party chairman to reverse course on stepping down and party officials to double security for the upcoming convention.

Nebraska GOP Executive Director Jordan McGrain said he has, for the first time, hired security for the July 14 convention in Grand Island. McGrain hopes to quash any disruptions like those at other state conventions, where disputes between supporters of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Paul resulted in shouting matches, brawling and _ in Louisiana _ delegates being carted off by police.

McGrain said he does not expect Nebraska delegates to cause disruptions, but fears Paul supporters from other states might.

Continue:

http://beatricedailysun.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska...

79 votes

Watch: Ron Paul Featured in New Documentary 'Farmageddon' About Government Attacks On Small Family Farms

This is a troubling documentary about the governments war on small family family farms. Joel Salitan (Poly Face Farms), featured in this & many other documentaries about food freedom, spoke at a University near me about 2 years ago. After he spoke to a packed crowd about government invasion on small family farms, someone from the crowd asked him "is there anyone in Washington DC who understands what is going on, & who will take a stand?"..to which, without missing a beat. Joel Salitan quickly replied "Ron Paul, he is the only one who "gets it". Many in the crowd cheered. Watch the documentary 'Farmageddon' below & spread it to friends & family. Ron Paul is the only politician featured in it.

Watch It Here:

http://youtu.be/5uah8LBUbfc

Farmageddon Website & Activism Here:
http://farmageddonmovie.com/

44 votes

Libor rate-fixing scandal spotlight now on Citi, JPMorgan

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, July 7, 2012 9:03 EDT

NEW YORK — The harsh light of the Libor rate-fixing scandal has crossed the Atlantic, with both Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase saying regulators and investigators have requested information from them in a so-far preliminary probe of the case.

Share prices for both — as well as Bank of America, which has not said if it was asked for information — have fallen sharply this week amid worries they could be in line for the type of heavy fines laid on Britain’s Barclays Bank, at the center of the scandal.

28 votes

The Worldwide Reverse Bankruptcy Will Speed Up Real Soon

I call it a "Reverse Bankruptcy", instead of revaluing the debt nominally you devalue the currency proportionately to the bad debts. Two words, "Hard Assets".

Paul Brodsky: Central Banks Are Nearing The 'Inflate Or Die' Stage
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/paul-brodsky-central-banks-are...

25 votes

Bankrupt CA Approves $68B High-Speed Rail

[The John Galt line this is not.]
California passes $8 billion high-speed rail bill
Legislation will fund first 130-mile stretch of $68 billion project

By Chris Megerian - Saturday, July 7, 2012

By a bare majority, the California state Senate voted Friday to approve initial construction on the state’s $68 billion high-speed rail project, ending months of intense lobbying and uncertainty in the Legislature.

39 votes

Sheriff Announces County Wide Mortgage Fraud Investigation

This is Breaking news - Press Conference

We can now share the work that has been going on behind the scenes in New Hampshire. Please support Sheriff Christopher Conley any way you can. Also share this with your own Sheriffs and help expose the massive banking fraud that is destroying our Republic.

134 votes

Massachusetts Ron Paul Delegates Need Your Help!

Dear Ron Paul Army,

Despite what you may have heard, the Massachusetts delegates have not acquiesced or capitulated, we have just been crouched ready to strike! That time is now and we need your help!

Here is what you can do:
1- we have a change.org petition to restore the MA delegates and count the provisional ballots. Please sign it and share it with everyone you know!
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-u-s-senate-restore-the-d...
2- please like and share the article, and ask friends to repost:
http://bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view.bg?articleid...
3- like the article about it:
http://www.redmassgroup.com/diary/14989/michael-graham-weigh...
4 - retweet:
https://twitter.com/jeffkatzshow/status/217917232657870848
https://twitter.com/MGraham969/status/217963416558649344
and please ask Ron Paul groups to do the same!

46 votes

Fearing Paulites, Nebraska GOP To Tighten Security At State Convention

Nebraska's state Republican Party will tighten security at its annual convention in preparation for expected trouble from Ron Paul supporters, according to a report in the Nebraska Watchdog.

The executive director of the Nebraska GOP, Jordan McGrain, told the Watchdog that "This is not going to be a free-for-all" and that the party has hired additional security at the July 14 convention for the first time in convention history.

Nearly half of delegates in two of Nebraska's counties have gone to Paul, and a Paul supporter came close to becoming chairman of the state party.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/fearing-paulites-nebraska-...

94 votes

Letter of the year

The following was in the July 6th, 2012 issue of the Austin American-Statesman letters to the editors section. Wish I had written it.

Enjoy:

Let me get this straight. We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and will be fined for if we don't, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts itself from it, signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that's broke. What could possibly go wrong?

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