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Friday, April 15, 2011

On Tax Day, Libertarians call spending compromise "travesty"

Libertarians call spending compromise "travesty"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2011
  WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict issued the following statement today:
"Just in time for Tax Day, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress have joined hands to clobber American taxpayers.

"According to the Associated Press, the 2011 spending compromise will 'cut federal outlays from non-war accounts by just $352 million through Sept. 30....When war funding is factored in the legislation would actually increase total federal outlays by $3.3 billion relative to current levels.'

"This is happening at a time when federal spending and deficits are at unprecedented high levels. Federal spending this year is expected to be about 5 percent higher than last year. This is a travesty.

"In 2000 under Bill Clinton, federal spending was $1.79 trillion. This year it's expected to be at least $3.63 trillion.

"Neither Democrats nor Republicans have made any serious proposals to change the course of the federal government. In particular, both President Obama's and Congressman Ryan's 2012 budget proposals are absurd. I fear that America will soon be overtaken by events. Inflation, high interest rates, high unemployment, and probably other unforeseen problems will start to force everyone's hand. One way or another, people aren't going to get what they have been led to expect.

"Unless American voters stop supporting Republicans and Democrats very soon, and start supporting Libertarians and Libertarian policies, I believe our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren, will be bleak."
The Cato Institute has produced a short video about the bill, "Obama/Boehner's Phony Spending Cuts."

For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.

The LP is America's third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets, civil liberties, and peace. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.

1 comment:

  1. The trick for the Libertarians is how to convince all the middle class Americans who have become increasingly disillusioned with the sleazeball big government/special interests catering Republican & Democrat Parties operatives to join the Libertarian Party. The Tea party is composed mostly of middle class Americans who know the Federal government is too big and it is sucking the life out of them. They can see why the founding fathers had it right about the dangers of a large central government gaining too much power. The Titanic (big governemnt) has hit the iceberg and is now sinking and only naive fools believe the Democrats and Republicans can solve anything. They have the middle class "passangers" busy re-arranging the deck chairs while the first class passangers and the crew have already commandeered the life boats and are starting to abandon the ship. Meanwhile the captain (Obama) and first mate (Boehner) are debating whether or not to allow those 3rd class passengers now locked in the lower decks and starting to drown to come topside and grab a deck chair.

    If you are a lazy person with no desire to work hard and have no marketable skills and have not already nailed down some sort of unionized government job and are dependent on handouts for a living then by all means vote Democratic. If your a greedy rich bastard who'd rather re-write the rules and/or pay off political hacks and think taxes are mostly for the little people by all means vote Republican. However, if you happen to a decent, hard working individual with some marketable skills and are not trying to get something you don't deserve then you ought not for Democrats or Republicans because your interests are not special enough for them to worry about. If you think all people should be treated equally under the law and favor truth and justice over deceit and special treatment then do not vote Democrats or Republicans into office because you do not share the same values. Indeed, the Democrats and Republicans view you as the source of $$$ to help out their real constituents.

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