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Latest federal budget deal screams, 'Vote Libertarian'

President Barack Obama and the Democrats and Republicans in Congress, reeling from low voter-approval ratings, are anxious to cut a budget deal that takes the heat off of both parties yet keeps their special interest masters content.

"While people are busy preparing for the holidays, now's a great time, they figure, to jam more government overspending and tax increases on the American people, just as they did earlier this year," said Geoffrey J. Neale, chair of the Libertarian Party.

Last January — while Americans were watching New Year's Day parades, cheering for football teams, and recovering from hangovers — Congress passed a bill to hike the Social Security payroll tax, costing the average American taxpayer $800 every year. In addition, they hiked taxes on estates, incomes, health care, and businesses.

Now leading Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House, with nods from Senate leaders and the president, have cut a tentative deal to:

  • continue to add nearly $1 trillion yearly to the $17.2 trillion national debt;
  • lock in funding for job-killing, life-threatening Obamacare;
  • add another $60 billion in new federal spending for special interests, including defense contractors and federal government retirees;
  • eliminate much of their celebrated "sequester," a pathetically small reduction in future government overspending;
  • and raise taxes, including an increase in TSA fees that they will tack onto the cost of airline tickets.

"Why not grab every tax dollar they can, they figure, and nail down a budget during the holidays that will avoid the backlash of a possible government ‘shutdown' in January?" Neale asked.

"Why not pass a two-year — rather than a one-year — budget deal, Democrats and Republicans figure, so they don't have to deal with prickly budget negotiations next fall, right before many of them are up for reelection?" he continued.

High government overspending is killing the economy, killing jobs, and devaluing the dollar — along with the savings and earnings of every American.

High taxes, including the hidden tax of inflation that results from Democrats' and Republicans' deficit spending, is depleting Americans' wealth and is sending more American jobs overseas.

Republicans who pretend to oppose Obamacare are letting it fly, refusing to defund it. If left unchecked, Obamacare will force more small businesses to close; bar Americans from needed health care, leaving diseases untreated; raise health insurance premiums; and raise out-of-pocket costs. The unaffordable burdens of Obamacare may well deal the final, fatal blow to America's status as the world's leading economy.

"An outrage" does not begin to describe the level of wanton, self-serving, fiscally irresponsible, and heartless behavior of today's Democratic and Republican politicians in Congress," Neale said. "There is only one way to stop them from destroying the economy: Vote Libertarian."

LPMC Ballot Measure Voting Guide

The Libertarian Party of Monterey County has taken the following positions on local ballot measures:

No on Measure M

Yes on Measure K

Please read the following articles for additional information and reasoning.

By Lawrence Samuels
Letter to the Editor--  Monterey Herald
Posted:   10/6/13 Monterey Herlad

Dear Editor:

The “To the heart of Fort Ord measures” article by the Herald was interesting but failed to mention that the supporters of Measure M have broken the intent of the Monterey County's General Plan agreement.  Environmentalists, developers and other groups came together and decided that any new development would be limited to Fort Ord and in and around cities. The rest of Monterey County's unincorporated land was severely restricted, making it nearly impossible to subdivide, and therefore unavailable to development.

With the opening of the Fort Ord National Monument, around 70 to 75 percent of the former military base is now permanent open space. For an area that was supposed to accommodate most of the new construction in the county, very little of the Fort Ord land remains available to provide job growth and new housing. This was not the plan agreed upon by all parties not long ago.

The question now becomes this: since Measure M leaders have broken this agreement, does this mean that all of Monterey County should be reopened to all kinds of development?

Lawrence Samuels


Guest commentary--  Monterey Herald
Posted:   10/21/2013 

Common sense. Balance. Rationality. Sadly, these have all been in short supply from one side of the discussion about the future of Fort Ord. 
Measure M is neither rational, logical nor balanced and should be rejected by voters. 
• Some 21,000 acres of Fort Ord's total of 28,000 acres are permanent open space. Is that really not enough for hiking and biking? Should another 540 acres in the middle of an area always planned for economic redevelopment be put off limits? 

• The Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan, adopted in 1997 and reassessed in 2012, was put into place following years of open public meetings and hearings and full environmental review. The Sierra Club supported the adoption of the plan and signed a legal agreement saying so. 

• The Fort Ord Reuse Plan is balanced. About 21,000 acres are permanently preserved open space. About 2,300 acres are for educational institutions. About 3,340 acres are for economic revitalization and job creation. 

• Without the planned reuse of the 3,340 acres for economic redevelopment and the development fees to be paid by that development, there will not be adequate funds to clean up the remaining blight at Fort Ord. Measure M throws the entire base reuse plan out of balance. 

• The language of Measure M is vague and there is wide agreement that years of expensive wrangling and litigation will likely follow if Measure M is approved. 

• Full access from the beach to the new Fort Ord National Monument is guaranteed by the base reuse plan. Any development on the 540 acres covered by M — or anywhere else — is required to provide this access. 

• Most of the Fort Ord area that has old concrete paving or old Army buildings — the "blight" — is under the control of CSU Monterey Bay and is not part of the 3,340 acres identified for economic revitalization. 

• The successful completion of the veterans cemetery and Monterey Peninsula College's public safety training facility of about 200 acres are thrown into question by Measure M's vague language regarding legal land uses and roads. 

• Backers of Measure M have filed numerous lawsuits against implementation of the adopted base reuse plan and have made numerous public statements and postings objecting to the location of the veterans cemetery and the MPC public safety facility. Now they want voters to believe they have changed their minds. Have they? 

The bottom line: 

About 21,000 acres of permanently protected open space are there now. Monterey County needs jobs. The recent Applied Development Economics study said Measure M would cause a loss of 20,000 jobs. Everyone has agreed that 3,300 acres of Fort Ord should be available for job creation. Measure M would change all that. 

Measure M's vague language and its backing by no-growth organizations should cause voters great concern. It is bad public policy. 
This piece was written by two local citizens who agree that balance and common sense lead to the best decisions. One of us is a Republican, one a Democrat; one is a former elected city council member, one is a private sector and business professional; one is a 45-year member of the Sierra Club, one is president of the Monterey County Business Council; one lives in Salinas, one in Monterey. If we can agree on this, we believe voters will too. 
We agree that Measure M is a threat to healthy economic revitalization. It is an overzealous attempt to stop long-planned economic redevelopment and job creation on the 12 percent of Fort Ord set aside for that purpose. Environmental protection is important. 

Twenty-one thousand acres of open space is real environmental protection. 

Vote no on Measure M and preserve rational and balanced reuse of Fort Ord. 

Mary Ann Leffel lives in Monterey and is president of the Monterey County Business Council. Phyllis Meurer is a former Salinas City Council member and Sierra Club member.

Reminder: Rally to protest mass surveillance in D.C. Saturday, Oct. 26, will feature Gov. Gary Johnson

The heroic revelations made by whistleblower Edward Snowden have let the world know: The NSA is watching you and has undermined the fabric of the Internet. Its overreaching surveillance creates a climate of fear, chills free speech, and violates our basic human rights — your Fourth Amendment right to privacy.
But a movement is building to change all this.

The Libertarian Party was among the first groups to join a growing coalition of organizations operating under the umbrella Stop Watching Us, which aims to stop the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance of Americans.
The coalition will hold a rally in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26, 2013, on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act. Thousands of people from across the political spectrum are expected to unite in Washington, D.C., to demand: Stop watching us.

Speakers at the rally will include 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson. A march before the rally, music, and other festivities are planned for the day.
Show your determination to stop government surveillance and come to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26. For more details about the rally, visit: https://rally.stopwatching.us/

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Have the Democrats and Republicans Got You Down?

Tired of Higher Taxes?
Tired of Endless War?
Tired of Deception?
There is an Alternative!

Come to the
Liberty Open House
Sunday, Sept 15, 2013, 1:00 PM
Bay Park Hotel (1425 Munras Ave., Monterey)

Tolerance, freedom and diversity—that is the Libertarian Party! If you want to help untangle the political mess choking this country, come to our Liberty Open House. Free to the public. A light luncheon will be provided.

Speakers include:

  • Mark Hinkle, former national chair of the Libertarian Party
  • John Guido, 1st vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Monterey County
  • L.K. Samuels, former Northern California Vice Chair of the LP of Californian and author of In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action
  • Mary Larkin, the 2010 LP candidate for U.S. Congress in the 17th District

More information:
Email Lawrence Samuels at lawsam1951@hotmail.com.

Speech & Book Signing on “In Defense of Chaos”

Speech/Book Signing by L.K. Samuels
“In Defense of Chaos”

Saturday May 11, 2013
Starting at 3:00 PM
Bay Park Hotel: 1425 Munras Ave., Monterey, CA
Upstairs in the White Horse Room
Introduction by Prof. David R. Henderson
FREE to the Public (Includes Wine and Cheese Reception)

Chaos gets a bad rap. Few people realize that without the dynamics of chaos, order would not exist. In fact, nothing would exist. Without chaos there would be no creation, no structure and no existence. After all, order is merely the repetition of patterns; chaos is the process that establishes those patterns.
The newly revealed importance of chaos theory is that it provides the scientific evidence that shows why open-ended, chaos-driven systems are far superior to inflexible, closed-ended systems, including command-and-control political systems.

BIO: L.K. Samuels’ 420-page book In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action was released by Cobden Press in April of 2013. Samuels is also the editor and a contributing author of Facets of Liberty, an anthology of political and economic writings from 1969 to 2009, and winner of the 2007 Karl Bray Memorial Award. His historical novel about 17th Century Ireland – Ferret: The Reluctant King — won “Honorable Mention” at the East of Eden Writers Conference held in Salinas in 2002. Samuels was elected Chair to the Project Area Committee (PAC) in 2008, a citizens committee to advise the Seaside Redevelopment Agency and the city of Seaside over eminent domain issues. Visit his website at www.lksamuels.com. His Wikipedia page is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.K._Samuels.

For more information: lawsam1951@hotmail.com.

Speech on the United States, Iran and the Threat to Peace

Prof. David R. Henderson, co-chair of Libertarians for Peace, will be one of two speakers discussing the U.S., Iran and the threat to peace. The event is on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 PM at the Irvine Auditorium, Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at 499 Pierce Street in Monterey. The program is free and open to the public.

–Lawrence Samuels

David R. Henderson: 
“The Perverse Economics of Sanctions” 
David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution and a Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School. Sponsored by the Peace Coalition of Monterey County and Amnesty International.

Stephen Zunes
: “Hegemony, Repression and the Nuclear Standoff” 
Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and strategic nonviolent action.

For more information, call 831-899-7322.

Libertarian Party of California 2013 Annual Convention

Friday to Sunday, April 5-7, 2013

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
More Info: http://ca.lp.org/2013-convention


The list of speakers is impressive, and although their expertise and topics will be wide-ranging, the theme of the event is “Liberty Is Common Ground.”

Judge Jim Gray (ret.), former Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate and retired Superior Court Judge, author “Voter’s Handbook”
Tim Donnelly, Assemblymember, 59th District
Susan Marie Weber, Palm Desert City Council
John Inks, Mayor, Mountain View
Steven Greenhut, Vice President of Journalism, Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
Paul Green, Jr., Morning Star Self Management Institute
Tim Sandefur, Principal Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
Taylor Peck, co-founder, ISideWith.com
Evan McMahon, Atlas Liberty PAC
Charles Heller, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Rocky Twitchell, Oath Keepers
Chuck Shea, California Business, Property, and Resources Owners (CABPRO)
Gale Morgan, Libertarian Party of California advocacy trainer
Libertarian Party of Monterey County

Contact: Lawsam1951@hotmaill.com

Libertarian Party of Monterey County Annual Meeting

Our Anual Meeting for the LP of Monterey County will be:

Wed, Feb. 20, 2013
Starting at 5:30 PM (social hour) 6:00 PM (meeting)

Round Table Pizza — conference room –1717 Fremont Blvd., Seaside

Everyone is welcome. We will discuss the State LP Convention coming up soon (April 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento with speakers: LP Vice Presidential candidate Judge Jim Gray, journalist Steven Greenhut, Atlas Liberty Ex. Director Evan McMahon and others, more details at: http://ca.lp.org/2013-convention )

We need to elect new board members and officers for 2013 for LP of Monterey County. This is also a good time to discuss what projects our members what to pursue this coming year.

The LP will provide pizza and drinks.

More information: Lawrence Samuels at lawsam1951@hotmail.com or 831-238-5058 cell