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Richmond Times-Dispatch Endorsed Gary Johnson

From a Sept. 3, 2016 editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsing Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson for president:

In this autumn of our electoral discontent, hope springs, as it so often does in the American republic, from unexpected precincts. Much of the country is distressed by the presidential candidates offered by the two conventional political parties. And for good reason. Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton meets the fundamental moral and professional standards we have every right to expect of an American president. Fortunately, there is a reasonable— and formidable—alternative.

Gary Johnson is a former, two term governor of New Mexico and a man who built from scratch a construction company that eventually employed more than 1,000 people before he sold it in 1999. He possesses substantial executive experience in both the private and the public sectors.

More important, he’s a man of good integrity, apparently normal ego and sound ideas. Sadly, in the 2016 presidential contest, those essential qualities make him an anomaly— though they are the foundations for solid leadership and trustworthy character. . . .

As the nominee of the Libertarian Party, Johnson is expected to be on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. He is, in every respect, a legitimate and reasonable contender for the presidency—but only if the voters give him a fair hearing. And that can happen only if he is allowed to participate in the presidential debates that begin on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. If the Commission on Presidential Debates wants to perform a real service to its country, it will invite Gary Johnson onto the big stage.

Speech by Prof. David R. Henderson

A long-time Libertarian Party activist, Prof. David R. Henderson will be giving a speech on "An Economist's Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy" on Saturday, May 14, 2016, starting at 3:00 Location: Monterey Peace and Justice Center --1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside

Introduction by Tom Lee (Co-chair, Peace Coalition of Monterey County) - Free to the Public (suggested donation of $5)

Summary of Talk: Henderson applies economic analysis, combined with history, to make the case that the United States should have stayed out of every war it has been in since 1783. On the economic side, he focuses particularly on government’s information problem, perverse government incentives, and unintended consequences. On the history side, he focuses on World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Middle East, and the global war on terror.

BIO: David Henderson is a Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and a Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, Canada. He was previously a senior economist for energy policy with President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. David is the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, the only reader-friendly encyclopedia of economics. His book, The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey has been translated into Chinese. His book Making Great Decisions in Business and Life has been translated into Korean. As well as writing for academic publications, David has written about 200 articles for such popular publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron's, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Public Interest, National Review, Red Herring, and Reason. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He has also appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, the Jim Lehrer Newshour, the John Stossel show, the O’Reilly Factor, and MSNBC, NPR, CBC, and the BBC. Born in Canada, he moved to the United States in 1972 to get his Ph.D. in economics at UCLA.

Sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, and co-sponsored by Libertarians for Peace. For more information: Lawrence at lawsam1951@hotmail.com

Movie Premier: "UNFAIR: Exposing the IRS" Oct. 14, 2014

Premier Showing of

”UNFAIR: Exposing The IRS

Documenting Current IRS Scandals

Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Century 14 Northridge Mall Theater, Salinas, CA

Premier showing of “Unfair: Exposing the IRS”, which exposes the current scandals plaguing the IRS, will be held at the Century 14 Northridge Mall Theater (350 Northridge Shopping Center) in Salinas on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 PM.  Ticket at the door or at Fandango: https://tickets.fandango.com/transaction/ticketing/express/ticketboxoffi... :

After the 90-minute film ends, there will be a televised, real time panel discussion of tax issues (30 minutes) including questions about the FairTax versus a flat tax.

We will go out afterwards to discuss the movie at BJ’s restaurant, 1730 N. Main Street, Salinas (across from the Mall)

View trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KyBq_Cb01I

Co-sponsors: Frank Wagener of the FairTax movement in California, and Lawrence Samuels, chair of the Libertarian Party of Monterey County. This is a ONE SHOWING ONLY. Contact Frank at  frank.wagener@ca4fairtax.org or Lawrence at lawsam1951@hotmail.com or 831-238-5058.

 

 

Argument and Rebuttal Against Tax Increase--Measure Q

Below is the argument and rebuttal against the Monterey-Salinas Transit District Tax. I was one of the signers. This language will appear in the Nov. 4, 2014 Voter Booklet.

 

Argument Against Measure Q

 

This year’s ballot is awash with tax-generating measures to increase sales taxes, school bonds, hotel transient occupancy tax and transit tax. Further, there will be a number of expensive tax measures at the state level. One would have to be brain-dead to vote for boosting taxes when most governmental bodies spend wildly without much transparency or care while their public employees enjoy obscenely high salaries, health care benefits and bloated pensions. To the overtaxed, it seems that the only purpose of the taxpayer is to foot the bill.

The Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) has no qualms about spending taxpayers’ money freely. They agreed in their Jan. 2014 board meeting to spend up to $100,000 of taxpayers’ funds to research the feasibility of this tax measure. And who can forget their failed attempt two years ago to create a huge maintenance/operations facility at the 58-acre Whispering Oaks business park in Fort Ord, for which they sunk over $4.5 million into design work. Guess who paid for that debacle!

This tax is just another attempt at empire-building. The MST has been seeking more office space, newer buses that are usually less than half full, and more facilities. The MST say they want additional taxpayers’ funds just to help senior citizens, veterans and people with disabilities, but such nice-sounding language comes from their advertising consultants. Who knows if that is true? The German philosopher, Nietzsche, saw through such political smoke screens, observing that “everything the government says is a lie.”

Perhaps not everything, but spin-doctoring often brings home the proverbial bacon in the form of a large revenue stream from taxpayers. This farce needs to stop. Vote NO on Measure Q.

 

Rebuttal Against Measure Q.

 

All too often, governmental bodies behave like criminals.  When MST district mailed out thousands of flyers announcing a meeting to let the public know about their proposed tax for the Nov. 4, 2014, ballot, they failed to mention the location.  When several taxpayers found the location, they asked for another meeting. But their pleas were ignored and the MST board voted to put the tax on the ballot with almost no public comments, because almost nobody knew the location. The MST did not want the public at their July 14 meeting! They apparently wanted their meeting held in secret. This is almost criminal, perhaps bordering on consumer fraud.

Over 2,500 years ago, Greek philosopher Aristotle made an astute observation.  He warned: “Subjects are also kept poor by payment of taxes.” And this is the point. The Transit tax is not small when considering the high salaries, pensions and health benefits of public employees that most taxpayers can only dream about.

To the insulated bureaucrats, it seems that they never have enough money. In fact, we could give every penny we own to the various government agencies, and it would still not be enough.  No more new taxes! Vote NO on Measure Q.

Speech by Anthony Gregory

Speech: "Habeas Corpus:

A Double-Edged Sword?"

by Anthony Gregory

Saturday, May 17, 2014

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Peace Rescource Center,  1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside

MC: Tom Lee

Free to the public

The writ of Habeas Corpus is a judicial procedure that in theory supposed to require a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court. However, in practice this requirement is not always imposed. Habeas corpus is a summons with the force of a court order that guarantees against any detention that is forbidden by law. This judicial principle is considered the cornerstone of individual liberty and a free society.

But ordinary citizens are not the only ones who have used this principle. Historically, amoral leaders and unethical governments have used habeas corpus for their own nefarious ends. Why and how this has happened is the subject of Anthony Gregory’s speech.

BIO: Anthony Gregory is the Gilbert I. Collins Fellow at the Independent Institute and the author of the book The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King's Prerogative to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He appears in the Institute's Independent Watch videos and blogs regularly at The Beacon.

He has written articles for The Atlantic, Washington Times, Bloomberg Business Week, Christian Science Monitor, San Diego Union Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, American Conservative, Human Events, Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, LewRockwell.com, Mises.org, The Freeman, Liberty, Reason.com, Future of Freedom Foundation, The Independent Review, and Journal of Libertarian Studies. He earned his B.A. in American history at the University of California at Berkeley.

This speech is sponsored by Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County, a member of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Other sponsors: Sam Adams Forum, Libertarian Party of Monterey County. For more information: lawsam1951@hotmail.com or www.montereycountyLP.org