Seven voters in New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the state government in federal court over the fact that independent voters are excluded from taxpayer funded primaries. The lawsuit, Balsam v Guadagno, states that because a voter must be a registered member of a major party to participate in the primary election, the state has disenfranchised nearly 48% of New Jersey voters. see more…
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by Cody Quirk
As of a few weeks ago, the Utah affiliate of the National Independent American Party has finally got on the ballot — joining the other state affiliates in New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon, on their respective state ballots, and are now looking forward to fielding sincere and principled candidates for the 2014 elections this year.
Even as the National IAP keeps expanding and continues to bring in more patriots and concerned citizens that are not only tired of the political corruption and decay brought on by the vile Two-Party system, but also yearn for a party that will put principle above politics, will seek to restore limited constitutional government, will fight to preserve traditional moral values in a eroding society, and especially will put the interests of the average American above those of the Ivory-Tower elite, whom have brought our country towards the verge of ruin by such leadership and policies implemented upon the federal, state, and local levels- therefore diminishing and bringing our U.S. Constitution to presently cling to those last breaking strands of freedom. see more…
We see a great happening in the Ukraine and Venezuela right now. Revolts to leadership the people believe to be endangering their way of life are massive right now. And in the wake of this event the world is talking of these people and their push for freedom and liberty.
But are they revolts for liberty, against oppressive government, or really just against useless government? see more…
For better or worse, Bitcoin has been in the news quite a bit recently.
A couple of weeks ago, Mt. Gox suspended all withdrawals.
And now that Mt. Gox has filed bankruptcy, some are questioning the viability of Bitcoin.
Such as Senator Joe Manchin, who is calling for more regulation of the decentralized currency.
The New York Review of Books is currently running a series of articles on the authors of post- 9-11 US foreign policy.
It paints compelling portraits of the careers and the hubris of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. The articles are well written, but they are missing something important.
It is comforting to believe that the excesses of the war on terror are the work of just a few greedy and power-mad men. see more…
Voters in California may be asked to vote on a proposal to split the state into six Californias.
The plan, called “Six Californias” by Tom Draper, the venture capitalist behind the idea, must first obtain signatures from over 800,000 registered voters before it will be placed on the ballot.
Opponents argue that the proposal would give some of the new states an unfair advantage in regards to tax revenue, claiming “the ‘Six Californias’ campaign is nothing more than a scheme for making sure that the taxes of wealthy individuals like Draper gets ‘redistributed’ inside their own affluent neighborhoods.” see more…
Over the past several years, it has become a something of a tradition for the Congress and President to claim that the federal government will not be able to pay its bills unless the debt ceiling is raised. In fact, the debt ceiling has been increased, or suspended, a total of seventy-nine times since 1940.
However, the United States government, which has had a national debt since it was created (with the exception of 1835) did not always have a debt ceiling, which should actually be called a money pit.
Prior to 1917, any debt accrued by the federal government would need to be specifically approved by the Congress. The initial debt ceiling, passed in the Second Liberty Bond Act, was set at $9.5 billion in Treasury bonds and $4 billion in one-year certificates. This removed some of the Congressional oversight from the Secretary of the Treasury.
Until 1939, when Congress created an overall aggregate limit on the national debt, increases in the national debt were simply amendments to the Second Liberty Bond Act.
The national debt now stands at approximately $17 trillion, with the debt ceiling being completely eliminated until March 2015.
So, why is the federal government so far in debt? see more…