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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Impeach John Koskinen

FreedomWorks
 
   
 It seems like every day some new scandal is breaking about Obama’s IRS. Right now, the IRS is trying to hide emails between Obama and the IRS about the targeting of conservatives. And Obama’s trying to fight it in the courts to keep them hidden. There’s too much funny business going on at the IRS. It’s time to clean house, starting with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. If you agree, send a message to your representative. Demand that they impeach John Koskinen.
Cover up, after cover up. Lie after lie. And, Obama and John Koskinen think that they’ve gotten away with it. They think that they’ve swept this scandal under the rug. I’m going to hold them accountable. If you’re with me, send a message to your congressman now. Demand the impeachment of John Koskinen.
Let’s show Obama’s crooked IRS Commissioner why freedom works.
Adam Brandon
President & CEO, FreedomWorks

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Do you need investment advice? FreedomWorks has an idea

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 I hate asking you for money. I mean literally, I hate it. It's the worst part of my job. If I had a choice I never would. But FreedomWorks has expenses. We have to pay rent, utilities, technology, equipment, and tools for activists. Heck, even this email is costing us money. I want to take our country back. I want to repeal and replace ObamaCare. I want to end Common Core. I want to stop (once and for all) Obama's unconstitutional spy program. And most of all, I want to make sure the next generation has the same opportunities that I had. That's why I'm here. That's why I keep fighting, but the only way we can do that, is with your support.
Bruce, while the left is funded by a few rich corporations or billionaires, we're funded by tens of thousands of patriots like you. And I'm hoping that today you'll stand with FreedomWorks and donate right now. I need you to stand with FreedomWorks and donate right now.
We've done a lot this year. We've helped pass legislation in New Mexico, fought Common Core in states across the country, defended your right to privacy, and ended the Ex-Im Bank. And, we're not stopping there. Right now, we're working hard to impeach Obama's IRS Commissioner, fire Boehner as Speaker of the House, end Common Core, and get Obama out of your inbox. But, if we're going to keep that up, we need to have your support.
Your donation will cover rent, utilities, our email service provider, and the tools hundreds of thousands of activists need to make a difference: calling technology, yard signs, palm cards, door hangers, whip lists, and more.
Bruce, we're a grassroots organization, and we depend on our community to keep the fight alive in DC.And, that's why I'm hoping you'll chip in today. If everyone who read this email donated just $5, I wouldn't have to bother anyone for the rest of the year.
I hate writing this. I hate asking you for money. I grew up in Cleveland, and we don't ask for hand-outs. And that's why I want to make sure that you know if you donate to FreedomWorks, 79% of your donation will go directly to fighting the progressives in DC. Most organizations can't say that. But we can. And that's why we're hoping you'll stand with us today and donate at least $5. Your support matters and your donation will make a difference.
I believe in freedom. I know it works.
Thank you.
Adam Brandon,
President and CEO, FreedomWorks
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Comedian Colin Quinn NAILS it on PC culture

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Which candidate will stop the illegal immigration of our tax dollars?



Put simply, U.S. taxpayers are subsidizing Europe’s bloated welfare states. Learn more: http://j.mp/1HBCpaS
Posted by The Cato Institute on Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

FreedomWorks Summit announces Glenn Beck

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 I can’t wait to tell you this!

Glenn Beck just confirmed that he’ll be speaking at our 9.12 Grassroots Summit in Orlando, Florida. Bruce, when I think about 9.12 there is one name that immediately comes to mind, and that is Glenn Beck. I remember when he launched the original 9.12 project. And, I remember standing with him in Washington, DC when a million patriots made #DCListen.

Joining Glenn Beck, will be Congressmen Mark Meadows, Ron DeSantis, and Ted Yoho. These are three of the most principled conservatives in the U.S. House who are leading the charge to take America back and restore the values you and I believe in. I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this critical update about some of the great speakers we have confirmed for the 9.12 Grassroots Summit.


And, finally, you’ll get to see Andrew Wilkow, who will be emceeing the event. And Fox News and the Wall Street Journal contributor Stephen Moore will be joining him. We’ve even invited every presidential candidate including Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, and more.

At the Summit you’ll get the chance to network with thousands of fellow patriots. You’ll receive the latest and greatest techniques in grassroots organizing. And not to mention the incredible speakers we have confirmed including Glenn Beck. Passes are going fast and space is limited, so register today.

Bruce, this is turning out to be a can’t miss event. Almost 6 years ago, a million patriots marched on Washington, and that sent a message to the world, that freedom does work. As the years have gone by, they seem to have forgotten it. Let’s remind them. If you want join, me, Glenn Beck, and thousands of fellow patriots, like you, then sign up to get your passes today.

Let’s remind the world why freedom works.

Adam Brandon

Chief Executive Officer, FreedomWorks

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Love Gov: An Education in Debt (Ep. 1 of 5)







We greatly appreciate your earlier help in sharing our very timely, new, satirical, 5-part, Millennials Video series on liberty, Love Gov: From First Date to Mandate.  As an update and in just a month since its release, Love Gov has well surpassed 1.5 million combined YouTube views. (Our earlier news release further explains the series, each episode of which is about 5 minutes.) As the presidential race heats up, the views of 80 million American Millennials may well determine the outcome, but which way will they go?

Could we interest you in further sharing the value and significance of Love Gov!  As you know, Love Gov personifies the increasing folly, cost, intrusiveness and absurdities of meddling government in the lives of everyone, especially the young.  It’s a lighthearted and comic approach to reach audiences on a personal level and inspire them to learn more. 

Love Gov also connects viewers with our free MyGovCost app that enables anyone to see his or her shocking, lifetime federal tax liability and further enables users to learn more about government follies—and alternative, market-based solutions—with numerous articles and other resources.

Here incidentally are some sample comments:

“I watched it and really liked it. I tweeted it too! Thanks for sending it along. Great work.”
John B. Taylor, former Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs; former Member, President's Council of Economic Advisors

“This is a must see. Love Gov is hilarious and sad at the same time. It shows our government in a new light. It is not the politicians, but the bureaucracy. They control us and they can’t be fired.”
Timothy C. Draper, Founder and Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Love Gov is an amazingly high-quality, but also skin-crawling, series from the Independent Institute.
Michael C. Munger, Professor of Political Science, Duke University

Love Gov is light-hearted, but it mocks a problem that is more tragedy than comedy . . . If we graded films we would give Love Gov an ‘A’.”
National Review

“Great job on the Love Gov videos. They are very entertaining, well produced and packed with criticism of ‘Gov’.”
Paul D. Ashby, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California

“We believe that Love Gov is a funny and compelling way to help anyone, especially young people, understand the federal government’s expanding reach into our lives. . . . If you have a high school or college student in your life we urge you to check out Love Gov and the MyGovCost mobile app, they could be great tools to teach anyone—but especially young people—how America’s relationship with Big Government has turned into a very bad date.”
Conservative HQ

Love Gov is great. . . . Upbeat, winsome, and communicates well. Bravo.”
Timothy Dalrymple, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Polymath Innovations

“These videos are brilliant. What a great idea.”
Barbara Kolm, Director, Friedrich A. Hayek Institute

“Nicely done. But very creepy.”

Luke M. FroebWilliam C. Oehmig Chair of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Owens School of Management, Vanderbilt University


Love Gov is great. Something millennials can get into—kind of has a Portlandia feel.”
Lance Christensen, Senior Policy Advisor, California State Senator John Moorlach

Hence and with the enormous and rapid interest in Love Gov, we would be very grateful for any further help in your sharing and discussing its value. In this regard, I would be delighted to discuss further details and if you have any questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 510-632-1366, ext. 104 (o), or 510-406-3267 cell.

Thank you very much again for your kind assistance!

Best regards,

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Real Clear radio on now on peace and prosperity



 
Tune in Saturday, August 8th to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests Richard Rahn and Scott Maloni.

You can listen live Saturdays at 1p or 7p ET on Bloomberg’s BostoniHeartRadio or at 10a or 4p PT on Bloomberg’s San Francisco iHeartRadio.

Nuclear Disarmament
Richard Rahn, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and Chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth, recounts the last half century’s arms race. Rahn discusses how the world escaped Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) and why we should encourage prosperity to promote peace.

Water Politics
Scott Maloni, vice president of project development at Poseidon Water, discusses the local, drought-proof, large-scale seawater desalination projects in California and how it took overcoming more than a decade of regulatory hurdles to make them operational.

The weekly one-hour program airs:
Saturdays at 1pm & 7pm ET on WXKS 1200AM and WJMN 94.5FM-HD2 in Boston,
Saturdays at 10am & 4pm PT on KNEW 960AM & KOSF 103.7FM-HD2 in San Francisco,
Saturdays at 4am MT on 1030 KVOI in Tucson, AZ,
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Continuing Underemployment

The underemployment number in jobs reports
Meh: the July Jobs Report

The “meh” economy lumbers on. Leading into the report, the high-frequency data (ADP Employment Report, ISM manufacturing, ISM non-manufacturing) were mixed – an accurate forecast for the report itself.  Top-line growth showed an unspectacular 215,000 jobs and the unemployment rate held steady. The labor force participation rate also remained the same at 62.6 percent, the lowest since 1977. The unemployment rate for Hispanics edged up from 6.6 to 6.8 percent, while teen unemployment fell to 16.2 percent from 18.1. This remains far too high, and reflects that minimum wage hikes may be pricing teens out of the job market.

On the other hand, there was some hope for the Achilles heel of the labor market – wage growth – which showed some signs of life. Average hourly earnings rose from $24.95 to $24.99 – an annual rate of 2.1 percent. Coupled with slightly increased hours, the upshot is a modest foundation for some real income growth.

Data junkies here’s your fix: the July U-6 (the broadest measure of unemployment) fell slightly to 10.4 percent.

The bottom line: as exciting as kissing your sister or watching paint dry. July continues a pattern of mixed labor market reports. It is strong enough to allow the Fed to begin to normalize (finally!) interest rates in September. But it becomes clear that without a switch to permanent, pro-growth reforms U.S. workers will not see the upshift needed to really change wage and income growth.
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Governor Larry Hogan expands government

From where I sit in neighboring Washington, D.C., Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan often seems to be one of those limited government oriented Republicans who makes you want to prevent the LP from running a candidate in that particular race against him.

He did kind of endorse Chris Christie last week, which was a bad sign.  But otherwise he does seem to want to cut spending and taxes in his state, whose economy is stalled and which is losing all its productive, taxpaying citizens to Virginia, and other states in the South and mid-Atlantic.

Today (as a licensed realtor in Maryland) I received the following announcement that I am being protected from competition by lawyers and others, who could previously engage in brokerage without taking the (incredibly boring and irrelevant, especially mandatory Fair Housing law, which in D.C. is often taught by smug or hostile government bureaucrats who sometimes threaten, belittle, or smear the captive audience of realtors as racists ) courses I am forced to sit through and pay for every two years.

Needless to say I believe anyone should be free to "become" a real estate sales person at any time without a license or an association affiliation.  If consumers think affiliations or certificates (or course work or insurance etc.) are valuable they will demand them (and so will companies that hire realtors).  In many states the regulatory barriers to entry for realtors are relatively low - it is a freer market than many.  When one of the dot com bubbles burst in the early 2000s there was an influx into real estate sales of software sales people.  Many were instantly great agents outperforming long term realtors - because they had valuable sales experience and drive.  Even though they had only just completed government mandated courses.  (When the mortgage crash happened many of these people moved on to sales in something else.)

Occupational licensure does means someone in a poor urban or rural neighborhood who knows the people and housing stock in her community intimately cannot simply start selling homes of people at her church or her children's school.  She can only get there if she can afford to take time off and take a month's worth of coursework first, and pay several hundred dollars for courses and licensing fees.  (If she is unfortunate as my cohort was in the early 90s she will also have to wait an entire summer for the members of the local government real estate commission to stop going on summer vacation and have a quorum to "vote" aka rubber stamp license applications.  When we finally got our broker to ask again around Thanksgiving about when the commission would meet, the 'crats at the licensure department said "Oh, we approved all those licenses back in October.  They can work.  We just haven't mailed them out yet.")  Why shouldn't she simply be free to apprentice with a realtor to learn about contracts and financing?  Or study on her own?


An official communication from the Maryland Real Estate Commission:

Dear Licensee:

A New Law.

Legislation drafted by the Maryland Association of REALTORS® and signed into law by Governor Hogan on
April 14 will simplify continuing education (CE) requirements for agents and brokers.

The new law mandates 15 hours of CE for every renewal by removing from the law an exception for licensees
who have earned a graduate degree in real estate or law. More frequent agency and broker supervision course
 work will also be required, effective with licenses that expire October 1, 2015 or thereafter.

The law will now require all real estate licensees to take the three hour agency class every two years, an
increase over the old law which provided for the agency class every four years. Similarly, those licensees
required to take the broker supervision three hour class, must do so every two years. Broker supervision is
a requirement for brokers, team leaders and branch office managers.

Eliminated from the old law is the CE provision that allowed real estate licensees who possess a graduate
 degree in law or real estate to renew with only 7.5 CE hours. Under the new law, these licensees must
take at least 15 hours of CE. Which is exactly the same number of hours as everyone else.

Licensees who have an expiration date of October 1, 2015 or later should ensure that they have taken an
approved 3 hour agency class within the previous two years. Those who must take broker supervision should
 do the same with the supervision class. The Commission's website has a further notification of the new law
at: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/mrec/mreccpc.shtml

Steven Long, Assistant Executive Director
Maryland Real Estate Commission
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
500 North Calvert Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore MD 21202

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tonight's Debate Parties

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First Republican Straw Poll-Come be a part of it and stand with Rand!


  • 6:30 PM
  • Metropolitan Republican Club

    122 E 83rd St, New York, NY (map)
  • Dear Freedom Fighters, the time for the First Republican Straw Poll has arrived! Come be a part of it and show your support for Rand Paul, at the Metropolitan Republican Club, Thursday, 7:30pm! Just like in all other straw polls, you can become a member and cast your vote!Let's make our voice heard! Stand with Rand 2016!!!


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Austin, TX; London, UK; Washington, DC; Princeton NJ and 60+ locations

#StandWithRand/Republican Liberty Caucus debate watching parties

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  • Texas Land and Cattle Company 6007 N. IH 35 Austin, TX 78723
What: #StandWithRand Debate Watch Party
Time: Party starts at 7pm, debate starts at 8pm
Location: Texas Land and Cattle Company
6007 N. IH 35
Austin, TX 78723

REGISTER FOR FREE HERE: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/standwithrand-debate-watch-party-august-6-tickets-17986094894

Note that this is the north central Austin location at the intersection of Highway 290 and IS35.

Come at 7 and eat and talk before the debate.

Sponsorship by the CenTex Republican Liberty Caucus and Austin Liberty Lunch

Calling all Rand Paul supporters. To show our grassroots support for Senator Rand Paul, we are organizing a nationwide Stand With Rand Debate Watch Party. At the party, supporters are encouraged to donate to the campaign's debate day moneybomb as well as sign up to volunteer. Join us as we flex our grassroots muscle to elect Rand Paul as the next President of the United States.

If you are interested in hosting your own Stand With Rand Debate Watch Party email Antonia Okafor (antonia.okafor@gmail.com) or Brittany Wilson (britwilson018@gmail.com) the following information:
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FreedomWorks partners with Physicians for Reform

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 FreedomWorks is so proud to announce that we have partnered with Dr. C.L. Gray and Physicians for Reform, to fight to return control of your health care back to you and your doctors.
You know, the only people who should be managing your health care are you and your doctor. Not some bureaucrat in Washington. That’s why I support Physicians for Reform, and you should too. Click here if you want to learn more about Physicians for Reform.
We all know that the relationship between doctor and patient is both intimate and special. There is a trust that is formed, one that is centered on you and your well-being. However, top down, big government programs like ObamaCare seek to sever that bond. Progressives believe that they can manage your health better than your doctor. This is not only wrong but despicable. You know it, I know it and so does Dr. C.L. Gray.
That’s why he created Physicians for Reform. They are a coalition of doctors and patients who are fighting to return control of your health care back to you and your doctors.
If you want to learn more about real conservative health care reform then check out my friend's free-market health care solution at Physicians for Reform.
For years we have demanded the repeal of ObamaCare. For years we have fought for real health care reform based upon the conservative principles you and I believe in. And when we finally repeal ObamaCare root and branch, we have to be ready with patient-centered health care reforms to replace it. Dr. Gray, along with experts from FreedomWorks and several other organizations, has developed a bold plan that would lower costs and increase freedom of access to quality health care. To learn more about their plan, click here.
With you and Physicians for Reform, we can make health care freedom work.
Adam Brandon
Chief Executive Officer, FreedomWorks

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Mindlessness of Donald Trump—and What It Reveals About the GOP

The Mindlessness of Donald Trump—and What It Reveals About the GOP

Threats to Internet Freedom

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After a year of distractions, the Senate has managed to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (‘CISA’) and it will hit the floor of the House this week.
CISA aggressively expands government surveillance powers on the internet and encourages corporate compliance in government spying with bribes and bullying, broad immunity clauses for companies, and vague definitions of key terms. It makes Facebook, Google and your ISP do the government's dirty work for them, collecting your data and sharing it with the NSA and FBI, all without a search warrant or any due process of law.

The #StopCISA campaign is encouraging people to send faxes to their congressmen this week to express their concerns with the bill and stop it from being rushed through in early August.

According to the ACLU:
“The bill would create a massive loophole in our existing privacy laws by allowing the government to ask companies for ‘voluntary’ cooperation in sharing information, including the content of our communications, for cybersecurity purposes. But the definition they are using for the so-called ‘cybersecurity information’ is so broad it could sweep up huge amounts of innocent Americans’ personal data."

We know from past experience the chilling effect which these 'voluntary' government programs have. Companies feel threatened and become overly cooperative and your data becomes incredibly vulnerable. This allows the government to get away with gross violations of your privacy and security without any search warrant or due process of law.

The government is not protecting your interests. They should be writing laws to provide additional security for your online communications, making clear that the 4th amendment applies online, not building loopholes to stop whistleblowers.

The Obama administration is not our friend on this so we need to stop it dead in the House. The ACLU points out that “The Obama Administration has brought more ‘leaks’ prosecutions against government whistleblowers and members of the press than all previous administrations combined...If misused by this or future administrations, CISA could eliminate due process protections for such investigations, which already favor the prosecution.”
We urge you to write your Representatives. Use the handy tool provided by the #StopCISA campaign athttp://stopcyberspying.com
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Donald Trump’s Anger is the Best Thing About Him

Donald Trump’s Anger is the Best Thing About Him | Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D. | Living Resources Center





Donald Trump represents the anger many Americans feel about being pushed around. Because that’s primarily what government does, in this day and age. It pushes around those who produce for the sake of those who cannot or will not produce anything. It pushes around legal citizens for the sake of illegal aliens. It pushes around profit-making citizens for the sake of those who live off the government. It pushes around the American military for the sake of politically correct desires to never, ever offend a single Muslim — a clearly impossible task.
On some subconscious and emotional level, Trump seems to sense that it’s either a free market or socialism — and his emotions are definitely on the side of the free market. What he lacks is consistency, as Reagan did. Like Reagan, he calls to “make America great again.” He does not appear to know what will make America great, or at least he’s unable to name it, other than through anger. But he knows that Obama, Hillary Clinton and the like are not it — and in fact, represent the opposite of it. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nominate an Unsung Hero - Deadline Today


Nominate an Unsung Hero



We are pleased to announce the fifth annual “Unsung Hero Award”
sponsored by the Krieble Foundation that will be presented at this
year’s State Policy Network Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids,
Michigan. The intent of this award is to honor individuals whose
work defines entrepreneurial public policy in the spirit of the
Vernon K. Krieble Foundation’s founder and president, Helen
Krieble. A cash prize of $25,000 and recognition will be given
to the winner at the 2015 SPN Annual Meeting.
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Criteria for nomination:
– Nominee is a policy entrepreneur who has not received recognition for
 his or her successful free market (or “liberty-minded”) solution.
– Leadership resulted in a victory that reduced the size or scope of
government and made a difference for freedom.
– The outcomes recognized are transformative and truly innovative.
– The policy victory can serve as inspiration to other freedom
champions and replicated in other areas of the country.
To nominate an “Unsung Hero” you feel fits the criteria above,
please complete the form below.  Alternatively, you can submit
 a one-page recommendation answering the same questions below
 to Sarah Ferrara at ferrara@spn.org. If you have supplementary
materials, such as videos or articles, to accompany your
nomination, please email them to Sarah Ferrara.

The nomination deadline has been extended to July 29.

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Nominees Name (required)
What was the policy solution and what did it accomplish?

How did it advance freedom?

Why does this policy entrepreneur deserve to be the 2015 “Unsung Hero”?