Richard Barnes

A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson

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Sunday
Nov182007

Republican View of the Democrat Race

I'm a Republican and I've already picked my horse in the Republican race (Ron Paul). My wife however is a Democrat so I have had just as much a chance to follow the Democratic primary race as I have the Republican. Given this, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to sit down and try to pick who I would support if I were given the choices the Democrats currently face. 

One additional reason I am writing this is because far too often you get people who make statements saying that ANY Democrat or ANY Republican is better then any choice on the other side.  I've spoken to Hillary supporters and other candidates supporters who when asked why they dislike the republican candidates, or for that matter why they like their own choice in candidates and they are unable to answer.  If you can't explain why you are supporting who you are supporting then maybe you need to look further.  If you truly don't know beyond the "Bush sucks" or "Hillary Sucks" hype what it is you don't like about the other side, again you need to read up a little.  You may actually find you agree with the other side or you may find real reasons to dislike them so you can at least vote smartly.  That is why I'm writing this honest view of each candidate for the other side from where I stand and I can tell you from looking into the choices on the other side I even more strongly support Ron Paul for his 100% constitutional views because in the case of a couple candidates I really had to struggle to find any positives at all (where as with Ron I have to struggle to find things I disagree with him on).

I'm starting with Bill Richardson only because he is my wife's top choice.  I will follow the format of candidate's name, followed by brief comments if I have any then a list of positives and negatives about each candidate.  The sources for my comments can be found attached if you wish to read further on an of the candidates for yourself.

Bill Richardson - As I said he is my wife's top choice. He is also the Democrat I'd most likely pick given the choices they have before them.
Positives: He wants to pick up where Newt left off and amend the Constitution to require the federal government to balance the budget and become more fiscally responsible. Has strong stance on crime including supporting the death penalty. Endorsed by NRA and has his own conceal permit. Supports cutting Income Tax and capital gains taxes. Supports the federal Defense of Marriage act.
Negatives: Supports the waste of federal funds known as the "War on Drugs". Flip flopped on vouchers, he supported school choice in 1996 but came out against them in 2002. Supports "international cooperation", i.e. UN world leadership.

Joe Biden -
Positives: Supported partial birth abortion ban and opposes federal funding of abortions. Supports the balanced budget amendment.
Negatives: Supports federal smoking bans. Voted no on school vouchers. Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition showing an anti family voting record.

Dennis Kucinich - Dennis has to be the most honest of the Democratic candidates, however his honesty is also what makes him an embarrassment to the rest of the party.
Positives: He's very honest. Supports legalization of marijuana and understands the War on Drugs is not benefiting anyone but the prison system.
Negatives: Wants to lower voting age to 16. Voted F by NRA for anti gun votes. Wants to promote Spanish as the second national language.

Barack Obama - Quite honestly I can't see why Democrats are as excited about Obama as they are. He's a junior senator with no real experience.
Positives: Supports increasing inspection of cargo coming into this country (we currently inspect only 3%). Supports stronger boarder control and a boarder wall.
Negatives: Voted against rating programs for effectiveness and cutting ineffective programs to help pay down national debt. Voted no to reduce spending by $40 billion. Supports racist policies (Policies that take race into account when giving jobs, entrance to school etc). Supports sex education in kindergarten. Very anti 2nd amendment. While he does support a wall on the boarder and boarder control stopping people from coming here illegally, he wants to make it easier to come here legally. Supports strengthening unions.

Christopher Dodd-
Positives: Supports legalization of marijuana. Supports discussing faith in the public sector.
Negatives: Voted against rating programs for effectiveness and cutting ineffective programs to help pay down national debt. Voted no on balanced budget amendment. Opposes school choice (voted no on vouchers). Voted 0% by Christian Collation showing a 100% anti family voting record.  Rated only 15% by the National Taxpayers Union indicating a very big spender record.

John Edwards -
Positives: Supports ending no bid contracts.  Supports holding attorneys liable for frivolous lawsuits.
Negatives: 0% rating by Christian Collation showing anti family voting record.  Supports UN lead peace keeping force.  Anti 2nd amendment voting record.  Wants to give illegal immigrants the same rights as legal American Citizens.  Has a 100% pro union voting record.  Rated only 22% by National Tax Payers union, indicating big spender voting record.  Pays $400 for his hair cuts.

Hillary Clinton - I saved Hillary for last because there is so much that can be said about her.  I could write an entire column solely about her and still have more to say.  Polls across America show more people dislike her then like her.  In fact repptide, a site that tracks opinions of people shows her with a score of only 29.2% at the time of my writing this article.  That's the lowest of any of the Democratic nominees.  She's even the candidate the most Americans would want to see put into a blender on Joe Cartoon.  She has unanswered question regarding her role in how the Rose Law firm documents mysteriously appeared in her private study with her finger prints all over them.  Yet Democrats look past all of this and see her as their top choice, I'm still wondering why.
Positives: Supports keeping the Cuban Embargo.  Supports 3 strikes laws.
Negatives: Opposes vouchers.  Flip flopped on supporting drivers licenses for illegals.  Rated 21% by the National Taxpayers Union showing a very big spender voting record.  Tons of legal scandals that she has yet to answer to.  Very pro union (85% pro union voting record by AFL-CIO).   0% by Christian Collation showing an anti family voting record. Claims to support public schools yet choose a private school for Chelsea in DC.

Over all I would have to agree with my wife that Richardson is the best choice on the Democratic ticket.   Even though I have already done my homework on the republican side and found Ron Paul the overwhelmingly best choice I will also try to write up a similar article with my views on all those running on the Republican ticket.

Sunday
Nov182007

The Liberty Dollar Raid

Bernard von NotHaus had an idea for a business.  A good idea.  He made inflation proof money by making coins out of silver and gold.  His coins were known as Liberty Dollars

Liberty Dollars were popular among the Free State members who have already begun moving to NH.  One such member even began a small side business of selling signs to NH businesses willing to trade in this alternative currency.

All of that ended this week when the federal government moved in a raided Liberty Dollar headquarters and confiscated all of their gold, silver and platinum which was being used to make the popular coins.  The government's claim was that they were illegal.

The only mention of counterfeiting in the Constitution is the following section of Article I section 8 " To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;"

Since Liberty Dollars are in no way presenting themselves as copies of US coins I fail to see why there is any problem with a business creating coins made of gold and silver.  You can buy, sell and trade silver rings, gold charms etc but because Liberty Dollar made them into coins which people were using to trade in light of the continually decreasing value of the US dollar.

The owner of Liberty Dollars sent out the following email in response to the federal raid:

Dear Liberty Dollar Supporters:

I sincerely regret to inform you that about 8:00 this morning a dozen FBI and Secret Service agents raided the Liberty Dollar office in Evansville.

For approximately six hours they took all the gold, all the silver, all the platinum and almost two tons of Ron Paul Dollars that where just delivered last Friday. They also took all the files, all the computers and froze our bank accounts.

We have no money. We have no products. We have no records to even know what was ordered or what you are owed. We have nothing but the will to push forward and overcome this massive assault on our liberty and our right to have real money as defined by the US Constitution. We should not to be defrauded by the fake government money.

But to make matters worse, all the gold and silver that backs up the paper certificates and digital currency held in the vault at Sunshine Mint has also been confiscated. Even the dies for mint the Gold and Silver Libertys have been taken.

This in spite of the fact that Edmond C. Moy, the Director of the Mint, acknowledged in a letter to a US Senator that the paper certificates did not violate Section 486 and were not illegal. But the FBI and Services took all the paper currency too.

The possibility of such action was the reason the Liberty Dollar was designed so that the vast majority of the money was in specie form and in the people’s hands. Of the $20 million Liberty Dollars, only about a million is in paper or digital form.

I regret that if you are due an order. It may be some time until it will be filled... if ever... it now all depends on our actions.

Everyone who has an unfulfilled order or has digital or paper currency should band together for a class action suit and demand redemption. We cannot allow the government to steal our money! Please don’t let this happen!!! Many of you read the articles quoting the government and Federal Reserve officials that the Liberty Dollar was legal. You did nothing wrong. You are legally entitled to your property. Let us use this terrible act to band together and further our goal – to return America to a value based currency.

Please forward this important Alert... so everyone who possess or use the Liberty Dollar is aware of the situation.

Please click HERE to sign up for the class action lawsuit and get your property back!

If the above link does not work you can access the page by copying the following into your web browser. http://www.libertydollar.org/classaction/index.php

Thanks again for your support at this darkest time as the damn government and their dollar sinks to a new low.

Bernard von NotHaus

Monetary Architect

I will be watching this story and hope to have further updates.  In the meantime, if you are the owner of any Liberty Dollars, fret not as they are not fetching VERY high prices on e-bay (currently the $20 coins are going for anywhere from $35 to $150).  Despite the raid I would still recommend the coins as a good investment as the price of the gold and silver they are made from will continue to rise while the US dollar, unless things drastically change, will continue to fall.

 

NOTE: The Ron Paul campaign had nothing to do with Liberty Dollars choice to make Ron Paul coins and had in no way authorized them.  Jesse Benton, spokes person for Ron Paul said "We have no connection with that.  He was using Ron as a marketing technique. We didn't have anything to do with that or sanction it or give permission in any way."

Monday
Nov122007

Patriotism?

My wife and I spent most of today cleaning up roofing shingles after having our roof redone.  During one of the trips made to the local dump my wife witnessed someone tossing old flags into the trash pit.  Together we questioned why someone would bother buying a flag to display patriotism and then toss it out in such a disrespectful manor.  My guess is they didn't know how to properly dispose of the flag.  I would hope that people in this country don't just feign their patriotism although I suspect there are some who do.  On the weekend of Veterans day I thought it important to share a short lesson about flag disposal in light of this.

The correct way to dispose of an unserviceable flag is to destroy it not to toss it in the trash like common refuse.  The American Legion will accept damaged or tattered flags which they will correctly dispose of in a ceremony every year on Flag Day.  On their website they state: 

The Flag Code suggests that, "when a flag has served its useful purpose, it should be destroyed, preferably by burning." For individual citizens, this should be done discreetly so the act of destruction is not perceived as a protest or desecration. Many American Legion Posts conduct Disposal of Unserviceable Flag Ceremonies on June 14, Flag Day. This ceremony creates a particularly dignified and solemn occasion for the retirement of unserviceable flags.

So please folks, if you wish to take the time to fly a flag at your home also take the time to learn how to treat it respectfully which also includes how to dispose of it if and when it becomes too tattered to fly any longer. 

Friday
Nov092007

Ron Paul - The REAL Difference

I was reading an online article from the Nashua Telegraph about Ron Paul that really stressed the key difference between Ron and most of the other candidates running in both parties.  The article found here lists fact after fact and supports why he wants to do some of the things he wants to do.  This is an uncommon trait when it comes to coverage of political candidates as most of the time all they put out is opinion after opinion not based on any real evidence or attack after attack.  Just take a look over at the democrats and you'll see that currently as the case, Hillary is attacking Bush and the rest of the party is attacking Hillary.  And most Republicans are no better in that instead of actually talking about the issues they are simply arguing that they could be the one to beat the Hillary machine.  A candidate with solid views such as Ron Paul could beat her as his stances would shine next to her empty statements exposing them even more for what they are.

Let's take a close look instead at some of the points raised in the article.

"They say I'm anti-military, but who has the most contributors of any candidate, Democrat or Republican, from our fighting men and women? I do," said Paul, an Air Force surgeon during the Vietnam War era.

 Conformable fact.

Regarding our approach to the Middle East he says the following:

"We either subsidize people or we bomb them. Why not try another option?" Paul asked. "We shouldn't get hysterical that in 10 years or more they might have a nuclear weapon."

And what is interesting is his approach to handling terrorists.  Instead of continuing attacking entire nations and other failed policies that have less then positive results he's considering a rather novel idea of doing the same thing our Founding Fathers have done which has proven to work, "empower private individuals to bring pirates to justice using legal means."

And don't buy into Democrats that they would do things any differently then Republicans.  Hillary is already saying it would be years before we'd leave Iraq and most of the other Republicans call for plans not much different.  Bill Clinton dropped more bombs on Iraq during his attacks in 1998 then we did in the entire first gulf war and it is his policy put in place that authorized the US to remove Saddam from power.  Of course only Republicans are credited for the mess in Iraq.  Truth is both sides have equal share to the blame.

Ron also goes on to build solid arguments to support many of his other stances.  A rarity when it comes to politicians.  Most simply argue to spend more and more, not questioning if the program even works in the first place.  Case in point:

And Paul said the practice of printing more money has made the U.S. a record debtor nation, and he would reinstitute gold and silver as alternatives to paper currency.

"History shows that paper never lasts. It ends terribly," Paul said.

This was an argument I made a while back in an article I wrote pointing out the truth about the Federal Reserve system being nothing but a group of private banks which we as a nation pay to print money for us which in turn has nothing backing it.  How long can a system which amounts to nothing more then using leaves as currency really last?  Yet Ron is the ONLY candidate I'm aware of that is even trying to address this issue.

This just goes to show why Ron continues to set himself apart from the pack and explains why he is setting records for campaign contribution even when others get piles of special interest money hand over fist. 

 

Monday
Nov052007

What has Carol Shea Porter Acomplished?

A question has come up on a number of forums, including the discussion forum here on NH Insider asking what has Carol Shea Porter has accomplished.  This same question has spilled over to several other smaller scale discussion forums.  It was the Merrimack Forum however that a list of all bills Carol has sponsored and co-sponsored was put up.  She's only sponsored 10 bills but there are several that she co-sponsored. As a chance to pat Carol on the back and bring attention to where all her hard work and our tax dollars that pay her salary are going I would like to share with everyone a list of a couple of the bills she has either put up or co-sponsored.

 1) Supporting the goals and ideals of National Women's Friendship Day.

2) Supporting the goals and ideals highlighted through National Volunteer Week.

3) Supporting the goals and ideals of Professional Social Work Month and World Social Work Day.

4) Supporting the goals and ideas of a National Child Care Worthy Wage Day.

5) Supporting the goals and ideals of Mental Health Month, and for other purposes.

6) Expressing the sense of the Congress that a commemorative postage stamp should be issued to honor our Nation's disabled veterans.

7) Recognizing and honoring York for his role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

8) Supporting the goals and ideals of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.

9) Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a postage stamp should be issued in commemoration of Diwali, a festival celebrated by people of Indian origin.

10) A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Forces' coercion of young women into sexual slavery, known to the world as "comfort women", during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II.

Holding Japan accountable for it's actions in the 1930's? Recognizing York for his role in the Lewis and Clark expedition? Clearly our federal government is making full use of it's time and duties and Carol is taking her part in doing so!!!  And as for disabled veteran, my grandfather was one having lost his arm fighting for this country... if you want to do something for men like him a postage stamp isn't it, but alas this could be a full topic in and of itself.

All sarcasm aside, the important thing to look at isn't what bills she put up as I wouldn't mind a rep up put up nothing as long as they vote soundly.  So it is voting records which you can find on www.vote-smart.org that should be considered as true accomplishments.  And what really jumped out at me as Carols real accomplishment was the sea of Yeah's next to nearly every single spending bill listed under "Budget, Spending, and Taxes".  And what's even more telling is after running using the issue of party voting as a key point in getting elected (It is time we elect a Congressional member who will work for the people of NH, and not be a rubber stamp for any administration. - quote taken directly from Carol's own website) is that she has proven herself a hypocrite guilty of the exact same fault she asked us to vote out in 2006.   Here's a fun little trivia question for you, can you name the bill Carol voted for where her viewed differed from Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic Party?  I'm still trying to find that one myself, maybe I'll devote an article to it once I find out what that bill was.

So to answer all those who continually ask what has Carol accomplished it's quite simple... higher taxes, wasted time in the house and a rubber stamp voting record to the Democratic Party.