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The Future of Tomorrow Today

March 5, 2012 1 comment

The Free Agent likes keeping her finger on the pulse of youth, so she almost perspired at the opportunity to speak to a group of political science students at Manhattan’s alternative City-as-High-School.  Their instructor cleared the path by passing on a list of the students’ concerns, along with the caveat that they were just beginning to learn about politics and knew nothing about economics, so please to keep everything basic.

“You’ll hear Libertarians refer to the Constitution frequently,” The FA began, “because the people who started our party were grappling with the same problems as the Founders.  They both decided there was the business of government and the business of society and when they get confused, bad things happen.”  From then, as the neophytes say, it was on.

The first question was from a self-described “Ron Paul Republican”, “How would the Libertarian Party address unemployment?”  Grateful for such a softball, The Free Agent replied, “Repeal all employment laws.”  She then discussed the most catastrophic law affecting high school students, minimum wage.  The FA could write a book on how 1937’s Fair Labor Standards Act is the depression that keeps on giving, but she had realized that apart from foreign policy, all the students’ concerns had to do with black markets of various sorts, so she made that her leitmotif.  “If you want to do work for five dollars an hour, who am I to stop you?  You own your own bodies, you’re not slaves, you have the right to work or not work however you choose.  You’re concerned about immigration, one reason we have illegal immigrants is minimum wage creates a black market for lower-paid labor.   That kills two birds with one stone, no minimum wage.”

The Free Agent has never had the misfortune to live in a violent neighborhood like the students she met.  Unlike theorists, their experience and common sense applauded when The FA said Libertarians would end the drug war and defend gun rights.  Being something of a humorist, The FA is used to her speeches being punctuated with laughter, but she wasn’t going for the belly laugh she got when she drew parallels between the drug war and other flavors of prohibition.  “We’ve tried everything, every idea everyone can think of, for thousands of years, and we haven’t figured out a way to get people to not want sex.  For a hundred years, we’ve tried everything we can think of to persuade people not to get high.  Remember the area where government belongs and the area where it creates more problems than it solves?  This is the biggest reason your neighborhoods are unsafe.”  Unschooled they may have been, but no one in that room was so impoverished of common sense as to suggest that perhaps just one more moonlight basketball league would turn the tide.

One could rightly observe that The Free Agent wasn’t asked to confront the bread and butter issues of these students’ lives, such as how they will be required to pay off the federal debt and could not look forward to seeing a dime of the earnings which will be withheld for their retirement.  (Although when asked what the government’s role in healthier diets should be, she asked how the school lunches at City-as-High-School were.  “They suck,” came the economical reply.  “That’s what the government feeds you when it has complete control,” she pointed out.)  For now, they do not see that cloud on their horizon.  Just in case there was a patch of fertile ground, however, The Free Agent could not resist planting a seed.  “You wouldn’t pay off your crazy crack cousin’s credit card until she got off the crack, would you?” she said.

And thus for two hours, staring down the barrel of the future, was The Free Agent educated.

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The Free Agent Marches in a Parade

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

At 11:11 on 11/11/11, the red, white, and blue USO float, iced with Andrews-channeling trio The Liberty Bells, inched away from the curb at 24th Street to creep two miles up Fifth Avenue.  With 24,999 other patriots, The Free Agent celebrated Veterans Day.

Back before global carnages required a numbering system, there was The Great War.  A fairly routine assassination in June of 1914 triggered the worst application of globalization ever–alliances and treaties ultimately dragged 70 million combatants into trenches that entombed an eighth of them.  In a way, World War I is its most accurate name, it was a war of the First World: mechanized war, technological war, war in which both sides used chemical weapons, war perfected so that combat finally surpassed disease as the killer of soldiers.  On November 11, 1918, the cease-fire ending hostilities on the Western Front was signed, which morphed in Newspeak fashion into a holiday dedicated to world peace, Armistice Day.

The doughboys in Friday’s parade were re-enactors, but real veterans of the Second World War shook hands with well-wishers and blew kisses to the Liberty Bells.  These Greatest Generation® vets are better branded than, say, the Korean War vets.  But not only does America’s Forgotten War®, which began sixty years ago and which may have forestalled another Roman numeral war, have a better monument on the Washington Mall, veterans of the Republic of Korea’s army marched alongside their US allies.  The Free Agent didn’t detect, say, a Belgian presence in Friday’s march, but then Europe may preoccupied with its third suicide attempt within a century.

The soldiers of The Free Agent’s youth, now peculiarly-named Vietnam-Era Veterans®, made their joyful muffler-free presence known in waves of chopper formations called Rolling Thunder®.  The FA is not ashamed to admit she wiped more than one tear from her cheek Friday, and one was for the healing of the rift between them and the other veterans.  Back in the day, vets from Southeast Asia were sometimes considered insufficiently patriotic by their antecedents.  Now they are full members of a fraternity The FA is grateful she will never have to join.

There did not seem to be a float representing the disingenuously-named Spanish-American War, but The Free Agent suggests it should have led the parade, as it led America into empire.  We should all Remember the Maine®, not as a casus belli, but as a reminder that whoever is determined to go to war will find an excuse.  (She might also suggest re-branding that vainglorious exercise.  “America: Too Big For North America”?)

In 1949, the Department of War officially became the Department of Defense.  Not one of the veterans in Friday’s parade begrudges his service to his country, but for each of those men and women, a thousand others did not live to march.  With Mister Obama’s promise that the Overseas Contingency Operation® will end this year, The Free Agent’s Veterans Day wish is that we treasure the steady supply of those who will risk the ultimate sacrifice, as long as they believe we are truly playing defense.

Paula Gloria and Joe Barton on marijuana laws: Off with its head.

August 2, 2011 1 comment

Apparently the cops had no warrant when they busted down Joe Barton’s door.  Of course Libertarians would be outraged. But Joe Barton and Paula Gloria aren’t really Libertarians – at least not the big L type.  Most people aren’t as radical as Libertarians on Marijuana laws right?  Well perhaps you haven’t been far enough down the Rabbit Hole.

Note: Paula Gloria and Joe Barton will be the guest speakers at the Manhattan Libertarian Monthly Meeting, Next Monday August 8th, 2011.  The meeting is free and all are welcome to attend.  More Info here.

Here are some excerpts from my recent conversation with Paula and Joe.

Q: Please introduce yourself and tell us why Libertarians should be interested in your talk on Monday.

Paula:  I’m actually not informed enough about Libertarian positions. I can make some comments about medical marijuana. We are for freeing all the prisoners. We are for upholding the Constitution. We are for due process. To have a grand jury indictment you should have a victim of a crime.  Somebody should be able to say they have been hurt.  We are the People.  We are sovereign. We can do anything we want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else or prevent anyone else from exercising their rights.

Q: Can you give us a little background and tell us what the title of your talk means?

Paula: I’m the host of a show called “Farther Down The Rabbit Hole” which comes out daily at 12 noon on the community affairs channel on Manhattan Neighborhood Network.  It goes to about 600,000 households. Four years ago I started posting some of the shows on YouTube and because of that I was able to get a lot of feedback from people. Blogging is a really exciting way to develop our understanding and become good members of society and in particular I started to learn about the power of our Constitution and the importance of our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

On Monday we will talk about “How to stand up vs run into machine gun fire”.  The importance of standing up versus walking into machine-gun fire means if you’re trying to do something that’s very difficult to do and you have opposition like a police state you want to make sure you have the best power behind you. We feel we have the Constitution behind us and if people understand the Constitution and understand the importance of God-given inalienable rights, that power can transform machine-gun fire. It can convince people who are trying to fight you, that they really should be with you. We are all Americans. We may have different ways of exercising our rights which is how it was meant t be as long as they don’t hurt other people.

Joe:  We believe we are becoming a police state. But rather than confront the police we prefer that people start taking their grievances to the courts and stand on constitutional issues. We are into supporting anybody who is standing up and protecting and defending the Constitution in court.

Paula: We support all marijuana reforms whose priority is to free the non-violent prisoners. We believe that the so-called marijuana laws are not even constitutional and if people understood how to argue in court they would win and the courts would do the right thing and uphold people’s inalienable rights.

Joe : the Constitution guarantees us the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness and according to the Constitution only a crime that has a victim is really a criminal offense. Our legislators have gotten so out of hand, they’ve made so many laws that our prisons are full right now of citizens convicted of crimes with no victim. We need to wake people up and liberate our country. We need to take back the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and stop filling our prisons with nonviolent people who were convicted of victimless crimes. How can you have a crime when there’s no victim?

Q:  What about court cases that support the federal government’s right to interfere in medical marijuana states?

Joe : Every person who goes to court should take a stand, and  more people should support the people going to court. Go to court with them. Give publicity to anybody who is really taking a stand.  As far as the rulings, what we need to do is have enough people wake up and speak up and even start writing to the Supreme Court.  If a nationwide letter campaign was written by the American people, which the Libertarian party could probably get behind, get everybody to write letters to the Supreme Court saying “We are We The People and you work for us. You are giving away our rights. You are selling out to big business. You took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution and we expect you to do that.  You aren’t doing that when you protect government and corporations against the people.”

Paula: We fear that the medical marijuana laws are actually going increase regulation and if you increase regulation you have more government. We want less government and to free the prisoners.  Half a million people are in jail now unconstitutionally. A felony is a very serious, horrible thing. The founding fathers understood that it would be an extreme case that you arrest somebody and that you would put somebody in prison, so when you start looking at false arrest and imprisonment you begin to see what’s happened is an atrophying of the Constitution. Special interests have raided the country. If people don’t understand their rights they can’t stand up for them in a timely way. You have to call the court’s attention to the fraud. Until you call fraud to the core court’s attention the court is not obliged to do anything. Once people understand their powers and our constitutional principles they can stand up and say  “hey you judges, you swore and oath to protect our rights, you work for us, protect our rights”.

Q: Would you comment on Federal interference in medical marijuana states?

Joe: the Democrats and Republicans, all they do is pass power back and forth and the people keep losing more and more rights. Over the years Libertarians have asked me to help support them and the Green party asked me to support them. But one of my problems with all the politicians is the Republicans and Democrats are power mad and the Libertarians and the Greens really have no balls. They’re afraid to really go out on the edge. If the Libertarian party really wants to do something it’s got to get much more in touch with the people and much more radical. I don’t mean wild radical. I mean radical as far as taking on the Democrats and Republicans and really bringing the issues up. Don’t half step. Come out and say it.

Paula: You have the Constitution behind you there’s a great case,  Shuttlesworth v Birmingham  . If the state turns a liberty into a privilege, a citizen can engage in the right with impunity. One of the charges against Joe was growing marijuana without a license. A lot of people might say this is New York there is no license for growing marijuana.  But our concern is, and we cite case law again, Murdoch v Penn  , where the First Amendment right was upheld. The Supreme Court determined the state cannot convert a liberty into a privilege, license it and attach a fee to it.  So Joe in arguing his case, is not saying give me a license. He is saying you don’t need a license to grow marijuana.  And anybody has a right, in this case the right to grow marijuana under the right of a freedom of the pursuit of happiness.  You can read all of our arguments.  So these statutes that are not constitutional – the citizen can engage in the right with impunity.  But the citizen has to know how to stand up in a timely way in court and not be tricked out of giving up his rights.  Mostly when the courts uphold special interests over We the People, they do it through trickery and getting you in different jurisdictions.

In the case of the medical marijuana laws life might be given to somebody, a medical patient who otherwise without marijuana wouldn’t have life. But what about a law where you are taking the marijuana away from people who are illegally busted in order to provide that medicine? On one hand you’re saying it’s a crime (to have marijuana) and on the other hand government is confiscating marijuana with the intent to sell it to medical marijuana patients, which is stealing from growers so the government can profit. If government can distribute or license pharmaceutical companies government is stealing from the people for pharmaceutical profits and when they license pharmaceutical companies they incarcerate We the People for not having licenses.  This is arbitrary, regulation against the people in favor of big business by gathering what supposed to be criminal to give it away to patients.  Not give it away – I’m sure governments will have a big fee attached to it.

Q: Joe, what’s the status of your case?

Joe: there are two court cases. In the first one they came in with a knock warrant but they busted down my door anyway! The police trespassed on two occasions. After coming up a half mile driveway posted with many no trespassing signs, they came up on my porch and were looking in my window and sniffing at my door to try to smell marijuana so that they could get a warrant which is illegal.  That case is on appeal right now.  Then they came back again three years later.  The police officer met my son on the porch said he smelled marijuana again and forced his way into the house without a warrant. We are going to court right now on that.  When my son stepped out on the porch he told the cop you need a warrant but the cop forced his way in any way.  They had us there for two hours out in the car in the winter with no coats on.  Then they brought us to the police station for eight hours while they went and got a warrant to try to make good on coming in without a warrant, which under our Constitution is illegal.

Q: Do you see anything improving or any progress on the anti-prohibition movement?

Joe:  The American people are so squeezed and the politicians have sold us out to big business and corporations. Look how many people are losing their homes while we bailed out the banks. We give billions of dollars to the banks while people are evicted, American citizens, from their homes.  I see within the next year to two years you’re going to see the American people rise up like they never rose up before.  Unless the Libertarian party really comes out and takes a real stand and is very active they are going to be left behind.

Paula:  Let me read this from Norton v Shelby County .

“While acts of a de facto incumbent of an office lawfully created by law and existing are often held to be binding from reasons of public policy, the acts of a person assuming to fill and perform the duties of an office which does not exist de jure can have no validity whatever in law.  An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed”

When my husband was talking about being radical the actual term is being constitutional. In a way the Constitution is a very radical document if you look in world history.  Can we be great enough today so we can maintain it? That’s what I’m saying.  When I read the case law that’s the Supreme Court in legal contemplation.  It’s not the spin factor or hype, it is what our country is founded on.

Joe:  When you talk about legalization,  the government will legalize drugs and then they will say well you can’t get it on the street. The medical thing is a phony thing.  The people will push for medical marijuana and the government will say you can’t consistently deliver the dosage. Then they will license it to pharmaceutical companies and anybody growing on their own will still be illegal and growing without a license and we will still have the prison state. So we want repeal of an unconstitutional law. Let it go back to what it was like before the law ever existed where anybody could grow it and it wasn’t regulated. Look at what is happening in Canada.  Canada has medical marijuana but the medical marijuana patients we have talked to say the marijuana they get from the government is crap and doesn’t  work in relation to their illnesses and they still have to go out on the street and buy so called “illegal” marijuana which works. If the marijuana laws were repealed the free market would produce the best quality.

The government says that people who grow or are selling marijuana are dealing drugs and they are criminals yet the government wants to license pharmaceutical corporations to deal the very same drugs which gives corporations rights and takes them away from the people and even on the statutory level violates anti-trust laws.  The government protects corporate interests by violating the rights of the people which is clearly unconstitutional.

A flesh and blood human being with inalienable rights always trumps a corporation in court if the violated party stands up to become the belligerent claimant.  We don’t trust the government to do what is best for medical patients or the people who grow marijuana.  Here is an example, the mafia used to run numbers the government called them criminals and said they were immoral lock them up put them in jail.  Then once the number runners were out of business the government started lotto saying that the profits would go to better schools.  Here is how that turned out when you bet with the mafia if they said they would pay a hundred dollars they paid a hundred dollars.  Now that the government is running numbers if they say you are going to win a million dollars they then tax it and they don’t pay a million dollars.  As far as the lottery money going to schools our schools are worse now then ever before in spite of billions of dollars taken in by the government from lotto. Where has the money gone?  We should have the best equipped schools in the world.  Government created criminals out of the mafia who honored the rules of the game yet government pays half what they claim and the money doesn’t go to schools.  Who is scamming who?

 

 

Related Legal Documents:

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Please join us Monday August 8th for Paula’s and Joe’s talk with the Manhattan LP.  The meeting is free.  All are welcome.  More info here.

Don’t Cry for Me, Albany

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Charismatic, populist leader, pretty blonde first lady, intractable financial crisis masked by a cavalcade of cash, before it happened to Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee here in New York, it happened in Argentina.

Following the suicidal Falkland Islands invasion, reform of Argentina’s long cycle of borrowing and hyper-inflation seemed assured by the late 90s.  With the peso convertible to the US dollar, Argentines had the confidence to save and invest, knowing their proceeds couldn’t disappear on the government printing press.  The economy had enjoyed steady growth through most of the 90s, with promise of more.

So why did Argentina need loans from the International Monetary Fund?  When The Free Agent borrows money, it is either for investment, such as her modest cottage, or to solve a short-term liquidity problem, such as she infrequently experiences at her cash-only show-tunes piano bar.  While she questions whether any government expenditure since the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 can properly be called investment, the Argentine government had not mended its ways at all.  Like a deadbeat who reforms his credit rating in order to score and default on a new and bigger loan, Argentina’s prosperity was a smokescreen.  Borrowed funds disappeared into familiar sink holes—government salaries and pensions, and subsidies to the provinces.  Debt and currency crises in other emerging markets in the late 90s motivated the IMF to mask Argentina’s looming default by issuing a new loan even when it was clear it could not pay the interest on its existing debt.

As a scorched-earth bonus, because debts had to be repaid in dollars but Argentines were paid in pesos, the previously functional banking system was hollowed out as the government desperately tried to satiate its lenders.  (As a general rule, The Free Agent grabs her wallet when politicians start talking currency restrictions.)

On December 23, 2001, Argentina defaulted on private foreign lenders, and a revolving door was installed on Casa Rosada, the presidential palace.  The convertibility system was ended two weeks later, by June, the peso was trading at 26 cents.  In 1999, 10% of Argentines were indigent, by the end of 2002, 28% were.

Like the rural provinces in Argentina, US local governments have become addicted to handouts from the capitals above them.  When local property tax revenue falls short, when homeowners short sell or abandon properties, for example, they appeal to state coffers.  When states, long on pensions and other entitlements, fall short on sales and income tax (and in 2009, all but 6 did) they look to Washington.  Like Buenos Aires, when Washington can’t make payroll, it has to two options—ask buddy nations like China and Saudi Arabia for a tenner till payday, or fire up the printing press.

Such is the complexity of New York’s finances that a supposed budget hawk like Mister Cuomo can nobly tilt at windmills, “Albany must give up its insistence on pleasing the special interests rather than serving the people.”, while supporting expansion of New York City’s ludicrous rent control laws.  His idea for dousing the explosion in Medicaid spending will sound as familiar as Evita’s great torch song: improve delivery while cutting costs.  (When Wal-Mart does that, New York’s reaction . . .well, that is perhaps for another column.)

In 1990, fifteen years after New York City’s bailout, public debt was $14.4 billion.  In 2000, before debt reform was enacted, it was $37 billion.  A peep inside New York’s public debt can today shows obligations of $60.4 billion.  (Five years ago, it was $48.5 billion, almost exactly the amount of Argentina’s IMF loans when it defaulted.)

Without paging through, to use  an  arcane reference, phone-book-sized state budgets, The Free Agent will posit the single most important similarity between New York (ville et department), Argentina, and Washington.  Unlike The FA, or you, or any private person or corporation, they have the ability to borrow money with no responsibility for paying it back.  Forget about the debt ceiling, The Free Agent proposes a tiny adjustment to the way governments borrow money: that any non-capital borrowing must be repaid within the elected term of the borrower.  Politicians get rewarded by kicking the debt can down the road, pleasing voters today and shifting the burden onto public schoolchildren whose rudimentary math skills they hope prevent them from appreciating the iniquity.  The Free Agent would like taxpayers to lend money less like Fannie Mae and more like the local Italian Brotherhood.

Big Govenment and the Arts: Belarus Style

January 16, 2011 2 comments

Andrew Broussard submitted this guest post.

As a result of the shootings in Arizona we hear numerous calls to tone down the political rhetoric.  But who is to determine when speech has crossed the line? Perhaps we should take a lesson from Alexander Lukashenko.

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Winston Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried – and as we struggle to save the Constitution on which this country was founded, there are countries struggling to have a constitution at all.  Take Belarus, for example.  The last remaining dictatorship in Europe, President Alexander Lukashenko embodies the old-school Soviet-style of oppressive government – and he is fighting to hang onto power in any way that he can.

Ranked 188 of 195 countries on The Freedom Index and ranked 139 out of 180 in terms of corruption, Belarusians are limited in what they can do, say, and (it damn near seems) even think.  On December 19th, 2010, after the most recent fraudulent Presidential election, over fifty thousand protestors took to the streets of Minsk and lead a peaceful demonstration for their rights.  The demonstration was broken up by the KGB – the President’s secret police – resulting in thousands of injuries and over a hundred people arrested.  These arrests included three prominent journalists and five of the major opposition Presidential candidates.  Also arrested were the members of the theater group “Belarus Free Theatre.”  

In Belarus, government censors approve what plays are allowed to be performed, as well as where and when and by whom.  Frustrated by their inability to put on the plays that they wanted to do, the Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 as a truly underground theater company.  The details of the performances are sent out a half-hour before curtain by text message.  The shows are performed in different locations, never in an actual theater.  Police raids are not out of the question and performances have been shut down before by either the police or the KGB.  And yet, the members of this company continue to perform – sometimes known plays, sometimes plays of their own devising, all at the risk of their lives.

Those of you tuned into the NYC arts scene have probably heard about the BFT recently.  They just wrapped up a two week run of their acclaimed show, entitled “Being Harold Pinter”, which was performed as part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.    However, at the start of the New Year, it was unclear as to whether or not they would even make it to the U.S. – they’d been tried and convicted in speed-trials lasting no more than a few minutes, thrown in jails where they were intimidated and physically abused, and it is still unclear (for the protection of those involved) as to how they managed to escape.  Some members of the troupe were unable to leave the country and they’ve gone into hiding.  The members who managed to make it to the U.S. are now facing a difficult watershed: to return to their country runs the serious risk of being arrested for something as serious as treason the moment they step off the plane.  But they cannot stay here and claim asylum – they are patriots and don’t want to give up the fight.

As a result, The Public Theater has decided to show support for these incredibly brave artists by hosting a benefit performance (now sold-out) of their show on Monday evening (1/17), featuring appearances from artists like Tony Kushner, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Mandy Patinkin, and Lou Reed.  The Public is also organizing a peaceful protest outside the Belarusian Mission to the UN on Wednesday (1/19) at noon – and we’re encouraging everyone who believes that art should be free to attend.  Here’s the event page, for more information: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180838118613347&index=1

Andrew Broussard, submitted this guest post.  As a result of the shootings in Arizona we hear numerous calls for abridgement of free speech in an effort to tone down political rhetoric.  But to limit what we think and to limit what we think is to limit our humanity.

Ludwig Von Mises said “There can be no freedom in art and literature where the government determines who shall create them.”  We defend this right to freedom of expression here at home – but there’s a lot to be said for helping those who seek to defend it abroad as well.  In the last twenty or so years, we’ve seen Orange, Rose, and Velvet revolutions in Eastern Europe that peacefully overturned the dictatorial governments of Ukraine, Georgia, and Czechoslovakia (respectively).  This could very well be the beginnings of a similar Color Revolution in Belarus.  Please consider showing your support for the brave artists of the Belarus Free Theatre and for the right to freedom of expression by joining us at this protest.  It is the 21st Century – the time for repressive governments is finally over and the future starts now.

From Stem to Stern

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The Free Agent wonders how naughty New Yorkers were before she moved here that in the political equivalent of dialing Nanny 911, they elected Michael Bloomberg as mayor.  In almost nine years since he established Flowertown (term limits, schmerm limits!), the tentacles of governance have crept up to Floweridians’ every conceivable orifice.

Prepare for uncharacteristic indelicacy on The Free Agent’s part.

In 2006, Bloomberg’s ban of trans fats in New York restaurants began.  Suppression of smoking through taxation has not only more than doubled the cost of cigarettes—an SNL sketch from 2001 shows a pack of smokes costing $4.40, compared to over $10 today—but incubated a black market.  In 2008, all food in chain restaurants joined the demon ranks of cigarettes and liquor in being required to discourage their own sales by prominently posting calorie counts.  (Although The Free Agent might support such candor in political advertising.  Imagine a billboard at your polling place warning that casting your vote could lead to amputation of your property and civil rights.)

This year, a proposed state soda tax withered under heavy industry artillery fire.  And The Free Agent’s co-Boroughist brought a rain of well-deserved national ridicule down on the city by trying to ban the ur-ingredient, salt, in Flowertown’s restaurants.  Bloomberg did not support a ban, but never said it was beyond his authority.  He settled on a taxpayer-financed anti-salt ad campaign.

For all his posturing about being the only man with enough big-business experience to weather us through the financial crisis, Bloomberg takes exquisite, some might say a perverse, interest in what The Free Agent sips, nibbles, or puffs.

He justifies this by inventing a responsibility for extending Floweridians’ life spans.  A sneaking suspicion arises that Bloomberg might be trying to keep those who elected him to his previously-thought-to-be-illegal third term alive forever.  New Yorkers already live longer than the average American, and between 1999 and 2007, our estimated life spans increased by 2.2 years.  The Free Agent isn’t one of these tragic creatures who equate maturation with personal failure, and she thinks aging 6 years for every 8 lived is quite a bargain.

Which brings us to the end of the . . . story.  In 1994, the EPAct banned the type of robust indoor commode which made this country great.  The standard appliance of the time used between 5 and 10 gallons per flush, which has been reduced since then to about 1.6 gallons.  But like first generation anti-smoking laws, that was the thin edge of the wedge, and the toilet trainers are once again venturing where the sun don’t shine.  (The Free Agent warned you, but she has her duty.)  A New York legislator who shall remain nameless because The FA didn’t catch her name, was touting a pay-per-flush taxation scheme.  “I’m a legislator,” she said, “my job is to write legislation.  This doesn’t take anything away from anybody, it just gives people a choice.”  Since water and sewage are already city monopolies which set the rates, The Free Agent wishes to correct this new addition to her enemies list (who must for now be listed as Representative Doe).  What she wants is to make even the very personal political.  Before you depress that chrome lever, stop.  Think.  It’s rumored every flush turns one of Al Gore’s whiskers gray.

With Flowertown policing the alpha and the omega of the body politic, it should not have come as any surprise that we could not protect all that comes between from the health nannies on Capitol Hill.

Election day is tomorrow

November 1, 2010 1 comment

Election day is tomorrow and we have more and more evidence that our message of  “stop wasting money “ is resonating with the voters.  Warren Redlich  polled 7% in a recent Rochester Business Journal poll.  Though you can never count on polls it is reason for optimism. Our opponents have noticed and they are running scared.  So much so that they have gone negative with a number of incredible lies and misrepresentations.  This is exactly why we need new faces, new ideas  and an end to the dirty-business as usual in Albany. Despite the desperate actions of our opponents our campaign is staying focused on a positive message of fiscal responsibility, honesty and plain old common sense.

We have every reason to be optimistic that we will achieve our short-run goal of 50,000 votes and automatic ballot status. However, WE MUST NOT BE COMPLACENT.   We have been surprised and disappointed so many times in the past.  Every one of us needs to double down and do everything we can to seize this opportunity.  We will have no one else to blame if we let this historic opportunity slip away. Every one of us can help make history in the next 36 hours.

Here are some things you can do right now:

  • Email your friends and explain why it’s critical to their future that Warren Redlich gets at least 50,000 votes and automatic ballot status for the Libertarian Party.
  • Send your friends Warren’s campaign videos. There are links below.
  • Sign up for Warren’s Facebook group
  • Call talk shows and tell them you support Warren Redlich’s campaign because we need new choices and an end to business as usual in Albany.

Here is what you can do tomorrow:

  • Vote for Warren Redlich and all the Libertarians on Row H
  • Print out some of  Warren’s flyers  and hand them out at the polls. Be sure to cooperate with the polling place officials and stay the legal distance (100 feet) from the poll entrance.

50,000 people will make history tomorrow. Will you be one of them?