Yearly Archives: 2007

Two Very Urgent Action Items

URGENT NOTICE: My talk tonight at the Columbus, Ohio Ron Paul Meetup is postponed due to extreme weather. Sorry! We are rescheduling. But I’m told the meeting is still happening tonight.
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:::Subject: Two very urgent action items
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:::BASEBALL BUSYBODIES
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:::For those of you who think Congress ought to spend their time reading their bills instead of meddling with Major League Baseball’s steroid policies, now would be a good time to tell Congress to butt out.
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:::Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Tom Davis (R-VA.) intend to hold hearings on this issue, and Bobby Rush (D-IL) wants legislation to compell regular drug testing of players. Waxman, you may remember, promised action on scandalous deals between the government and Halliburton. Whatever happened with that?
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:::We suspect that Waxman, Davis, and Rush are interested in baseball because it offers the chance for grandstanding with no real chance of offending any powerful constituency.
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:::This is none of the federal government’s business. Take action and tell Congress to cancel their hearings.
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:::And if you live in Waxman, Davis, or Rush’s district, tell them that if they really have so much time on their hands then they really ought to sponsor the Read the Bills Act. Send your message here.
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:::WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE
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:::The “Protect America Act” (PAA), which “sunsets” February 1st, legalizes warrantless spying on Americans. It should simply die. But that appears less and less likely to happen. So now we have to work for the best deal possible. Maybe we can “improve” this bill so much the President will veto it! …and we can drag this out until this law expires!
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:::Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that “both sides of aisle” are convinced “a significant gap [has] emerged in our nation’s foreign intelligence gathering capacity.”

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Guns, Steroids, and Tea Parties plus Babka in Columbus

On today’s Downsize DC Conference Call, my one-hour, Sunday radio show, heard at 4:06 PM Eastern (3:06 PM Central, 2:06 PM Mountain, 1:06 PM Pacific), I’ll give you an interesting, almost irrefutable explanation for why the Major League Baseball/Mitchell Report is bad. I’ve changed the minds of avid sports fans with this argument.
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:::We’ll also be talking about a few other things, including serial killers in malls and churches, particularly a new national hero of self-defense. But before I outline those things, I want to announce a personal appearance.
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:::APPEARANCE
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:::Tomorrow, Monday evening, I’ll be a speaker at the Columbus (Ohio) Ron Paul Meetup. The Meetup starts at 7:15 PM and takes place at Whetstone Branch Library 3909 N. High St.  Columbus, OH. Details and RSVP are available here.
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:::Please, if you’re in the area, come out and meet me.
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:::BIG NEWS!
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:::The Downsize DC Conference Call is about to

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Congress on Steroids

Today’s Downsizer Dispatch . . .::::::Recruit more Downsizers. Share this with others.::::::Quote of the Day:::::::“Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but not notice the log in your own eye?”:::- The Gospel of Matthew, 7:3::::::Subject: Congress on Steroids::::::The members of Congress constantly . . .

  • Fail to read the laws they pass
  • Violate their oaths to serve, protect, and defend the Constitution
  • Squander billions of dollars
  • Lose track of billions of dollars
  • Confer billions of dollars on undeserving friends
  • Get caught in personal scandals involving bribery and moral hypocrisy
  • Fail to sweat the details of the laws they pass, delegating un-constitutional legislative authority to unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats

And yet . . .

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Downsize DC Conference Call – December 9, 2007 edition

This episode was previewed here, and we asked a question: “Is the War on Terror really real or fiction when 9/11 Tough Guy, Rudolph Giuliani, is doing business with terrorist enablers? ::::::Of course, we also had a Gun Owners of America Update, about candidate Mike Huckabee’s stance on gun rights.

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Four Quick Reasons

Today’s Downsizer-Dispatch . . .::::::Why do we need the Read the Bills Act?
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:::Here are four quick reasons, found on the Web.
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:::First, we need the Read the Bills Act to keep Congress accountable for their poor votes. Here’s an illustration from a Democratic Presidential debate last month:
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:::”Kucinich demanded the candidates take responsibility for their votes on NAFTA and Chinese trade, along with the Iraq War. When Wolf Blitzer remarked that Kucinich was the only one who voted against the Patriot Act, Kucinich came back with, ‘I was the only one who read it.’” – KCRG.com
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Use the lever

Today’s Downsizer Dispatch . . .::::::Subject: Use the lever::::::A generous donor seeks to leverage his contributions. That means you can help. Every dollar you give to DownsizeDC.org right now could be worth $2!

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Vanishing Value

Today’s Downsizer Dispatch . . .::::::Recruit more Downsizers. Forward this to others.::::::Quotes of the Day:::::::“We didn’t need a central bank when we were on the Gold Standard. People would buy and sell gold and the markets would do what the Fed does now.” — Alan Greenspan::::::“I’ve been in the forecasting business for 50 years, and I’m no better than I ever was, and nobody else is either.” — Alan Greenspan::::::Subject: Vanishing Value::::::The Cox News service reports that food prices are up 37% from a year ago. The “Times” of London reported on December 3 that Gulf Oil states are reducing their ties to the dollar. Iran stopped conducting its oil business in dollars on December 7th.::::::Why are food prices rising? Why is the worldwide demand for dollars shrinking?

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Presidential Potluck

Today’s Downsize DC Conference Call, my one-hour, Sunday radio show, is about a few Presidential candidates. I’ll get to those details in a moment. But first, some good news!
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:::SUCCESS
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:::Guess which Genesis Communications Network (GCN) hosted show is the most popular program on Sundays? That’s right, the Downsize DC Conference Call. Audience levels have increased dramatically during 2007, and as a result, I’ve been offered a second hour. 
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:::On top of that, I’m in talks with a program director about joining a popular FM talk station in a medium-sized market. This would be quite a coup, and would, probably all by itself, double my audience. It’s not a done deal yet, but wow is this exciting!
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:::But in order to move forward,

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Downsize DC Conference Call – December 2, 2007 edition

This episode was previewed here, and was about the critics of Ron Paul. ::::::Of course, we also had a Gun Owners of America Update.

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It’s Not Just Congress

Today’s Downsizer-Dispatch . . .::::::SUBJECT: The Read the Bills Act
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:::Americans have a right to be angry at the way Congress does things. But what goes on in Congress also goes on in our state legislatures, and even foreign parliaments.
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:::New Zealand, for instance, is considering an election finance bill that favors incumbents and cracks down on freedom of speech and third parties (sound familiar?). It’s so bad that the New Zealand Herald has now run two front-page editorials against it.
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:::Worse, the bill is “nearly impossible to read. … It’s so bad a commission can’t interpret the bill to determine if it’s legal.” Source: Dumb Laws in the News
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:::And here’s a story closer to home.

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