Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ding Dong! The bill is dead.

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Im guessing that next year they will name the bill “protect children from internet porn and terrorism (P.C.I.P.T). They can vote for our freedom when it’s called SOPA or CISPA, but not PCIPT so at that point it passes unopposed.

Marketplace Fairness Act? Not very fair…

I sat down tonight and thought I would put up a post about why the upcoming Marketplace Fairness Act is a terrible bill, and why you should call your senators and ask them to vote against it. Halfway through doing the research I realized it was possibly a waste of time. It became painfully obvious that this bill was going to pass.

First thing, the bill has supporters from both sides of the aisle. The Democrats appear to be supporting because, well if it’s a tax they want it, and the big corporations are for it. The Republicans support it because, well everyone knows they are more than willing to do the bidding of big corporations. So why are the big corporations for the tax? It doesn’t increase their profits one bit. What it does manage to do is, much like the “welfare cliff” I mentioned in an earlier post, it creates a huge hurdle for a business to advance to the point of collecting internet sales tax. It helps those at the top stay at the top and tries to remove the motivation for those at the bottom to succeed.

Lets say you have a fairly successful internet business running out of your garage, now until your revenue gets to one million you do not need to collect sales tax off internet transactions. Once you do though…you need to hire more staff for the paperwork, accountants to make sure you are adhering to all the different states tax laws…”ahh forget it I guess one million in revenue is enough , I don’t need to expand.” Now you can see why big business is for it, they have been building their systems over the last couple years to collect sales tax, customizing in hopes a bill like this would pass. They expanded when there wasn’t an internet sales tax, so now they want to keep the new players out.

So yes the easy argument is “MORE TAXES BAD!”, but as you can see the real problem is that our government is too intertwined with big businesses on both sides of the aisle, when it has no business being involved in business at all.

Should we still call and let our Senators know why this is bad?  Sure!  We have a right to ourselves and everyone else who doesn’t voice their opinion to spread the word about what this “Fairness Act” will really do, but just be warned that you shouldn’t get your hopes up and the vote may be starting any minute so there is a good chance by the time you read this the vote could have already taken place…

Below are quick links to the contact information for our Senators (Nebraska):

  • Senator Deb Fischer
  • E-mail Form
  • Washington, DC Office Phone:  (202) 224-6551
  • Senator Mike Johanns
  • E-mail Form
  • Scottsbluff Office Phone:  (308) 632-6032
  • Washington, DC Office Phone:  (202) 224-4224

CISPA passed the House and now on to the Senate…

Sadly Adrian Smith (serving the 3rd District of Nebraska as a Republican) voted YEA for H.R. 624 (CISPA) and at the same time voted against the freedom and privacy of all the people he represents, but not all is lost since CISPA now moves onto the Senate floor.   With CISPA going to Senate it is now time to contact our Senators and let them know how and why CISPA must be stopped with a vote of NAY!  If you have contacted them before about CISPA please do it again so they keep it fresh in their mind where you stand.

A quick reminder of what CISPA is:

Last year, CISPA (then H.R. 3261 aka SOPA) sought to create powerful new protections for companies who wanted to sidestep privacy law in order to share sensitive user information with the government without judicial oversight. CISPA may also result in more sharing to the National Security Agency, which the Libertarian Party and civil liberties groups like the ACLU and EFF oppose.

Below are quick links to the contact information for our Senators (Nebraska):

  • Senator Deb Fischer
  • E-mail Form
  • Washington, DC Office Phone:  (202) 224-6551
  • Senator Mike Johanns
  • E-mail Form
  • Scottsbluff Office Phone:  (308) 632-6032
  • Washington, DC Office Phone:  (202) 224-4224

CISPA (H.R. 624) Coming to the House this week!

Last year, CISPA (then H.R. 3261 aka SOPA) sought to create powerful new protections for companies who wanted to sidestep privacy law in order to share sensitive user information with the government without judicial oversight. CISPA may also result in more sharing to the National Security Agency, which the Libertarian Party and civil liberties groups like the ACLU and EFF oppose.

Please see the following links and take time to contact your Representative  in the House about why we must stand together and vote AGAINST H.R. 624 (CISPA – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) and while at it send a copy of the message to our Senators so they will already know where you stand if the bill makes it to the Senate.

Below are a few links that provide some more information on this bill:

(EFF) – CISPA Goes to The Floor for a Vote, Privacy Amendments Blocked

(CNET) – Privacy protections booted from CISPA data-sharing bill

(Downsized DC) – CISPA:  Would you sacrifice the rule of law for security? (link previously posted by the Libertarian Party via Google+)

Below are quick links to the contact information for our Congressman and Senators:

Congressman for the 3rd District of Nebraska:

  • Congressman Adrian Smith
  • E-mail Form
  • Scottsbluff Office Phone:  (308) 633-6333
  • Washington, DC Office Phone:  (202) 225-6435

Senators for Nebraska:

  • Senator Deb Fischer
  • E-mail Form
  • Washington, DC Office Phone:  (202) 224-6551
  • Senator Mike Johanns
  • E-mail Form
  • Scottsbluff Office Phone:  (308) 632-6032
  • Washington, DC Office Phone:  (202) 224-4224

URGENT! Nebraska Medicaid expansion via LB 577

Currently the Nebraska Unicameral is discussing LB 577.
This bill defines and expands Nebraska Medicaid coverage. Taken at face value the Medicaid expansion is about providing medical coverage to people that could not afford it otherwise. If you dig deeper, and look at what’s really happening with the expansion it becomes a frightening power grab and a deterrent for people to create a better life for themselves.
First I would like to address the power grab by the federal government. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was first introduced the states were up in arms about how they were going to fund such an expansion. The federal government calmed their fears by claiming they would be helping the states with federal money 100% decreasing to 90% by 2016. I’m not even going to address the fact that the money has to come from somewhere, and the funding was already reduced in the 2013 budget. The bigger concern is that once the states are dependent on the feds for funding it can be held as leverage on policies. An example is the federal funding for highways, anytime the states want to change drinking ages, helmet or seat belt laws, the feds threaten to remove their funding, and the states have to cave in. I could see something similar happening with Medicaid funding…”you better change your gun laws I’d hate to see you have your Medicaid funding cut”. Also entitlements do not go away easy, if the federal government cuts funding, the states will be in a mad scramble to cover the shortfall, lest they cut funding for Medicaid and face an angry and now insurance-less populace.
The other downside to the act is that it further makes people dependent on the state and federal governments. I am going to use the example of someone who is lower income and hard working. This person would be a single parent making around thirty thousand ($30,000) a year. Their job doesn’t supply health insurance so they are on Medicaid. They work hard at their job and start making more money, so their government benefits start dropping. They are making more money so they should be fine right? Wrong! They come to a point where they are at a “welfare cliff“, it is a grey area between thirty thousand ($30,000) and seventy thousand ($70,000) where the more you make the less will net, because your government support will decrease but your taxes increase. Now some people will take the jump and make it into that next bracket, but at face value it encourages people to stay where they are and not succeed. The lesson is the more you depend on government programs the higher that “cliff” gets. The Medicaid expansion tries to make this “cliff” into the Grand Canyon.

I encourage everyone to call and email their senators, and if you are interested in some heavy reading on the subject checks out this paper by the Platte Institute.

For people in the WNLP.org area below is the contact information for their state Senators:

Scotts Bluff County:

Banner, Box Butte (south and west of Alliance), Cheyenne, Kimball, Morrill, and Sioux Counties:

Box Butte (Alliance, north and east of Alliance) and Dawes Counties:

Liberty decreases as security increases.

A very concerning trend reported on by Fox News

NSA data center front and center in debate over liberty, security and privacy.
Read more: http://fxn.ws/YzVx8O


Prison America…A maximum security institution.

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More farming welfare…

This seemed relevant since the sugar industry is so big in western Nebraska.

Redistribution explained

To make this 100% true Penn would need an armed guard taking Tellers pie for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz2p4EQtEXs

It’s like he’s seen the light…

Its kind of refreshing to see someone who I would of considered a “Republican Lap Dog” 5 years ago , admit that they were wrong about a multitude of things, and embrace Libertarian ideas, especially someone with such a large following.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/stossel/index.html#http://video.foxnews.com/v/2278596966001/glenn-beck-goes-libertarian/?playlist_id=87530