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Wes Benedict named Executive Director

Wes Benedict, Libertarian Party of Texas Executive Director from 2004 to 2008 and former member of the Libertarian National Committee, was named Executive Director of the Libertarian National Committee today by Chairman William Redpath.

Benedict begins his service July 17 at the LNC's quarterly meeting in St. Louis, Missouri and will then move directly to the Party's Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Your Monday Message: What can you do to ensure "good men" triumph?

Dear friend,

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

It’s an old saying, often attributed to Edmund Burke even though it’s never been found in any of his writings.  But it’s not entirely accurate.

You see, “evil” just as easily triumphs when good men do things that are pointless or ineffective.

Barr: 'Cap and tax' a lot of hot air

Congressman Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian presidential nominee, takes a look at Barack Obama's proposed "cap and trade" $1.9 trillion National Energy Tax in his weekly column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Click here to read Barr's column.  Barr writes, in part:

Washington Times: Despite Obama's wishes, "tea party" movement not going away

Friday's Washington Times editorializes on the July 4 "tea party" movement, many of which are being organized by Libertarian activists or Libertarian Party affiliates.

Click here to read the full editorial, or if you live in the metro D.C. area pick up a copy of The Washington Times (click here to subscribe).  The Times writes, in part:

 

Rampant overspending has some states teetering near shutdown

Click here for the full story.  The Los Angeles Times reports, in part:

Indiana is one of five states -- along with Arizona, California, Mississippi and Pennsylvania -- bracing for possible shutdowns this week as time runs out for lawmakers to close billion-dollar gaps in their fiscal 2010 budgets.

Obamacare failed in Europe

Guillaume Vuillemey, a researcher at France's Institut Economique Molinari, and Philip Stevens, a researcher at Britain's International Policy Network write in today's Washington Examiner about how Obama's proposed government takeover of the health care system has worked in Europe.

Hint.  Not so well.

Obama backs what he called "the largest middle-class tax increase in history"

"I pledge that under my plan, no one making less than $250,000 a year will see any type of tax increase...Not income tax, not capital gains taxes, not any kind of tax." - Candidate Barack Obama in Dover, N.H., Sept. 12, 2008

Barack Obama, who won the presidential election promising absolutely no tax increase of any kind for the middle class, is now considering a new multi-billion dollar tax on employer-provided health care benefits -- the very proposal he attacked during the campaign as "the largest middle-class tax increase in history."

Obama Supreme Court nominee overruled by Supreme Court, again

In a victory for individual rights, the Supreme Court Monday announced it is throwing out a decision by Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who ruled the city of New Haven, Conn. could deny several firefighters promotions because the racially-neutral test they passed did not produce politically correct results, and it could theoretically result in lawsuits from special interest groups.

"ObamaCare" not so caring toward the elderly

Noted commentator Matthew Vadum, writing for The American Spectator, highlights what Obama's proposed government takeover of health care means for the elderly.  You may click here to read it.

Here's a hint.  If you're suffering from a painful fracture, Obama tells yesterday's town hall, "maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller."

Poll: Few Americans trust Obama, Congress with the economy

A new poll from the independent firm Rasmussen Reports finds what Libertarians have said for years – Americans trust their own judgment on economic issues more than that of President Obama and Congress.

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