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Barr: Federal regulatory burden hits $1.17 trillion

Over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website, 2008 Libertarian presidential nominee Congressman Bob Barr draws attention to one of the major hurdles facing our economic recovery -- the $1.17 trillion cost of complying with government regulations that must be carried by every American citizen and employer.

Removing unneeded and unnecessary regulations would be an important first step toward creating jobs -- and more effective than the Obama approach of throwing borrowed money at the problem.

Libertarian Party Interns on The Hill

          The LP National internship program had an exciting week with outreach at several events around town including the National Taxpayers Union Conference, and Capital Pride. Interns have moved from all over the country to intern at the LP and participate in these events. While mostly focused on local events, they are also providing valuable services to state affiliates who need help with research, and creating flyers and pamphlets for outreach.

Free Market Hero: William Brody

The independent, non-partisan Institute for Justice announced Tuesday it successfully negotiated a settlement with the Village of Port Chester, New York in the wake of a 2008 federal court victory by local businessman William Brody.  Brody, represented by IJ, has been engaged in a nine-year eminent domain battle with the village, which took Brody’s property for a private development project.  (The village bulldozed his small businesses to make way for a parking garage for a Stop & Shop.) 

Gay critics say 'too little, too late' from Obama

CNN reports that Obama's attempt to buy off gay activists with federal benefits, after the White House compared them to pedophiles in a legal brief opposing gay marriage, is "too little, too late."

CNN reports in part:

President Obama's decision to grant some benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees is seen by some as his attempt to extend an olive branch to the gay and lesbian community, but critics say it's "too little, too late."

Wish a happy birthday to John Monds!

John Monds, the Libertarian candidate for Georgia governor, celebrates his birthday today. 

John's already the first Georgia gubernatorial candidate to reach 1,000 followers on Twitter, so why not send him your best wishes, and follow his campaign, by going to http://twitter.com/VoteMonds?

If you don't "tweet," you can always show your support at http://www.VoteMonds.com/.

Gay Democrat donors boycotting DNC bash over Obama admin gay bashing brief

Outraged over a legal brief filed by the Obama administration comparing gay and lesbian Americans to pedophiles and people committing incest, gay and lesbian donors to the Democrat Party are pulling their support of a June 25 Democrat National Committee fundraiser with Vice-President Joe Biden aimed at the LBGT community.

ABC News reports former Clinton advisor David Mixner has withdrawn from the event, blasting the Obama brief as a "sickening document" that "could have been written by the Rev. Pat Robertson."

Government takeover of health care to cost $1 trillion over 9 years - for just one part

The Congressional Budget Office released a report Monday outlining the projected costs of just part of the Democrat plan for a government takeover of the nation's health care system, and it isn't pretty.

Initial estimates have taxpayers forking over $1.07 trillion dollars between 2010 and 2019 for just part of the Democrat plan.  Costs will escalate if Congress expands government-run insurance plans, as Obama promises.

Somewhere Ken Lay is smiling: Report likely shows Obama healthcare takeover unaffordable. Congress to simply change the report.

In a move that would have made Ken Lay proud, Democrat congressional leaders are expected to deal with the huge price tag of Barack Obama's government takeover of health care in a unique way -- ditching the estimates prepared by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and replacing them with the nunbers prepared by the politically-appointed White House Office of Management and Budget.

Oregon LP wins yet another election

More good news from Oregon, this time in Washington County.  The Libertarian Party of Washington County’s own Vice-Chair, Steve Pearson, was elected to Cedar Park Middle School Local School Committee, Position 3.

In a rare feat, Pearson was elected as a write-in candidate.

Obama offers more change...in his positions

CANDIDATE OBAMA, ON VOTER-APPROVED MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS

"The Justice Department going after sick individuals using this as a palliative instead of going after serious criminals makes no sense." - Barack Obama, July 21 2007

"I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It's not a good use of our resources." - Barack Obama, August 21, 2007

PRESIDENT OBAMA, ON VOTER-APPROVED MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS

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