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A Press Release issued by the Libertarian Party

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McCain, Obama Use Millions of Taxpayer Dollars for Self-Promotion

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Barr Proposes to Stop Taxpayer Funds for Parties’ Conventions

“My party has already held its convention without a single taxpayer dollar in its support,” notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee. But the Republican and Democratic conventions live on federal subsidies. Each party is receiving $16 million for operating expenses and another $50 million for security.  But even this might not be enough in the view of some people.  Colorado officials are talking about trying to pry some additional money from the feds.

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Bush: The ambassador that wasn't

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Bush's deplorable track record with civil liberties and regulatory policies makes him an unfit ambassador of American values

If it weren't for a history of abuses against civil liberties and a penchant for regulatory economic policies, President George Bush could have been an ambassador of freedom and capitalism during his Olympic visit to China, says the Libertarian Party.

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Time to Cut Off Iraq

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Iraq should be footing their own bill

"It is time for Iraq to take responsibility for the costs and burdens of rebuilding their country," says Libertarian Party National Chairman William Redpath, following a new report from the Government Accountability Office stating that Iraq may have a budget surplus of up to $79 billion dollars. 

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Border fences poor substitutes for immigration reform

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Illegal immigration a product of ineffective government policies

As the federal government scrambles to put up a costly border fence along the Mexico-US border, Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis is already calling it a "poor substitute for real immigration reform." 

"Illegal immigration is a huge problem in the United States that will only worsen if we continue to play games instead of getting serious about real reform," says Davis. "Border fences are expensive distractions, paid for by taxpayers, from addressing the causes of illegal immigration."

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'We don't mind you shutting down'

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As Congress plays games, taxpayers get a break from big spending

While Republicans threaten a government shutdown over a fight with Democrats on offshore drilling, the Libertarian Party says such a dramatic step wouldn't be so bad.

"We don't mind Congress shutting down," says Andrew Davis, spokesperson for the Libertarian Party. "At least taxpayers will get a break from Congress' spending spree.  Anything that government does to decrease how active it is in passing new laws and spending taxpayer money is something the Libertarian Party fully supports."

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Freedom going up in smoke

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Regulations would endanger health of liberty in the United States

Tobacco regulations that just passed the House "should carry a warning label about their dangerous effects on liberty," says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis.

The bill, sponsored by California Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman, would give new powers to the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco ingredients and advertising, as well as the introduction of new products into the market.  The bill passed the House 326 to 102 after less than an hour of debate.

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Barr Urges House Judiciary to Hold President Accountable

Appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Barr called for “a thorough inquiry into the Bush administration’s attack on the Constitution’s system of separation of powers and checks and balances.”  He explained:  “It is axiomatic that no matter how much power government has, it always wants more."

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Housing Bill Like 'Painting a Collapsing House'

The Libertarian Party is calling for the Senate to block a measure that seeks to stabilize the housing market at a cost of $300 billion.  "The bill is an atrocity, pure and simple," says Libertarian Party National Chairman William Redpath.

"The housing bill creates more regulation, more government and more mess, all with the taxpayer on the hook," says Redpath. "In the end, the government will have spent at least 300 billion dollars trying to solve a problem it created in the first place, without ever addressing why we are in this situation to begin with."

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Boehner's voting comments reflect Republican failures

Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis called House Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-OH) comments about wasted votes "a symptom of the same delusion that cost Republicans control in 2006." 

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<a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121625042990560111.html?mod=special_page_camp">Bob Barr's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed</a>

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From the WSJ - "The idea of a 'living Constitution' long has been popular on the political left. Conservatives routinely dismiss such result-oriented justice, denouncing "judicial activism" and proclaiming their fidelity to "original intent." However, many Republicans, like Mr. McCain, are just as result-oriented as their Democratic opponents. They only disagree over the result desired."

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