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A Press Release issued by the Libertarian Party

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Barr Calls to Sell Off Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

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Taxpayers at risk while McCain and Obama argue over Paris Hilton ads

“The American people cannot afford to keep bailing out big businesses, lenders, investment bankers, and brokers who made big mistakes,” says Bob Barr.“With bad financial news continuing to pile up, officials at the Treasury Department and the quasi-government companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are talking about a bail-out. We must turn these organizations into true private firms, with no special access to the Treasury,” insists Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee.

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Latest Poll: Majority Want Libertarian Bob Barr Included in Presidential Debates

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55 percent of likely voters want Bob Barr included in the debates

A recently released poll by Zogby International shows that a majority of American voters want Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr included in the presidential debates.

Barr, currently polling at 6 percent nationally, would need to meet the thresholds established by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a private corporation run by former chairs of the Republican and Democratic National Committees, and funded by many large corporations.

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No Foreign Aid for Georgian War, Says Bob Barr

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American taxpayers should not pay for the mistakes of other nations

“The Bush administration is talking about pumping aid into the damaged Georgian economy, after that nation’s short war with Russia," says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president. "The conflict between Georgia and Russia was tragic, but it’s time officials in Washington stopped treating the Treasury Department like an ATM for the world. The deficit rose last month after Uncle Sam had to bail out several failed banks and the total federal deficit this year is going to run about $400 billion.  It’s time to say enough!”

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Create Private Accounts for Social Security, Says Bob Barr

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Says the U.S. 'cannot afford to wait any longer' for reform

"The US is facing a financial tsunami as the Baby Boomers retire,” warns Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, on the 73rd anniversary of Social Security being signed into law.  “The total unfunded liability for Social Security and Medicare is more than $100 trillion—that is ten times the official national debt!  The longer we wait to act, the harder it will be to reform the system,” says Barr.

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Barr Calls for Commission on Wasteful Government

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Recommendations to Serve as Roadmap to Shrink Size, Scope, and Cost of Federal Government

In a statement released by the Barr 2008 presidential campaign, Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr called for a new commission to address wasteful government.

"Federal finances are in a catastrophic condition and are getting worse.  The deficit next year will run a half trillion dollars.  Congress just approved a housing bail-out that could end up sticking taxpayers with as much as $1 trillion in losses by two government-created housing agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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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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