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Libertarians to Occupiers: Crony capitalism is the problem

WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle released the following statement today:

"I have been following the Occupy protesters, who call themselves the '99%', with interest.

"It's true that 99% of Americans do not enjoy the special benefits of crony capitalism. Crony capitalism is very different from real capitalism. In crony capitalism, government hands out special favors and protections to politically well-connected businesses.

Libertarians to Bernanke: You're wrong

WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle issued the following statement today:

"Associated Press reports today that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress they must not cut federal spending sharply. Chairman Bernanke, you're wrong.

"The federal government is currently spending somewhere around 24% of America's total economic output -- even more if you ignore the government's accounting gimmick of 'offsetting receipts.'

Libertarians, not Republicans, offer Social Security cuts

WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle issued the following statement today:

"In the Republican candidate debate last night, I observed that not a single Republican candidate made any proposals for immediate cuts to Social Security, the single largest government program in America.

"Republicans are so scared of losing senior citizens' votes that they are willing to throw their children and grandchildren under the bus.

Libertarian remarks on Constitution Day

WASHINGTON - In honor of Constitution Day, Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict released the following statement today:

"Tomorrow, September 17, is Constitution Day: the anniversary of the agreement on the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787.

"When I think about that anniversary, I am saddened by how far we have strayed from our original respect for the Constitution. But I am hopeful for the future.

Libertarians respond to Obama speech and Republican debate

WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict has released a video response to President Obama's jobs speech. The video is available here:

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