For Immediate Release Thursday, July 7, 2011
WASHINGTON – Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle released the following statement today:
“A lot of people feel like Casey Anthony got off easy. I feel the same way about our members of Congress.
“These folks violate their solemn oath to uphold the Constitution on a daily basis. Most of them deserve to be kicked out of office for life — but instead, they get praised by the media, by the special interests they cater to, and others. And of course, they get to enjoy cushy government jobs.
“The current so-called debate over the federal debt limit is a perfect example.
“The debate is all a charade. Democrats are pandering to their base by demanding tax increases on TV. Republicans are pandering to their base by pretending they want to cut spending on TV.
“But behind closed doors, they agree on almost everything.
“What have Republicans done to cut spending? Earlier this year, despite endless promises about “deep cuts,” Republicans worked out a budget compromise that actually increased 2011 spending by several billion dollars.
“And what have Democrats done to cut military spending? Nothing — the Pentagon keeps on growing. How about cutting War on Drugs spending? Again, nothing.
“Here’s what is going to happen: tiny inconsequential spending cuts, which will probably be called “deep cuts” by sensationalist media, plus various small disguised tax increases. The result? Trillions in debt, as far as the eye can see, piled on the backs of our children and grandchildren.
“And will Republicans and Democrats agree to raise the debt limit? You bet they will.
“I hope more voters will support the Libertarian Party and Libertarian candidates. It’s our only hope for getting out of this Democrapublican mess.”
For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.
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