Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, January 26, 2008, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
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Notes and Summary of the President's Address --
"State of the Union"
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. On Monday night, I will address the
American people about the state of our union. I will report that over
the last seven years, we've made great progress on important issues at
home and abroad. I will also report that we have unfinished business
before us, and we must work together to get it done.
How the President Differs from the American vision of
"Liberty Under God":
The Government does not create "economic growth" -- it is
a parasite on economic growth
- The Declaration of Independence speaks of "Providence."
Adam Smith, in his book Wealth of Nations, spoke of an
"Invisible Hand." This is a universe created and
governed by a good and personal God.
- If we obey "the Laws of
Nature and of Nature's God," we will experience "the
blessings of liberty" and be able to pass them down to our
- All of the economic problems which Bush is attempting to solve
or avert are the result of violating the "the
Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," for example,
by debasing the currency, which is both
immoral and unconstitutional.
- Both the Democrats and Republicans have united in their practice
of currency debasement. This is the root of our economic problems
- The only true alternative to the Democrats and Republicans is a
- Government does not produce; it taxes
- All money taken by the Government from the Free Market is mis-allocated,
by definition (nobody voluntarily allocates their money to
the government; they had other plans for their money).
- All money taken by the Government from the Free Market is mis-allocated
to special interests who must resort to government force
because persuasion fails them.
- This misallocation is rationalized by promises which are
illusions ("jump-start the economy" "shot in the
arm"); faith in government is like faith in Santa Claus.
- President Bush thus promises to be our Savior, and Taxes are our
offerings to a false god.
- America is, on the one hand, a nation "under
- America is, on the other hand, a nation that ignores God and
- Idolatry is when we fail to trust God (our national motto is
"In God We Trust")
and trust the Government to bring us "salvation."
- Americans must think about these issues, not just in terms of
the Constitution, but in terms of the values enshrined in the
Declaration of Independence -- the philosophy of "Liberty
Saturday Morning Radio Address
"Liberty Under God"
|THE PRESIDENT: Good
morning. On Monday night, I will address the American people about
the state of our union. I will report that over the last seven
years, we've made great progress on important issues at home and
abroad. I will also report that we have unfinished business before
us, and we must work together to get it done.
||History will report that the last
seven years were not years of "great progress," but
perhaps the most rapid decline in American history. It's possible
that the destruction of the Constitution and the idea of
"Liberty Under God" has only made more
"progress" under the administrations of FDR
| In my speech, I
will lay out a full plate of issues for Congress to address in the
year ahead. Two of these issues require immediate attention.
| First is the
economy. I know many of you are worried about the risk of an
economic downturn, because of the instability in the housing and
financial markets. You should know that while economic growth has
slowed in recent months, the foundation for long-term growth
remains solid. And I believe that with swift action, we can give
our economy the boost it needs to continue expanding and creating
new jobs for our citizens.
||If the government is so
knowledgeable and omnipotent as to be able to "solve"
the problem of an "economic downturn," why is it unable
to prevent that downturn from occurring in the first place?
Washington D.C. does not want you to know that our
"economic downturn," and the "instability in the
housing and financial markets" are both caused by the
federal government. Friedrich
Hayek won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1974 for his
"pioneering work in the theory of money and economic
fluctuations." Hayek represented "classical
liberalism," also known as "the Free Market," and
his work, based
on the foundation laid by Ludwig
von Mises, who proved beyond doubt that the creation of money
by the government is the cause of "instability in the housing
and financial markets." Most Americans are oblivious to this
pervasive fact. Bush's economic advisors are not. They hope to
profit or maintain their power by transferring
"stability" from you to them.
| On Thursday, my
Administration reached a bipartisan agreement with House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader John Boehner on an economic
growth package. This package will deliver direct tax relief to
hardworking Americans. It will also include incentives for
businesses -- including small businesses -- to make new
investments this year. I ask the House and Senate to enact this
package into law as soon as possible. And while I understand the
desire to add provisions from both the left and the right, it
would be a mistake to undermine this important bipartisan
agreement. By working together, we can provide our economy with a
shot in the arm when we need it most.
|The most important issues of our
day are "bipartisan."
|| government manipulation of currency and credit
|| the overthrow of foreign governments
|| campaign finance,
|| secular government dominance over Christian parents
|-- all of these issues are agreed upon by both
democrats and republicans. Which is to say, neither
democrats nor republicans understand the most fundamental
issues of the Constitution, the economy, or civilization
| The other
urgent issue before Congress is a matter of national security.
Congress needs to provide our intelligence professionals with the
tools and flexibility they need to protect America from attack. In
August, Congress passed a bill that strengthened our ability to
monitor terrorist communications. The problem is that Congress set
this law to expire on February 1st. That is next Friday. If this
law expires, it will become harder to figure out what our enemies
are doing to infiltrate our country, harder for us to uncover
terrorist plots, and harder to prevent attacks on the American
||When Osama bin Ladin declared a
"fatwah" (holy war) against the U.S., he mentioned three
evils that warranted our destruction:
• U.S. military bases defiling holy places in Saudi
• bombing Muslims in Iraq
• aiding Israeli oppression of Arab Palestinians
All of these actions violate the Constitution and the most
fundamental principles of American foreign policy (as
articulated by America's Founding Fathers). But instead of
terminating these unconstitutional actions, Congress wants to
attack your constitutional rights, especially your rights under
the 4th Amendment. Not only that, Bush has escalated the policies
of the Clinton Administration (that brought about Osama's wrath).
| Congress is now
considering a bipartisan bill that will allow our professionals to
maintain the vital flow of intelligence on terrorist threats. It
would protect the freedoms of Americans, while making sure we do
not extend those same protections to terrorists overseas. It would
provide liability protection to companies now facing
billion-dollar lawsuits because they are believed to have assisted
in efforts to defend our Nation following
the 9/11 attacks. I call on Congress to pass this
- Congress needs to repudiate the last 20 years of the
- Support The "American
Freedom Agenda Act"
the Patriot Act
- Stop using American lives as cannon
- Stop the War FOR Terror - Foreclose
aggressive war against Iran
- 9-11 is still being raised as the basis for Bush's
unconstitutional foreign policy. Congress should
9-11 Accountability -- a truly independent criminal
investigation of the tragedy, with an aggressive and unbiased
prosecution, with full
discovery and a press for truth.
|We need to know who
our enemies are and what they are plotting. And we cannot afford
to wait until after an attack to put the pieces together.
||Suppose that the federal
government made the decision to return America to "Liberty
Under God" and abide by the Constitution. This means the
government would not spy on Americans, torture suspects, and bomb
their relatives in Iraq. Every individual member of your family
would have saved at least $3,000 on a senseless and
unconstitutional aggressive war on Iraq and creation of an Islamic
theocracy in place of Saddam's secular regime. Tens of thousands
of innocent men women and children would not have been killed.
Could we "afford to wait until after an attack to put the
pieces together?" If God's people who are called by His name
humbled themselves, and prayed and sought His face, and turned
from their wicked ways, would God hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin and heal
their land and keep us safe
from attack? Does our
national motto mean anything?
| When I go
before Congress on Monday, I will speak more about how we can keep
our economy strong and our people safe. I am confident that we can
work together to meet our responsibilities in these areas -- and
leave our children a stronger and more prosperous America.
||The way to keep our economy
strong and our people safe is to get the federal government out of
the economy and out of the nations of other people. As it stands
right now, our children are going to inherit a bankrupt
nation and the wrath of a billion foreigners.
|Thank you for
Kevin Craig's platform:
» Stimulus: Kindergarten Keynesianism
Magazine - Hit & Run > Stimulant or Hallucinogen? [offensive
Austrian Economists: Steve Pejovich Knows How to Ask the Right
» Stimulus Package Is Welfare, Not Tax Cuts
- Suppose there were a Democrat in the White House and
she proposed $100 billion in cash hand-outs to families.
She could structure it exactly the same way as Bush has,
but call it a “Family Food and Health Care Supplement.”
The minority GOP would probably denounce it strongly as wasteful
welfare, which it would be.
In fact, the [Bush program] is simply extra
spending; it is a giant one-time welfare program. To pay
for it, the government will borrow an added $100 billion,
which will impose $100 billion of higher taxes on future
Economic Surrender - WSJ.com
MONEY! - New York Post
Daily - A Very Stimulating Crisis
- In ordinary economics, goods and services are scarce, and
leisure is preferable to work. From that perspective, saying
"we need to create jobs" or "consumers aren't
spending enough" would be as silly as saying that "we
need to burn down our house" or "people aren't wasting
Stimulus Proposal Would Be a Move in the Right Direction
view: An economic mistake - Opinion - USATODAY.com
- Fiscal Follies
- An Unstimulating Idea
- NPR: Russell Roberts: Don't Jump the Gun on Stimulus Plans
- The Broken Window
- I ask you to consider the
absurd discussion of a stimulus package designed to rescue the
economy from recession. The idea is that the government will
inject funds into private markets to stimulate them to the point
that they will run on their own. Not once in this debate have I
heard anyone ask the core question: where is this money going to
It seems that Washington wants us
to believe that they have some magic machine that can turn up
$150 billion in new assets without anyone having to do anything
to make these assets appear. One wonders, then, why we need to
wait until a recession to stimulate the economy. Why not
magically create hundreds of billions every day, and not just
for this country but for the entire world? Why are we holding
- Political Stimulus
- A ‘Stimulus Package’? by Thomas Sowell
- Stimulus Package Nonsense by Walter E. Williams
- The Dangerous Stimulus by Ron Paul
- Economic Stimulus Concerns
"Good Cop, Bad Cop"
Here is a pessimistic view of the recession: At
the Edge of the Abyss by Gary North.
Where is an optimistic view of the President's ability to turn the
recession around? I will put the link here if you will tell me where it
In any case, where are these pessimistic/optimistic forces taking us?
In all probability, both sides are moving us to greater levels of trust
in government (instead of "a
firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence"
[Declaration of Independence]) and greater power and control in the
hands of government. A collapse of the dollar might move us more quickly
to the proposed "Amero," a regional currency joining the
United States, Mexico, and Canada into a political/economic union
similar to the European Union and its Euro.
Neal Boortz has suggested
attaching "The Boortz Addendum" to every appropriation bill
offered in Congress. This addendum would read something like this:
Every sponsor or co-sponsor of this legislation hereby affirms his
or her belief that the need for the federal government of the United
States to spend taxpayer funds on the purposes outlined herein is of
greater importance and urgency than any spending needs which the party
or parties who actually earned these funds may have; such needs being,
but not necessarily limited to, spending for medical care, child care,
housing, food, clothing, transportation, education, insurance, savings
and retirement planning, and religious tithes or conscientious
It became common during the Clinton Administration to speak of
government spending as an "investment." Congress might also
therefore attach the following to each spending bill:
By voting for this legislation I hereby affirm my belief that the
information and knowledge possessed by me and 434 other
Congressman-"investors" is greater than the collective
knowledge and information possessed by a Free Market of 150 million
individual investors, pension fund managers, insurance company
executives, mutual fund administrators, and brokers, all of whom do
not have the luxury of obtaining investment funds by passing a law,
but must earn their investment dollars.
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John Adams once wrote that the American
Revolution began in 1761, when Massachusetts attorney James Otis
began legal challenges to the Writs of Assistance. He lost the case, but
"American independence," Adams wrote, "was
then and there born." Now do the math. That means it took 15
years to convince the rest of America to declare Independence (1776).
Then another seven years of war was required before a Peace Treaty was
signed (1783), and then six years before the Constitution was finally
ratified (1789). That's almost 30 years. (And Jefferson said we
shouldn't go 20
years without another rebellion!) How can we hope to convince
Americans to fight for principles they were never taught in government
schools? We need to be in this battle for the long term. "Eternal
Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota delivered the Democratic
Dorgan raised a good point: short-term measures are not enough; we
need to look at the long-term. But the Democrats also believe in Bush's
short-term measures, and have no greater understanding of the long-term
effects of departing from America's founding principles than the
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