One of our biggest battles in the fight for American liberty is in the area of taxation. Nowhere else is the icy grip of big government felt than when they go after our wallets.
It is the left’s clever ruse to deprive us of our economic freedom. Our buying power, the ability to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families, is often manipulated by the way state and local government regulates taxes.
Make no mistake, heavy taxation is a way for the government to control what and how you buy. It is also how they fund the ever-growing machine of bloated government programs that hinder our communities’ growth rather than help it.
But for people in Fairfax Country, VA, freedom won over tyranny, as they people voted down an increased food tax.
In the contest that perhaps most directly affects them, Fairfax County residents voted down a meals tax referendum that would’ve imposed up to a 4 percent tax on prepared food and beverages.
The referendum failed 53.8 percent to 46.2 percent…
Opponents called a meals tax regressive, meaning that it isn’t distributed based on income. They worried that it would hurt the restaurant industry as well as lower-income consumers when coupled with an already existing 6 percent sales tax, which predominantly goes to the state rather than the county. (Fairfax Times)
Punishing small businesses in order to help other areas of government is obviously counter-productive. It is a textbook case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. ... continue reading »
Last week New Hampshire and Maine legislatures moved closer to Constitutional Carry policies.
Liberty For All is excited to celebrate a huge win last week in Maine. Thanks in large part to Liberty For All endorsed and supported Sen. Eric Brakey’s steadfast leadership on LD 652 which was signed into law Wednesday July 8th by Maine Gov. Paul LePage.
Liberty For All is encouraged that Maine will now allow residents to carry a concealed handgun without obtaining a permit. Permits are often a burden to responsible gun owners, and do little to prevent criminals from carrying firearms.
Brakey says that Maine has a strong bipartisan tradition of supporting the Second Amendment. “It’s not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue, it’s something that works for the state of Maine.”
Brakey’s LD 652 allows a person not prohibited from possessing a gun by federal or state law to also carry a concealed handgun without needing to get a permit first, the bill also allows for a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle, which is currently against the law.
In New Hampshire, pro-gun legislation passed in both the NH State House and NH State Senate but faced the threat of a veto from Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan.
The New Hampshire ... continue reading »
Liberty For All hosted 75 energetic donors and strategic partners at the first annual Liberty for All Summit in Austin, Texas. The two day event featured discussions with pro-liberty legislators, including some previously supported by Liberty For All Action Fund, a presentation of our strategic plan, and numerous presentations on how we can grow the movement over the next five years.
Bad news for liberty loving Americans: Loretta Lynch was recently confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States. As the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Lynch was quite fond of the legally perverse and constitutionally questionable practice of civil asset forfeiture.
By seizing property from a person suspected – but not convicted – of a crime, the owner of the property has to navigate through a sea of treacherous legal waters just to get the property back by proving innocence. This is not how the American justice system is supposed to work.
Lynch has called this practice a “wonderful tool” to fight crime and is on record solidly defending this practice of snatching up property of suspected criminals merely suspected of a crime. As noted by Senator Mike Lee: Many Americans don’t think the practice is fundamentally fair. She responds by saying “civil and criminal forfeiture are very important tools of the Department of Justice as well as our state and local counterparts.”
This is the first time she has defended the procedure – she has a long record of employing it herself. For example, she seized the assets of the Hirsch brothers who were represented by the Institute for Justice and in 2013 her office seized $904 million alone.
As citizens, what can we do? As always we can fight for our rights at the state and local level. More and more states are passing laws defending our ... continue reading »
On April 17-18th, 2015 Liberty For All Inc, hosted it’s first annual Liberty Summit event which brought key advisors, supporters, and liberty minded elected officials together in Austin, Texas. The program focused on how we’re building a solid liberty network and infrastructure which will expand upon the success our sister organization Liberty For All Action Fund will have in electing principled candidates.
Chairman and Founder of Liberty For All was publicly received the Distinguished Service Award from the City of Austin.
“To see John’s level of generosity, to see his passion for creating an environment where businesses can flourish in Austin, and considering his youthful age — it is truly inspiring. We need more John Ramsey’s in America – leading the charge for freedom and prosperity for generations to come,” said Don Zimmerman, Austin City Council Member who presented the award.
“For the sake of National Security” has been a common refrain from Government officials and certain members of the political elite as a way to erode everyday American’s right to privacy. However, the further we move away from the time in which the Patriot Act was so quickly passed (9/11/2001) it seems that as a nation we’re reexamining the difference between bad policy and Unconstitutional spying.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act is set to expire in June of 2015. Essentially, Section 215 is one of the worst sections of the Patriot Act written with such broad wording that allows the U.S government to require businesses to hand over “any tangible things” so long as it is to “protect against international terrorism” and has resulted in the Government snapping up millions of innocent people’s phone records.
Now is the time for reform. Comedian John Oliver recently made a brilliant video outlining Government Surveillance.
A powerful unchecked Government with the ability to gather so much data is a scary thought. Reviewing the Patriot Act and standing up for civil liberties has never been so important.
BREAKING UPDATE: Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moves forward with Patriot Act Reauthorization. Read more at Campaignforliberty.org
People are different. From our every day experiences to our learning styles, we don’t all process information in the same way. What works for some students and some children, doesn’t work for others. It’s easy for everyone to account for differences in “how” we learn – but what about “what” we learn? Millennials already know what the future holds – Twitter, text messages, selfies, blogs, vine, and Youtube are just the beginning. We are embarking on a profound future highlighted by self-expression and individuality.
Common core standards and the underlying idea that all students all over America should be taught the exact same information are a step backward. What makes us unique is what makes us interesting. Our individual ideas, backgrounds, and contributions are a byproduct of diversity. Common core seeks conformity – it is a one-size fits all approach to education. It takes parents out of the equation. It treats children like robots and assumes that all we need are the right “inputs” to prosper.
To make matters worse – it won’t even improve overall educational outcomes. There are few things The Brookings Institution and The Heritage Foundation agree on, but they do here. After a comprehensive study, Brookings determined that common core will have “little to no effect on student achievement.” Similarly, Heritage has noted that the failure to account for difference ... continue reading »
Co-Author of the anti-civil liberties bill the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) announced his retirement from Congress last week. Rogers, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee will join talk radio. A former FBI agent, Rogers has served in Congress for the last 14 years.
One of Rogers’ signature pieces of legislation – CISPA – violates the Fourth Amendment rights of U.S. Citizens, shields companies from legal liability for spying, and will be misused for a variety of uses that have nothing to do with security threats to our nation. Recent NSA scandals, such as the PRISM program and the bulk collection of data have continued to reveal the lack of accountability at U.S. intelligence agencies but Rep. Rogers has continued to defend these programs. Through CISPA and similar legislation, he has even sought to legitimize these practices.
His retirement is a good thing for the rights of all Americans and will open up the possibility of real intelligence reform, such as passage of the USA Freedom Act. To read more about his retirement, click here. To see how your representative voted on CISPA, click here.
We are rising to defend the gun owners in CT.
*We are raising money to ensure that we will have the best legal minds available to defend Connecticut gun owners should the state attempt confiscation.
*We are collecting signatures from thousands of angry American citizens to bring directly to the Connecticut legislature and let them know, “Hands off. No means No.”
*We are also raising money to publicize our combined efforts and to use our media contacts and weight as a national organization to make sure the potential of confiscation gets the media attention it deserves. This will demonstrate to the Connecticut legislature that gun owners and organizations across the nation are watching their every move.
Please support liberty by signing the petition and contributing to help CT gun owners! Share with your friends and family. Let’s remove the cancer in Connecticut before it spreads to other states. Lets show these tyrants that we mean business!
One of the benefits of the Liberty Scorecard is that you can see, for the first time in a single scorecard, the breakdown of the two-party system and the reality that we are engaged in a struggle for liberty against authoritarians, cronies, and hawks. Out of 435 members in the U.S. House of Representatives, only 18 Representatives scored 70 or above. Only 18 representatives are willing to stand up for peace, prosperity, limited and local government, civil liberties, fiscal responsibility, and sound monetary policy, at least most of the time. Only 79 additional representatives scored above 50. Only 79 additional representatives vote for liberty more often than they vote against it. Over 75% of the U.S. House of Representatives does not represent the cumulative interests of the American people even half of the time.