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Argument and Rebuttal Against Tax Increase--Measure Q

Below is the argument and rebuttal against the Monterey-Salinas Transit District Tax. I was one of the signers. This language will appear in the Nov. 4, 2014 Voter Booklet.

 

Argument Against Measure Q

 

This year’s ballot is awash with tax-generating measures to increase sales taxes, school bonds, hotel transient occupancy tax and transit tax. Further, there will be a number of expensive tax measures at the state level. One would have to be brain-dead to vote for boosting taxes when most governmental bodies spend wildly without much transparency or care while their public employees enjoy obscenely high salaries, health care benefits and bloated pensions. To the overtaxed, it seems that the only purpose of the taxpayer is to foot the bill.

The Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) has no qualms about spending taxpayers’ money freely. They agreed in their Jan. 2014 board meeting to spend up to $100,000 of taxpayers’ funds to research the feasibility of this tax measure. And who can forget their failed attempt two years ago to create a huge maintenance/operations facility at the 58-acre Whispering Oaks business park in Fort Ord, for which they sunk over $4.5 million into design work. Guess who paid for that debacle!

This tax is just another attempt at empire-building. The MST has been seeking more office space, newer buses that are usually less than half full, and more facilities. The MST say they want additional taxpayers’ funds just to help senior citizens, veterans and people with disabilities, but such nice-sounding language comes from their advertising consultants. Who knows if that is true? The German philosopher, Nietzsche, saw through such political smoke screens, observing that “everything the government says is a lie.”

Perhaps not everything, but spin-doctoring often brings home the proverbial bacon in the form of a large revenue stream from taxpayers. This farce needs to stop. Vote NO on Measure Q.

 

Rebuttal Against Measure Q.

 

All too often, governmental bodies behave like criminals.  When MST district mailed out thousands of flyers announcing a meeting to let the public know about their proposed tax for the Nov. 4, 2014, ballot, they failed to mention the location.  When several taxpayers found the location, they asked for another meeting. But their pleas were ignored and the MST board voted to put the tax on the ballot with almost no public comments, because almost nobody knew the location. The MST did not want the public at their July 14 meeting! They apparently wanted their meeting held in secret. This is almost criminal, perhaps bordering on consumer fraud.

Over 2,500 years ago, Greek philosopher Aristotle made an astute observation.  He warned: “Subjects are also kept poor by payment of taxes.” And this is the point. The Transit tax is not small when considering the high salaries, pensions and health benefits of public employees that most taxpayers can only dream about.

To the insulated bureaucrats, it seems that they never have enough money. In fact, we could give every penny we own to the various government agencies, and it would still not be enough.  No more new taxes! Vote NO on Measure Q.

Libertarians Participate in City of Monterey's July 4th, 2014 Parade

Libertarians for Peace will again participate in the City of Monterey's annual July 4th (Friday) downtown parade. There will be thousands of spectators. I hope you can come and join the parade and support peace and freedom. David Henderson is in charge, who is not only co-chair of Libertarians for Peace, but of the local Peace Coalition of Monterey County. The parade starts at 10 AM. People can start gathering around 9:30 AM at the same place as last year-- across the street from Monerey's U.S. Post Office (565 Hartnell Street)  at the medical building (rear parking lot). More info. contact David Henderson at davidrhenderson1950@gmail.com  We will have tricorne hats for everyone.

--Lawrence Samuels, the other Co-chair, Libertarians for Peace, and Chair of Libertarian Party of Monterey County

Lawn Party after Parade (11 AM to 4:30 PM) and more info:  http://monterey.org/residents/independenceday.aspx

Sabotaging History: Mussolini's Socialist Left-Wing Past

The Wikipedia page "Controversies over Italian Fascism's Political Placement" has been deleted from Wikipedia by left-wing editors who don’t want the public to see the historical evidence of Mussolini’s and Italian Fascism’s leftwing and socialist past. The deleted page was thoroughly documented with over 100 footnotes from well-known historians. What the editors hated most is a particular line from Jane Soames' 1933 authorized translation of Mussolini's "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism” which stated:  “It may be expected that this will be a century of authority, a century of the Left, a century of Fascism.” Every time my son has posted this quote on other Wikipedia pages, editors quickly delete it, saying that the quote was a mistake or a mistranslation, even though I have two editions (1933 and 1934) of Soames’ booklet, indicating that this very substantial “mistranslation” was not questioned at the time.

Anyway, I have enclosed a site displaying the entire 26-page 1933 booklet. Please try to have other websites linked to it.  Also, I have enclosed my article, "Hitler and Mussolini: History's Dirty Little Secret."

http://historyuncensored.wix.com/history-uncensored

“Hitler and Mussolini: History’s Dirty Little Secret”  http://www.lksamuels.com/?p=156

New Organization: Committee Against Fascist Economics (CAFE)

 

A new organization called the Committee Against Fascist Economics (CAFE) is being set up to show how Mussolini’s Italian Fascism was Marxist-inspired and promoted socialism, especially during the 1930s. The Wikipedia page “Controversies over Italian Fascism’s Political Placement,” gives dozens of examples of the left-wing bearing of Italian Fascism and its successful effort to socialize almost ¾ of the Italian economy by 1939.

This is an important issue for classical liberals and libertarians, since Mussolini repeatedly railed against individualism and classical liberals during his lifetime. To join or contact this new group write to:  lawsam1951@hotmail.com

Speech by Anthony Gregory

Speech: "Habeas Corpus:

A Double-Edged Sword?"

by Anthony Gregory

Saturday, May 17, 2014

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Peace Rescource Center,  1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside

MC: Tom Lee

Free to the public

The writ of Habeas Corpus is a judicial procedure that in theory supposed to require a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court. However, in practice this requirement is not always imposed. Habeas corpus is a summons with the force of a court order that guarantees against any detention that is forbidden by law. This judicial principle is considered the cornerstone of individual liberty and a free society.

But ordinary citizens are not the only ones who have used this principle. Historically, amoral leaders and unethical governments have used habeas corpus for their own nefarious ends. Why and how this has happened is the subject of Anthony Gregory’s speech.

BIO: Anthony Gregory is the Gilbert I. Collins Fellow at the Independent Institute and the author of the book The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King's Prerogative to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He appears in the Institute's Independent Watch videos and blogs regularly at The Beacon.

He has written articles for The Atlantic, Washington Times, Bloomberg Business Week, Christian Science Monitor, San Diego Union Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, American Conservative, Human Events, Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, LewRockwell.com, Mises.org, The Freeman, Liberty, Reason.com, Future of Freedom Foundation, The Independent Review, and Journal of Libertarian Studies. He earned his B.A. in American history at the University of California at Berkeley.

This speech is sponsored by Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County, a member of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Other sponsors: Sam Adams Forum, Libertarian Party of Monterey County. For more information: lawsam1951@hotmail.com or www.montereycountyLP.org

 

 

Libertarian Party Opposed Measure O

The Libertarian Part of Monterey County executive committee has voted to oppose Measure O, which proposes a government takeover by eminent domain of Cal Am’s water business. Not only is the state a coercive monopoly, it is also an extremely inefficient one. And that is because government has no reason to succeed since it cannot legally fail. Worse, state endeavors are often rewarded with more money and power if they perform poorly. In fact, I coined an aphorism to describe this phenomenon: “Government succeeds by failing.”

And that is what will happen if the government takes control of Cal Am. It is bad enough that Cal Am is a state-sanctioned monopoly, but a complete government monopoly is the epitome of a non-competitive process. If people want lower water rates, they need more competition, not less. That could be accomplished by allowing easy access to Cal Am water pipe infrastructure by smaller water companies.

One good example to cite is the city of Lubbock, Texas, where citizens have the choice of electric utility providers, resulting in some of the lowest electricity costs in the state of Texas. Competition always works; monopolies do not, especially those owned and operated by a government entity.

Measure O will allow the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) to use eminent domain to seize the local water company. This is the type of tactic that Mussolini used in Italy in the 1930s, nationalized fully three-fourths of Italian businesses by 1935. We don’t need more government monopolies. We don’t need Italian Fascism. Vote NO on Measure O on June 3, 2014.

Free Showing of "The Lives Of Others" on Sat., March 29 Start at 6:00 PM

Sat., March 29, 2014

From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Marina Branch Library:

190 Seaside Cir., Marina, CA 93933

Discussion afterwards led by Mark Carbonaro, Manager of KION-1460 AM Radio Station. Free to the public. You can bring food.

This Oscar-winning thriller (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) tells the erotic story of an East German couple whose every intimate moment is being monitored by the Secret Police hoping to learn information that could destroy their lives.

 

 

This first-rate thriller, like Bertolucci's The Conformist and Coppola's The Conversation, opts for character development over car chases. The place is East Berlin, the year is 1984, and it all begins with a simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe in a restrained, yet deeply felt performance), a Stasi officer and a specialist in this kind of thing, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch, Black Book), a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck, Mostly Martha). Though Dreyman is known to associate with the occasional dissident, like blacklisted director Albert Jerska (Volkmar Kleinert), his record is spotless. Everything changes when Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf (Thomas Thieme) has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. In other words, it's personal, and Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person…, The Lives of Others is always elegant, never confusing. It's class with feeling. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

 

Liberty Movie Night is sponsored by the Libertarian Party of Monterey County and co-sponsored by Libertarians for Peace. 

Is Italian Fascism Linked to the Right -- or to the Left? Join us for a speech by Lawrence Samuels on April 19

Speech by:

L.K. Samuels, author of In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action.

 

Sat., April 19, 2014

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

MC: Prof. David Henderson

Location: Peace Resource Center,

1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside.

 

Free to the public

 

Since the end of World War II, the conventional view held by most historians concerning Mussolini’s political and social creed was that he exhibited features that would place him on the right side of the political spectrum. But this view has come under closer scrutiny in recent years. A number of historians argue that fascism is a doctrine which mixes the philosophies of the left and right into a confusing maze. The question becomes: what was Italian Fascism, where did it originate, and what did Benito Mussolini say and do that might clear up this controversy.

 

BIO: L.K. Samuels is author of the newly published book In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics Economics and Human Action. He is editor and a contributing author of Facets of Liberty, an anthology of political and economic writings from 1969 to 2009. His historical novel about 17th Century Ireland – Ferret: The Reluctant King -- won "Honorable Mention" at the East of Eden Writers Conference held in Salinas in 2002. He is co-chair with David Henderson of Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County, which is a member of the local Peace Coalition. Winner of the 2007 Karl Bray Memorial Award, he was elected chair of the Project Area Committee (PAC) in 2008, a citizens committee to advise the Seaside Redevelopment Agency and the city of Seaside on eminent domain issues. Visit his website at www.lksamuels.com. His Wikipedia page is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.K._Samuels.

On March 20 Come Find Out How the 2012 NDAA turned your backyard into a battlefield

And how to take it back!

Speech by:

Dan Johnson, Founder of People Against the NDAA (PANDA)

Thur., March 20, 2014

6:00 PM Dinner/Social Hr., 7:00 PM Speech

 

LOCATION: Travelodge Monterey Bay

Oh! Sushi Japanese Restaurant  -- Conference room,

2030 North Fremont St., Monterey.

  • Speech Free to the public

Dan Johnson is 20 years old, founder of People Against the NDAA (PANDA), and a nationally renowned writer and speaker. He founded PANDA in January 2012, and it has since become the largest Anti-NDAA organization in America, introducing or pushing over 18 pieces of state and numerous pieces of local anti-NDAA legislation. A grassroots, nonpartisan, nonviolent organization, PANDA assists groups across the political spectrum united to prevent the laws of war from being used here in the United States, or on American citizens anywhere in the world.

Dan has written for several publications, including the Huffington Post, Policy Mic, Occupy.com, and Western Journalism. He has spoken at PAUL Fest, Libertopia, the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Convention, and at dozens of peace organizations and tea parties.

About the 2012 NDAA:  Signed into law on December 31st, 2011 by President Barack Obama, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allows the President, at his discretion, to order any person, including an American citizen, to be indefinitely detained without a charge or trial. PANDA’s website is http://pandaunite.org/

Sponsored by:  Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County, a member of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County, Sam Adams Forum, FED-UP of Monterey County and the Libertarian Party of Monterey County. For more information email to lawsam1951@hotmail.com or 831-238-5058

 

LP response to President Barack Obama's announced plan for minor reforms of NSA mass surveillance

Government phone snooping demands immediate repeal of Patriot Act, FISA, NDAAStatement from Geoffrey J. Neale, chair, Libertarian National Committee, in response to President Barack Obama's announced plan for minor reforms of NSA mass surveillance:
"Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the rights of its citizens, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it. And, make no mistake, our governments — federal, state, and local — have all become injurious to the rights of citizens.
"Barack Obama today delivered a speech that promised next to nothing. He promised that 'greater safeguards for civil liberties' will be enacted, and that steps will be taken to rein in the worst of the NSA surveillance abuses.
"But government cannot be reined in. Once it has power, it seeks more. Once it has information, it keeps it — and often tells us that it didn't keep it (such as the records of gun purchases run through the NICS system) even though it really did — and then it wants more. It is the nature of the beast; everything it thinks it can use, it stuffs into its gaping, insatiable maw.
"There is already a list of 'safeguards,' and they are mentioned specifically in the Constitution. If the supreme law of the land is 'just a piece of paper,' what other 'safeguards' will keep millions of bureaucrats from breaking the law further?
"The only way to limit government intrusion into our lives is to eliminate the functions that have little to do with defending individual rights within our borders. If government were restricted only to acting on its one legitimate function — protecting individual rights — 95 percent of government operations would cease to exist. And Edward Snowden would have had little incentive to break the news on the government's rampant criminality.
"Edward Snowden should be granted a full pardon and complete immunity from prosecution. The government's ire should instead be turned toward prosecuting the millions of bureaucrats who have violated both their oaths of office, statute law, and even the Constitution itself.
"A non-interventionist nation at peace with the world doesn't need a worldwide security apparatus. A nation that doesn't meddle in conflicts around the world doesn't need a two-ocean Navy, or thousands of nuclear weapons, or gargantuan stockpiles of chemical and biological agents. A nation that stays out of foreign conflicts is less likely to be a target of terrorists. And a nation like that doesn't need to spy constantly on its own citizens."