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PRESIDENT'S CORNER
* Glenn Beck introduces millions to new political map
 
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS, UNBELIEVABLE NEWS
* Stunner: Ron Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Straw Vote
* Government is Biggest Enemy of Small Business
* Post Office Meltdown Good for a Laugh
* Federal Employees Earn Far More Than Comparable Private Sector Workers
 
QUICK SHOTS: Jay Leno on President Obama and Karl Rove....  Glenn Beck on the GOP's 'Big Tent'....  Legalize it, Americans say....
 
PERSUASION POWER POINT #285
* Private Sector Jobs, NOT Just "Jobs"
  by Michael Cloud
 
ASK DR. RUWART
* Is it irresponsible to favor legalizing marijuana?
 
ONE-MINUTE LIBERTY TIP
* Making the Case for Ending the Income Tax: Part 4
  by Sharon Harris
 
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Glenn Beck introduces millions to new political map

Great news for liberty!
 
In case you haven't heard, on Friday February 26 Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck introduced his nearly three million viewers to a new and much more accurate way of looking at the world of politics: a diamond-shaped chart (or map) of the political spectrum, with room for many more positions -- including libertarians -- than the usual "left versus right" view of politics.
 
As you've probably guessed, the chart Beck used was taken directly from the World's Smallest Political Quiz, created and designed by the Advocates in 1987.
 
We created the Quiz, and have promoted it Glenn Beck Points to Diamond Chartfor so many years, because the old "left versus right" view of politics is not only inaccurate, it *excludes* libertarians. That was disastrous for libertarians -- we were literally off the map people used when they thought about politics. The Quiz model was designed to replace that. For it to work, it had to be honest and accurate -- so much so that educators and journalists would see that and begin using it themselves. 
 
We've succeeded in that to a significant degree. This hour-long discussion on Beck's show was another major breakthrough in this ongoing effort.
 
Beck devoted his entire show -- a solid hour! -- to exploring this idea. Beck praised the work of David Nolan, longtime Advocates friend and creator of the "Nolan Chart" that is the basis for the map on the World's Smallest Political Quiz. Beck ably defended some key libertarian positions, and was backed up on this by libertarian (and fellow Fox News commentator) Judge Andrew Napolitano.
 
You don't have to agree with Glenn Beck's politics (though he seems to be becoming more libertarian as time passes) to realize that this is great news for liberty. (We would be equally happy if, say, MSNBC's liberal Keith Olbermann had spent an hour on this topic.)
 
I wholeheartedly agree with one point Beck made: we are seeing a renaissance of libertarian thinking and activism among the American public. I believe we are in the early stages of seeing libertarianism become a major political force in America.
 
Our job is to keep getting the word out, so that more opinion leaders like Beck will tell their audiences that libertarianism is a vital and growing part of the American political landscape.
 
For 25 years the Advocates has been empowering libertarian candidates, activists, and organizations to do just that. 
 
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Your support of the Advocates made this latest breakthrough happen -- and will make many more such successes possible in the future.
 
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Good News,
Bad News,
Unbelievable News

by James W. Harris

Stunner: Ron Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Straw Vote

Okay, it's a long time before the 2012 elections. And Ron Paul hasn't even said whether he's running yet.
 
Still, it was a dramatic indicator of Paul's growing influence and popularity when he won the annual presidential straw poll at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 20.
 
CPAC is one of the largest and most respected conservative gatherings in America. This year, over 10,000 people attended, and the event drew massive media coverage.
 
CPAC's annual straw poll is highly anticipated, and is widely recognized as a important indicator of how the GOP's conservative base views the upcoming presidential election. 
 
Paul was uncompromising in his speeches Ron Paul as batmanprior to the vote, denouncing the war in Iraq as unconstitutional, calling for an end to U.S. intervention abroad, and urging attendees to oppose conservatives who would further weaken fundamental Bill of Rights freedoms.
 
Despite this -- or perhaps because of it? -- Paul captured a whopping 31 percent of the 2,400 votes cast. Trailing Paul were such GOP headliners as Mitt Romney, (winner of the last three polls in a row), with 22 percent); and Sarah Palin (7 percent).
 
Paul's victory margin was the largest in many years of any candidate. CNN.com called Paul's upset win "a blowout victory" for "the 74-year old libertarian hero."
 
Not everyone at CPAC was happy with Paul's stunning win. Loud booing from unhappy neo-conservatives and other non-libertarians was heard when the results were announced. However, Paul won praise from such unlikely sources as the conservative magazine National Review and right-wing columnist Ann Coulter.
 
This year, a sizeable group of self-declared Tea Party activists attended CPAC. So did a large number of young people: 48 percent of the participants were students, 54 percent of participants were between the ages of 18 and 25. They provided a perfect audience for Paul's libertarian message of free markets, personal freedom, and peace -- and offer a great source of optimism for the future. Shouts of "End the Fed!" and "Ron Paul!" echoed in the halls.
 
In a survey of CPAC attendees, fully 80 percent of respondents said their number one issue is "to promote individual liberty" and "reduce the size of government" -- again, a perfect audience for Paul.
 
What does this victory mean? One thing is sure. As Paul said in his speech following the vote, "The rEVOLution is alive and well!"

 
Government is Biggest Enemy of Small Business
 
What's the biggest problem facing America's small businesses?
 
In a word, government.
 
In a new survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, 31 percent of respondents said the single most important problem facing small businesses is "poor sales."
 
Following that was "Taxes" at 22 percent, then "Government Regulations and Red Tape" at 13 percent.
 
Numbers two and three are clearly direct manifestations of the government. Combined, notes the libertarian Cato Institute, they add up to 35% -- making government the biggest problem small businesses say they face today.

 
U.S. Postal Service Meltdown Good for a Laugh
 
The U.S. Postal Service monopoly is falling apart right before our eyes. Demand is down, and, despite its government-granted monopoly, it is losing money like a leaky armored car.
 
On March 2 Postmaster General John Potter announced that the USPS is facing losses of $238 billion over the next 10 years.
 
But the Post Ofsnail mailfice isn't going down without a fight. It's already proposing a full menu of Big Government "solutions." You can probably guess them: ending Saturday delivery, aggressively raising prices, slowing delivery time, reducing customer service, and so on.
 
Naturally, libertarians know the answer to this problem: end the government mail monopoly and open up the delivery of mail to competition. This will quickly bring an increase in quality, lower prices, and constant innovations to meet consumer needs, as it has in so many other industries.
 
The arguments for this are strong, but we're not going into them today. (But if you want to see some, here's a fine recent article from the libertarian Cato Institute.)
 
Instead, today we're just going to... laugh. Because this latest USPS debacle has reminded us of our all-time favorite Post Office "innovation."
 
In 2007, a Post Office survey revealed -- surprise! -- that people were not happy about the long waits they were forced to endure in many post offices.
 
So the Post Office set out to solve this problem -- in classic Big Government style.
 
According to Associated Press, they removed clocks from the retail areas of all 37,000 post offices.
 
Yep.
 
"We want people to focus on postal service and not the clock," Stephen Seewoester, a Postal Service spokesman, explained to Associated Press.
 
We're just surprised they didn't outlaw the wearing of watches inside post offices, too. Maybe that's on this year's reform list?

 
Federal Employees Earn Far More Than Comparable Private Sector Workers
 
How's this for a kick in the teeth?
 
Millions of Americans are paying taxes so that people doing the same kind of work they do -- but for the federal government -- can make a lot more money than them. 
 
So reports USA TODAY.
 
"Federal employees earn higher average bureaucracysalaries than private-sector workers in more than eight out of 10 occupations," USA TODAY reports. "Accountants, nurses, chemists, surveyors, cooks, clerks and janitors are among the wide range of jobs that get paid more on average in the federal government than in the private sector.
 
"Overall, federal workers earned an average salary of $67,691 in 2008 for occupations that exist both in government and the private sector, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The average pay for the same mix of jobs in the private sector was $60,046 in 2008, the most recent data available."
 
And that doesn't even include health, pension and other benefits, USA TODAY reports, which averaged $40,785 per federal employee in 2008 versus only $9,882 per private sector employee.

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Quick Shots...

* JAY LENO ON OBAMA'S HEALTH: "President Obama had his first physical exam as president over the weekend. The doctor said he was in much better shape than the country." -- Jay Leno, March 2, 2010.
 
* JAY LENO ON KARL ROVE'S NEW BOOK: "Well, in his new book, Karl Rove said that the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq badly damaged the Bush administration's credibility. It's all in his new book here, it's called 'Duh.'" -- Jay Leno, March 2, 2010.
 
* SEND OUT THE CLOWNS: "I voted Republican almost every time, and I don't even know what they stand for anymore. And they've got to realize that they circushave a problem: 'Hello, my name is the Republican Party, and I've got a problem. I'm addicted to spending and big government.' But as of yet I haven't heard anyone say that. All they're talking about is: 'We need a big tent. We need a big tent. Can we get a bigger tent? How can we get a big tent?' What is this, a circus?"
-- Fox News host Glenn Beck, keynote speech at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 20.
 
* LEGALIZE IT, AMERICANS SAY: "Eight in 10 Americans support legalizing marijuana for medical use and nearly half favor decriminalizing the drug more generally..." -- ABC News, "High Support for Medical Marijuana: ABC News/Washington Post Poll," January 18, 2010.

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Michael-CloudPERSUASION
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Private Sector Jobs, NOT Just 'Jobs'

by Michael Cloud

 
You've read about the federal government's programs and tax funding to create new jobs. The Stimulus Package. Jobs-creation legislation.
 
The Department of Labor regularly releasesfactory worker figures on unemployment and new jobs. Supporters of the government programs, policies, and tax funding claim that new jobs are being created. Progress! Opponents critique the numbers -- and argue that we're moving backwards.
 
They're asking the wrong question and debating the wrong information.
 
The government is asking the wrong question: "How many new jobs have been created in this quarter?"
 
The right question for economic recovery: "How many new private sector jobs have been created?"
 
Government jobs, tax-funded jobs are overhead. Cost. Wealth consumption.
 
Private sector jobs are production. Income. Wealth creation.
 
Government job growth burdens and costs the economy.
 
Private sector business and job growth strengthens, enriches, and expands the economy. Private sector job growth is the yardstick, the litmus, the touchstone of true economic recovery.
 
So, ask, and insist that others ask the right question about the American economy:
 
"How many new private sector jobs have been created in this economic quarter?"

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Michael Cloud is author of the acclaimed book Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion, available exclusively from the Advocates.
 
In 2000, Michael was honored with the Thomas Paine Award as the Most Persuasive Libertarian Communicator in America.

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Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication. In this column she offers short answers to real questions about libertarianism. To submit questions to Dr. Ruwart, see end of column.
  
Is it irresponsible for libertarians to favor legalizing marijuana?

QUESTION:  How can you promote legalization of pot, and consider yourselves responsible adults?
 
MY SHORT ANSWER: Don't confuse promoting legalization of something with promotion of its use. That's the trap that Prohibitionists got themselves into with alcohol earlier this century.
 
marijuana leafAfter alcohol became illegal in 1920, the horrific consequences of Prohibition quickly became apparent. People died from the poisons in black market "bathtub gin." Organized crime thrived; shootouts and turf battles endangered innocent bystanders. Police were corrupted by bribes that dwarfed their pay. The homicide rate doubled. 
 
Consequently, many of the very people who clamored for Prohibition began lobbying for its repeal. For example, the wealthy philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a lifelong teetotaler and a staunch supporter of Prohibition at the start, wrote in 1932:
 
"When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognized. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before."
 
After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the murder rate promptly dropped; people stopped dying from bathtub gin. Police went back to protecting the public, rather than the mob. 
 
The lesson from Prohibition was clear: alcohol may be bad, but prohibition is worse. The same is true today with drug prohibition: the War on Drugs actually kills more people than the drugs themselves. (For details, see Chapter 15 in my book Healing Our World, available from the Advocates [latest 2003 edition] or as a free download [older 1992 edition] at www.ruwart.com). 
 
The responsible approach is to end prohibition of marijuana and other drugs -- so that we may focus our resources on helping those who are willing to trade their health for a high.
 
Alcoholism is now treated as a medical problem, not a criminal offense; consequently, Americans are drinking less today than they did during Prohibition.
 
If we want to end the drug problem, we must first end the even more dangerous War on Drugs.
 
LEARN MORE (suggested reading from the editor):
 
"Alcohol Prohibition Was a Failure," a Cato Institute policy analysis by Mark Thornton. Excerpt: "National prohibition of alcohol (1920-33) -- the 'noble experiment' -- was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. The results of that experiment clearly indicate that it was a miserable failure on all counts. The evidence affirms sound economic theory, which predicts that prohibition of mutually beneficial exchanges is doomed to failure.
 
"The lessons of Prohibition remain important today. They apply not only to the debate over the War on Drugs but also to the mounting efforts to drastically reduce access to alcohol and tobacco and to such issues as censorship and bans on insider trading, abortion, and gambling."
  
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Due to volume, Dr. Ruwart can't personally acknowledge all emails. But we'll run the best questions and answers in upcoming issues.
 
Dr. Ruwart's previous Liberator Online answers are archived in searchable form.
 
Dr. Ruwart's outstanding books Healing Our World and Short Answers to the Tough Questions are
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Making the Case for Ending the Income Tax: Part Four

by Sharon Harris


This is Part Four of my series on persuading Americans that abolishing the personal income tax is sensible, desirable, and realistic.
 
In the past two issues I've given seven ways to begin that argument. If you haven't read them, you can find them here, here, and here.

Now let's continue.
 
NINE: Know your audience so you can show them specifically how ending the income tax will make aAdvocates banner big difference on the issues most important to them. 
 
Are they concerned about poverty and joblessness? Ending the income tax will put hundreds of billions of dollars every year back into the hands of those who earn it. It will dramatically stimulate economic growth. It will unleash, as Harry Browne said, "the biggest boost in prosperity that America has ever seen. There will be a job for everyone who can work and charity for everyone who can't."
 
Are your listeners concerned about education and strong families? Without the burden of an income tax, private education will flourish. Parents will be able to afford the education they think best for their children. Families where both parents are now forced to work fulltime will be able to afford, if they wish, to let one parent stay home and devote their time to their children. Nothing will do more to strengthen family values than ending the income tax.
 
Are they concerned about intrusive Big Government? Ending the income tax will limit government power and force government to act with far more restraint and responsibility.
 
TEN: Point out to your liberty-minded friends that ending the income tax will win numerous victories for limited-government advocates -- at once. Currently freedom activists must address so many issues. But the abolition of the personal income tax would win many of these victories in a single stroke!
 
This is a powerful argument that supporters of the Liberty Amendment have made for years. (The Liberty Amendment, as discussed in earlier articles, is Ron Paul's bill to abolish the income tax.) For examples of how the Liberty Amendment would dramatically shrink government in many ways at once, see this article: "The Liberty Amendment will win the battle on 45 issues all at once."
 
ELEVEN: Some will say that such dramatic reform is impossible, that it is simply too big a change to hope for. Some of my earlier articles addressed this. Another thing you can do is to point out specific, concrete examples of enormous political change that happened quickly.
 
Examples: It became illegal to sell liquor in 1920 -- a gigantic change in American life. Further, that seemingly permanent law was repealed just as dramatically in 1932, after the failures of Prohibition became obvious. Women secured the right to vote in America in 1920 -- after nearly a century and a half of being denied this. The Berlin Wall, once seemingly as permanent as the Great Pyramids, fell suddenly in a matter of days in 1989. Government-imposed segregation in the South was halted after being the norm for a century.
 
Have examples like this at your fingertips. They can help your listener see, understand -- and most importantly, feel -- that bold libertarian change like abolishing the income tax is indeed possible.
 
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