Santorum has already come under fire from his GOP rivals for his heavy use of earmarks, which are a favorite target for tea party activists who see them as wasteful.
Posts tagged big government
Neocons afraid American people might see something similar in NSA and IRS Scandals
Both scandals are examples of a government which is much too large. But the neocons fear (as they always have) that Americans will come to understand that “big government” includes much of the military and pretty much all of the burgeoning surveillance state. The neoconservatives, who believe in an activist “big government” so long as it is their kind of big government, who have their roots in Toskyite political theory, who have cheered Mr. Obama’s actions in the Middle East, are afraid that Americans might just put 2 and 2 together. Wasting money on wars which result in dead working class kids, while defense contractors pad their profits isn’t very “conservative.” In fact it’s it’s pretty awful.
The “Bush-Obama era” will be long remembered for curbing the Constitution
Truly, it has been a big government, Constitution wrecking 16 years.
To this day there are many people who act like Bush and Obama aren’t 2 peas in a pod however..
Aside from some stylistic differences which are significant, and certain buzzwords used, both Bush and Obama are very similar,especially when it comes to respect for the average person, banks, crony capitalism generally, and the expansion of government. (Bush was actually worse than Obama to date on this last point.) You, the peon mean little in the grand scheme. Your rights and dignity are a liability in the eyes of the state and you must now come to terms with your lot. What choice do you have?
And it’s not like we can count on Congress to stand up for us either.
Congress is full of hypocrites. Liberals who criticized Bush are less incensed with Obama. Republicans who bowed to Bush are now blasting Obama. The next time your congressional representative criticizes Obama for curbing civil liberties, ask if he or she would vote to repeal the Patriot Act, the post-911 law that handed unfettered power to the intelligence and military bureaucracies. Most won’t.
Posted by Lew Rockwell
Ron Paul on the Failure of the State
(Thanks to Jay Stephenson)2006,
Posted by Lew Rockwell
Ron Paul: the 4th Amendment Has Been Wiped Off the Books
Start at 3:54 for Ron Paul. Thanks to Travis Holte.
From the Youtube post:
Ron Paul on Anderson Cooper 360 discussing the US government spying on internet and Verizon users.
Yet another great article by Mike Adams at NaturalNews.com!
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com
• Tyranny under a government that respects no right to due process.
• Taxation without representation.
• Living as a “subject” under a government that believes it owns you.
• Being subjected to secret arrests and imprisonment, held without being charged.
• Oppression of the right to exercise free speech and public protest.
• Illegal searches and seizures, without warrants.
• Having your livelihood confiscated from you by an increasingly bloated government and its overzealous tax collectors.
Given that Independence Day is a celebration of freedom from the tyranny and oppression described above, you might wonder why America even bothers to celebrate the holiday these days. After all, virtually everything America once fought for in the Revolutionary War has now come back to haunt us all through the arrogant, bloated bureaucracy of our own government. The TSA, for example, routinely violates Americans in much the same way British soldiers did in 1782. Except the British soldiers actually had something resembling a code of honor, whereas the TSA deliberately hires sociopaths, pedophiles and criminals to molest air travelers (http://www.naturalnews.com/036346_TSA_pedophiles_whistleblower.html).
As Lew Rockwell explains, all governments are inherently evil because they incessantly seek to grow their power at the expense of liberty. There is no such thing as a government that seeks to “serve” the People. Instead, government simply pretends to serve the interests of the People in order to convince voters to give it more power — power that it often uses against the People.
You’ll notice, by the way, that even with the upcoming presidential election in the USA, there is no choice to vote for “smaller government.” The only two choices are Big Government (Mitt Romney) and Ridiculously Big Government (Obama). The true small government choice, Ron Paul, was unfairly marginalized by the media from the get-go.
Rick Santorum just said that on the things conservatives like about Ron Paul, Paul can’t get done, and on the things conservatives don’t like, Paul will do “the first day.”
The reason Congressman Paul can’t get big spending cuts done is precisely because of Republicans like Santorum. Santorum has voted for big government every opportunity he’s had. If more Republicans were like Paul and not Santorum, we wouldn’t be in this fiscal mess.
The reason Paul can offer $1 trillion in cuts and no other Republican presidential candidate can is because these Republicans consider trillions of dollars in overseas spending sacrosanct. No cost/benefit analyses allowed on Pentagon spending, apparently, for these big government GOP politicians. Especially Santorum.
Paul wants to spend as much on the military as we did in 2006. This is entirely reasonable and leaves us with the strongest military force on earth, unless anyone believes the U.S. military of 2006 was crude and skeletal. Still, this is what Santorum and his fellow big government Republicans refuse to consider.
And it is what continues to prevent these Republicans from actually being conservative in any true limited government sense.
Now more than every we need the Champion of the Constitution!
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Santorum opposes abortion rights and favors a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He takes a hawkish line on foreign policy, saying he would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities unless they were opened for international arms inspectors.
“I’ve voted toughly over the years to cut spending and to rein in entitlements,” he said recently.
Not always. Santorum, who rose to the No. 3 GOP leadership post in the Senate, supported the sweeping No Child Left Behind education reform bill that conservatives complain gave too much control to the federal government. He has said he regrets his vote.
In 2003, Santorum was a leading advocate for extending Medicare prescription drug benefits to seniors, a measure that conservative critics branded as a massive entitlement expansion that would run up the federal budget deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. He now says the vote was a mistake.
Santorum also voted for a massive highway bill in 2005 that was stuffed with earmarks, including the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska.
He fought food stamp cuts in 2005 and has pushed hard to get more federal money for Amtrak and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides fuel aid to the poor. Both are programs popular in Pennsylvania but considered by many conservatives to be examples of a bloated federal government.
Santorum worked to extend subsidies in 2005 for Pennsylvania’s dairy farms. The $1 billion, two-year national program paid dairy farmers when milk prices dropped.
by Ron Paul
Before the U.S. House of Representatives, May 22, 2007
for some, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. For others,
it means dissent against a government’s abuse of the people’s rights.
I have never
met a politician in Washington or any American, for that matter,
who chose to be called unpatriotic. Nor have I met anyone who did
not believe he wholeheartedly supported our troops, wherever they
What I have
heard all too frequently from various individuals are sharp accusations
that, because their political opponents disagree with them on the
need for foreign military entanglements, they were unpatriotic,
un-American evildoers deserving contempt.
American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist
with force the oppressive power of King George. I accept the definition
of patriotism as that effort to resist oppressive state power.
The true patriot
is motivated by a sense of responsibility and out of self-interest
for himself, his family, and the future of his country to resist
government abuse of power. He rejects the notion that patriotism
means obedience to the state. Resistance need not be violent, but
the civil disobedience that might be required involves confrontation
with the state and invites possible imprisonment.
nonviolent revolutions against tyranny have been every bit as successful
as those involving military confrontation. Mahatma Gandhi and Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., achieved great political successes by practicing
nonviolence, and yet they suffered physically at the hands of the
state. But whether the resistance against government tyrants is
nonviolent or physically violent, the effort to overthrow state
oppression qualifies as true patriotism.
today has gotten a bad name, at least from the government and the
press. Those who now challenge the unconstitutional methods of imposing
an income tax on us, or force us to use a monetary system designed
to serve the rich at the expense of the poor are routinely condemned.
These American patriots are sadly looked down upon by many. They
are never praised as champions of liberty as Gandhi and Martin Luther
King have been.
who withhold their taxes as a protest against war, are vilified
as well, especially by conservatives. Unquestioned loyalty to the
state is especially demanded in times of war. Lack of support for
a war policy is said to be unpatriotic. Arguments against a particular
policy that endorses a war, once it is started, are always said
to be endangering the troops in the field. This, they blatantly
claim, is unpatriotic, and all dissent must stop. Yet, it is dissent
from government policies that defines the true patriot and champion
It is conveniently
ignored that the only authentic way to best support the troops is
to keep them out of dangerous undeclared no-win wars that are politically
inspired. Sending troops off to war for reasons that are not truly
related to national security and, for that matter, may even damage
our security, is hardly a way to patriotically support the troops.
Corporatism Is Not Capitalism: 7 Things About The Monolithic Predator Corporations That Dominate Our Economy That Every American Should Know0
[CIM Comment: If there was one article to read and share this weekend this might be the one]
Right now, there is a lot of talk about the evils of “capitalism”. But it is not really accurate to say that we live in a capitalist system. Rather, what we have in the United States today, and what most of the world is living under, is much more accurately described as “corporatism”. Under corporatism, most wealth and power is concentrated in the hands of giant corporations and big government is used as a tool by these corporations to consolidate wealth and power even further. In a corporatist system, the wealth and power of individuals and small businesses is dwarfed by the overwhelming dominance of the corporations. Eventually, the corporations end up owning almost everything and they end up dominating nearly every aspect of society. As you will see below, this very accurately describes the United States of America today. Corporatism is killing this country, and it is not what our founding fathers intended.
The following is the definition of “corporatism” from the Merriam-Webster dictionary….
the organization of a society into industrial and professional corporations serving as organs of political representation and exercising control over persons and activities within their jurisdiction
Corporatism is actually not too different from socialism or communism. They are all “collectivist” economic systems. Under corporatism, wealth and power are even more highly concentrated than they are under socialism or communism, and the truth is that none of them are “egalitarian” economic systems. Under all collectivist systems, a small elite almost always enjoys most of the benefits while most of the rest of the population suffers.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters realize that our economic system is fundamentally unjust in many ways, but the problem is that most of them want to trade one form of collectivism for another.
But our founding fathers never intended for us to have a collectivist system.
Instead, they intended for us to enjoy a capitalist system where true competition and the free enterprise system would allow individuals and small businesses to thrive.
In an article that was posted earlier this year on Addicting Info, Stephen D. Foster Jr. detailed how our founding fathers actually felt about corporations….
The East India Company was the largest corporation of its day and its dominance of trade angered the colonists so much, that they dumped the tea products it had on a ship into Boston Harbor which today is universally known as the Boston Tea Party. At the time, in Britain, large corporations funded elections generously and its stock was owned by nearly everyone in parliament. The founding fathers did not think much of these corporations that had great wealth and great influence in government. And that is precisely why they put restrictions upon them after the government was organized under the Constitution.
After the nation’s founding, corporations were granted charters by the state as they are today. Unlike today, however, corporations were only permitted to exist 20 or 30 years and could only deal in one commodity, could not hold stock in other companies, and their property holdings were limited to what they needed to accomplish their business goals. And perhaps the most important facet of all this is that most states in the early days of the nation had laws on the books that made any political contribution by corporations a criminal offense.
Our founding fathers would have never approved of any form of collectivism. They understood that all great concentrations of wealth and power represent a significant threat to the freedoms and liberties of average citizens.
Are you not convinced that we live in a corporatist system?
Well, keep reading.
The following are 7 things about the monolithic predator corporations that dominate our economy that every American should know….