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Where's your Christmas card?

From: Gigi B.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:08 AM
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Put voters on your Christmas card list

Are you a Libertarian elected official?

Are you thinking of running in the next election as a Libertarian?

Then you need to get to work right now on your Christmas card.

Or Hanukkah card, or "holiday card."

The fact is people, no matter their religious persuasion, enjoy getting a card from a candidate or elected offical.

It allows you to connect with them on a personal level, outside of the normal tone of politics.

And it can be done relatively cheaply. When printed as a color photo on one side, black text on the other and mailed to the voter list bulk-rate, you can often get them out for less than $0.25 each.

It may sound silly or trifling, but most voters (the overwhelming supermajority, in fact) are not political animals who want to hear your lecture on tax reform.

They're people. And when you connect with them on a personal, human level you can earn their trust.

So find the best photo of you and your family and share it, along with your earnest and heartfelt feelings, with the voter list.

In fact, I wouldn't even bring up political issues.

A Christmas card from a candidate, even one or two years out from an election, can be the most effective campaign device you have.

Statists seek to use "calorie taxes" to resurrect Prohibition

As more cities and states seek to expand their control over what citizens eat and drink through 'soda taxes,' the federal government issued a study last week implying people who drink alcohol should be subjected to the same controls.

The government study, conducted over four years through interviews with more than 11,000 American adults, claims that while soda and other sugary drinks are responsible for six percent of the average adult's calorie consumption, alcoholic beverages account for a nearly identical five percent.

'We've been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new,'' said Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a study author, tells the Associated Press.

The "Center for Science in the Public Interest," a special interest group dedicated to expanding governemnt controls on food consumption and other private behavior, is already using the findings to agitate for new government controls on alcohol labeling.

Anti-calorie activists like the CSPI are already using the study to push for federal regulations mandating calorie labeling on alcohol, along with punitive taxes on those who drink an alcoholic beverage.

"Health officials should think about enacting policies to limit alcoholic intake...said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest," the AP reports.

''In New York City, it was smart to start with sugary drinks. Let's see how it goes and then think about next steps,'' Wooten crowed.

The federal government outlawed alcohol entirely in 1919 through a constitutional amendment, but repealed it in 1933 after prohibition led to a violent and bloody black market.

But as with most government prohibition efforts, bureaucrats are finding it easier to control behavior through punitive taxation than criminalization.

In 2009 the Obama administration proposed a federal tax on calorie-loaded beverages as part of an effort to socially engineer the nation's health. It was dropped after heated citizen opposition.

Obama threw $29 million in stimulus funds into 'a big hole in the ground'

In a mad rush to churn out "shovel ready" projects for his "stimulus" bill before voters decided on his re-election, President Barack Obama spent $29 million building an Alaskan port that was missing something simple.

Electricity, running water and a road allowing people to reach it.

For $29 million dollars the American people got "mostly just a big hole in the ground, local radio station KUCB reports.

Usually the federal government will not fund port construction if there is no infrastructure to support the port, the Army Corps of Engineers tells KUCB.

"Yes. It's not normal. And it has prevented the construction of harbors in the past, when that supporting infrastructure is not there," says Steve Boardman, head of the Corps' civil projects division.

Building a road to reach the port won't happen for at least another two years, and that will come at a cost of $11 million per mile. So far no one is willing to offer any money to build a road to reach "Port Obama."

Even if "Port Obama" is ever connected to a road, or to electricity, or to running water, there's no guarantee anyone will even want to use it. The harbor will have 58 slips. But locals only own five boats.

For $29 million dollars Obama got "port construction jobs" to pad his stimulus numbers, while locals got "just a big hole in the ground."

The port has 58 slips, but locals only own five boats. It also has no electricity or running water. Not only is there no road allowing anyone to access the port or ship goods, no one is willing to build a road to it.

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Thank you.

Mark Rutherford, Chairman

Libertarian National Campaign Committee


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