Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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Freedom to Choose Includes the Freedom to Move

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 11, 2015: 

Free to Choose

Milton and Rose Friedman published their work Free to Choose – A Personal Statement 35 years ago when it became a best seller, topping best seller lists for five weeks. Ten years later PBS created a telecast with Dr. Friedman interviewing, and often debating, experts from across the political spectrum, including Walter Williams on the right and Frances Fox Piven on the left.

In the video chapter “The Power of the Market” Friedman makes the point that the free market’s greatest benefit is the power of options: where to live, where to work, whom to marry, how to worship, and on and on.

Walter Wriston, considered by many to be the single most influential commercial banker of his time, serving as chief executive of Citibank from 1967 to 1984, condensed Friedman’s chapter into one pithy quote that reverberates today:

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Study: Businesses, Taxpayers Fleeing High-tax States

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 10, 2015: 

Based on the latest data from the Internal Revenue Service, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) concluded that, given the opportunity, taxpayers as well as businesses move from high-tax states to lower-tax states. In 2013, more than 200,000 people moved from New York, Illinois, California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts to Texas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Arizona.

And they took with them more than

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Glenn Beck Announces NRA Investigation of Grover Norquist

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 18, 2015: 

English: Television and radio host at CPAC in .

Right after Glenn Beck finished his radio show on Wednesday, March 11, he got a call from the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre. Following an hour-long conversation, Beck then wrote a letter to the NRA which it published on his website: 

My audience knows that I have recently become concerned about alleged links of a member of the board of the National Rifle Association to Islamist groups that have ill intent towards the United States and its allies. 

Loyal listeners knew exactly to whom Beck was referring: Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a current NRA board member seeking reelection. Many listeners called the NRA, demanding that this offending board member be removed immediately from that position of trust and influence. As Beck wrote: 

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Latest Poll: Vast Majority Oppose Gas Tax Increase

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 17, 2014:

A new poll from Benson Strategy Group confirms not only that most Americans don’t want an increase in their gasoline taxes but that they’re afraid Congress will enact one anyway. Coming on the heels of Republicans joining with Democrats to pass a pork-laden CRomnibus bill earlier this week, the poll’s results show that two out of every three Americans don’t want to pay more at the pump. 

Those polled are likely also concerned that the recent precipitous drop in the price of gas will be seized by the Congress as an opportunity to raise the tax with minimal initial pain to drivers. 

An early attempt by a safe-district liberal Democrat from Oregon, Earl Blumenauer, a year ago to raise gas taxes by 15 cents a gallon failed to gain any traction, with just one co-sponsorship coming from a House member who knew he would be retiring this year. 

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IRS Revokes Tax-exempt Status from Patrick Henry Center

English: US Postage stamp, Credo issue of 1961...

US Postage stamp, Credo issue of 1961, 4c, famous quote by Patrick Henry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, at last, Gary Aldrich is free to speak his mind on matters of great concern to him without having to worry about overstepping the bounds imposed on his First Amendment rights by the Internal Revenue Service. His Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty had its tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code revoked, effective last July. The final determination letter was dated December 31 but just released to the media this week. It said:

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Deficit down, national debt up, more taxes needed say two “nonpartisan” groups

Two government reports issued in the last few days show that despite higher tax revenues, thanks to the tax increases signed into law by the president earlier this year, deficits are still sky-high and the national debt continues its inexorable climb into the stratosphere.

Although the deficit for the first eleven months of the 2013 fiscal year was down slightly compared to last year at this time, real progress towards a balanced budget remains elusive. Through August the federal government spent

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Another Obamacare Delay Admitted by the White House

On Monday the New York Times quoted an unnamed White House official that another piece of the labyrinthine healthcare law is going to have to be delayed until 2015, which will wind up costing vast numbers of citizens with severe illnesses potentially thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands, of dollars. This flies in the face of the promise that President Obama made back in September 2009 that Obamacare

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Fiscal Cliff Funny Numbers: Taxpayers Pay More Yet Deficits Rise

Uncle Sam is Broke

Uncle Sam is Broke (Photo credit: Infrogmation)

Now that the House of Representatives has virtually rubber-stamped the Senate bill to avoid going over the fiscal cliff – the so-called American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) – which President Obama is expected to sign shortly, commentators have been working feverishly to determine exactly what is in the 157-page bill that no one had time to read before being rushed to completion at the very last minute.

The analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) measured the impact of ATRA against its baseline assumption that the congress would do nothing and let all the pieces and parts of the fiscal cliff occur automatically. In that baseline, annual government deficits would have been cut in half, from $1.1 trillion to about $640 trillion. But under the new law, the national debt will increase by

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Where Are the Spending Cuts?

Cutting your Spending

Cutting your Spending (Photo credit: Tax Credits)

The fiscal cliff “deal” about to be signed into law by President Obama is all about tax increases. This is what The One has wanted since he got into office. He wanted to overload the system so much that taxpayers would be forced to pay more. It’s more of the “leveling” required to push the US down relative to other deadbeat nations who also can’t pay their bills. The easier to be “absorbed” into the new world order run by non-elected elites. But I digress…

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the “deal” consists of $15 billion in spending cuts (over the next ten years, mind you) compared to $620 billion in new taxes – a ratio of 41:1. What a deal!

“We’ll address spending cuts later” is now the cry from sycophants like Grover Norquist. “We got a deal we can live with,” they say. “Now let’s get down to business.”

Sorry. Business is already done. That window of opportunity to hold the government accountable is closed. Obama got what he wanted. Boehner caved in. End of discussion.

I’m biased (!). But I think the fiscal cliff turned out to be a speed bump on the road to more

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Grover Norquist sells out

Grover Norquist - Caricature

Grover Norquist – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

I really shouldn’t be surprised at this. The Scriptures say not to put my trust in man. But I wanted to believe that, of all people, Norquist – the founder of Americans for Tax Reform,  the creator and promoter of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” and the author of his famous quote: “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” – would be the very last person to back down on his pledge not to vote for any – any – tax increases.

Sorry to disappoint. This is from Newsmax:

Grover Norquist, the influential president of Americans for Tax Reform, said he would support a plan, negotiated by Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to resolve the fiscal cliff drama.

And the plan?

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This is what a RINO sounds like when selling us down the river

Pete Sessions is a RINO. How do I know? I begin by checking his Freedom Index rating. It rates politicians on how closely they follow their oath of office to uphold, support and defend the Constitution:

This voting index is currently published twice a year in The New American magazine. Each index scores all 535 members of Congress on 10 key votes on a  scale of 0% to 100%. The more the Representatives and Senators adhere to the  Constitution in their votes, the higher their scores on this index.

Sessions’ index rating is 65. One-third of the time he

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Obama reveals his agenda, again

An average soul perusing the headlines from yesterday would most likely miss Obama’s use of words to indicate where he wants to take us. Listen to what he said about the negotiations over the fiscal cliff:

Everybody’s got to give a little bit in a sensible  way. We move forward  together, or we don’t move forward at all.

Uh huh. We have to “move forward.” What’s that all about?

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House Speaker Boehner Offers Plan B with Tax Increases

On Tuesday, December 18th, Republican House Speaker John Boehner spelled out some of the details on his “Plan B” offer to the White House in case Plan A goes nowhere. It appears that Plan B will go nowhere as well, but not because of resistance from the White House, but from other House Republicans who are intent on keeping their word.

According to Boehner’s office, Plan B “Does not raise taxes. It is a net tax cut that prevents a $4.6 trillion tax hike on January 1.”

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Who is Grover Norquist, Really?

English: at CPAC in .

English: at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was brought to my attention yesterday that I’ve been perhaps too generous in my praise of Grover Norquist. the founder of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the man responsible for getting huge numbers of Representatives and Senators to sign his Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Indeed I, like many others, have enjoying quoting his most favorite saying: “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”

I also like what ATR stands for: it “opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle.” So if so many credible people over such a long period of time think Norquist is OK, then who am I to argue?

Except that I’ve discovered there’s more to the man than just what is published at Wikipedia, although that’s a good place to start. Wiki states that he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) about which I know more than the average bear, having read several exposes of it and have watched its influence expand over the past 40 years. I agree with those who consider the CFR the center of the Anglo-American establishment that Carroll Quigley has written about, as well as James Perloff.

Wiki also notes that Norquist founded something called the Islamic Free Market Institute where Wiki provides us with this chilling bit of information: 

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At Least Jim Inhofe is Keeping His Pledge

Jim Inhofe, United States Senator photo portrait.

Jim Inhofe, United States Senator photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the so-called “defection” of four Senators and a House member from Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge“, it’s nice to see someone standing against the grain, and keeping his pledge: Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe. In an interview with Newsmax TV, he said:

I have not [conceded]. I made it very clear that I was not conceding at all. So long as we look weak on that, then they’ve won the battle.

We have to understand that our problem is spending too much, not taxing too little. Most of the people understand that. All of the Republicans did understand that [at one time], so I’m a little disappointed in some of the actions of my fellow Republicans.

That’s directed at Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Bob Corker and Saxby Chambliss who have bailed on their pledge and now want to put higher taxes “on the negotiating table” with Obama, thus giving away their

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Taxpayer Protection Pledge Takers Now Breaking Their Promise

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, of Georgia.

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, of Georgia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A defection on Thursday from Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” by Saxby Chambliss, the senior Republican Senator from Georgia, triggered similar defections over the weekend. It also triggered a strong response from Norquist.

Said Chambliss: “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old-pledge. If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.”

The pledge that Chambliss is breaking states:

One, [I will] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and

Two, [I will] oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

This reflects the philosophy of Norquist and the organization he founded in 1985, Americans for Tax Reform, that “opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle.” Norquist explained why the pledge was

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How Do Liberal Republicans Keep Their Pledges? They Don’t!

Honest Abe

Honest Abe (Photo credit: jeff_golden)

In a public display of candor that illustrates their moral incapacity, some well-known Republicans are now breaking their promise made to taxpayers when they signed Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

First was Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss. According to Wikipedia, Chambliss is a “conservative,” having been blessed by the Washington Post as one of the “gang of six” trying to craft some kind of way around the fiscal cliff impasse. When in doubt, I check the man’s Freedom Index rating (FI) to see how closely their actual voting record hews to the limits of the Constitution. With Chambliss, it appears to be: not very often, with a paltry rating of just 69. Translation, one-third of his votes are unconstitutional.

Next on the list of pledge-breakers is Lindsey Graham, senior Senator from South Carolina. His FI rating is scarcely better than Chambliss’, at 73. Then comes John McCain, senior Senator from Arizona, the ultimate establishment conservative, with a FI rating of 78. Finally, House member Peter King, from the 3rd Congressional District of New York, with a FI rating of a dismal 62. That’s awfully close to a

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Grover Norquist Weighs In on the Fiscal Cliff

Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

This is the guy who started it all, years ago. In 1985 Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform whose goal is “a system in which taxes are simpler, flatter, more visible, and lower than they are today. The government’s power to control one’s life derives from its power to tax. We believe that power should be minimized.” He’s also known for his famous quip: “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”

His Taxpayer Protection Pledge has been signed by a vast majority in the House and many in the Senate, and those signers are taking their pledge seriously. It’s a major roadblock to Obama’s plan to increase taxes:

Republicans were re-elected to remain the majority in the House of  Representatives and they point out that voters watched them stop Obama’s drive  for higher taxes for the past two years. Clearly their victory in the House is  America speaking out against higher taxes.

And the people? On Election Day exit polls, when asked about supporting tax  hikes to reduce the deficit, 63 percent of Americans said they were opposed.

And the election has

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CBO All But Guarantees Fiscal Cliff Gridlock

(fear) the Fiscal Cliff...

(fear) the Fiscal Cliff… (Photo credit: MyEyeSees)

In its latest 14-page report on the impact the “fiscal cliff” would have on the economy in 2013 and beyond, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provided enough ammunition to both sides of the debate to guarantee a standoff in Washington. It would have simplified matters greatly if Doug Elmendorf, the CBO’s director, had simply said: “Pay me now or pay me later. You decide.”

The “fiscal cliff” is a convergence of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to become effective on January 1st 2013 that are complex enough to, in the words of Tevye in the film Fiddler on the Roof, “cross a Rabbi’s eyes.”

There are the Bush tax cuts from 2001 and 2003 which are due to expire, representing a tax increase that would affect most taxpayers, hitting higher earners especially hard. There are the mandatory spending cuts to military and domestic programs that resulted from the failure of Congress in August 2011 to make hard decisions about the deficit and national debt.

There is the expiration of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) “patch” which would effectively raise taxes on some 27 million people. There is the scheduled ending of the payroll tax “holiday” which temporarily reduced employees’ contributions to Social Security from 6.2% to 4.2%. There is the Medicare “Doc Fix” legislation which, when it expires, would cut Medicare providers’ fees by 27 percent. And there’s the Medicare surtax of 3.8 percent that would apply to high income earners along with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.

Put altogether, if the congress does nothing, the impact on the economy would mean a significant decrease in

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Debt Ceiling Likely to be Raised Without Fanfare This Time

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Grover Norquist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Near the end of the Treasury Department’s Quarterly Refunding Statement, issued on Wednesday, October 31st, Assistant Secretary Matthew Rutherford included the following ominous paragraph:

Treasury continues to expect the debt limit to be reached near the end of 2012.  However, Treasury has the authority to take certain extraordinary measures to give Congress more time to act to ensure we are able to meet the legal obligations of the United States of America. We continue to expect that these extraordinary measures would provide sufficient “headroom” under the debt limit to allow the government to continue to meet its obligations until early in 2013.

These are the words that triggered the debt ceiling crisis in the summer of 2011 when recalcitrant House members, honoring their Taxpayer Protection Pledge, drew a line in the sand and threatened a shutdown of the government unless the White House caved in and permitted spending cuts in the future in exchange for an immediate raise in the ceiling. Those “spending cuts in the future” are part of the “fiscal cliff” facing the lame duck congress following the election on Tuesday.

Since August 2nd, when the Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed into law, the debt ceiling has been incrementally raised to its current level, $16.4 trillion. With October’s deficit of $195 billion pushing the national debt to $16.2 trillion, the clock is ticking on the inevitable limit being reached well before

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