228 Republicans and 41 Democrats in the U.S. House voted for a $612 billion defense authorization bill on May 15. They maneuvered the increase in military spending, which should have been prohibited by “sequester” spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, by putting some of the spending in a slush fund.
You can't make this stuff up. The Minneapolis City Council is levying a special tax assessment on property owners downtown. Even nonprofits are being made to pay. Even churches! But one entity is special. Only one has the clout to wiggle out, because they have friends in very high places. Guess who it is.
Albeit the nasty winds, getting soaked at the end, our tent almost taking flight, our flag breaking, and the event being called short ... we ended up with FOUR TIMES the amount of signups over last year. 90%+ of the people who stopped by signed up to learn more. Nearly all conversations were positive. Put it down to some new approaches and the "Libertarian moment".
Government regulations often lead to costly, ineffective, and progress-stifling outcomes, and are frequently criticized by Libertarians. Skeptics abound, however. Many of the public are wary of "deregulation", fearing a "wild west" where individuals could be left on their own against the unscrupulous. Unfortunately, these skeptics aren't familiar with how oversight would be performed in a libertarian society, and in fact, is already being performed in many cases. And that's what this article is about.