May 21, 2013
Rand Paul during Apple Tax hearing
SEN PAUL: I don’t know of anybody on this panel who tries to maximize their tax burden. I mean my question for Mr. Harvey : Do you take any deductions on your taxes?
MR. HARVEY: Obviously I do.
SEN PAUL: Do you choose to maximize your tax burden or minimize your tax burden?
MR. HARVEY: Uh minimize it.
SEN PAUL: Do you think you’re a bad person for doing that?
MR. HARVEY: Absolutely not.
November 20, 2012
Patrick Leahy (D) introducing bill to read your emails without warrants

This needs to be stopped:

CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail, is scheduled for next week.

Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

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Filed under: privacy tech politics 
September 21, 2012

Quantitative easing explained

September 7, 2012
Record 88,921,000 Americans ‘Not in Labor Force’

The U.S. economy is worse.  It’s plausible to attribute the reason to different reasons and people.  However, the claim that U.S. employment figures have improved lately is completely false.

In July, there were 155,013,000 in the U.S. civilian labor force. In August that dropped to 154,645,000—meaning that on net 368,000 people simply dropped out of the labor force last month and did not even look for a job.

There were also 119,000 fewer Americans employed in August than there were in July. In July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 142,220,000 Americans working. But, in August, there were only 142,101,000 Americans working.

Despite the fact that fewer Americans were employed in August than July, the unemployment rate ticked down from 8.3 in July to 8.1. That is because so many people dropped out of the labor force and stopped looking for work. The unemployment rate is the percentage of people in the labor force (meaning they had a job or were actively looking for one) who did not have a job.

http://goo.gl/P9nZV

Yet, most media outlets today are stating the more Americans are employed because of 96,000 new jobs.  The vast majority of mainstream media outlets fail to mention that 368,000 working age Americans dropped out of the labor force.  That’s a massive net decline in employment.  People who are unemployed but who are not collecting unemployment checks are essentially be written off as not being in the labor force (and thus not counted in the official unemployment figures).  I’m not sure if this happening because of ignorance or willful negligence.  Regardless of the reason, it reduces my trust in news outlets that don’t prominently report the data relating to decline in the labor force participation rate (when citing U.S. economic health).

The Labor Department counts a person as not in the civilian labor force if they are at least 16 years old, are not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home, and have not actively looked for a job in the last four weeks. The department counts a person as in “the civilian labor force” if they are at least 16, are not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home, and either do have a job or have actively looked for one in the last four weeks.

In July, there were 155,013,000 in the U.S. civilian labor force. In August that dropped to 154,645,000—meaning that on net 368,000 people simply dropped out of the labor force last month and did not even look for a job.

There were also 119,000 fewer Americans employed in August than there were in July. In July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 142,220,000 Americans working. But, in August, there were only 142,101,000 Americans working.

Despite the fact that fewer Americans were employed in August than July, the unemployment rate ticked down from 8.3 in July to 8.1. That is because so many people dropped out of the labor force and stopped looking for work. The unemployment rate is the percentage of people in the labor force (meaning they had a job or were actively looking for one) who did not have a job.

The Bureau of Labor Statistic also reported that in August the labor force participation rate (the percentage of the people in the civilian non-institutionalized population who either had a job or were actively looking for one) dropped to a 30-year low of 63.5 percent, down from 63.7 percent in July. The last time the labor force participation rate was as low as 63.5 percent was in September 1981.

http://goo.gl/P9nZV

Since the labor force participation rate is at a 30 year low, we can reach a few conclusions.

  1. More people are gaining employment lately and the low labor participation rate is an extension of some unknown phenomena where modern U.S. citizens who don’t have jobs (but can work) just don’t want to work
  2. The U.S. government is publishing true but misleading data regarding real unemployment trends.  The commonly cited unemployment rate isn’t an accurate gauge of true employment in America.  Media outlets and reporters referencing the unemployment rate are incompetant or willfully misleading the American public about the economic health of this country.

I lean towards the second option.  The U.S. economy is in shambles and most of the economic and business reporters are misleading the American public about the employment health of the U.S.

August 29, 2012
Election Fraud

redpillnow:

“Delegates from Nevada tried to nominate Mr. Paul from the floor, submitting petitions from their own state as well as Minnesota, Maine, Iowa, Oregon, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. That should have done the trick: Rules require signatures from just five states. But the party changed the rules on the spot. Henceforth, delegates must gather petitions from eight states.

New York Times

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August 29, 2012

One Romney supporter harasses a Ron Paul supporter by shoving a Romney sign in front of his face.  Meanwhile, another Romney supporter confiscates a Ron Paul supporter’s Ron Paul sign at the GOP convention.

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August 28, 2012
No one outchants Ron Paul backers

No one outchants Ron Paul backers

August 28, 2012

August 26, 2012
Ron Paul’s Legacy

I just spent over an hour watching Ron Paul’s most recent speech.  He has ideas that matter.

Twenty years from now, more people will know Ron Paul because of his ideas than what he looks like.  Anytime that happens, you know you have a legendary person.

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August 26, 2012

Ron Paul’s speech on Aug 26, 2012

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