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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Libertarian calendar for December

December 1
Washington DC

Liberty Toastmasters Holiday Meeting

  • 600 F Street, NW, Suite 300
Get into the holiday cheer with Liberty Toastmasters! We'll be hosting our final meeting of the year as well as a potluck holiday party on the first of the month. So, mark us down as your first party of the month and head on down to Chinatown! The party will begin at 6 followed by our regular meeting at 6:30 and likely more booing and schmoozing to follow. Please remember to bring something to make the night merry. Liberty Toastmasters is a liberty-oriented, mutually supportive learning community to build effective communication and leadership skills in the liberty movement. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month.  Visit our website to learn more:
December 2
Washington, DC

Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty

  • Dupont Italian Kitchen Upstairs, 1637 17th St NW

     Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty (GLIL) will gather Drinks may be followed by dinner, for those inclined to stick around.  Please feel free to forward this invitation to friends, colleagues, and fellow travelers.
December 2
Washington, DC

Education that works

National Geographic, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M Street, NW

In the United States, we think of education as the key to equal opportunity. But while spending on education is higher than ever, student achievement — particularly for disadvantaged students — has not kept pace.  Myriad government efforts to improve educational attainment have shown mixed results at best. Is conventional thought on reforming education misguided? Is there a better way to foster excellence? What can parents, educators, and citizens do about it, and how can they make an effective case for change?  Register to RSVP for this event.  Vision Talks: Arthur C. Brooks, AEI, Howard Fuller, Marquette University, Kaya Henderson, District of Columbia Public Schools, Frederick M. Hess, AEI


December 9
Washington DC
Founded in Harlem in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools has since become one of the fastest-growing and highest-performing charter-management organizations in New York City. Currently educating more than 9,000 children in 32 schools, Success Academy students have often outperformed even their more affluent peers across the state. At the same time, the schools have drawn public attention after New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio threated to start charging them rent for using city space.  We welcome you to join us at AEI to hear Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz as she discusses school design, scaling success, and the opportunities and challenges facing charter schools across the Big Apple.

December 10
Arlington VA

7:00 PM
2050 Wilson Blvd

Libertarian calendar for November

November 25
Fort Worth, TX

Libertarian Candidate Appreciation Night

Have a stogie and a brew with the heroes of Tarrant County LP - our esteemed candidates. YOU put us on the ballot - thank you!

Join us at Pop's Safari Cigars and Fine Wines at 2929 Morton Street, Fort Worth TX 76107.

Warning: This is a Hemingway themed place. There are dead animals on the wall, cigar smoke, beer, fattening food - and a possible boxing match or bullfight may break out. It is an "old school" hangout for us Tarrant County LP folk.

Invite your friends! And if you're so inclined, buy your favorite candidate in attendance a beer, iced tea, cigar or basket of fries.

November 30
Dallas, TX

Libertarian Trivia

Third again, $15 certificate...thanks to all who were there.
Join us for trivia, food, drink, politics and fun - Sunday at Trinity Hall!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Libertarians React to Obama's Immigration Plan

Very few libertarians seemed to have addressed the realpolitik and motives of Obama's plan, creating millions of new quasi-citizens who will illegally register to vote and vote for his party and access the earned income tax credit and other tax loot funded benefits.  My friend Gavin Kitchens replies to the latter half of this query:

  • Gavin Kitchens So ridiculous. Do people not think limited access to the job market has something to do with earning lower wages and higher rates of poverty?

Here's a sampling of libertarian opinion:

As a libertarian I am concerned that Congress has ceded so much power to the executive on immigration. But also as a libertarian I can hardly be unhappy that he is using these powers to expand individual freedom rather than, say, torture. If there is ever a good use of such powers, surely something like this is it! (Interestingly, John Yoo, the same guy who wrote Bush's torture memos is also the one who has written law review articles questioning the constitutionality of executive action on immigration!)

In regards to Obama and his lovely new executive order that he has in store for immigration...lemme just remind y'all that he actually can't do this as it's a breach of the checks and balances system. Don't believe me? Article 1 Section 8 Clause 4. Hopefully SCOTUS will review this if he really does go through with it.

Nils Andersson
You can have free immigration - OR you can have a welfare state. But you cannot have both. Dixit Milton Friedman.

Jon Osborne
Quote of the Day: “These illegal aliens are willing to do the work that Americans will no longer do — namely, vote Democrat.” --Howie Carr

There are 4 gazillion laws on the books in this country. Every administration decides which laws they want to prioritize for enforcement.That's one reason you want a good administration in there. They can't possibly enforce everything. If tonight he just announces what he's not gonna enforce (basically) and you get upset about the constitutional angle, well... Think about all the laws that are not remotely really constitutional at all... and then think how you would feel if he decided to not enforce those federal drug laws, which are also not constitutional... Just a thought. Not defending the administration. There is sooooo very much to criticize. But not deporting people who were raised here and allowing them not to become thugs and prostitutes, well... I would not start with that.

At the Cato Institute, resident immigration policy analyst Alex Nowrasteh has been writing and speaking offering Obama two cheers:

reason magazine writers are surveyed at Tyrant or Liberator? The Pundits React to Obama's Immigration Plan

Sen. Rand Paul; Lexington, KY; 11-21-14

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