Yesterday Carla Howell, the political director for the Libertarian Party made a public statement (see below for full statement) on the Democratic-Republican passage of the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2014 (PDF). Howell states, "Elected Democrats and Republicans are incurable. They cannot be lobbied or begged to do the right thing. Only by voting for their opposition candidates — who are firmly committed to dramatically and immediately cutting federal government spending — will anything change."
Howell cites the sentiments of a large number of Americans. A new poll out this week shows over a third of Americans feel the debt limit should not have been raised. The same poll found 46% of Americans blame Republicans for the deadlock in Washington over the government shutdown and debt limit and 37% say the Obama administration is more to blame.
In an article yesterday it was revealed by Adrian Wyllie, a 2014 Libertarian Florida gubernatorial candidate, that, "It is now crystal clear to me that Fix The Debt has a single purpose, it has nothing to do with actually fixing the debt. Their purpose is to give political cover to Congress for their fiscal transgressions against the American people; and to encourage political leaders, community leaders, and business leaders to drink the Kool Aid and disseminate the propaganda."
Libertarians are capitalizing on the discord in our nation as Democrats and Republicans put on a show for Americans acting as if they are different, however both parties regularly vote for a larger, more intrusive government. Each year federal and state legislatures are in office, Americans are taxed more and lose more freedom regardless of which major party is in control. Most arguments between Congressional members are whether to slow the growth of government, not to keep it at its present levels or even reduce it, and the growth continues. The federal government continues to invade the privacy of Americans while ignoring the protections offered by the U.S. Constitution. Each member of Congress takes an Oath of Office to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution, however libertarians are saying most members of Congress regularly violate their oath.
While Barack Obama publicly opposed the interventionist foreign policy and domestic privacy policies of the Bush administration, once president, he continued and has even ramped up those same policies. Bush greatly expanded the financial obligations of the U.S. government with his vast Medicare expansion and Obama is doing the same with ObamaCare. The similarities in the two older parties has created mistrust and many Americans are seeking third parties that are more in line with their personal values. Many people do not realize they hold libertarian leanings as they do not spend time thinking deeply about the issues. There is a unique 30 second test called the World's Smallest Political Quiz which helps participants see where they stand politically. Often many are surprised to be in the libertarian quadrant of the quiz.
The chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida said in a recent interview with the Digital Journal, "We have this amazing luxury of having a message that works for everyone. We are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. We are exactly what this nation needs. The Libertarian Party of Florida continues to see tremendous growth and there are no signs of slowing down. The Libertarian Party of Florida just formed a committee aimed at strategizing a series of events to encourage disenfranchised Florida voters from all parties, to switch their registration to become a member of the Libertarian Party of Florida, in time to be able to take part in the statewide primary elections as a Libertarian."
Carla Howell's statement in full:
They did it again.
With overwhelming majorities, Democrats and Republicans passed one more government debt and spending hike: The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014.
Republicans who control the U.S. House, and who therefore control the purse strings of the federal government, sold Americans down the river — their job prospects, their kids’ future, the security of seniors, and everyone’s vital health.
Republicans caved on the government slowdown, falsely pegged as a ‘shutdown,’ bowing to political gamesmanship and media propaganda.
They supported the pretense that furloughing overpaid and unnecessary government workers — most of whom should be freed from their meaningless, wasteful, bureaucratic government jobs and encouraged to find productive, satisfying jobs in the private sector — was some kind of tragedy.
They should have let the slowdown go on indefinitely to force much-needed spending cuts.
Republicans caved again by voting to add more to the government’s burgeoning debt by raising the debt ceiling — which will lead to more printing of dollars out of thin air, more inflation, and weaker purchasing power for all Americans. It will also create a pretext for higher taxes.
Republicans should have allowed the deadline to pass, forcing the government to either take the radical and unwarranted step of refusing to make payments on government debt — a measure that the Treasury, Congress and President Obama were highly unlikely to take — or to make much-needed spending cuts in the other 92 percent of federal government spending.
And what if lawmakers actually refused to make payments on the debt, putting their special interest pals first?
Would it have damaged the U.S. government’s credit rating, making it more difficult for politicians to overspend and borrow in the future?
Would that have been a bad thing — or a much-needed check on reckless government overspending?
Most importantly, Republicans caved on defunding Obamacare, setting the stage for one of the largest expansions of government power and spending in the nation’s history.
Unless it is stopped soon, Obamacare will deal another blow to the economy and imperil Americans’ health. That will be a true tragedy. It will prohibit innocent Americans from pursuing the treatments they need to prevent and cure disease. For many, they will lose their very lives because of centrally-planned, government controlled medicine.
Republicans made concession after concession. They even refused to block the new medical device tax, one of many new taxes built into President Obama’s health care law.
Democrats, of course, were cheerleading for higher spending all the while.
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said, ‘We fought the good fight. We just didn't win.’
Translation: ‘We pretended to put up a fight, caved when our approval ratings went down too far, and made sure that the money flowing to our special interest pals remained intact.’
Elected Democrats and Republicans are incurable. They cannot be lobbied or begged to do the right thing. Only by voting for their opposition candidates — who are firmly committed to dramatically and immediately cutting federal government spending — will anything change.
There’s only one way to change the dangerous trajectory on which the fragile U.S. economy lies.
There’s only one way to create real private sector jobs.
There’s only one way to ensure access to affordable, high-quality health care.
“Vote small government. Vote Libertarian.”