A “Must Read” Financial Who Dunnit

Ever wonder how everything, financially, seems to have gotten so skewed? Ever have the sense it’s somehow related? Rolling Stone magazine isn’t usually a first source for financial analysis, but this guy, Matt Taibbi, has it nailed (hint: Goldman Sachs did it). From the company’s humble beginnings to its current, “figurative” jackboot on the neck of all taxpayers, it’s all here.

Warning: Rolling Stone articles use “colorful” language (read: curse words abound, including one “f” bomb). However, the analysis is a “must read” — the subject matter is too important for true free market advocates who suspect the financial industry has undue influence over policy makers.

And we promise, if you stick with it, through all twelve pages, the payoff is the ending missive on the real story behind the push to get “cap and trade” rammed through Congress (not to spoil the ending, but, follow the money…)

Hat tip to The Daily Crux, which provided the link.

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Change in Venue and City Again! Back to Berkeley

Doubly sorry — we just found out that Pyramid Brewery in Walnut Creek is hosting two big groups tomorrow night so we’re going to move our event back to our original location in…

Obama Care

The things the Obama administration are proposing when it comes to healthcare are quite scary – just check out this video from the Independence Institute for an easy to understand explanation of what he’s trying to force upon us!

Obama Care Video

Independence Day parade in Hillsboro Oregon!

Liberty on the Rocks!

Life, liberty, property – and the pursuit of a good parade.

On Independence Day, Liberty on the Rocks joins with the Oregon Tea Party – Portland contingency to march in the Hillsboro parade.

This is the second largest parade in Oregon. Be visible.

Help others know they’re part of a bigger movement. Have fun!


For more information, or to let us know you’re coming, visit: Facebook, or Oregon Tea Party RSVP page

Details

Sat., July 4

9:00am – 12:30pm

Meeting Place: Parade staging area

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Colorado Springs Liberty on the Rocks – Thursday June 25th!

Enjoy the Summer breeze on the Sunbird’s deck or, just in case, watch the lightning from their bay-windowed bar. Complimentary
hors d’ ouvres and drink specials, including their freshly squeezed lime margarita voted “Best in the Springs 2006” by the Gazette.

Location: The Sunbird Restaurant
http://www.thesunbird.com/happyhour.html

Birmingham Liberty on the Rocks – Tuesday, June 23rd!

If you’re a fan of liberty and libations, don’t miss the next installment of Birmingham Liberty on the Rocks!

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Location: The J. Clyde in 5 Points

Street: 1312 Cobb Lane South

City/Town: Birmingham, AL

Email: pintpundit@gmail.com

East Bay Liberty on the Rocks: Friday, June 26 at Berkeley

Okay, I just got a call from Jun Dam, who will be hosting the East Bay event this month. It seems that Walnut Creek will be a more central location for those of you that are in the East Bay. At least this is his hypothesis based on conversations with people at our events.

The June 26 event will now be held at Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek, CA

1410 Locust Street

Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 946-1520

Remember to bring a liberty-minded friend with you to the event! Look forward to catching up with y’all on the East Side. :)

There will be a SPECIAL GIVEAWAY to those of you that make it to this event. It’s a secret, so you’ll have to come to find out what it is.

Please post in comments if you’ll be driving there, need a ride, where you’ll be coming from, etc.

On Facebook we already have a request for a ride from the South Bay.

Now Available — “It’s the Congress, Stupid!”

If you are under the age of 46, or if you care about the future of anyone under the age of 46, it’s “hair on fire” alarm time.

Curtis L. Harris’ new book, It’s the Congress, Stupid!, is an admirable comprehensive, yet succinct overview of the real state of the nation, and the reality is, “YOU ARE GETTING SCREWED!”

The course our government leadership has set is demonstrated as being financially ruinous (assuming one believes $2,000,000 in government obligations for a family of four by the year 2019 qualifies as “ruinous”).  How and why we got here is the excellence in this quick read, the most important takeaway being: the constitutional notion of minimal governance by citizen-statesmen has devolved into a virtual aristocracy, devoted primarily to self-perpetuating its self-interests, i.e. “IT’S THE CONGRESS, STUPID!”

There are 545 people (President, 9 Supreme Court Justices, 535 in the senate and house) eager to propel you forward toward financial serfdom, to keep you lulled into complacency by entitlements and easy consumerism, the modern day equivalents to the Romans’ bread and circuses populism.

Harris’ answer is Libertarianism, and the latter part of his book is that platform and plan.  Whether or not you agree with his banner and call to arms, arm yourself with self-education and a clear understanding of your individual principles compass.  What’s at stake is nothing less than your rights to economic and personal liberty, and your right to pursue your unique call to happiness.

Harris’ book is available at www.defeatcongress.org for $8.95 plus S&H.

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Liberty on the Rocks BBQ in Denver!

Location – Picnic Spot One at Wash Park next to the fire station (corner of Franklin and Virginia). There is plenty of free on-street parking.

Join others who love freedom for a fun in the sun day at the park!

BYOB – NO GLASS!!

There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and other snacks provided. We will have water and soda, but if you’d like to drink, please bring your own alcohol. And be sure it’s not glass – park rules!

There will also be a bake sale to raise money for the organization – so come with your sweet tooth!

We will have games to play, lunch and snacks to munch on and as always, great conversations! Come on out to Washington Park on Sunday, June 14th to network, make friends, eat BBQ lunch and have a great time!

Hope to see you there!

Financial Insanity…

Below is one disturbing graph…it shows total federal debt per household, including “off-budget” liabilities, little items such as medicare and social security…

us-household-share-of-debt(link here for the full USA Today article)

As the USA Today article notes, the monstrous number for Social Security, Medicare and pensions, are a projection of the “gap” between what’s currently collected for the programs and what’s needed to fund future liabilities.  The “official” US debt is $11,374,265,930,605.76 as of June 3, 2009, or about $38,000 per person.

…and, are our civil servants in Washington working feverishly to bring sanity to the situation?   To the contrary, the numbers indicate Congress and the Obama administration are apparently of the “spend like a drunken sailor” school of economics.  The federal government projects it will spend another $3.9 trillion this fiscal year, and will be borrowing $2.5 trillion, to make ends meet (from the US Treasury Monthly Treasury Statement for April 2009)

Our debt is approaching 100% of GDP (the total US estimated GDP for 2008 was about $14 trillion) and our leadership’s intentions are to continue to increase social spending, develop a new layer of government intervention and cost with “cap and trade” nonsense, and fund Wall Street/Big Bank losses.  For them, the “solutions” include:

– “soak the rich” for more taxes (even though the top 10% already pay over 70% of income tax collections, bottom 50% represented less than 3% of tax collections, per taxfoundation.org)

– Value-added taxes.  Yes the VAT is being explored, which will add to the cost of virtually everything, as reported by the Washington Post.

How have we gotten here?  Let’s consider what we’ve done — 76% of our representatives and 84% of our senators are lawyers and politicians/public service employees, (plus one “community activist” President).  On average, we leave them in place for over a decade!  (11 years for representatives, 12.9 years for senators, from Profile of 111th Congress.)

“Out of touch” is perhaps too kind a term — our representation needs a dramatic overhaul, and we need to wake up to the fact that pretty speech makers appparently don’t know “poop” about fiscal sanity!

…off the topic, if you have 4 minutes you’ll enjoy this video created by an Alabama teen for his Mom’s Tea Party. It sends a powerful message, about the real power of the “silent majority.”

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