Bob Barr on Fannie/Freddie bailout; foreign policy

When Bob Barr spoke out in favor of a Fannie/Freddie bailout two months ago, expropriation apparently was not what he had in mind. The Libertarian Party presidential candidate issued a press release condemning the government’s seizure of the two mortgage giants.

“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac need to be privatized and sold off,” Barr says.

However, given that the two companies were privately owned with stock trading on the NYSE, it’s unclear how exactly they could be further “privatized and sold off.”

On the subject of foreign policy, Barr issued a press release yesterday characterizing the Bush administration’s approach as a “failure,” and McCain-Palin a would-be continuation of that “failure.”

“One of Palin’s chief foreign policy briefers is Sen. Joseph Lieberman; another strong advocate of going to war, even when America doesn’t have a vital interest at stake,” Barr says.

Barr’s own running mate, Wayne Allyn Root, contributed $1,000 to Lieberman’s 2006 campaign and advocated a McCain-Lieberman ticket.

14 thoughts on “Bob Barr on Fannie/Freddie bailout; foreign policy

  1. Fred Church Ortiz

    On the subject of foreign policy, Barr issued a press release yesterday characterizing the Bush administration’s approach as a “failure,” and McCain-Palin a would-be continuation of that “failure.”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that a verbatim Democrat talking point? Wasn’t Dodd or Pelosi or somebody harping on this last week?

  2. Mike Gillis

    I really dislike that “their approach to foreign policy is a failure” line.

    It implies that there is a conceivable way for preemptive wars of aggression to be “successes”.

  3. G.E. Post author

    Mike – I took it to mean that the approach of preemptive war is a failure. If you read the release, that’s what he’s saying. Of course, Barr and Root are not on the same page.

    I have been almost 100% pleased with Barr’s foreign policy statements. Have any other candidates come out for South Ossetia?

  4. G.E. Post author

    Yeah. Think of the different dynamic that would have created. The “gimmick” would have been former drug warrior and drug-legalization activist. It would have made the drug war a prominent issue.

    But Barr and the Redpath gang (or do I repeat myself) got what they want. Their 49.7% declared Civil War, and now they’re upset at the implications of that.

  5. Spence

    Mind you, they only got that cause most of the Radicals had a fit and said “Burn in hell” before stomping off. Even Kubby realized that immediately after, but couldn’t do anything about it. Sucks for him. =[

  6. G.E. Post author

    I don’t really agree with that interpretation. The vast majority of people who left were the Barr drones who had done their dirty work and now wanted to get back to their cross burnings and dispensationalist Bible study: The vacant-eyed a-holes with their goddamn cowboy hats and obvious discomfort at being amongst lovers of liberty.

  7. Spence

    That just doesn’t add up to me. If all the Barristas had left, it shoulda been fairly easy. The whole idea Root could bring some media contact to the campaign was an empty promise and any of the delegates who bought into that must be biting their tongues now. Course I don’t think Barr would have acted any differently and put Kubby on the website or anything like that. So maybe it really doesn’t matter one way or another.

  8. LibertyScreams

    I see a $1,000 donation to Lieberman in 2006, but $5,000 would be too much considering that donations are capped at $2,300 for both primary and general.

  9. Lance Brown

    I agree with Spence. If the “vast majority” of the 52 delegates who didn’t stick around for the final VP vote were Barr (and so presumably Root for VP) supporters, then the remaining Mary-voting delegates should have had a pretty easy time getting Kubby in as VP. Basically it would mean that the 50-vote margin of difference (from the prez vote) walked out the door. Instead, Kubby was still 30 votes down.

    Combine that with the multiple accounts from folks of frustrated radicals walking out (both before the VP vote, and after, when Kubby talked them down), and it seems like the majority of folks who left between the final prez vote and the final VP vote were so-called radicals, or at least likely Mary/Kubby supporters.

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