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Libertarian Party: Kansas City Star needs to be committed

Andrew Davis writes at

On Dec. 10, the Libertarian Party put out a press release calling the logic behind the auto bailout, "insane." In it, we stated that "it’s insane that we keep going back to the taxpayers to bail-out struggling corporations who, for lack of good management and sound business practices, have become unprofitable."

We also said that "the Libertarian Party favors letting these companies file Chapter 11, instead of risking taxpayer dollars for promises of reform."

The Kansas City Star, a McClatchy publication in Kansas City, Missouri, was rather offended with our assessment of the situation:

In case you missed it, the nation’s largest third party also opposed appropriating $14 billion of taxpayer money to bail out the American automotive industry.

“It’s insanity,” said Libertarian Party spokesman Andrew Davis. Instead, the Libertarians favored letting the auto companies file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, taking down the U.S. economy with them.

Now, that’s sane.

The Libertarian Party — founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties — proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

The Buzz says the party also stands to lose just about every election its candidates run in.

Given that the KCS is one of the newspapers that has suffered quite a drop in circulation, its snide tone with us seems a little out of place. 

However, this was our response:

It’s nice to know that editors of the Kansas City Star are putting the interests of grossly mismanaged corporations over that of taxpayers (this might be part of the reason its circulation numbers are in dramatic decline as of late).  In Friday’s edition of "The Buzz," the KCS took offense to our insinuation that the recent auto bailout was based on insane logic. Instead, the newspaper chose to side with the White House and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson—who still won’t reveal where $2 trillion of taxpayer money went in the last bailout.  It’s not that the Libertarian Party is oblivious to the economic impact that a Big Three bankruptcy would have, but we simply recognize bailouts don’t work and their long-term consequences of are much worse.

The bailout of the American automotive industry will do nothing to fix the problems that got them into their current situation: grossly incompetent CEOs, destructive union contracts and an unwillingness to keep up with automotive trends.  The only sane, long-term fix is for these companies to undergo massive restructuring that dump incompetent leaders and redo unprofitable contracts—which won’t happen through a slap on the knuckles supplemented by a blank check. If the bailout occurs, as is the hope of the KCS, we will see no change in Detroit, and you can bet the Big Three will be back in Washington in a few months asking for more time, and more taxpayer money.

This is what the KCS calls the "sane" option? The Libertarian Party, and a majority of American taxpayers, respectfully disagree. 

If you would like to send your own response to the Kansas City Star, please email them here.


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  1. Gene Trosper Gene Trosper December 14, 2008

    Now, this is the kind of thing I want to see coming from LPHQ, not weak-kneed polls about troops in Afghanistan.

    Feel the burn, KC Star…feel the burn.

  2. VirtualGalt VirtualGalt December 14, 2008

    Which swing state industry will be next?

    I’ll put in a guess for the insurance industry. Especially since State Farm and Allstate happen to be based in Illinois.

  3. NewFederalist NewFederalist December 14, 2008

    Not much steel left I’m afraid.

  4. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist December 14, 2008

    Where’s GE when we need him? The Libertarian Party should not be part of the statist/minarchist conspiracy to perpetuate the myth of mental illness. To say that anyone should be committed implies support for the initiation of force. The Kansas City Star and other newspapers are indeed fast disappearing, but they will find ways to make money on the Internet, and the concepts of elitism and proletarianism will merge as Catholic Trotskyism becomes the norm ideology of the world.

    May all praise be unto Rod Blagojevich, the king of holy corruption, amen.

  5. Steven R Linnabary Steven R Linnabary December 14, 2008

    I was glad to see Mr Andrew Davis is on the ball (and on the job) with this response.

    But there is on old adage that politicians shouldn’t get into fights with people that buy ink by the barrel. Not that the KC Star ever gave us that much ink to begin with.

    Pacem en Terris

  6. Libertarian Joseph Libertarian Joseph December 14, 2008

    We should bail out the people and set fire to the printing presses

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