Libertarians release top 10 disasters of 2009 Obama administration

Press release at

Note similarities to previous administration

Top 10 disasters of the 2009 Obama administration (in no particular order):

1. Cash for Clunkers
2. War escalation in Afghanistan
3. Giant government health care expansion bill
4. Post office loses money hand over fist
5. Stimulus package
6. Expansion of "state secrets" doctrine
7. Big increase in unemployment
8. "Bailout" Geithner as Treasury Secretary
9. Skyrocketing federal spending
10. Huge federal deficits

Top 10 disasters of the 2001-2008 Bush administration:

1. Cash for Car Companies
2. War in Iraq
3. Giant Medicare expansion bill
4. Post office loses money hand over fist
5. Stimulus "rebate" checks
7. Big increase in unemployment
8. "Bailout" Paulson as Treasury Secretary
9. Skyrocketing federal spending
10. Huge federal deficits

Wes Benedict, Libertarian Party Executive Director, commented, "Republicans and Democrats keep expanding government and creating more and more problems. We’re encouraging as many Libertarians as possible to run for Congress in 2010. In Texas, the state with the earliest filing deadline, Libertarians have already filed for 31 of 32 Congressional seats."

For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP executive director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.

The LP is America’s third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets and civil liberties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.


22 thoughts on “Libertarians release top 10 disasters of 2009 Obama administration

  1. Robin

    “I turned in six of my clunkers, it worked great for me!”

    Of course it did, the rest of us paid for it – DOH!!

  2. bubba gump

    Well Robin you shoulda got in on it too while the getting was good.

    I mean don’t get me wrong, I had a couple more clunkers I couldn’t bear to part with just for sentimental reasons, but my niece needed a loan to go to Hamburger University, and she is the first one in the family to go to college and all, we’re all real proud of her and everything.

    That plus I needed to finish bricking in the double wide, plus my wife needed new dentures and all. You understand. Some of them clunkers had to go no matter how much I hated to get rid of them.

    I mean if you missed out, that’s your fault, not mine.

    Besides, the extra fridge to hold my Natural Light is coming in real handy. So I’m sure you understand and there’s no hard feelings, right?

    PS say hello to Batman for me.

  3. bubba gump

    By the way anyone watch that Auburn bowl game? That was a hell of a game, I tell you what!

    I downed a whole extra six pack of Natural Light Ice just in the overtime alone.

  4. Ralph Swanson

    The Boston Bean method just obliges you to cook beans properly. Beans boiled briefly, soaked for several hours, then rinsed and slow cooked won’t give gas to most people. Many Southern and Caribbean cooks do the same. Much of the US can’t seem to get the hang of it.
    Properly done the beans also have a strong skin but are soft inside with a very savory, deep taste. Most aren’t properly done. Call me a bean snob.

    I just had MG’s famous Dominican Hoppin’ John Stew (he’s been severely ill on and off for months, so his daughter made it) with the other local Lib wizards in public office. So I’m full of beans right now as I cruise the net and work on what Libs are doing worldwide. No gas though!

  5. bubba gump

    Thank you for explaining that Mr. Swanson.

    You see my niece Melinda Mae is up at Hamburger University (we’re all real proud of her, she’s the first one in the family to go to college) has been dating a young fella there at the Hamburger U. who is from Braintree, Massachusetts.

    It seems they have been getting real serious and she went and visited his folks for Christmas but on her way back she forgot a whole suitcase full of her panties up there in Massachusetts.

    Now, it so happens that I have some reward points saved up so I can go up there for next to nothing, and it would be a whole lot cheaper than buying her a whole new suitcase full of panties, plus I don’t want her to freeze her butt off up there at Hamburger U.

    I was real tore up about it though on account I was having nightmares over the whole baked bean thing. I kept picturing myself stuck on the T or at Fenway Park or whatnot and, well, I think you get the picture.

    Thanks for saving me from having to worry about that. I think now I can safely go up to Massachusetts and save our Melinda Mae from the discomfort and embarrassment of walking around in the cold with no panties on.

  6. paulie Post author

    What were the 10 top USLP successes during these periods?

    Not sure about top 10 but this article explains it pretty well

    If you are a Republican you have reason to be angry. If you are a Democrat, you may have noticed that a certain refrain from a Who classic keeps coming to mind: “Meet the new boss, just like the old boss.” Republicans are angry because the party they rely upon to sustain the Republic has long since lost its way. Democrats are disappointed that President Obama and his cronies continue to cater to the same banking and corporate interests; perpetrate the same global adventuring for which they condemn the Republicans; and so far are failing to keep many of their promises even with a majority in both houses.

    In 2010, the entire House of Representatives is up for reelection and one third of the Senate. Take your anger out at the polls.

    Happily, there is an established political party that appeals to the fiscal conservatism of the right and the social liberalism of the left. They run candidates in most states, and always in national elections. For three decades this party has influenced debate, affected public policy and staked out a principled political turf that is firmly grounded in the American Covenant.

    For three decades, this party has survived ridicule and defamation in the media. They have surmounted arbitrary obstacles created by the Republicrats to gain ballot access. They have overcome statist propaganda designed to prejudice the public against them. They have been a lone, consistent voice of reason in the maelstrom of political chaos and ideological confusion. They have also, sadly, been the frequent non-choice at the polls. Not for lack of their virtue, but for lack of public courage.

    The Libertarian Party fields candidates who regularly inspire positive public responses. But when it comes time to vote, most find excuses to vote for the same corrupt system time and again. Some say, “I don’t want to waste my vote.” Others claim, “The Libertarians will never gain enough seats to matter.” Still others declare, “They are just too extreme.”

    To those who don’t want to waste their vote: One vote out of one hundred million–plus votes will hardly make a difference. But fifty million votes can win elections. But if you really don’t want to waste your vote, stop casting it for people you despise or distrust just for the sake of preventing someone else you despise and distrust more from getting elected. Instead, use your vote to express your conscience. The greatest waste of a vote is to use it to support someone in whom you cannot believe.

    To those who say that the Libertarians will never gain enough seats to matter: If people will not vote for them even though they trust them and believe in their agenda, they really never will gain seats. However, if they gain even minority representation in Congress, they will exert influence on public policy as it is adjusted to win their votes to the majority. As tie-breakers, even a few Libertarians could profoundly affect the restoration of governmental legitimacy.

    For those who claim that Libertarians are too extreme: First, check your sources. The media and political machine paints them as extremists, but their actual platform is anything but. Unless one considers adherence to the limits of the enumerated powers of the Constitution extreme; unless it is too extreme to respect property rights, the right to privacy and the right to be free from the unsustainable burden of government spending; then the Libertarian Party and our Founding Fathers as well are too extreme.

    There are many great reasons to vote Libertarian this year: It will send a clear message to the Washington oligarchy that the people are still in charge. It will provide a chance for a third party; one without established partnerships with lobbyists and special interests; one with no agenda except that of securing the natural, inborn rights of every American; one that has faithfully carried the torch of the American Ideal for three decades while the Republicrats have engaged in an orgy of self-indulgence.

    When you go to the polling station and you can’t tell which candidate will be best, your vote for a Libertarian will be the least faulty choice you can make. Just vote for every Libertarian and you can’t go wrong.

    The best reason to vote Libertarian this year though – is to tick people off. Thumb your nose (or your preferred gesture of defiance) at the ruling oligarchy. Remind them who’s in charge. Pay them in kind for the unemployment rate – by adding them to the list.

    It’s fun; it’s easy; and it’s your God-given Right.

  7. paulie Post author

    By the way anyone watch that Auburn bowl game? That was a hell of a game, I tell you what!

    I downed a whole extra six pack of Natural Light Ice just in the overtime alone.

    It was totally fumble-licious!

  8. paulie Post author

    Also picked up @ sf weekly

    All told, you can’t blame the stalwarts who still pledge allegiance to the Libertarian Party for being bummed these days.

    Thumbnail image for upper-playground-obama-2.jpg
    Is hope dead?

    ?Their last presidential candidate, Bob Barr, was denounced by one of the national media’s most prominent libertarians — former SF Weekly Editor Jack Shafer — as “a chowderhead’s chowderhead.” Both the previous and current occupants of the White House have shown no particular aversion to expanding the federal government for sundry purposes. And let’s face it: The postal service, that eternal symbol of totalitarian government that Libertarians love to loathe, is still going strong.

    Just in case you weren’t assured of Libertarian angst heading into 2010, however, the party yesterday put out a press release detailing the “Top 10 disasters of the Obama administration.” Among them: “Post office loses money hand over fist” (!), “War escalation in Afghanistan,” and “Cash for Clunkers.” (The last program, a federal rebate encouraging consumers to buy more fuel-efficient cars, has surely weighed heavily on the minds of any American citizen of conscience.)

    But wait — there’s a clever part! The Libertarian statement also includes a “Top 10 disasters of the 2001-2008 Bush administration,” and, get this: MANY OF THE DISASTERS ARE SIMILAR OR THE SAME! (The post office was apparently losing money during the aughts under Bush as well as Obama.) To read the Libertarians’ full release, click here.

    What can we say. December goes, January comes, and a principled minority party hews to an ideological rigidity that distances it once again from the levers of power. Welcome to 2010, constant Snitch readers: Ain’t nothin’ changed.

  9. Brad

    I guess what the rest of us have known for years really is news to the Globe 🙂

    Joe Kennedy coverage may have something to do with why they are interested in libertarian ideas all of a sudden? Just a guess.

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