Libertarians Call Spending Compromise “Travesty”

Posted on the LP website:

For Immediate Release
Friday, April 15, 2011

Libertarians call spending compromise “travesty”

WASHINGTON – Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict issued the following statement today:

“Just in time for Tax Day, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress have joined hands to clobber American taxpayers.

“According to the Associated Press, the 2011 spending compromise will ‘cut federal outlays from non-war accounts by just $352 million through Sept. 30….When war funding is factored in the legislation would actually increase total federal outlays by $3.3 billion relative to current levels.’

“This is happening at a time when federal spending and deficits are at unprecedented high levels. Federal spending this year is expected to be about 5 percent higher than last year. This is a travesty.

“In 2000 under Bill Clinton, federal spending was $1.79 trillion. This year it’s expected to be at least $3.63 trillion.

“Neither Democrats nor Republicans have made any serious proposals to change the course of the federal government. In particular, both President Obama’s and Congressman Ryan’s 2012 budget proposals are absurd. I fear that America will soon be overtaken by events. Inflation, high interest rates, high unemployment, and probably other unforeseen problems will start to force everyone’s hand. One way or another, people aren’t going to get what they have been led to expect.

“Unless American voters stop supporting Republicans and Democrats very soon, and start supporting Libertarians and Libertarian policies, I believe our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren, will be bleak.”

The Cato Institute has produced a short video about the bill, “Obama/Boehner’s Phony Spending Cuts.”

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, civil liberties, and peace. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.

9 thoughts on “Libertarians Call Spending Compromise “Travesty”

  1. Robert Capozzi

    Nice. I give it a B+.

    I might have emphasized how the “$38B” in “savings” became $352MM. That, despite all the drama and the Tea Party surge, the Rs and Ds just cannot stop the shell game MO.

    I might have folded in the growing desire for the REAL 3rd party in the country, and how L solutions can solve the problems besetting the nation, with a fresh, realistic, sober approach, outside of the backroom book-cooking we see year after year after year.

  2. Darryl W. Perry

    @2 & 3

    The three largest “minor parties” are the
    Constitution Party, Green Party & Libertarian Party… each claiming to be either the “third largest political party” or “largest third party”

    The LP has more voters and has elected more politicians than any current 3rd Party.
    The CP claims more registered voters than the GP or LP – thugh I believe those numbers include California’s AIP.
    The Green Parties actually have more registered voters.

    I’m unsure of which party has more dues paying members…

  3. TinFoilCap, Facemask & JockeyShorts to Match

    @4 “That, despite all the drama and the Tea Party surge, the Rs and Ds just cannot stop the shell game MO.”

    Your opinion and millions more !

    What’s the Diff?!:

    …, did any libertarian really believe that the GOP was going to make any significant cuts in government spending? These lying authoritarians have been talking about small government all my life and they have yet to demonstrate this by any actual action. -Tom Blanton

    The Left-Right Paradigm or How The Elite Control Politics:

    “There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years in the early 1960s to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies … but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.” – Carroll Quigley (Bill Clinton said Quigley was his mentor during 1993 Inaugural Address)

    “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.” – Carroll Quigley-Bill Clinton said Quigley was his mentor during 1993 Inaugural Address) writing on the globalists’ American political strategy since the early twentieth century.

    What did he write? Yes, he said “will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.” What my friends do we have in America now and for the past 70 plus years? Wake Up to the truth, please! They are all puppets to a higher authority !


    “The powers of financial capitalism had another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements, arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the worlds’ central banks which were themselves private corporations. The growth of financial capitalism made possible a centralization of world economic control and use of this power for the direct benefit of financiers and the indirect injury of all other economic groups.” – Carroll Quigley (Bill Clinton said Quigley was his mentor during 1993 Inaugural Address)

    “The Council on Foreign Relations is the American branch of a society which originated in England … [and] … believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule established.” – Carroll Quigley (Bill Clinton said Quigley was his mentor during 1993 Inaugural Address) writing about the goal of the globalists.

    “I am delighted to be here in these new [Council on Foreign Relations] headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.” – Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, 7/15/2009

    What did she say? Yes she did say “I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.” Friends if it was a honest court of law you would need nullification to save these traitors ! Wake up to the truth, please.

    “The Council on Foreign Relations is “the establishment.” Not only does it have influence and power in key decision-making positions at the highest levels of government to apply pressure from above, but it also announces and uses individuals and groups to bring pressure from below, to justify the high level decisions for converting the U.S. from a sovereign Constitutional Republic into a servile member state of a one-world dictatorship.” – Congressman John Rarick 1971

    “The main purpose of the Council on Foreign Relations is promoting the disarmament of U.S. sovereignty and national independence and submergence into an all powerful, one world government.” – Admiral Chester Ward – Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy

    “The most powerful clique in these (CFR) groups have one objective in common: they want to bring about the surrender of the sovereignty and the national independence of the U.S. They want to end national boundaries and racial and ethnic loyalties supposedly to increase business and ensure world peace. What they strive for would inevitably lead to dictatorship and loss of freedoms by the people. The CFR was founded for the purpose of promoting disarmament and submergence of U.S. sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one-world government.” – Harpers, July l958

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