The Florida Republican Party has released graphics in which it takes credit for lower unemployment and more job creation here in the Sunshine State. When Mark Twain said that there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics,” he would still be correct today, according to officials of the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF).
While the GOP reports that Florida had the greatest decrease in unemployment, down 1.6 % to 7.1% in September of 2013, from the previous year. However, the Florida Times-Union debunked that with a non-partisan Legislative report that almost half of that drop was due to people completely dropping out of the workforce and no longer being included in the calculations.
“We think every unemployed Floridian counts,” said Dana Moxley-Cummings, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida, “whether the G.O.P. finds their inclusion inconvenient or not.”
The Florida Republicans also want to take dubious credit for being third in the nation in job creation over the past year. However, the payroll processing giant ADP does its own research and found that the largest portion of new jobs in Florida were lower-pay service sector jobs and that higher-pay manufacturing jobs continued to decline.
“What good is it to create more jobs if you need two of them just to pay the bills?” asked Cummings. “The state’s priority needs to be unchaining business so free enterprise can create more jobs that can support a family.”
The Florida Republicans also touted the $845.7 million budget surplus and Gov. Rick Scott travelled the state, emphasizing that he felt the lion’s share of tax cut next year needed to go to Florida’s job creators.
“If the government took in more than it needed to provide its authorized services, why not give that back to the citizens?” suggested Cummings. “Governments never create wealth. They acquire it through the power to tax. If we paid too much for our government, last year, give us a refund!”
Go to http://www.lpf.org for more information.
This was the second committee week, and John and I have been busy meeting with legislators to advance our agenda. On Wednesday, I spoke at the Senate Transportation committee. The audio is here, it is a 5MB MP3 file: Paul Henry at the Senate Transportation Committee 10-9-13
Here is our 2014 agenda. Click the link for a downloadable PDF version: LFN_2014_Agenda
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“It is the duty and responsibility of the Florida legislature to protect its citizens from the federal government exceeding their constitutionally limited power and imposing mandates that threaten our liberty and freedom guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. Our belief is that the whole Constitution should be the yardstick of freedom.”
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“WHEREAS, the Federal government has no constitutional authority to unilaterally set academic standards for Florida, nor any authority to unilaterally direct local school board decisions on curriculum and instruction.”
2014 Legislative Agenda
Libertarian Candidate for Governor of Florida
One of the greatest problems we face as a state and a nation is a profound lack of forethought and wisdom by our elected officials. They often pass laws with little or no understanding of the consequences of legislation, either direct or indirect. This results in the creation of laws that prohibit our freedom, our communication, our prosperity, and even our ability to reproduce.
In at least two cases, my competitors for the office of Governor of Florida are directly to blame.
The first is the “Internet Cafe Ban Bill,” which was introduced in the 2013 Florida legislative session. The objective of the bill was to shut down Internet cafes and sweepstakes gaming shops in Florida.
Internet and sweepstakes cafes started appearing in shopping centers across the state a few years ago. They offered games of chance to their customers, with a possibility of winning prizes and cash. The games often mimicked popular casino slot machines and lottery scratch-off tickets, and they competed with the Florida Lottery and casinos like the Hard Rock Cafe. They obviously filled a demand in the market, because they quickly became very popular and profitable.
At the insistence of the gaming industry lobbyists, who are known for their generous campaign contributions, legislators got to work writing a new law to outlaw Internet cafes. But, in their haste and zeal to protect state-sanctioned gambling operations from competition by upstart mom-and-pop businesses, the legislature created a very broad definition of what constitutes an illegal “slot machine” in Florida.
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Libertarian Party Chair Geoffrey J. Neale today strongly opposed any U.S. military intervention in the civil war in Syria. “There is no Constitutional justification for America to unilaterally use force in Syria,” Neale said.
“Syria is not threatening our country,” he added. “We have no national interest in intervening there. There are no reasons for the U.S. to support either the Assad dictatorship or the opposition warlords.”
Neale reaffirmed the party’s longstanding foreign policy of nonintervention, quoting part of the National Defense plank of the party platform: “The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world.”
He also quoted from the International Affairs plank, which says, “American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements. We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.”
In a statewide scientific poll conducted by StPetePolls, 3,034 people were surveyed about the upcoming gubernatorial election. Of those people surveyed 40.1% said they would support possible Democrat candidate and former Republican governor Charlie Crist, while only 29.5% would support the reelection of incumbent Republican governor, Rick Scott. The poll also revealed that there is a Libertarian candidate within striking distance of both.
Adrian Wyllie polled at 8.7% of the vote, which may be the strongest showing ever for a Libertarian in a Florida gubernatorial race. With undecided voters polling at 21.7%, the election is “anyone’s game” at this early point in the race.
The results may have come as a surprise to pollsters and political analysts, but not to the Wyllie campaign. Wyllie has been running a highly-effective, grassroots campaign around the state of Florida. He and his team have tirelessly canvassed the state, listening to the concerns of the voters, and talking about his common sense approach to the problems facing the State of Florida. He has amassed a campaign team of over 500 volunteers around the state, and is making a substantial impact on social media.
Wyllie’s early success is evidenced by the number of people who come to hear him speak various campaign stops. Over the past few months, his speaking events have grown from drawing a handful of supporters, to attracting hundreds of people from across the political spectrum.
Press Release: US Congressmen from Florida Who Stood for Liberty on NSA Vote Applauded by Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay
TAMPA, FL - The Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay is proud and appreciative of those 12 Florida Congressmen who voted to stop the unwarranted and unnecessary spying and surveillance of millions of Floridians and United States citizens by the National Security Agency.
US Representatives Vern Buchanan, Alan Grayson, Alcee Hastings, Bill Posey, Trey Radel, Dennis Ross, Ron DeSantis, Ted Deutch, John Mica, Rich Nugent, Steve Southerland, and Ted Yoho supported US Congressman Justin Amash’s Amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 which would have limited the warrantless domestic surveillance program run by the National Security Agency. These Congressmen voted to strike a reasonable balance between unlimited warrantless surveillance and the need for national security.
The Amendment failed by seven votes, with 15 Florida Congressional Representatives voting against it. Florida Representatives alone could have reversed the outcome of this important vote by adhering to their Oath of Office to defend the US Constitution. Instead, the majority sided with the Obama Administration, denying Floridians their fundamental right to privacy.
US Representatives Gus Bilirakis, Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Ander Crenshaw, Daniel Webster, Tom Rooney, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, Lois Frankel, Joe Garcia, Jeff Miller, Patrick Murphy, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica Wilson, and Bill Young need to explain to their Florida and Tampa Bay constituents why they chose to continue spying on Floridians and American citizens without requisite probable cause. This vote may well be critical to their reelection, as they face citizens from across the political spectrum who are increasingly demanding representation that defends and upholds their rights under the Constitution.
“The Representatives who voted for this Amendment in defense of our Constitutional rights should be commended for placing our inalienable rights ahead of Presidential and Party leadership pressure,” said Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay Chairman Joe Jordan. “It is a sad day for Florida Republicans when some find it more appropriate to vote with Nancy Pelosi than for the Constitution of the United States.”
About the Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay is a local organization focused on promoting the benefits of limited government, individual liberty and Constitutional adherence in government.
I had shared with a young lady at one of the first campaign meetings an epiphany I had stumbled upon: ’We are at the dawn of a new generation taking their turn at running the nation.’ The hope that I had to offer in that statement was this, ‘
We are the first generation to not trust the nightly news, we are the first generation where the counter culture is the mainstream, we are the first generation to grow up interconnected to the world, to see the devastation of personal and national debt, we are the first generation to be technologically proficient and analytically capable.
Our challenge will be that we will be the first generation that will have to forcibly remove the generation before us. But if we are willing to stand strong for what we believe, to take on the mantle of being the new generation of leaders with pride and resolve, we can be the generation that history remembers for saving the great American experiment. If we fail, well, we will be the generation that paid the dearest for the sins of their fathers.’
For my generation, the task won’t be to live up to expectations of the generation that came before, our task will be to learn from the mistakes that were made and strive for a better hand off to our children.
The generation, of war, debt, and expansive government has grown up, and we don’t want this to be our legacy.
If you were born between the the years 1980 and 1997, wake up, get active, and let’s get to work. If you are of the generation before us, there is still time to right what has gone wrong, work with us so that your grandchildren have the world you always wanted for us.