Monthly Archives: August 2008

Obama: Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Certain Victory

I wear two hats. One is the Vice Presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party. The other is as a political pundit, analyst and oddsmaker. In that second role, I can state unequivocally that Barack Obama has suffered one of the (if not the) worst months in modern political history. It can only be described as a disaster for Democrats. Obama has gone from prohibitive favorite to underdog in the blink of an eye. It now appears the shoot-ourselves-in-the-foot Democrats have managed to pick the one candidate who could possibly find a way to lose to John McCain.

A big part of Obama's disastrous plunge in the polls was his response (or lack of a response) to the energy crisis. Obama and his Democratic co-horts (led by Nancy Pelosi) refused to acknowledge that tough situations call for a change in tactics- in this case the acknowledgement that the American people demanded immediate action to lower pump prices and limit our dependence on foreign oil. McCain seized the issue and the momentum by supporting offshore drilling. Obama (and House Speaker Pelosi) looked weak, indecisive and uncaring about the pain being felt by Americans. Worse, they appeared beholden to a radical out-of-touch environmentalist lobby.

Another big part in this turnaround was Obama's triumphant trip to Germany. Americans don't care if 200,000 Germans love Obama- to the contrary; we tend to take that as a sign that a candidate is doing something wrong. Two hundred thousand screaming, cheering Germans may scare France into surrendering, but it makes Americans angry, nervous and suspicious. We want a candidate who understands that he's running for President of the United States, not Chancellor of Germany.

The third issue that contributed to the swift downfall of Obama was the economy- Obama talked nonstop about "change" for months with no debate, no discourse, no challenge. Of course not- he was in the middle of a Democrat primary filled with liberals all agreeing to dramatically increase taxes on successful Americans. Not much opposition to be found there. Now that he's in a real race, facing real opposition, it has become obvious that the kind of "change" Obama is referring to is a throwback to old-school, tax-and-spend, soak-the-rich, redistribute-the- wealth Democrats like George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale and Jimmy Carter. Under scrutiny, it turns out that the "great uniter" actually has the most liberal voting record in the entire United States Senate. The light bulb finally went off for many Americans about what Obama means when he talks about “change�- Socialists like Obama not only want all of our income, now he wants our change too!

Then came perhaps Obama's biggest mistake of all- his choice for Vice President. Well picking Hillary Clinton as his V.P. would certainly have defined "change." Obama would have made a bold statement- not only by picking a woman, but a woman who garned 18,000,000 primary votes. A woman who stood toe-to-toe with Obama, and gave him everything he could handle- and then some. What an electrifying choice! In one swoop, Obama would have energized the Democratic base; excited millions of female voters; united Hillary's skeptical supporters; and proved he was the leader of a bold new generation. Obama/Clinton was the opportunity to create a once in a lifetime "Dream Team."

Instead Obama proved that he is in fact the 21st century McGovern- ultra-liberal, indecisive, and able to snatch defeat from the jaws of certain victory. Did Obama really announce Joe Biden as his V.P.? Joe who? From Dela-where? Is it possible that the man who claims to represent change picked a 35 year United States Senator? A member of the ultra-establishment "Beltway Insiders" boys club for the past 35 years? The same Joe Biden who has been in office longer than half of all Americans have been alive? The same Biden who voted for the Iraq War? The same Biden who complimented Obama by describing him as "clean" earlier in the primaries? The same Biden who stated in a Democratic debate that Obama was inexperienced and not ready to serve? The same Biden who said in response to a tough reporter's question, "My I.Q. is higher than yours"? The same Biden who claimed to have earned three college degrees, but in fact only earned two? The same Biden who claimed to have gotten a full scholarship through law school, when in fact he didn't?

Could it possibly be the same Biden that was forced out of the Presidential race in '87 because he PLAGIARIZED speeches? Just what we need in America- another thief in politics. Is it possible that Obama's advisors are too young to know that Biden plagiarized speeches in '87? This is Obama's version of change? Well a Vice Presidential candidate who admits stealing speeches from others is definitely a change. What's the new Democrat Slogan? “We'll either bring you change- or steal it from others.�

Obama can't be too proud of his pick either. He announced it on a Saturday. Strange. Mysterious. Inexplicable. I've been in the media business my entire life. Nothing of any importance is ever announced on a weekend. EVER. Unless it's bad or embarrassing news- and you don't want the media to notice. Good news, groundbreaking news, or exciting news gets announced on a Monday. If Biden was "Saturday news" what does that say about Obama's faith in Biden?

This country is desperately looking for change. Polls prove that almost 80% of the electorate thinks America is headed in the wrong direction. Neither McCain nor Obama will change that direction. A vote for McCain is a vote for 4 more years of Bush. That means dramatic expansion of government; more violations of our rights and personal freedoms; and endless wars across the globe. But a vote for Obama is a vote for 4 years of Karl Marx- even bigger government, endless tax increases, and the largest redistribution of wealth ever. Neither of those is the change the American people are looking for. Only a vote for the Libertarian Ticket of Barr/Root can bring true change- dramatic cuts in government, lower spending, lower taxes, more freedom, more power to the people. Only a vote for Barr/Root brings both economic freedom and personal freedom. And as a bonus- no plagiarism.

Wayne Root is the Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee on the Libertarian Presidential ticket of Bob Barr/Wayne Root. His web site is: www.ROOTforAmerica.com.

Government Should Leave Home Schooling Families Alone, Says Wayne Allyn Root

Henderson, NV -- .There is no more important task for a parent than the education of one.s children. That responsibility belongs to parents, not the government,.
insists Wayne Allyn Root, the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president. .As a home school parent myself, I know how important it is for government to not
interfere in the education process..

Yet the city of Washington, D.C. has issued new regulations that for the first time in 15 years anywhere in America increase government control over
home-schooling. .Given the abysmal job performed by the District public schools, the D.C. government should be encouraging, not discouraging home schooling,.
says Root. .It is the height of arrogance for this school system with its poor performance to sit in judgment over the quality of parental instruction..

Home schoolers also have been under attack in California, Root observes, where a court recently ruled against home school parents, declaring that there is no
constitutional right to home school. However, he notes, .the U.S. Supreme Court once blocked a state attempt to outlaw private schools, explaining that 'the
child is not the mere creature of the state.' That principle is equally valid for home schooling..

"The good news in California," Root adds, "is that the state has dropped its action against the home schooling family. But the state legislature still should
act to protect the fundamental right of parents to educate their own children. The D.C. city council should do the same,. he says.

.There may be no better example as to how government has outgrown its original role than the fact that many people now believe education to be not a family, not
a local, and not a state responsibility, but a federal responsibility. That.s entirely wrong,. says Root. .There may be no more important liberty than the right
to care for one.s own family, including to ensure the proper education of one.s children. Bob Barr and I are dedicated to promoting that right in our campaign
for president and vice president..

Wayne Root and his wife Debra home school their 4 young children. Wayne is the first home school father on a Presidential ticket in modern history.

The Nevada Model for America

My name is Wayne Root. I am the Vice Presidential nominee on the Libertarian Presidential ticket of Barr/Root (with my running mate, former 4-term Congressman Bob Barr). I am proud to have no prior experience as a politician and no connection of any kind to government. What I am is a common sense, no-nonsense, “Citizen Politician�- the first small businessman and home-school father on a Presidential ticket in modern political history. The only government check I have ever seen is an IRS refund of my own money and a student loan that I paid back in full. That loan, by the way, helped pay my way through Columbia University Class of 1983, the same graduating class as Barack Obama.

Perhaps most importantly, I am the first Nevadan ever on a Presidential ticket. It is my Nevadan roots (excuse the pun) that I'll address in this column. I believe that it is time for the “Nevada model� to be adopted by the entire country- smaller government, lower taxes, free enterprise, rugged individualism, self-reliance, personal responsibility, individual rights, and FREEDOM- both economic freedom and personal freedom. I am proud to be a Nevadan. The biggest difference between Las Vegas and Washington D.C. is that in Las Vegas, the people gamble with their own money- as opposed to Washington D.C. where the politicians gamble with the taxpayers' money.

In direct contrast to the big-government, big-spending, big-tax, Nanny State career politicians of the D.C. Beltway, Nevada has zero state income tax, zero business income tax, zero inheritance tax, and property taxes limited by law to 3% per year increases (with a citizen initiative underway to lower them further).

Even more important, when you have no business income taxes, you also have less rules, regulations and bureaucracy, as well as no Gestapo-like state tax authority. Therefore it is easy to open and grow a small business in Nevada. That could be why Nevada has led the entire nation in small business creation and “Brain Gain� (college graduates moving to Nevada) for most of the last two decades. How important is the creation and success of small business? Small business now produces 75% of new private sector jobs. Small business is the economic engine of America.

I am proud to have spent my career in the 25 years since graduating Columbia University, creating small businesses, risking my own money, creating jobs, paying payrolls and health insurance for my employees, and pumping tens of millions of dollars into the American economy. It is telling to contrast my choices with those of my college classmate Barack Obama- who graduated on the same day 25 years ago. While I chose low-tax, small government Nevada as my home, Barack chose Illinois- one of the highest tax states in America. A place where big government is king, and runs roughshod over the rights of citizens and taxpayers. Barack in his 25 years since graduation has never started a business, never risked his own money on the American Dream, never created a single job, and never paid any employees' health insurance. Our lives and choices present quite a contrast.

Lower taxes leads to economic freedom - the freedom to keep more of your own money and make your own decisions on how to spend (or save) it. I believe that individuals always make better spending decisions than government bureaucrats. Often that decision is to start their own small business- which in turn creates more jobs, more tax revenues, and fuels the economic growth of America. But politicians like Barack Obama and John McCain wouldn't know a thing about starting a small business or creating jobs- it's something they've never experienced.

In addition to economic freedom, the Nevada Model has created a unique, Libertarian form of personal freedom. In an upcoming issue of Reason magazine, Las Vegas is rated the #1 major city in America for personal freedom (out of 35 big cities examined on a range of issues).

What does Nevada's rare combination of economic and personal freedom really mean? It means remarkable success. Americans are voting their approval with their feet (and their assets). For twenty of the past twenty-one years Nevada has been the #1 population growth state in America and the U.S. Census Bureau projects that trend to continue for the next 25 years. (That is provided, of course, that our own entrenched bureaucratic politicians do not destroy the goose that is laying the golden eggs.)

How has Nevada been able to keep its state government under control? Simple. Our Nevada founding fathers, in their infinite wisdom, limited the damage that politicians can do by creating a part time “Citizen Legislature� that meets for only a few months every 2 years, making it difficult (although not impossible) for politicians to damage our economy, complicate our lives, and violate our freedom.

Want proof that politicians do more damage than good? A new mutual fund called the Congressional Effect Fund proves that the more politicians rule, the more damage they do. The fund, run by Eric Singer, examined the effect of politicians on our economy since 1965- it then invests its funds based on this model. The results are astounding. During the past forty-three years the stock market has been up 1.6% when Congress has been in session. When Congress is out of session, the market is up 17.6%- concrete proof that the more politicians do, the worse it is for the people (especially taxpayers, investors, and job creators). Our Founding Father (and my political hero) Thomas Jefferson, the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, put it best, “The government is best, which governs least.�

Today your choice as a voter is no longer between a “Conservative Republican� or “Liberal Democrat.� I call Republicans and Democrats big and bigger, dumb and dumber. They both have the same goal- acquiring more power for themselves, and more control over your life. The real choice in this 2008 election is the choice between an “Entrenched Bureaucratic Politician� (both parties fit that bill) or a “Citizen Politician� represented by the BARR/ROOT Libertarian Ticket, who truly cares about the economic and personal freedoms of the citizens and taxpayers of the United States of America.

As Vice President, I want to spread the Nevada model of economic and personal freedom from coast to coast. The ONLY way to make a change from Big Brother and bigger government, to more power for the people, is to elect anti-establishment, anti-status quo, “anti-politicians� from outside the Beltway. We need to elect politicians who understand the best government is that which governs least. It is time to elect politicians who will downsize and dismantle government- politicians not afraid of limiting their own power and influence. The day has come to give power and their own money back to the people. It is time for a political Hippocratic Oath: Above all else, DO NO HARM. Perhaps it is time for a small businessman, home-school dad, citizen politician from Nevada to show the country how it's done- the Nevada way.

Wayne Root is the Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee on the Libertarian Presidential ticket of Bob Barr/Wayne Root. His web site is: www.ROOTforAmerica.com.