Monthly Archives: May 2009

ROOT HOSTS NATIONALLY-SYNDICATED JERRY DOYLE RADIO SHOW ON FRIDAY

GUESTS INCLUDE FORMER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND LIBERTERIAN HERO DR. RON PAUL

ROOT GUESTS ON GLENN BECK, JUDGE NAPOLITANO and “FOX & FRIENDS” LIVE IN NEW YORK


New York, NY-Thursday May 28, 2009--2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root will guest host on the nationally-syndicated "Jerry Doyle Show" airing from 3 PM to 6 PM EST/Noon to 3 PM PST on Friday May 28, 2009. The show is one of the highest-rated radio talk shows in America, with several million listeners per week. Root's guests will include former Libertarian (1988) and Republican (2008) Presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul, a United States Congressman (R-Texas). Root will host live from New York.

Root makes regular appearances on the "Jerry Doyle Show,” as well as many national TV and radio shows. He will appear on Friday morning at 7:15 AM EST on “FOX & Friends” the national morning show on FOX News Channel. In a busy media day on Wednesday, Root was also a guest on “The Glenn Beck Program” and “Freedom Watch” with Judge Andrew Napolitano on FOX News Channel, along with 3 national radio shows- The Mancow Show, The Lars Larsen Show and the Jerry Doyle Show.

Root is the author of seven books. His latest is “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts!” to be released by Wiley & Sons in July. It is available for presale right now at Amazon.com at:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url ... 9&y=18

Jerry Doyle calls himself "an independent conservative." Doyle has made the rare transition from actor and TV star of the hit sci-fi series “Babylon 5” to national radio talk host reaching millions of listeners from coast to coast. The show airs on Talk Radio Network. To find the station nearest you, go to:
http://www.jerrydoyle.com/stationfinder

To listen to Wayne Root as guest host on Friday through live streaming anywhere in the country, go to:
http://streamingradioguide.com/radio-show.php?show=252

For more information on Wayne Allyn Root, please visit:
www.ROOTforAmerica.com

Polls Prove That Independents Will Shine in 2012

Obama’s Radical Leftist Union Agenda Not Winning Converts

America is Still a Center Right Nation

But GOP Loses Ground- More Voters See Themselves as Independents Than Ever Before

Root Sees Opening for Libertarian Candidates

By Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee

A new detailed political and “American values” poll by Pew Research Center should give both Democrats and Republicans sleepless nights. Despite the election of a charismatic newcomer as President, very little has changed since the election- except for the fact that more Americans than ever call themselves independents. This detailed 160 page political poll gives Libertarians (like me) reasons to cheer, and look forward to 2012.

It’s no wonder that neither major party is winning converts. On one hand we have Obama’s radical leftist pro-union agenda turning off millions of right wing, center right, and moderate Americans- the majority of voters. Obama’s agenda is to ask everyone in America to sacrifice except union members- employees of auto unions, government employee unions, and teacher unions are given cost of living raises, step-up raises, more job security, bigger pensions, and in the case of the auto unions, unexpected gifts wrapped in pretty bows- majority ownership of entire car companies! How wonderful.

While millions of us in the private sector lose our jobs and businesses, Obama thinks the solution to our economic crisis is to hire millions of new government union employees- and give them raises. Obama agenda includes giving away over $125 Billion of taxpayer money to states to make sure that government employees union members don’t get laid off- and get their raises. Obama has even gone so far as to demand that the state of California scrap planned layoffs and cuts in salaries of government employees, or he threatens to cancel billions of dollars in government bailout money earmarked for the state. If Obama was a businessman, his actions would be classified as extortion.

It’s taken me a long time, but I think I’ve finally figured out why Obama has such a radical pro-union agenda. He’s got the record of his hero Abraham Lincoln confused. He must think that when Lincoln “saved the union,” he meant the auto union, teachers union and government employees union. So much for a moderate political agenda to win over center-right and independent voters.

Then on the other side of the aisle, we have the incompetent, pathetic, and hypocritical GOP. They wonder why they have zero respect or credibility from voters. Could it be because Republicans rant and rave about the irresponsible and unsustainable spending of Obama, but provide no solutions of their own? Could it be because most Republicans voted for the same bailout as Obama (with Bush in charge)? Could it be because the Big 3 automakers bailout began under Bush? Could it be because whenever Republicans are in charge, they spend recklessly and irresponsibly- just like Democrats.

The results according to Pew Research are startling.

First despite Obama’s personal popularity, there has been no leftward shift by voters on issues like the role of government. Nor has there been a voter I.D. shift to the Democratic Party. While the ranks of GOP voters is the lowest since Watergate, these ex-Republicans have not moved to the party of Obama. The number of voters calling themselves independents is the highest in modern political history.

These independents- like most Libertarians- tend to be conservative on economic issues. They are pro-business, pro-free markets and support capitalism. A majority of Americans still believe that “government regulation does more harm than good.” A startling 76% of Americans report that “the strength of this country today is mostly based on the success of American business.”

Good news for my Libertarian Party comes in this impressive independent surge. A remarkable 36% of Americans today describe themselves as independents, the highest total since Ross Perot’s candidacy in 1992. Those independents moved RIGHT over the past two years on economic issues, even as Obama was elected President promising to “redistribute the wealth.” Independents skewer rightward on issues such as the size of government, expansion of entitlements, and in opposition to affirmative action. These are all Libertarian issues. Interestingly on the social side, these same independents skewer leftward on issues such as religion and gay rights. This again plays right into the hands of Libertarian candidates. And on the issue of foreign policy and national security, while voters are not fans of the Iraq war, a majority still believes in “peace through military strength”- again a moderate Libertarian opinion.

Even more importantly, for a candidate like me who identifies himself as conservative Libertarian, conservative independents outnumber liberal independents by 2 to 1. Overall this is still a very much center right nation with American voters identifying as conservative versus liberal by a count of 37% to 19%. This is all good news for a Libertarian Presidential candidate in 2012.

All things considered, any independent third party, but more specifically the Libertarian Party, should be excited about their prospects as more and more voters realize that Republicans and Democrats are big and bigger, dumb and dumber.


Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this July entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com. For more of Wayne’s views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his web site at: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

REVOLUTION: The First Shot of the Tax Revolt Begins in California!

Tax and Spend Propositions Go Down in Flames Despite Out-Spending Opponents 10 to 1

The People That Pay All the Taxes and Create All the Jobs Are in Revolt.

The model for America: NEVADA where the state constitution bans income taxes.

By Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee

Whatever revolution that starts in California, always spreads to the nation. In arguably the most liberal state in America, California taxpayers sent a message to the nation on Tuesday: “We’ve Had Enough and We’re Not Going to Take It Anymore!” California voters shocked the political establishment by rejecting a slew of propositions meant to save California from a massive, unsustainable $15 to $23 billion-dollar budget deficit, by taxing and spending some more. All the tax and spend propositions went down to a resounding defeat, despite a $30 million spending campaign. Perhaps these big government proponents should have instead saved the $30 million and applied it to the deficit. The results were remarkable considering that proponents of “tax and spend” out-spent the opposition by 10 to 1.

Even more telling, the only proposition that passed will ban salary increases for politicians if the state is running a general fund deficit. The results prove that California is once again at the epicenter of a seismic tax revolution. With voter turnout low, the results also prove what I’ve been predicting for months now- the only people who care about taxes are the 20% of taxpayers who pay them all. That is the group that will rise up in revolt. Since California starts most of the trends in this country, and leads the nation in taxes, I think it is safe to say that the sleeping giant has awakened.

As the author of the new book, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts! I’ve seen this political revolution brewing for 2 years now. It came to a head with the election of Barack Obama, the king of “tax and spend.” The straw that broke the camel’s back was Obama’s response to the worst financial crisis of our generation: massive spending programs; multi-trillion dollar bailouts; handouts disguised as “tax cuts”; and record-setting waste and pork disguised as “economic stimulus.” Guess where all that money came from? The taxpayers. But not just any taxpayers- it came from one special group. The top 20% of American taxpayers who pay virtually all the taxes and create all the jobs. Obama’s plans are killing the proverbial “golden goose.” Obama’s tax and spend plans are a declaration of war on the private sector, small business owners and the investor class. Obama’s plans will wipe out the upper middle class of America- the heart and soul of our taxpayers, job creators and investor class.

California’s taxpayers have spoken loud and clear. The Obama national tax and spend plan is a carbon copy of the California plan the voters just rejected in a landslide. California has not gone bankrupt by mistake. The record is clear: California leads the nation in government spending; education spending; spending on illegal aliens; spending on entitlements and handouts; and spending on government employees. California has the highest paid teachers in all of America, yet its education system is among the worst. California student test scores are the 2nd lowest in the nation, and dropout rates are among the country’s highest. What has all this spending produced? California has built the biggest deficit in the nation and the lowest bond ratings among 50 states. All that tax and spend has clearly led to BANKRUPTCY.

Yet California leads the nation in taxes too. California proves the lie of Obama’s plans: You can’t spend your way out of bankruptcy. You can’t tax to death the only people that pay all the taxes and create all the jobs- in the middle of a depression. You can’t burden our economy with irresponsible and unsustainable levels of debt. You can’t enslave our children and grandchildren to big government and big taxes for generations to come.

I believe a seismic political revolution has begun. The private sector, upper middle class taxpayers, and small business owners- the groups that can and will lead this revolution- have woken from a giant slumber. The honeymoon is over for Obama. For Schwarzenegger, a political career is over. “The Governator” destroyed a potentially brilliant political career by listening to his out-of-touch liberal Kennedy-clan wife. The man preached the politics of Reagan, but practiced the politics of McGovern and Obama. California’s results prove that Obama’s policies are a prescription for disaster.

The answer is obvious. Tax less and spend less. Stop punishing the successful taxpayers, business builders, financial risk-takers and job creators. Reward those key members of society. Stop expanding government. Stop hiring government employees. Stop paying government employees more than those that toil in the private sector. The model for America is the centerpiece of my new book, “The Conscience of a Libertarian.” The model is my adopted home state of Nevada. It is no coincidence that in the past decade Nevada has gained over one million new residents and countless new businesses, while our neighbor California has lost over one million taxpayers. The citizens are voting with their feet (and their assets). They are escaping from high tax California and moving in droves to low tax Nevada.

Yes the good news is that the political and tax revolution has begun. But for those of us who pay all the taxes, the hard work has just begun. There is a long battle in front of us. It is a battle we must win- for the sake of our children and grandchildren. We either take our country back, or lose it forever.


Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this July entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com. For more of Wayne’s views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his web site at: www.ROOTforAmerica.com


The Answer to the Obama/Notre Dame Controversy:

The Little Issue of Free Speech

Let Obama Speak Says "the Anti-Obama."

And Let Miss California Speak Too.

By Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee

To anyone who has ever read my commentaries, it is clear I'm not a Barack Obama fan. To the contrary, I am the Anti-Obama. I stand in opposition to virtually everything my old Marxist college classmate does and says. I have pointed out that he is distracting America with Tonight Show appearances; March Madness picks; Town Hall meetings; appearances at his adorable little daughter's soccer games; private moments holding hands during romantic walks with his wife Michelle (that just happen to be staged right in front of the White House Press Corp); and introducing his cute new puppy Bo to the American people. All the while Obama fools America with these nonstop “Weapons of Mass Distraction” he just happens to be bankrupting the U.S. economy with unsustainable levels of spending; orchestrating the destruction of capitalism (by firing executives; hiring and firing Boards; determining executive compensation; and worst of all- handing Chrysler to the unsecured auto unions over the secured bondholders); and wiping out America's upper middle class and small businesses with massive tax hikes and socialist levels of redistribution of wealth. Certainly no one can accuse me of being soft on Obama.

But what happened at the University of Notre Dame this weekend was nonetheless dangerous to the values of America. Catholic conservatives protested President Obama being invited to speak at the Notre Dame graduation ceremonies (as well as receiving an honorary law degree). Have we abandoned the concept of free speech? If you don't like what someone has to say, then debate him. Demand equal time for opposing viewpoints. Demand diversity in graduation speakers. Go on television and explain why Obama is wrong. Mobilize Catholics to defeat him in 2012. Make your case to the American people. Make him a one-term pariah like Jimmy Carter. But the one thing you should not do in a free society is ban him from speaking because you disagree with his views. Censorship goes against the values of America. Love him or hate him, you should be willing to allow the President of the United States a microphone at Notre Dame. You should be proud of your university's willingness to air diverse viewpoints. Allowing Obama to speak at Notre Dame is the very essence of what America is about.

The problem we have in America is that many of us have lost perspective. The demand for censorship occurs more often (by far) from the left. But the Notre Dame protests prove it is spreading to all sides of the political aisle. Take the incident only a few weeks ago when Miss California simply responded to a question at the Miss USA Pageant, and declared her support for marriage between a man and a woman. The radical left didn't like her answer so they set out to destroy her. They tried to censor, slander and vilify her in such a vicious “slash and burn” fashion- with the goal that no one would ever dare publicly oppose gay marriage again. Liberal activists and bloggers called her a Nazi. You mean a viewpoint that you disagree with makes the other person comparable to a Nazi? Are liberal activists aware that Nazi's enslaved, tortured and murdered over 6 million Jews? Last I checked Miss California never enslaved, tortured or murdered anyone- nor did she endorse those actions. She was simply expressing her political opinion.

Whether you agree or disagree with the opinion of Miss California is beside the point. Free speech is allowed in this country. She had every right to give her opinion. Heck, she was asked her opinion by the Miss USA judge. You mean we have gotten to a point in America that when we ask a question, we already know the answer and we'll ruin the career of anyone who gives a different answer than expected?


Should everyone respond from now on by lying and simply saying whatever the audience they are speaking in front of wants to hear? Should every pageant contestant now feign support for gay marriage to make judges, sponsors, hairdressers, fashion designers, and makeup artists associated with the pageant happy? Should Obama give speeches at Catholic universities claiming to be pro life and anti-stem cell research? Would that make everyone happy if we all just lied to match the opinions of every audience? Has anyone heard of diversity of thought? Has anyone heard of free speech?


When the left tries to censor beauty pageant contestants; when leftist universities try to censor conservative or Libertarian opinions (which happens every day); when England bans conservative U.S. talk show host Michael Savage from entering their country; or when conservative pro-life Catholics try to censor the voice of the President of the United States- it's all a defeat for the values that we hold dear. We fought a revolution against the mighty British Empire to insure free speech and the right of all Americans to be heard. To insure that Miss California could defend traditional marriage and President Obama could defend his socialist views too. You don't have to like the views; you don't even have to respect them. But you have to be willing to let your opponent express their views in a free society.

I'm proud to be a Libertarian. I believe strongly in free markets and free speech. I may oppose what Obama stands for with every ounce of my soul. I may despise what Obama is doing to my country, my economy and my bank account. But I'd be willing to die to defend his right to speak freely. In America we let everyone speak. Live free or die. Let's not lose sight of the fact that that's precisely what makes America great.



Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this July entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com. For more of Wayne’s views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his web site at: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

PROOF That Obama’s Economic Plans Are Wrong for America:

Capitalism Works in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Las Vegas Home Sales Up Staggering 86%!

Las Vegas First Out of Recession?

By Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee

While President Obama moves our country and economy further away from capitalism, entrepreneurism and personal responsibility, my adopted hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada proves that the opposite direction is the one that works. Despite the worst economic downturn since 1929 (that I correctly labeled as a “depression” in the Spring of 2008), and a national economy showing few signs of life, Las Vegas is springing back to life. As usual, the most capitalist and fiscally conservative economy in the nation (Nevada) will be the first out of the recession.

In a sign that the local Nevada economy is far outpacing the nation, despite today’s gloomy report that national retail sales are once again in decline, Las Vegas home sales were up a staggering 86% month-to-month. Yes I said 86%. In the middle of an economic tsunami, capitalism is alive and well in Las Vegas. This is the 12th consecutive month of improvement in month-to-month home sales in Las Vegas. Other signs of recovery in Las Vegas: hotel occupancy is up; the visitor count is up; and MGM Mirage just announced its first increase in hotel room prices in months. All of these are positive signs that Las Vegas is springing back to life to lead America’s recovery.


But it’s who is buying all these Las Vegas homes that is important. Almost 40% of the homes have been bought by absentee buyers- otherwise known as INVESTORS. These are the people President Obama seems to dislike- he calls them “speculators” as if that is an evil word. They are high-income earners willing to risk hundreds of thousands of dollars (or millions) of their hard-earned money to buy property during an economic Armageddon. They are heroes. Their courage is uplifting. Yet Obama chooses to disparage and denigrate them in the media; he punishes them with the tax code designed to soak the rich and raise capital gains taxes on investors; and worst of all, he just stole their property (literally) in the Great Chrysler Robbery (where Obama handed 55% of the company to the Auto Workers Union- which was last in line and unsecured, while ignoring the rule of law to rip off secured creditors who were legally first in line).

Ironically, these speculators serve as real-life proof that capitalism works. They are not bad people to be attacked, discouraged, denigrated, and punished. If Obama understood capitalism, he would understand these are the heroes of the American business world. These are the only people that can save our economy and Obama’s Presidency from ruin. They are the entrepreneurial risk-takers that we so desperately need to invest in America again. To build businesses, fund businesses, and create new jobs. Without speculators (risk-takers) looking to earn a big payday, who exactly would invest in stocks, bonds, real estate, and small business? Who would create the new jobs that our economy so desperately needs? Without speculators earning big profits, who would pay the taxes that Obama so desperately needs to pay for his record-setting spending?

Thank goodness for greedy capitalist speculators. To encourage them, we should be lowering income taxes, or better yet, suspending them for a one-year Tax Holiday. We should be lowering capital gains taxes, or better yet, eliminating them to encourage investment in American stocks, real estate and industry from around the world. If you truly want economic recovery President Obama, tell speculators that we appreciate their risk, and will reward them handsomely. Then watch a worsening economic nightmare morph into the economic comeback of a century.

Why are speculators betting it all on Las Vegas? Why are we poised to become the first state out of the depression? Because we are the ultimate free market economy. We are the test tube baby. Nevada represents everything Obama stands against. We are a Wild West frontier state with a constitution that bans income taxes, but welcomes guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Even more importantly, our state constitution limits the time that politicians can spend in session- our legislature is only allowed to meet for 4 months every 2 years. That limits the damage politicians (like Obama) can do to our economy. We also have made term limits the law for politicians in Nevada.

As Obama moves towards more spending, more taxes, “soak the rich,” and hire more government employees as his flawed economic strategy, he might just want to study our Nevada model. We have no income taxes, no business income taxes, no capital gains taxes, no death taxes and property taxes limited by law. We choose to legalize “sin” and tax it- thereby lowering our other taxes. That is a model for the country.

We also have among the fewest government employees per population of any state in America. That Mr. Obama is certainly the model for America. That could be why Nevada has been the #1 fastest-growing state in America for the last 25 years. More importantly Mr. Obama, your own Census Bureau predicts our state will be #1 in America for growth in the next 25 years. Lower taxes and smaller government is the answer.

Even with so few government employees, our state has over $10 Billion dollars of unfunded employee pension and health care costs. Even with so few government employees, our state economy is under siege (and debt) from government employee costs, compensation and pensions. Yet our problems are small compared to states like California, New York, Michigan or Obama’s home state of Illinois- all of which are close to bankruptcy under the weight of government employee cost. Obama’s “solution” for the nation is more spending, more government hiring, more powerful government employee unions, and bigger pensions and lifetime health-care benefits for government employees. Obama’s plan is unaffordable and unsustainable. Nevada proves the lie of Obama’s plan.

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this Spring entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com. For more of Wayne’s views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his web site at: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

The Issue That Destroyed the GOP: Online Gaming & Poker

Why They Still Haven’t Learned Their Lesson.

Why I Finally Agree on Something with Barney Frank.

By Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee


I am asked constantly by talk show hosts across the USA why I left the GOP and became the leader of a national Libertarian movement for smaller government and economic and personal freedom. Nothing could symbolize my bold decision more than the issue of online poker and gaming. It was only 5 years ago that Republicans controlled every level of government from Congress, to the U.S. Senate, to the Presidency, to a majority of Governorships, and even a majority of state legislatures. Now they control NOTHING. Now Democrats control every one of those same levels of government. The Republican brand went from wildly popular to poison. Amazingly, Republicans haven't a clue how it happened. Worse, they're digging the hole deeper. I believe the meltdown of the GOP all started and crystallized with the Republican-led ban on online poker and gaming. Once again, this issue is roaring back to life to haunt the GOP. It may be the final death-blow.

Congressman Barney Frank, a politician that I have attacked with gusto on numerous occasions for his ultra-liberal fiscal views, unveiled a plan on Wednesday to legalize online gaming. For once, I find myself on the same side as Barney Frank and actually cheering his words. I never thought the day would come where I uttered these 7 words- “I love what Barney Frank just said.” I am a Barry Goldwater/Ronald Reagan disciple who believes the GOP has abandoned its fiscal conservative roots- and therefore abandoned me. When Congressman Barney Frank and I agree on something, you know that either hell has frozen over, or the GOP is in big trouble.

Plain and simple, gambling is an issue of FREEDOM and personal responsibility. What I do in my bedroom, on my computer, with my money is none of government's business. In any free society, I have a right to enjoy gambling as my choice of either entertainment, or investment, without government getting involved. It's that simple.

Gambling in my opinion is as American as apple pie. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin both enjoyed gambling. The original colonies successfully raised money with lotteries. Virtually any business decision involves financial risk. That is why the biggest winners on Wall Street are virtually all world-class gamblers with nerves of steel. That is why our wealthiest citizens are often business owners- what could be a bigger risk (or produce a bigger reward) than betting millions on a start-up? Entrepreneurship (risk-taking) is at the very heart of capitalism. Billions are risked every day on Wall Street. Billions are risked every day on the commodities market. Billions are risked on Main Street by small business owners. Without risk, there is no reward. Without risk-takers (capitalist gamblers), America could not be the world's greatest economic power. Those who attack and denigrate gambling, have no understanding of the very roots of capitalism.

Gambling has been in our blood and DNA from the first days of America. The world's biggest gamblers left their homelands, leaving behind their safe lives, to travel on dangerous boats, filled with disease, to a New World called America- often with no money, and no friends or relatives waiting on the other side. Later the pioneers risked their lives to travel thousands of miles in covered wagons, facing starvation, Indian attacks and disease to tame the Wild West. What would you call that? Playing it safe? The very idea of America is symbolized by gambling, throwing caution to the wind, betting your life on a new start in a new land.

The Republican-led ban of online gaming badly damaged the Republican brand. It was all downhill from there. I believe this issue killed the GOP message of smaller, more limited government. Republicans may believe in just a little bit more economic freedom than President Obama and his socialist tax and spend crowd, but when it comes to personal freedom, Republicans want bigger government in your bedroom; on your computer; interfering in your personal decisions; limiting your freedoms; violating your civil rights; deciding what behavior is acceptable and “moral.” The ban of online gaming and poker morphed the GOP into Big Brother. Worse, it exposed Republicans as hypocrites and uptight prudes looking to take away our personal freedoms and limit the choices of consenting adults.

The smokescreen used to defend this ban was “morality.” But morality based on whose standards? Here's the great thing about freedom. I like to gamble. You don't. Great. So don't gamble. No one is forcing you. Feel free to teach your children not to gamble. But why would you ever want to stop me from enjoying what I want to do? What right have you got to limit my choice of entertainment? Are you upset that I'm having a good time and you're not? Are you upset that I can enjoy gambling without becoming addicted or ruining my life, while you can't? You know what they call groups that police morality and ban choices of personal freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan? The Taliban.

Whether I choose gambling as my form of entertainment, or investment…either way, it doesn't effect you and it's NONE OF YOUR DARN BUSINESS. Any political party that disagrees with that simple philosophy deserves to lose power at all levels of office, destroy their popularity, and tarnish their brand forever. Sound familiar?

What's the GOP's new slogan? “We are the Nanny State. We're going to save you- whether you like it or not.” If that's your political slogan, good luck. You aren't the party of smaller government. You are the party of bigger government. You are the very symbol of political hypocrisy (and stupidity). I wish you a wonderful future in the world's smallest and most uptight political minority.

The truth is that the ban of online poker and gaming is not an insignificant issue. It is a huge issue. If our government thinks it has a right to tell citizens what games they can play on their own computer, then there is no limit to what control they want to hold over our lives. The ban of online gaming cost the GOP the support of many Libertarian-leaning voters. It cost them the support of many fiscally conservative, socially tolerant small business owners (whose contributions fuel the GOP). Most importantly, it cost them the support of millions of men who love to play poker and gamble on sports.

How popular is sports gambling? It has made the Super Bowl and March Madness two of the most popular television events in the country and for all intents and purposes, national holidays. How popular is poker? Just one organization, The PPA (Poker Players Alliance) has over one million members. Experts estimate that 10 million to 12 million American citizens play online poker. Over 50 million Americans play poker as a recreational sport. The World Series of Poker held in Las Vegas each summer has become the world's richest sporting event (with over $100,000,000 in prizes). Poker TV shows dominate the television screen.

What are the demographics of these online gamblers? For the most part, they tend to be males- macho, fiscally conservative, free spirited, entrepreneurial, small business owners, stock investors, self-employed. Like me, they are passionate capitalists that believe in limited government, low taxes and free markets. They distrust and dislike government. They certainly do not trust or support Barack Obama or his plans to redistribute the wealth. Do you get the idea who we're describing? Republicans! The brilliant GOP, with this ignorant ban on online gambling, has screwed over the worst possible group of voters- their own constituents.

Instead of learning from this fiasco, it appears the tone-deaf GOP is a glutton for punishment. They appear to be gearing up to fight Congressman Barney Frank in order to uphold this ban on the freedom of their own supporters. And you wonder why millions of former lifelong, loyal Republicans just like me have changed sides? We're never going to fall into the arms of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, with their socialist tax and spend ideas that limit our economic freedom, denigrate capitalism and greatly increase the size, scope and power of government. But we're done with the GOP. We've found a home in the only political party that supports both economic and personal freedom: the Libertarian Party.

Libertarians understand- unlike the GOP- that asking government to play Nanny; to take control over your personal behavior; to play Big Brother in your bedroom or on your computer; to limit your personal freedom; is no better than Democrats forcing big government into your personal financial decisions or trying to steal (they call it “redistribute”) your hard-earned money. It’s all about the same issue- freedom. It’s the reason our ancestors came to America (or died trying). It’s the reason we fought the American Revolution. Freedom is at the root (excuse the pun) of what America is all about.

Gambling is about freedom. Whether you like it or not, approve of it or not, that personal choice is none of government's darn business. More importantly, what difference is there between making a $100 online bet on a hand of poker; a $1000 online bet on the Dallas Cowboys or Los Angeles Lakers; or a $100,000 wager on Microsoft or ExxonMobil with your Charles Schwab or E*Trade online account? There is no difference- except that the last few years have proven Wall Street is far more dangerous and costly. Should we ban stock investing? Should we ban online stock accounts at Charles Schwab, E*Trade or TD Ameritrade? Well we shouldn’t ban online poker either.

A far bigger problem in America today is obesity. Only 6% (at most) of Americans have a gambling addiction. But as much as 60% of the U.S. population has an obesity problem. Should we ban delis? Should we ban McDonalds? Should we ban Krispy Kremes?

Alcohol kills more Americans than any other addiction. Yet we allow bars, restaurants and clubs to sell alcohol, don't we? We tried Prohibition in the 1920's- it was the greatest political failure ever. Our citizens kept drinking; lost respect for the law; millions of dollars of tax revenue was lost; and organized crime was born to fill the void. Nothing about online gambling is any different. Banning it will solve nothing; the people who enjoy it as entertainment will keep doing it; they will lose respect for the law; billions in tax revenues will be lost; problem gamblers will move underground; and organized crime will rake in the profits. Perhaps we should call this ban “The Gambino Family Support Bill.” Afterall, the mafia is the greatest beneficiary of this ban. It is estimated that Americans have gambled over $100 Billion per year online since the ban on online gambling. Pretty effective, huh? Once again, more proof of the utter futility and stupidity of trying to limit freedom under the guise of morality. They should just rename the morality police, “the Keystone Cops.”

This ban has nothing to do with morality. If it did, the same politicians who railed against online gaming would not have carved out exemptions for online lotteries, online horseracing, tribal casinos, or fantasy football. The next time you hear a politician say he or she supports a ban on online gaming or poker, you should ask them which organized crime family is bribing them with campaign contributions.

PriceWaterhouseCooper recently studied the issue of online gaming and concluded that legalization will produce over $50 Billion in tax revenues for the federal government. That's $50 Billion (with a “B”) at a time when our budget deficits and national debt grows by the trillions. Why would we throw away $50 Billion in revenues just waiting to be collected, at the same time we limit the freedoms of millions of Americans? Seems like a no-brainer to me. But then I also understand why the GOP brand has been ruined, leaving the party in shambles. The answer is clear: this tone-deaf obsession with limiting the personal freedom of consenting adults. It's funny how a little issue of taking away people's freedom can destroy a political party. Or even more remarkably, drive a free-market, limited-government Libertarian into the arms of…Barney Frank.

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this July entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com. For more of Wayne's views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his

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How Obama Conducted a Mafia-Style Shakedown and Stole Chrysler From Secured Lenders and Handed the Stolen Goods to the Auto Unions.

By Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee

I've been arguing for 2 years now that Barack Obama and his anti-capitalism, pro-union friends want to change the way America does business. I've stated out loud on numerous occasions that their goal is to destroy (or certainly badly damage) capitalism and tilt the playing field in favor of socialism. I've argued that Obama is trying to turn the U.S. economy into FRANCE- a country dominated by big government and big unions. Well I wish I were wrong, but my worst fears were realized last week when Obama literally stole the ownership of Chrysler from capitalist investors and risk-takers, and handed the stolen property to the auto worker unions that supported him in the recent Presidential election. It was a shakedown that would make John Gotti or the leaders of the Crips and Bloods proud.

Obama is my Columbia University Class of '83 classmate. As such, I can tell you that the vast majority of my classmates at Columbia University disdained capitalism and capitalists. Worse, Obama went on to become a law student, law professor and lawyer (as well as a “community activist” ie professional protestor). Lawyers are the natural enemies of business- they don't create jobs. To the contrary, they sue the courageous capitalist job creators and risk-takers, thereby destroying jobs. With a natural disdain of business, Obama has spent the past 25 years since our college graduation attacking and suing business, as well as teaching others how to do the same. He has never in his life started a business, funded a business, risked his money on a business, or created a single job. Now we've elected him to run the entire American economy. As a man with zero business experience, a natural disdain of capitalism, and now drunk with power, Obama has decided to abandon the rule of law and conduct a hostile takeover of American business. Frightening.

Here is what happened at the Chrysler negotiations last week. Plain and simple, Obama conducted a Mafia-style shakedown. He went to SECURED creditors who risked $6.9 Billion of their risk capital on saving Chrysler, and who rightly owned a large majority of the company, and told them their secured interest was no longer secured. Obama put a gun to their heads and told these capitalist risk-takers to accept a 86% markdown of their secured holdings in Chrysler. Next he proceeded to hand a vastly larger 55% ownership to the Auto Workers Union, which was unsecured, last on the totem pole of creditors, and therefore likely to receive little or nothing in the event of a business failure. Obama, the mafia don, decided to throw the rule of law out and shakedown the wealthy capitalists he so disdains. He told secured creditors (capitalists who happen to usually support Republicans and fiscally conservative candidates), owed $6.9 billion, that their ownership was worth pennies on the dollar, while he handed (out of the blue) majority ownership to unsecured auto workers (who happened to support Obama's Presidential campaign with millions of dollars in contributions and man-hours). He capped off the shakedown by allegedly threatening to use the White House Press Corp. to destroy the reputation of the creditors. John Gotti would be proud.

I've been in business my entire adult life. I've raised money, risked money and borrowed money on countless occasions. The rule of law is simple: whoever risks their cold, hard cash always has priority over all other creditors. Those with skin in the game are always in the drivers seat. My creativity, tenacity, organization skills, motivation skills, and thousands of hours of work always stand in line behind those who put their money at risk. Risk talks, all the rest walks. That's how capitalism works. PERIOD.

That's the rule of business…and the rule of law. Now, along comes Obama to change the rules. When a man disdains capitalism and capitalist risk-takers, suddenly the rules are out the window. Suddenly those who put up the capital, those who shoulder the majority of the risk, are no longer first in line if the business fails. Obama made it abundantly clear last week in the Chrysler negotiations that the rule of law has been replaced by the rule of street thugs and shakedown artists. Obama's plan simply ignored the secured first-in-line creditors and risk-takers, gave them pennies on the dollar, and rewarded (paid-off) the auto unions with a majority interest for risking nothing. Then he turned around and blamed the capitalists for being selfish, and unwilling to sacrifice.

Where is the sacrifice of the auto unions? Sacrifice? Obama just pulled off the biggest taxpayer and capitalist rip-off in history. Taxpayer money, and investor's money just got “crammed down” to almost nothing, to make room for majority ownership for Obama's friends at the auto unions. Of course he and his political allies will receive HUGE kickbacks in campaign contributions in the future for his thuggery.

This is a political payoff- pure and simple. It is a shakedown of epic proportions. The bankruptcy judge and courts should, of course, absolutely reject Obama's shakedown tactics and follow the rule of law. Unfortunately, with an administration that has clearly shown itself willing to operate on an intimidation, thug, and mafia level, I have no confidence that will happen. But the fair outcome to uphold the rule of law, is that the people involved in this political shakedown and theft should all be sent to prison for extortion, fraud and grand theft (just as the mafia would be for taking the same actions).

One of the biggest problems with politicians like Obama who have a total lack of understanding about business, economics and the world economy is that they do not see the unexpected consequences of their short-term political payoffs. In this case, it is none other than the destruction of capitalism and the American economy.

Since Obama took office the mantra we have heard is the need to get credit and capital flowing again. Our children's and grandchildren's futures have been mortgaged with the trillions of dollars that Obama has spent to accomplish that goal. Now, in one fell swoop of audacious ignorance for the sake of political payoffs, Obama has slammed shut the spigot of capital flow to American business. As has been made clear over the past months, foreigners control much of our capital. But, because we are a land of laws, including the law that those who provide the capital stand first in line to get it back if the business venture should fail, they have readily invested this capital in American businesses. NO MORE! Obama has just thrown that out the window and the ripple effects will be rapid and devastating.

In a global economy it is as easy to invest in a business in Europe, China, or Brazil as it is in the United States. Given the fact that President Obama now says your secured capital can be stolen from you, why would anyone (foreigners or Americans) any longer invest in American business? Obama has just made it far harder, if not impossible, to get any capitalist investor or risk-taker anywhere in the world to invest in any American business. Perhaps President Obama really hates capitalism and capitalists. Or perhaps he just doesn't understand it all. Either way, his actions have caused great damage to the American economy.

Is there a way to undo the damage? Yes. Voters can elect candidates who understand business; understand the long-term consequences of their actions; support and reward capitalism; encourage free markets without government interference, manipulation or extortion; value the rule of law; and don't support government making payoffs to political supporters.

As I close, I have a few important question for you President Obama- Without capitalism or capitalists willing to take risks, who is going to pay the bills for all your out-of-control spending plans and welfare programs disguised as “tax cuts” (for people who don't pay taxes)? Who is going to pay for your dramatically increased handouts and entitlements? Who is going to pay for your next round of bailouts? Who is going to pay for your next round of economic stimulus? I'm afraid you've got a huge problem President Obama. I'm afraid you have budget and revenue projections that you can throw out the window. I'm afraid you have tax revenue projections that are now closer to fairy tales than reality. I'm afraid you now have deficits the size of which no one has ever dared imagine in world history. Here's the moral to the story for my socialist college classmate: Be careful what you wish for, it may come true.


Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this July entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com. For more of Wayne's views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his web site at: www.ROOTforAmerica.com