The Road Ahead: A Message from Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee  
Dear Friends,

It has been an honor and privilege to serve all of my many friends, fans, voters, contributors and most importantly, the Libertarian Party as the nominee for Vice President of the United States in 2008.

I owe so many of you a debt of gratitude. Without your support, a Las Vegas oddsmaker, small businessman and home-school dad could never have become the nominee for Vice President of the United States for "America's Third Party."

I can think of so many friends who have voted Republican or Democrat their entire lives, yet immediately embraced my candidacy out of pure friendship and love.

I can think of so many close friends who called after stepping into the voting booth -- friends who are ultra successful, impressed by very little in life -- yet called to say how amazed they were at pulling a lever in the voting booth for a Vice Presidential nominee they actually knew for the first time in their lives. I got such a kick out of your comments!

To name a few special friends and contributors: Joe Sugarman, Phil Gordon, Dr. Loring Jacobs, Gino Nardone, Doug Fleming, Art Tuma, Richard Bronstein, Ralph Hake, Don Cowles, Greg Raymer, Wil Rondini, and Mike Costache. And my dear friends who provided counsel and advice every step of the way: Doug Miller, Roger Harrison, Hollis Barnhart, and my attorney Lee Sacks.

I can think of so many in the Libertarian Party who took me under their wing and gave me their heart and soul and precious time. To name just a few: Aaron Starr, Kevin Knedler, Lou Jasikoff, Travis Nicks, M Carling, Mike Ferguson, Kevin Takinaga, Scott Lieberman, Dana McLorn, Bruce Cohen, Bette Rose, Allen Hacker, Jake Witmer, Bob Sullentrop, Rowan Wilson, Stewart Flood, Dan Williams, Steve Kubby, Ron & Marcia Nicks, and of course our LP Chairman Bill Redpath. I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. I'm sure I've missed someone -- and for that I am sorry. Please know that I wish I could name everyone who ever offered me a hand.

Then there was my TEAM ROOT staff (when running for the LP Presidential nomination) of Mark Schreiber, Martha DeForest, Jeff Dimit, Richard Burke, Sam Goldstein and Peter Beary. Thanks to all of you for giving so much. I can never hope to repay you for all you did on my behalf.

And of course my TREMENDOUS thanks to my loyal and dependable webmaster Will Habdas- who designed and managed my web site.

Then there are the many volunteers who picked me up at airports (I immediately think of Beau Cain), drove me around, wrote me letters and emails filled with advice (that must have taken you hours to write). And all of the executives and staff at the Barr campaign. Thank you so very much for your time, your thoughts, your advice.

And finally there's Bob Barr -- who took me under his wing and treated me with love and respect. Bob, we are friends for life. You are a true American patriot and hero.

But it is my family that deserves the biggest thank you of all. My wife Debra and the “gang of four”- my 16 year old daughter Dakota who gave my nominating speech at the LP Convention; my 8 year old son Hudson; my 4 year old son Remington Reagan; and my new baby girl Contessa. I love you all. I thank you for your love and support. But most of all, I apologize for all the time away from you over the past 18 months. You are the reasons that I sacrifice so much for the cause of freedom. You are the future I'm fighting for.

As a complete newcomer and outsider to Libertarian politics and the actual LP, many of you in the party welcomed me immediately and made me feel at home. Some of you recognized the potential I had to offer this movement and took the time to educate me in areas where I needed it (and I'm sure, still do). My knowledge grew tremendously and in many cases, my views changed dramatically. Many of you told me that I won you over as a result. I really appreciate the honest hearing you gave me and your willingness to bring me into the Libertarian fold. I'm in this for the long haul and it is my hope that I will eventually win over the few skeptics that remain.

Thanks to all of you for your support and contributions to my campaign.

The results of this election were both positive and negative. The Barr/Root Presidential ticket received about 500,000 votes. That is the 2nd highest vote total in LP history (37 years). And we achieved that success under perhaps the most difficult circumstances ever -- a media PERFECT STORM of interest, hype and adulation for Obama. And on the other side...a record level of hype, fear and panic by Republicans and conservatives towards Obama. Third party candidates were literally shut out of this election. Yet within that 2-party tsunami, Barr/Root still scored the 2nd highest vote total ever.

Perhaps most significantly, Libertarian Party membership levels are up dramatically across the country. LP membership grew by 30% to 50% in many states during this election. That is no surprise considering the record level of mainstream media coverage generated by the Libertarian Presidential ticket. I'm proud to report that Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root have built a foundation of credibility for the Libertarian Party.

On the other hand, despite that success, I was personally disappointed. I set my goals high -- as I have always done as a businessman, CEO and entrepreneur. I was aiming for the one million vote threshold. Back in August when Barr/Root had 6% in the national polls it looked like it was possible to attract millions of votes. That 6% was the same number Ross Perot polled back in 1992, when he was invited to participate in the Presidential debates. That exposure to millions of voters allowed Perot to finish with 19 million votes and just under 20% of the vote for President of the United States.

Bob and I were not invited to the national debates, damaging our chances of becoming a credible third party threat to the GOP and Democrats. I can only imagine the results had I been able to stand on a national stage with Sarah Palin and Joe Biden and call them both sell-outs for supporting the bailout- the greatest taxpayer rip-off in American history. I can only imagine the final vote tally if I'd been able to show American voters how it was the federal government that caused our current economic crisis...how big government doesn't have the solution- they are in fact the problem. If I'd had the opportunity to stand on that national stage and point out factual examples of the damage done in the past by big government, and proven that both major parties support ever bigger government. If I'd been allowed on the national stage to call the GOP and Democrats "big and bigger, dumb and dumber." I believe Barr/Root would have surpassed Perot's modern-day third party record of 19 million votes. But alas, it wasn't to be.

So, what did we learn? As I see it, there are two important lessons we can take from this campaign.

The first is that ideas alone are not sufficient. Yes, good ideas are critically important to us libertarians, but good presentation skills trump all when it comes to the voters' decisions. Obama's election proves a good communicator can change everything.

Barry Goldwater had great ideas, yet still lost in a landslide. Reagan took many of the same ideas and won in two landslides. The only difference was his ability to communicate, educate and motivate voters.

The same storyline holds true from the left. George McGovern lost in a dramatic landslide. Yet Obama, who is to the left of McGovern, won with his McGovern-like socialist ideas. Why? Because of his ability to communicate, educate and motivate. Obama is the Reagan of the left. The message did not win this election- the messenger did. Obama excited and motivated voters- and then built one heck of an organization to get them to the polls.

By the way, exit polls prove that a majority of Americans saw Obama as the tax cutter of this election. This election was NOT a repudiation of conservative or libertarian free-market fiscal policy. To the contrary, the candidate who made the case that he'd cut the tax burden of the American middle class won. That was Obama.

America may not realize it, but they just voted for four years of socialism...or at best, Europe's version of big government "social capitalism." But here's the good news: Even after a "perfect storm" of media hype, adulation and bias towards Obama, 55 million Americans still voted against Obama. That's a heck of a base to build from.

After four years of dramatic tax raises for the people creating the jobs and risking their money on businesses and investments...while redistributing their earnings to people looking for handouts...I believe America will be looking for a 21st century Barry Goldwater by 2012. That base of 55 million will grow by millions when they see the damage Obama's brand of Big Brother socialism will do to the American economy.

But being a good communicator is only half the battle for our party. To succeed we must (while being friendly, respectful and professional) be loud-mouthed, aggressive, opinionated and colorful -- literally oozing ENERGY to catch the media's attention -- to rise above the millions of voices out there. I did that as our Vice Presidential nominee and I intend to continue doing that for our party in the future.

I'm proud to report that I attracted national media that no LP Vice Presidential candidate ever has before -- FOX News Channel (numerous times), FOX Business Network (numerous times), The Mancow Show (numerous times), TIME magazine, Newsweek, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN/Money, The Financial Times, Comedy Central, Slate, Reason, American Spectator, New Republic, Columbia magazine, dozens of poker and gaming publications, and hundreds of radio shows across the USA.

I was even interviewed on numerous occasions by the biggest national radio shows of England and Canada to explain the U.S. elections and the role of the LP. I made numerous appearances on the BBC -- broadcast worldwide.

Those appearance were all as a third party V.P. candidate. Usually a third party V.P. is as lonely as a Maytag repairman. I dramatically changed the role, exposure and media credibility of the V.P. Can you imagine the publicity I can generate in four years at the top of the ticket?

The second lesson is that it is critical we start earlier during the election cycle. We do not have the luxury of starting with a recognized brand name that people will choose at the ballot box at the last minute, without having to weigh the alternatives.

As a candidate, I wish I had started four years ago. With that in mind, I'm busy writing my Libertarian book:

The Conscience of a Libertarian:
Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Gambling, Guns & Tax Cuts


My book will be released in May 2009 by one of the world's biggest publishers -- accompanied by a major media campaign. And I now have serious interest for my own nationally syndicated political radio show called ROOT FOR AMERICA.

With your support I will continue to work hard for our party and our principles. I plan to hit the ground running with four years of nonstop media appearances...four years of serious fundraising...four years of contrasting our ideas for smaller government with those of our new President Barack Obama, my college classmate.

With your support I will present the perfect polar opposite to the new President that will be running the country for the next four years. We will put forward a high-profile vision in contrast to Obama's big government agenda. We will offer all of America the libertarian alternative of the low taxes, economic freedom and personal freedom offered in my adopted home state of Nevada; and contrast that with Obama's attempts to impose upon us the big government, high taxes and "Nanny State" philosophy of his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

Now is not the time to stop. Now is the time to turn up the heat. The campaign continues from here. This is not the end. This is just a small beginning. I am excited, PASSIONATE, and ready to get to work today toward 2012 and beyond. I hope to have each of you by my side.

As Yogi Berra would say, "The future ain't what it used to be." This isn't your father's LP. The future is bright.

I can hardly wait!



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Let the Obama Disaster Begin:  
We're handing our country over to a man with no experience.
No experience as a businessman, or as a government official. All because
we dislike George W. Bush. America wanted ABB (Anything But Bush).


Well congratulations!
We've now elected a man to govern America whose entire experience
'governing' is having served less than 4 years in the US Senate.
During which time he never put his name on one bill of any significance.
He never even held a meeting for the committee that he chaired!


He arrived in Washington as a celebrity and then, spent 4 years running
for President. Worse yet, he now takes over the White House during the
worst economic crisis of our lifetime.


People across America naively say they hope Obama will solve this
economic crisis. Those who voted for him not only hope so, but believe it so.


I have a question for you. When I hire someone, I want to know about
their skills and experience for the job they're applying for. So, America
thinks Obama can fix this mess. With what? Voodoo? How can he solve
a business problem, when he knows absolutely nothing about business?


In the 25 years since we graduated Columbia University Class of '83 together,
Obama has never started a business, run a business, or risked his money on a
business deal. Not once in 25 years. During the campaign, he talked about
creating millions of jobs. Well, the next one he creates will be his first. Good
luck with that.


President-Elect Obama has never met a payroll, not to mention paying
employee payroll taxes or health insurance. Yet his supporters, fans and
voters think he holds the answers to a crumbling economy? I don't think
he could run a bakery, let alone the U.S. economy. How frightening is this
scenario?

I feel like a father who's fallen ill and had to hand over the keys to his
business to his 16 year old son- whose entire prior business experience
was running a lemonade stand at age 6. That's what we've just done to
the entire United States economy, except Obama hasn't even run a
lemonade stand.


My educated guess is Obama was the type of kid who got the neighborhood
lemonade stand shut down by calling City Hall to complain. His complaint:
the kid's lemonade stand didn't have a government-issued business license.


Lawyers to the left of me – lawyers to the right;
but not a drop of common sense.


Let's talk about the only serious experience Obama has. Experience that I consider
quite a negative.


It's not bad enough that he's never had any business experience. It gets
worse. Far worse. Obama is a lawyer. Lawyers mess up almost every
business deal they get involved with. Why? Because of a deadly combination
of big egos, combined with a lack of business acumen.


Lawyers learn absolutely nothing about business in law school. If they
learned about business, it would be called 'Business School.'
In law school, lawyers-to-be are taught how to sue businesses. There
aren't even offered courses on how to run one. There certainly aren't
any courses on how to run an economy.


Once out in the real world and practicing law, lawyers jump into business
deals with confidence, bravado and gusto. As well as one goal in mind- screwing up
every deal they can get theiur hands on- to prove how important they are.
And to justify their fat fees.


Their huge egos force them to weigh in on things they know absolutely
nothing about. After years of dealing with lawyers, I learned to appreciate
one of the great "inside lawyer" jokes: What is the most amazing trait of
lawyers? They can quote their fees without smiling.


This is one of the big problems of modern-day government. It's made up
of lawyers. Lawyers with some of the biggest egos on the planet. Lawyers
interested in playing the game. Interested in acquiring power and control
over your life. Because that's what lawyers do.


These lawyers try to get government involved in every and any facet of
our lives, no matter what. This whether they know a thing about what
they are getting involved in or not! Why? Because these lawyers-turned-politicians
want to justify their fat salaries and lofty titles. They learned this in Law School-
how to act important, charge big fees and take control of everything they're involved in.


Once these lawyers are elected as Mayor, to Congress, to Senate, or worse yet,
to the White House- do you think they'll ever let on that they don't know what
they're doing?


Politicians will never admit government doesn't have the solution.


If they did, they would lose their power and control over you.


President Obama will have to prove his brilliance and assert his power by
trying to solve things - even if government can only make it worse.
To a lawyer-politician, that's far better than admitting they don't know.


Obama and his wife are both lawyers. Neither have built a business.
Neither have ever been exposed to the real business world.
As a matter of fact, they weren't even business lawyers- they were both civil
rights lawyers and 'community activists.'


Do you have any idea what that means? They have spent their lives suing
and intimidating banks and businesses. The closest Obama ever got the
banking system was as ACORN's lawyer. Then, and as a 'community activist',
he pressured and intimidated banks to lend to unqualified buyers. And on property
that was not worth the paper the mortgage was written on.


This 'affirmative action lending' that banks were forced to do was the single
biggest cause of the mortgage meltdown and implosion of the American banking
system. Based on this "success" we've now put Barak Obama in charge of
the entire United States economy?


So what's the first thing a lawyer with a huge ego and no knowledge of
business will think he should do as President? He'll use the money and power
of government to try and fix the economy. Conveniently forgetting it's your
money he's playing with.


President Obama will create more laws while adding more regulations.
He's already said he wants to raise the minimum wage (thereby huring
business and costing jobs). Of course, in the spirit of fairness, he's planning
on ending secret ballot voting for unions (This will instantly create an environment
of intimidation and manipulation for dissenting union members).


President Obama is planning to raise taxes dramatically on our most successful
entrepreneurs and business owners, America's job-creators, to provide
himself with more money to 'fix' the economy.


Obama will punish success, while rewarding people who expect handouts.
He'll "create" jobs by expanding government. He'll spend billions on
government projects. All while create millions of new government jobs
for bureaucrats (increasing the size and power of government employee
unions). He was so brazen, it was recently disclosed, that Obama sent letters
in the days before the election to federal employees telling them how he'd give
them more power and expand their ranks. And of course he will redistribute the
wealth from taxpayers to union members by bailing out the Big 3 Automakers.
This is the least he can do to repay the huge contributions from those same unions.


Hey dude – Where's MY Bailout?


The Big 3 quietly received $25 Billion with a “B” just weeks ago. Few
Americans noticed this during the giant distraction of the stock market
meltdown. Now they've come back asking for $25 Billion more only weeks later.


Guess where the money will go? To pay for the same outrageous union pay,
pension plans and lifetime health care that bankrupted the Big Three
Automakers in the first place. We are simply subsidizing failed union
contracts that destroyed the U.S. auto industry in the first place.


Of course, it also wiped out the city of Detroit, which now wants a $10
billion dollar bailout, and gave Michigan the worst performing state economy
in the entire country. Gotta love those union contracts- the unions in Detroit
are like Canadien Mounties- they always get you. They'll either bankrupt you
today...or tomorrow...or the next day. But they always complete the job. With
friends like that, who needs enemies?


Does this sound like good business practice to you?


Of course, there is no choice for Obama and the Democratic Congress-
they received millions of votes and tens of millions of dollars from auto
unions and auto workers. They need to repay them today to keep their
support, not to mention their donations in 2012.


Only lawyer-politicians could possibly dream up this agenda to 'save' our
economy. But what are they saving it from? From capitalism?


Obama won't rest until the U.S. economy resembles France.'s The stagnant
French economy is dominated by big unions and big government. There are
few entrepreneurs or business owners in France- with taxes so high, there
is no way for individuals to ever save enough money to open a business.
Even if they did, the onerous taxes and regulations destroy their chances of
success. There are only two viable career routes in France: work for
government, or join a union and work for a big corporation. Is that what
we want our economy to become? I don't think Americans really want
Europe's version of big-government social capitalism (a nice way of saying
Socialism).


"GM, Ford and Chrysler are literally dead men walking.”


Where does it all end? Government giving another $25 Billion to GM,
Ford and Chrysler makes absolutely no business sense. Because of their
outrageous union contracts, the Big 3 Automakers can never turn their
companies around. They are 21st century dinosaurs - GM, Ford and
Chrysler are literally dead men walking.


Their entire business is based on a failed model (excuse the pun). Notice that
Honda, Nissan and Toyota aren't asking to be bailed out. They're building new
plants across America with non-union employees. They beat the Big 3 U.S. Automakers
by cutting costs and increasing efficiency. This is in large part by keeping their
payroll costs down to $30 to $40 per hour, instead of the $70 per hour
that American auto companies pay to union employees. Don't get me wrong-
If you can make that kind of wage- GREAT! Go get it. But only if you can earn it
without bankrupting your company, or asking taxpayers to bail you out.
One thing is clear with the auto industry- those $70 per hour wages are a fraud-
they can only work if they are subsidized by the U.S. government.


Is it fair to pay $50 Billion (if that's even enough) to the Big 3 Automakers while
successful companies get nothing? Why would we reward failure and
incompetence by the companies and unions? Oh, I forgot, that's Obama's
business model. Spread the wealth around, punish the successful and reward
people asking for handouts (his voters).


Who will pay for my bailout?


Many Americans are asking 'who will pay for my bailout?'


I'm a small business owner. I'm having tough times as well. My friends
with small businesses are all in big trouble right now. We're struggling to
survive. If you sell anything for a living right now, you are in big trouble-
because American consumers have stopped buying anything. Small business
creates a majority of private sector jobs in America and 75% of all new jobs.
Aren't we too important to the U.S. economy to fail? Who is bailing us out?
If we create by far more jobs than the Big 3 Automakers, why isn't there a
small business bailout plan from the U.S. Treasury?


Is it because small businesses aren't unionized? Or is it because they
didn't give huge donations to Obama and the Democratic Congress?


Allow me to present the free market alternative. It's simple- get government
out of the way. Any money government gives as 'bailouts', no matter to whom,
is money taken away from you and me. It's money taken from taxpayers, investors and
business people who would have used it to efficiently create jobs and wealth. Now it's
been confiscated by big government who will inefficiently use it to create less jobs than
the private sector could have created. You haven't gained a thing with a New Deal or
Great Society government program. For every job it creates, 2 (or more) jobs are lost
in the private sector. Money doled out by government to 'solve' this crisis, is money
taken away from you and me, away from the taxpayers and job-creators.


Money given to the Big 3 Automakers is a gigantic waste, temporarily
propping up (and rewarding) failed companies. One thing is certain about bailing out the
auto industry- they'll be back for more money...soon.


The free market alternative is to let the automakers go bankrupt or otherwise
find their own way. Will they go out of business? Probably not. The courts
will allow them to reorganize. They can and should renegotiate their union contracts,
through bankruptcy. Once they do this, they'll emerge as leaner and more
efficient companies.


Then and only then they will be able to compete with Toyota, Honda and
Nissan. If they don't, they'll be replaced by new auto companies with
better business plans. That's called capitalism.


Did the airline industry as we know it end when TWA went out of business?
Of course not. Out of the ashes, Southwest Airlines emerged with a new
business model. And it works! They get you there on time, don't lose your
luggage, charge low fares, and a nice profit. A profit both they and their
shareholders pay taxes on, too!


TWA deserved to fail. If we had bailed out TWA, there may never have
been room in the marketplace for a Southwest Airlines. What we need right
now is a "Southwest Motors."


The other choice to bankruptcy is a government bailout that allows the auto
industry to continue with their reckless, bloated business model at taxpayer expense.


Most importantly, all of this money the federal government is giving away
has to come from someone and somewhere. It's being stolen from us, the
American taxpayer, without explanation, discussion, debate or permission.


It's not government's money to give. It is our money- yours and mine. These
endless bailouts will keep our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren
enslaved. Enslaved by big government, with oppressively high taxes for
generations to come. But then that was Obama's plan in the first place.


Wayne Allyn Root's Commentaries can be found at:
www.ROOTforAmerica.com

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Comrade Obama's Big Day Off 
So Barack Obama denies he's a Socialist or Marxist? Really?

I sat in amazement as I heard the news earlier this week from the Obama campaign- Barack Obama is telling his supporters, at least those who work for a living, to take the day off from work, and his younger supporters to take the day off from school, in order to vote for him. Comrade Obama has decided to declare a national holiday so everyone can praise him- we'll call it “Obama Day.”

The man who has vowed to punish success and redistribute wealth, but claims he is not a Socialist or Marxist, now wants to reward workers (at least those that support him) with a paid day off from work or school so they can perform the incredibly difficult task of voting. If Obama is trying to prove he's not a Marxist, he's doing a very poor job.

Funny, but I've already voted and believe it or not- I didn't need to take the day off. I own my business. I work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I always have. I earn my success EVERY day. Now, during the worst economy of my lifetime, I must find ways to work even harder if I am going to keep my business alive. Like virtually all small business owners, I have no time to take the day off for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, protest marches, and certainly not for voting. Like all small business owners, I have no doubt that if people who spend their time complaining about their lack of success or the “unfairness” of our capitalist society, instead spent more time working and less time complaining and protesting- they'd have nothing to protest about.

Now this group of malcontents has found a hero in Barack Obama. And why is Comrade Obama their hero? Because he is going to take even more of the money that business owners, taxpayers and job creators earn by working harder, smarter, and more creatively than others, and redistribute that wealth to others who don't- so they can enjoy even more paid holidays.

Sadly, like all socialists, Obama can give away the bribes without having to pay the bill. He just needs to fool enough voters into electing him, so he can force the taxpayers, business owners, and job creators of America to pay for his generosity. And Obama gets the credit. It's a story we've all heard before: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

Here we have the most extreme leftist politician in the history of American Presidential politics telling his voters- the very ones complaining they have no assets, no money, no piece of the American Dream- to take the day off from work (something they can ill afford to do), or to take the day off from school (something no child, let alone minority children so often failing or dropping out of our public schools, should EVER do). The last thing our children need is one less day of school, one less day of learning. But Comrade Obama has spoken- so the orders must be followed.


Here we have the most anti-business politician of my lifetime telling employees to play hooky from their jobs. What if their boss needs them? What if the customers depend on them? If every employee heeds Obama's advice, should businesses across America go dark on Tuesday? Should every restaurant close because Obama has given the cooks and waitresses permission to take the day off? Should all of America be closed for business because Obama thinks voting requires a holiday for his voters?

Is Obama now advocating another paid national holiday for millions of state and federal union employees? You mean postal workers, school teachers, and federal employees don't already get enough paid days off? When he recommends that public employees take the day off, guess who pays the bill? Taxpayers- anyone unlucky enough to own a business, or work in the private sector, while Obama's “priviledged class” of union employees take yet another paid holiday.

This is the kind of suggestion that only a lawyer and career politician like Obama could make- someone who has never owned a business, never risked his own money to invest in America, never made a payroll, never paid anyone's health insurance, never created a job. The first job that Obama creates as President, will be the first job he has ever created.


Who is supposed to pay for this new paid holiday? If Obama is such a fan of “fairness” perhaps he should take some of the $600 Million dollars he's raised for his Presidential campaign and pay for this new national “Obama Day” holiday. Perhaps he should spread his own wealth around. But, of course, that isn't what socialists do. No, they choose to spread someone else´s wealth around (yours and mine).

Here are a few questions I have for Comrade Obama:

Should the business owners who created these millions of jobs (by risking billions of dollars of their own money) take the day off too? Of course not. Obama and his voters need these owners and job creators and taxpayers to keep working, so their earnings can be confiscated to finance “Obama Day” and the trillions of dollars of new government entitlement programs planned by Comrade Obama. Haven't you seen the amazing video interview of an Obama supporter at an Obama campaign event saying (with tears in her eyes), “This is the greatest moment of my life. With Obama as President, I won't have to worry about paying for gas anymore, I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage.” Just sit back and reflect on those words for a moment.

Read my lips: Comrade Obama is going to raise federal income taxes dramatically, and not just for the “greedy rich.” Everyone, at least everyone that already pays taxes, is going to pay more taxes. Rate hikes are only the tip of the iceberg. Most of the increases will be done subtly and under the table: tax deductions will be phased out; Social Security taxes will increase dramatically and receiving them will become means tested (turning Social Security into an out and out welfare program); capital gains and dividend taxes will be increased dramatically (thereby reducing the earnings of everyone with a 401K, pension, college savings or similar plan); and “Death Taxes” will be resurrected (meaning you'll be “double taxed” after you die on the monies you managed to save after 50 years of paying taxes).

Barack will also raise taxes on the sale of your home from zero (on the first $500,000 of any sale) to 28% minimum capital gains tax. That tax applies to anyone who owns a home. Since almost 70% of Americans own a home, 70% of us face a huge tax increase on the day we sell our home.

Then there's the “game-changer”- the huge tax that will hit all Americans. Obama and his cronies in Congress (Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barney Frank) will implement policies under the guise of “global warming” (you know- that phenomenon that causes snowstorms in the Northeast USA in October) that will result in dramatic increases in the cost of electric, gas, water and all utility bills. And let's not forget the Democrat proposal in Congress right now for a special tax surcharge on any home over 2500 square feet in size- all in the name of “global warming.” Or is this all simply an excuse to increase the size, scope and power of the federal government, as well as increase tax revenues so that Comrade Obama can bribe more of his voters with giveaways and entitlements?

I haven't even discussed the new taxes necessary to pay for Obama's universal health care scheme. NOTE: Hawaii is the only state in America that has instituted universal health care for all children. Not adults, only children. They just cancelled the program days ago, because it was too expensive and threatened to bankrupt their state. Can you even imagine what universal healthcare for everyone will cost the country?

Comrade Obama has promised he will cut taxes on 95% of all Americans- yet he conveniently forgets to tell you that 40% of Americans pay no federal income taxes. Interesting math. So 40% of our fellow citizens will get a welfare check under Comrade Obama- disguised as a “tax cut.” That's certainly a creative way to guarantee that 40% of all Americans vote Democrat and support bigger government. But, don't worry- Obama's not a Socialist or Marxist. How do we know? Well, he told us so.

Obama is using exactly the same sales pitch Castro used on the Cuban people. It didn´t take long before thousands of successful business owners were swimming across the Atlantic in shark infested water to escape to Florida. Those that remained in Cuba (and more recently, Venezuela under Hugo Chavez) found out what happens when you “spread the wealth around.” The people who create jobs LEAVE. That leaves everyone else unemployed, living on government handouts, living in shacks, and driving wooden carts led by donkeys. It's quite a brilliant success scheme, don't you think? It worked out well for Castro, but for the Cuban people- not so well.

Comrade Obama only wants what's “fair.” Have you ever met anyone who would not describe their ideas as “fair”? Unfortunately “fairness is in the eye of the beholder. Obama´s definition of fair is to “spread the wealth around” from those that pay all the taxes, to those that don't- aka his voters.

But “spreading the wealth around´' is just the start. How about this trick? Just like in old time Soviet Russia, Comrade Obama wants to eliminate secret ballots for union elections. Once the employees of America has to announce their vote publicly in front of union goons with baseball bats, our entire nation will be soon unionized. Then we can all look forward to higher bills on everything we buy, to pay for these “fair wages.” We can spread the wealth around just like they do so successfully in Cuba and Venezuela. Everything you buy at Wal*Mart will double. But it will be “fair.” Lucky us. Why is Obama so friendly to unions? They are, of course, among his biggest contributors.


Obama will also increase the minimum wage dramatically even though the vast huge majority of minimum wage workers are students, illegal immigrants, or part-time workers. Business owners will then pass the cost to consumers. We can all look forward to higher prices for every product we buy in order to “spread the wealth around.”

He will also give 12 million (or more) illegal immigrants drivers licenses, followed by citizenship, so they can get some of that wealth being spread around by legally receiving welfare, Social Security, and government entitlements of all kinds. Oh, and of course they can then legally vote Democrat, without getting any help from ACORN.

Sadly, there´s still more damage we can expect under Comrade Obama- lawsuits. Lots of them. Under attorney Obama and attorney Joe Biden, American business will be intimidated and damaged beyond repair under a barrage of frivolous lawsuits all in the name of “fairness,” “justice” and of course Obama's favorite cause- affirmative action. Why is Obama so friendly to lawyers? They are, of course, among his biggest contributors.

But I digress. Back to the idea of a paid holiday so that Obama's supporters can manage the difficult job of voting. After all, we can't possibly expect Democratic voters to work two jobs in the same day, can we? Voting is such a tough job, we need to give Obama's voters the day off to rest after such a harrowing assignment. Especially for the few hundred thousand Obama voters who registered through ACORN under multiple fake names. They've got a long day ahead of them on Tuesday. They will each have to travel to a dozen different voting precincts to cast all their votes. They'll not only need a full paid holiday on November 4th to vote a dozen times, but a full paid day off on November 5th to recover from such a stressful day.

Somehow, someway, silly me, I managed to vote just the other day without taking an entire day off from work. Amazingly, it wasn't too difficult. I simply filled out my absentee ballot in about 10 minutes from the privacy and comfort of my home. And can you believe this- I did it after work. I didn't have to miss any time on the job. Is this absentee voting some new-fangled new thing? No, it's been available for decades. Is it something only “the rich” can do? No, actually any voter in America can vote by absentee ballot. It took me about 3 minutes to make a phone call, request a ballot, and voila- it arrived at my home. Magic!

Voting seems pretty quick and easy to me. But, of course, I´m only voting once.


If absentee ballots are too tough for Obama's voters to figure out, almost every voter in America could have gone down to their local mall at lunchtime or dinnertime (after work) and participated in “early voting” on computer screens. Last I checked, this makes it possible for virtually anyone to vote without actually missing a day at work.

If you feel angry that some people feel they deserve a day off- a paid holiday- in order to exercise the great America privilege of voting…if you feel angry that politicians like Obama (and McCain too) only want to make government bigger…only want to punish success…and
create new giveaway and bailout programs to those who never earned it (both Obama and McCain voted for the bailout)…and want to pay for those big government programs on your back…if you're angry that Obama thinks your money belongs to government…if you're angry because government believes they know better than you, what to do with your own hard-earned money…it's time to vote for the Libertarian Presidential ticket of Bob Barr and
Wayne Allyn Root.

It's time to vote for real change- to give the power back to America's citizens and the taxpayers. The people who work day-in and day-out to pay all these taxes. Just as the Founding Fathers intended. Just as the constitution is written. Only one party cares about the small business owners, taxpayers and job creators- vote Libertarian on November 4th.

But don't take the day off.


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



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The Battered Voter Syndrome 
"He lies to me all the time. He takes my money and tells me that I can't spend it as well as he can. I've watched him spend us into financial ruin, giving money to his friends. Wasting money on irresponsible schemes. We're so far in debt, we'll never get out.”

"I work extra long hours to support him. I bring home all the money, yet he tells me what to do all day long. He winds up controlling almost every aspect of my life. He even tells me that I don't know how to properly raise my own children.”

"When he needs me, he's nice to me. He tells me how he wants the same things I do. After he gets what he wants, he goes back to his real personality. The truth is that he couldn't care less about me. He couldn't care less about anyone or anything. He only cares about himself. He uses the rest of us to get what he wants.”

"He keeps hurting me and I don't know what to do. I'm really scared. But he has me convinced that anyone else would treat me worse. He's probably right. So I stay.”

"It's probably all my fault. I just need to show him that I support him 100%. Maybe than he'll treat me better."

Everyone has heard of “battered spouse syndrome.” Battered spouses lack self-esteem or confidence, and actually choose to stay in disastrous, depressing, dangerous, and even deadly relationships. In many cases, the more loyalty they show to their abusive spouse, the worse they are treated and the more abuse they absorb. Most of us cannot understand how someone can choose to stay in a relationship with someone that torments them, hurts them (physically or psychologically), or threatens to kill them (or their children).

But the tale of woe you just read above is not from a battered spouse. This person is suffering from "battered voter syndrome."

Both Republicans and Democrats fall victim election after election to such abuse.

Let's start with battered Republicans. How many times can conservative or free market libertarian voters be lied to, without waking up to the deception? Year after year, at election time Republicans trot out candidates who portray themselves as libertarian conservatives standing for free markets, smaller government, lower spending, lower taxes, and more freedom. But after they are elected, they govern very differently than they promised. The reality is that Republicans talk about smaller government, but once elected, they expand government just like Democrats. They treat us like battered voters.

Even one of my heroes was guilty of this offense. Remember when Ronald Reagan said, “The nine worst words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'” Then he was elected and oversaw a dramatic expansion of government. Reagan also said he'd eliminate the Department of Education. It is still standing almost three decades later- not only standing, but growing at an alarming rate. The budget of the Department of Education is $80 Billion dollars almost 3 decades after Reagan pledged to eliminate it. Eighty billion dollars.

Remember when George H.W. Bush (daddy of W) said, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” Then after his election, he promptly raised taxes.

Remember George W. Bush's promises to cut government and reduce spending. Then he was elected and went on a spending rampage that would embarrass a drunken sailor. The first veto of his Presidency was against stem cell research. But earmarks, pork, waste and bloated budgets never seemed to bother W.

Now we have John McCain- yet another Republican Presidential candidate promising to be a conservative free market libertarian. But in his prior political life McCain voted against tax cuts; supported amnesty for illegal aliens- whose demands for government spending and entitlements threaten to bankrupt our nation; supported more government regulation, more bureaucrats, and higher taxes in the name of global warming; supported violations of our civil liberties (like warrantless wiretaps); and created a campaign finance bill (McCain Feingold) that eroded our free speech.

And that was all BEFORE McCain joined with Barack Obama to support the trillion-dollar government bailout- the greatest rip-off of taxpayers in American history.

Yet the specter of socialist radical Barack Obama has once again been used by Republican campaign consultants and strategists to frighten conservatives and free market libertarians reluctantly into the arms of McCain and Palin. I keep hearing those sad, pathetic words (that are trotted out every 4 years by Republicans), “well they are the lesser of two evils.” But is that good enough? Republicans threaten us with the specter of bigger government- then they get elected and give us bigger government. Should anyone be surprised when President John McCain governs in much the same way as prior Republican Presidents once elected? Any fiscally conservative, small-government advocate that votes for John McCain is certainly suffering from battered voter syndrome.

But it isn't only Republicans who suffer from battered voter syndrome. Democrats have spent their fair share of time being abused by their own heroes too. Democrat politicians promise responsible government that will help “the little guy,” and then give us Congressman Barney Frank to oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while his lover runs the very programs that put the housing market and financial system into crisis.

Then there is Obama- the man of “change.” Well he has raised over $600 million dollars in change- smashing all-time records for campaign contributions. Who gave him $600,000,000? What do they expect in return? How did he do that in the worst economy in our lifetime? Does this ring any alarm bells in your mind? When Obama promises to “spread the wealth around,” to whom will he give your money?

Is Obama really for the “little guy?” He has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of contributions from Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. All of them were at the very center of our credit crisis, investment banking meltdown and Wall Street bailout. Why did they choose to give so much money to Obama? What did they expect in return? Did all that campaign cash prevent Obama from speaking up about the looming financial meltdown?

Obama comes from the Chicago political machine- a modern day Tammany Hall. The economy of Chicago and the state of Illinois have been wrecked by this corrupt Democratic machine- with bloated budget deficits; out of control spending; unfunded state government employee union liabilities; among the worst public schools in the country; among the highest taxes in the country; the highest murder rate in the country; and one of the biggest population exoduses in the country.

If you like Chicago, you'll love America with Obama as President. If you think Obama is the man of change, you are a battered voter.

Do you see a pattern? Republicans promise smaller government and more freedom from Big Brother. But once elected they bring us bigger government and the Nanny State. They expand government in order to help their friends- defense contractors, oil companies, pharmaceutical companies and agribusiness (billion dollar farm conglomerates). The small business owners that Republican politicians talk about at election time are thrown overboard in favor of corporate lobbyists.

Democrats promise to take care of the “little guy.” But once elected they throw the little guy overboard and hand the country over to trial lawyers, teachers unions, federal and state employee unions, radical environmentalists, and entitlement addicts. Democrats swear they will raise taxes only on the rich in order to spread the wealth around. But once elected, you become “the rich.” The reality is that Obama wants to spread the wealth around from those who work hard, achieve success and create jobs to those who don't- because those are his voters. His economic philosophy isn't about “fairness,” it is simply about BRIBERY.

Polls show that 90% of Americans now believe we are on the “wrong track” as a nation. That's the highest rate in history. Yet if you've been voting for the same 2 choices- Republican or Democrat- for the last 20 or 30 or 50 years…if you've been voting all these years for “the lesser of two evils”…perhaps it's no coincidence why we are on the wrong track. You've been voting for the wrong track.

Voters who choose the same 2 flawed choices of Republican or Democrat year after year are starring in “Groundhog Day.” You make the same choices election after election, yet you keep expecting different results! You fall for the same deceptions, lies and fraud year after year, yet you're shocked that nothing changes. You still believe it when the politician offers “CHANGE” without asking what is his track record, and exactly what is the change that is he now offering? You are a battered voter.

But there is another choice. There is a way out. There is a right track. The Libertarian Party is here to end the abuse. As “America's Third Party” we offer you the relationship with government that you've always desired.

We don't deceive or lie or defraud voters. We support smaller government, reduced spending, lower taxes, school choice and more freedom. We do not support special interest pork-barrel spending or corporate welfare. We don't just talk about these principles of limited government. We don't just trot out actors (known as “candidates”) to portray a love of these principles every election day. We live these principles every second of every day. And once elected, Libertarians have a proven track record of actually doing what we said we'd do.

The Libertarian Presidential ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Root could never hope to raise the $600 million dollars like Obama. Doesn't that tell you something? Follow the money. Whoever gets the big corporate contributions is expected (or required) to return the favor- only one thousand times bigger (with taxpayer's money).

Barr/Root isn't bought or paid for by special interests or large corporations. Our campaign and convention were not funded with your tax money. We don't owe anyone anything. Our only interest is you- the American citizen and taxpayer.

Isn't it time that you supported a candidate who actually cares about you- the taxpayer? A candidate who actually says what he or she means- not just at election time, but after the election too. Isn't it time you supported a candidate who is actually committed to a set of principles- not just to using principles as a “marketing tool” to get elected. Someone who actually pledges to make their own office less powerful, less important- so they can give the power back to the citizens and taxpayers.

The Libertarian Party and the Presidential ticket of Bob Barr/Wayne Root want a long-term healthy relationship with you. Together, we will build a future that is better for our children and better for our country. No, we're not going to win this Presidential election. Not this time. But we have achieved all-time Libertarian Party records for media appearances and exposure to mainstream American voters. We are building a foundation of credibility for future victory at the national level. And it's what that foundation is built upon that should be most important to you. We offer you the unique opportunity to take power back from the politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, lobbyists and special interests.

We don't batter our voters. We better them.

I started my campaign 18 months ago by announcing a 16-year detailed plan to win the White House. A small businessman and home-school dad from low-tax Nevada, who has never collected a government paycheck, or been corrupted by the "Beltway Insiders" or special interests in Washington D.C., is now the Vice Presidential nominee of a major third party ticket. I'd say that's one heck of a successful start for my plan. November 4th isn't an end, but rather the beginning of my long-term vision to give power back to the citizens.

Join us in starting the process of recovery from battered voter syndrome. You can do it. You can leave. You can change the self-destructive pattern. You can stop wasting your vote on the two parties that 90% of American voters agree have led us in the wrong direction. It's never a wasted vote to choose a candidate that you really like, instead of someone you neither like nor trust. You actually have a choice. A third choice- the Libertarian Party is “America's Third Party.”

Stop accepting the battering and abuse. Stop accepting the lies and deception. Choose a positive, healthy relationship with Bob Barr, Wayne Root and the Libertarian Party. On November 4th, come home to us.

Make your vote count. Go to www.LP.org and join us today.

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

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Colin Powell's Big Announcement- Proof that the 2-Party System is Big and Bigger, Dumb and Dumber 
I sat stunned on Sunday morning upon hearing that Colin Powell had endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States. Stunned, but completely at peace with my decision to leave the Republican Party two years ago. I left because the GOP had abandoned freedom-loving, limited government, anti-tax, fiscal conservatives like me. I left because the expansion of government under President George W. Bush was larger than any big-government liberal could have dreamt about under a Democratic President. I left because of my Republican President's willingness to violate the civil liberties of law-abiding American citizens (warrantless wiretaps). I left because of the willingness of a Republican-controlled Congress (at the time) to ban the chosen form of entertainment (online poker) of millions of Americans in the privacy of their own home, on their own computer, with their own money. I left because the GOP had become so manipulative, hypocritical and controlling that it tried to force the power of the federal government upon a brain-dead woman in a coma in the last days of her life (Terri Schiavo).

My decision was reinforced recently when GOP Presidential candidate John McCain joined Barack Obama in supporting the greatest federal power grab and rip-off of taxpayers in the history of America (the trillion dollar bailout of banks, housing, AIG and Wall Street). A bailout filled with waste and bribery, yet supported by McCain- the man who claims to fight earmarks and waste with his every breath. A bailout filled with handouts to firms that manufacture wooden arrows, wool, rum in Puerto Rico and products in American Somoa. A bailout that provides tax breaks for bicycle commuters (that is sure to save the U.S. economy). A bailout that socializes the banking and financial system of the United States. A bailout that gives the I.R.S. expanded powers for undercover sting operations against our own American people.

If John McCain had chosen to take a stand against the bailout, the election would have been his. Yet even in this moment that so clearly defined big government vs. limited government; Big Brother and big corporate interests vs. American citizens and taxpayers; capitalism and personal responsibility vs. socialism; John McCain and the GOP joined hands with Barack Obama and sang cum-ba-ya. They proved that there are no longer any big differences between the 2 major parties.

But nothing has made me feel better about leaving the GOP than Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama. Can you even imagine? For months now as the Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate, as a guest on hundreds of radio talk shows and media interviews, I've said that there is no longer any big difference between the 2 major parties- they both support the same long term goal: BIGGER GOVERNMENT. I dubbed the Republicans and Democrats "big and bigger, dumb and dumber." Neither has any interest in defending the constitution. Neither has any interest in supporting beleaguered taxpayers. Neither has any interest in actually cutting the size, scope or power of government. Both parties believe in nothing, but the core principles of bribing the electorate with handouts and entitlements; supporting the lawyers, lobbyists and corporations who provide the biggest campaign contributions; and taking more control over the lives of ordinary Americans. Both major parties crave one thing and one thing only: POWER. That much is now clear.

The endorsement of Democrat Obama by Republican hero Colin Powell makes my case. Supporting McCain and his ideas for bigger government would have been bad enough. Enough to make my heroes Thomas Jefferson, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan roll over in their graves. But Powell didn't choose McCain's vision of big government. That wasn't big enough for Colin Powell. Powell chose Obama's vision of FAR bigger and more intrusive government. Powell chose Obama's vision of re-distribution of wealth. Powell chose the most draconian tax increases in American history. Powell chose a man who supports the punishment of the successful citizens in our society, in order to reward the rest (Obama's core voters) with handouts, entitlements and outright bribes. Powell chose a man named by the National Journal as the most partisan left wing extremist in the entire United States Senate.

Powell has chosen a man that is against tort reform- who literally wants lawyers to run wild and unleash lawsuits across America. Powell chose a man that is against school choice and vouchers- even if they might help black students in the failing hellhole public schools of Washington, D.C. Powell chose a man who supports a government takeover of health care. Powell supports a man who has opposed offshore oil drilling his entire career, while in bed with radical left-wing environmentalists. Powell supports a man who on every issue is to the extreme left of everything mainstream America believes in, let alone what conservatives and Republicans in his own party think. Colin Powell chose socialism.

If Colin Powell could make that choice, as have several other GOP power players like former U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee and former Congressman Jim Leach, then the difference between the 2 major parties has blurred to the point of indistinguishable. Powell's announcement proves that there is no longer a GOP. The party of Goldwater and Reagan is dead. The party of fiscally conservative, limited government principles is long gone. There are no longer any principles left in politics, if a Republican can leave his party to support a radical left-wing, tax-raising, redistribute-the-wealth, socialist who supports a government takeover of health care. Powell has sealed the deal.

McCain may yet win this election against all odds. But it won't change a thing. The charade is up. There is no longer any big difference between Republicans and Democrats. Not when a Republican hero like Powell can choose Big Brother socialism without blinking. Big and bigger, dumb and dumber. It's now a reality.

It's time for change all right. But neither McCain nor Obama will change anything- except for the worst. Among the 2 major parties there is only a choice between a moderate Democrat and a socialist. Sadly, McCain is playing the role of the moderate Democrat who will simply continue President Bush's expansion of government. Throw into the toxic mix the continued violation of civil rights (in the name of "security"); nonstop wars across the globe; and the endless expansion of military spending- all of which will lead to the bankruptcy of America.

On the other hand, Obama is a far-left socialist who will expand government far beyond anything ever imagined. Obama will choose to tax successful citizens to death (literally- by bringing back the death tax and raising the rates of taxation on money we all have left on the day we die AFTER a lifetime of paying taxes). He will bankrupt America even sooner- by handing the keys to government spending to his friends- lawyers, lobbyists, radical environmentalists, obstructionist teachers unions, and greedy government employee unions. No matter who is elected, McCain or Obama, American taxpayers face a bleak future. It's bankruptcy soon, or sooner.

Or voters can choose Bob Barr and Wayne Root. For real change- smaller government; dramatically reduced spending; lower taxes; school choice; energy independence through drilling for our own natural resources; more freedom and rights for gun owners; and more freedom and individual rights for the American people. Most importantly, we stand for less power for the politicians and government bureaucrats, and more power to the people. If that's the kind of change you desire, it's time to leave behind big and bigger, dumb and dumber. I invite you to join the Libertarian Party at: www.LP.org

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


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