How To Be An Effective Voter

Each election cycle we are presented with the same dilemma; who should I vote for? We compare each candidates stance on issues with our own. And we make the decision as to whether we will vote for candidate A or B. But lets take a moment and examine this. We know that a politician can only be elected if they sway enough voters their way. Given that Maine has three political parties and that the Republicans are far from holding a majority, it is for all practical purposes impossible for a Republican to get elected without having to court Democrats,…
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Net Neutrality = Government Censorship In Disguise

Net Neutrality is a bad idea. In essence the government is asking to manage bandwidth through regulations. First, understand bandwidth is a finite resource. Every time you connect a computer to the internet, you are competing for bandwidth with every other computer that is connected. For example you may be playing an on-line game, your neighbor may be streaming a Netflix movie. Times that by millions. Thats where routers come in. They are the traffic cop of the internet. But the government can’t manage millions of routers. The only way they ( the government) can manage bandwidth is to regulate…
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Charity, Mutual Aid and Government Welfare

Are we loosing a part of our humanity? There was a time when government did not provide a safety net for people. Instead, we relied on ourselves, our neighbors, and our community. We did so by banding together and forming associations, clubs, guilds or fraternities. We’ve all seen the Mason Halls, the Elk’s Clubs. At one time these organizations provided insurance against unexpected events like sickness, death and even old age. Members pledged to help one another knowing they could expect the same when they too fell on tough times. Laborers in the same occupations formed self-governing guilds or fraternities….
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The Medicaid Fallacy

As are many states, the Maine legislature is fighting tooth and nail to expand Medicaid under the hope that if more people have health-care coverage, the more healthy the population will be. In reality it is the opposite. You may ask how can that be. The short answer is Medicaid drives up costs and produces poorer medical treatment outcomes. That sounds backwards doesn’t it. Lets take a closer look to see why. Medicaid is a publicly funded health insurance program run by the state and subsidized by the federal government. The Federal government matches Maine’s spending at 61.8% That means…
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Freedom of Association

The article referenced below is a great example of one class of individuals having rights or privileges over another. A photographer is being forced to shoot a lesbian wedding. Somehow I don’t think that is how it is supposed to work. But then I guess freedom of association was thrown out long ago with the advent of civil rights. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against people living their private lives as they wish. I don’t care about your sexual preferences, race or religion. It’s really none of my business. But it’s supposed to work both ways.  In this…
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Alternatives to Government Services

Here is an interesting column I stumbled across entitled “How Neighbors are Better than Government Services” The following two paragraphs really stand out: “The United States were deliberately constructed to minimize control by establishing mere framework within which individuals could voluntarily operate without being violated by others. We’re light years away from that concept now… in fact, in many ways we are less free than China, Cuba, or Russia. How? Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy is fundamentally opposed to voluntary action. Bureaucracy is governance by non-elected officials. Those officials are paid by funds taken involuntarily from private individuals under threat of imprisonment and/or…
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The Ten Principles of a Free Society:

1. Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and can neither be granted nor taken away by government. 2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the social and economic order. 3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by govenments. 4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group. 5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves. 6. Government may not…
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Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?

What a very interesting article. It resonates with me to my core. It speaks of a GOP that is out of touch with Americans. A party that seems self centered and blind to today’s reality and doomed to be trivialized because of its greed, inability to connect to today’s American and a lack of vision. Data shows many Americans, especially our youth, are very much in favor of limited government AND the freedom to live our lives without interference of government. Or as Jefferson so eloquently put it “… the pursuit of Happiness.” The problem is the GOP is perceived…
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The Absurdity of It All

The 126th legislature, as of this writing, has posted 86 bills. In addition, our state government has a $35 million dollar shortfall. Both Republicans and Democrats are arguing. One side claims children will starve and the elderly will freeze to death if we don’t raise taxes. The other side calls for more efficient government and less fraud and abuse. Both want to borrow to pay the bills. Neither wants to look address the real problem; failing programs and an overbearing government that has inserted itself in every facet of our lives. A quick review of a few of those bills reveals…
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