World Affairs Brief, November 4, 2011

Joel Skousen

Some of the most outrageous stuff is being sponsored by Republicans. They need to hear our outrage:

1) HR 1505: "National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act." This monstrous bill empowers the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to confiscate to itself tens of thousands of acres of land across the US northern border. This is for "national security" reasons, of course. Montana Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg lent his support for ceding more power and authority to the federal government’s emerging police state. Read about it in Chuck Baldwin’s column: http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p=4117

2) From The New American: "The days of tax-free Internet shopping may soon be coming to an abrupt end, if two Republican senators have their way. Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee are currently preparing to introduce new legislation that would allow states to force Amazon.com and other out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes. Their bill has the backing of several key corporate retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores, Best Buy, Home Depot, and other companies that are currently required to collect sales taxes. At issue is whether online retailers should have to collect sales taxes in states where they’re making sales. Currently, online shoppers are supposed to report purchases for tax purposes but usually don’t.

Big taxing states love this proposal. It started with the "so-called Main Street Fairness Act of 2010 was introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and called for taxes on online purchases, under the presumption that local retail outfits are placed at a comparative disadvantage to online retailers due to discrepancies in taxation." Not so. The online companies have ship to buyers which costs about as much as people save on sales tax.


Washington Times reported that the raw milk staged a rally in front of the FDA in Washington to publicize the food restriction tyranny going on inside this federal bureaucracy. This group of raw milk activists planned the ride and rally to protest government restrictions on the sale of raw milk and the spending of taxpayer money to raid and bankrupt small family farms.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) said he is introducing a bill in the U.S. Senate to lift the ban on interstate transportation of raw milk, a companion to HR 1830, introduced by his father, Ron Paul (R-Tx).

"’This is a strange thing when you have this level of interference’ Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms said. ‘Consumers should not be denied the right to eat natural foods our ancestors have eaten for hundreds of years. If people can choose to eat Twinkies and other products of the food industrial complex, they certainly ought to be free to drink raw milk.’" Agreed [END]

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