The LPO opposes Minimum Wage Legislation

The Libertarian Party of Ohio opposes both minimum wage bills (HB 34 & SB 90) introduced to the 133rd General Assembly. 

Raising the minimum will not bring anyone out of poverty, but it will make more
poor people poorer. Government interference in the free market cannot alter the
value of the work performed by a given employee. Far from a raise for the
employee, if the value of their work is not greater than $15, a pink slip is sure to
come.

That “raise” will not harm the billionaire CEO either; after the pink slip, the
company will raise prices, reorganize, and/or utilize technology to complete the
necessary work.

In addition to the terminated employee, the small business owner will be
significantly damaged. Increasing the minimum wage from $9 per hour to $15 works
out to a yearly tax of $12,480 on employers. Ironically, this tax hike may help the
millionaires by hurting the middle class.

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LPO Supports Progress in the Reduction of Taxation and Calls for More Progress

 

 

The Libertarian Party of Ohio takes positions on many legislative issues and would like to applaud some of these efforts and explain why we support the intention of bills as written today. The Ohio 133rd General Assembly has many tax matters in the decision process we have analyzed.

 

 

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Free The Children

Those who want to abolish Academic Distress Commissions such as those in Lorain are right, but don’t provide a solution. We should also abolish the respective school boards, which have repeatedly proved incapable of educating children well for many years. In Lorain’s instance at least, it seems to be mostly not about the students, but about who gets a cut of the more than $14,000 a year per student. Check the contributors to the school board members, the contracts they receive, and the political ambitions of many school board members. Students would be better served if their parents were provided up to $14,000 to enroll them in any other school, public or private.

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The Imperial President

After the passage of the 16th Amendment, the United States created the first Constitutionally compliant income tax by amending the Constitution. This enabled the creation of the IRS to collect those taxes and (after legislation) the Federal Reserve System of the country which was the first Constitutionally compliant “central” bank. Central is in quotes because it is a system of 12 districts and HQ in DC. That topic is for future writings. This article starts at this point because so many things changed within this latest century of our nearly 243 years, including the power of the Presidents who manage that Federal Reserve System and collect the taxes from all citizens.

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President Pandora

When Article II of the Constitution was originally penned creating the Executive Branch, the authors made many valiant attempts to circumvent overreach within any one branch of the government. On the other hand, they also recognized the need to have a way to resolve conflict between the Legislative and Executive Branches. That mechanism was the power of the President to force Congress into session or force Congress out of session. Congress also conferred on the President, Emergency Powers in 1979, because of threats to the country while the Congress was not in session. None of them foresaw the “Pandora’s Box” opened that could one day be exploited by future presidents.

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The Libertarian Party: A History From Hospers to Johnson

A brief history of how the Libertarian Party went from a small, meaningless group to a rapidly growing third party option for those inclined to liberty.

The Libertarian Party

John Hospers (1918-2011) was the first Libertarian presidential candidate. He defined Liberty best in 1971, during his campaign for President in 1972, that “Liberty is the absence of coercion by other human beings.” The Libertarian Party began forming on July 17, 1971, with a meeting of David Nolan, John Hospers, Ron Paul, Tonie Nathan, Edward Crane, and others. The new political party was officially announced January 31, 1972. The first platform of the party focused on ensuring a gold-backed currency and a return to the classical liberal thoughts held by many of the Founding Fathers of America. The Libertarian Party’s goal was, and is, to shrink government and return rights and liberty to the citizens of the United States of America.

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There’s No Such Thing as an Election “Spoiler”

Every election cycle we hear of the “spoiler,” the third-party candidate whose candidacy threatens to swing the election, not by winning, but by siphoning votes away from one of the two major party candidates. Some Democrats are still upset at Ralph Nader, the 2000 Green Party Presidential candidate. They believe he took votes from Al Gore in Florida, handing that historically-close election to George W. Bush.

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A Whole Constitution

“A Whole Constitution, Or A Constitution Full of Holes”

by John Fockler

For some time now, our American “Nativists,” those who believe in “America for the Americans” and oppose most immigration, have grated over the doctrine of birthright citizenship, the principle that any person born on US soil, regardless of the immigration status of his or her parents, is an American citizen.

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To LP, or Not to LP; That Is the Question

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

One of the age-old controversies in the liberty movement is this: “Is it better to work from within the two-party system, or from without?”  This issue came to the fore late last year and early this year when a former candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination opted to seek a US Senate seat in Missouri as a Republican.  More on how that turned out later.

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Ohio HB 571: Taxing a Tax

“Taxation is theft” is a well-used Libertarian motto, even by the minarchists in the party, like me, who concede that some government is necessary, and therefore must be paid for somehow.  The reason we say that is that tax money is extracted from the taxpayer at the point of a gun, at least by implication.  Government levies the taxes, even when the taxpayers themselves have been conned into voting for them, and if you don't ante up, the big, bad taxman will be around one way or another to seize your home, your paycheck, your bank account, or anything else you own, or just haul you off to jail for “tax evasion.”  And if you resist, you'll see that gun.

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