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Monday, March 25, 2013

Free summer economic training by FEE for high school students at SLU


The Foundation for Economic Education, a free-market think tank and publishers of Bastiat's "The Law," is bringing a high school seminar to St. Louis this summer (July 12-15). Application deadline is March 31st. As far as I know, these seminars are still free to liberty-minded students.

(College seminar "True Costs of War" is also coming to StL - http://www.fee.org/seminars/detail/the-true-costs-of-war#axzz2OO70LlAm)

Perhaps you know students who should attend? Highly recommended!


Free the World

July 12-15: St. Louis, MO - St. Louis University

 

Are you a high school student who loves freedom?  Do you wonder if America really is the land of the free?  Do you want to learn about what makes some countries freer than others and what that freedom means for the people living there?  Then come to "Free the World," July 12-15, 2013, at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri!

Schedule:

 
July 12
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Opening Remarks
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Introduction to Economic Ideas (Anne Bradley)
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm: Hey, What's Your Number? (Matthew Mitchell) 
 
July 13
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:45 am: Size of Government (Patrick McLaughlin)
10:00 am – 11:15 am: Property Rights (Brennan Brown)
11:30 am – 12:20 pm: Activity
12:20 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Rule of Law (Anne Bradley)
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Regulation (Patrick McLaughlin)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm: Sound Money (Anne Bradley)
 
July 14
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:45 am: Trade (Brennan Brown)
10:00 am – 11:15 am: Activity
11:30 am – 12:20 pm: Choice: The Good, The Bad, and The Public (Matthew Mitchell)
12:20 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Case Study- Regulation (Matthew Mitchell) 
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Case Study- Free Trade (Brennan Brown)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm: Faculty Q&A
 
July 15
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast
7:00 am – 11:30 am: Students Depart



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Eagle Forum's Mission is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy making so that America will continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise.

Home School Rally on Tuesday, March 26 in Jefferson city



Home School Rally

 

Parental Rights & Home Education

 

Missouri State Capitol

Jefferson City

 

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 - 2:30 pm

 

Sponsored by:

Families for Home Education

 

In our generation Parental Right have come under attack like never before in America and Missouri!

Various levels of the federal government and even many influential activists in State government

have been working to label you and I as suspect, even a threat to national security,

just because we home school our children!

 

Just as the Missouri Department of Revenue has (secretly) begun compiling a massive

database of citizens and your source documents, the Department of Elementary and

Secondary Education has conspired to begin a massive data collection on children and

families through local schools.  By adopting the Common Core Standards initiative

DESE has demonstrated the plan for Missouri to join with other States to provide

as much detailed information as possible with the federal government.

How long do you think home schoolers can stay free?

 

Home Education is a foundational rights that stems from the natural rights of the Family!

Those who seek to undermine this right also work to fracture Parental Rights.  Here in

our Great State of Missouri the fundamental principles of Parental Rights are not

recognized even in State Statutes, much less in the Constitution!  It's no wonder

everyone lives in the fear of government coming to take away your children.

 

Worst of all, the vast majority of child abuse accusations are treated under the law as "civil"

violations rather than "criminal".  As a result parents have NO Constitutional Rights that would

help protect against false accusations.  Under most child protections accused parents are NOT

assumed innocent until the government prove that you are guilty.  Instead, you are assumed

to be guilty until YOU prove that you are innocent.  The State Children's Division treats all

such cases without affording you the basic rights respected of outright criminals!

 

Parental Rights are too important to leave unprotected.  Please come to the Missouri State Capitol

for this important rally.  With almost half of the 163 House members being new to the Legislature,

and the remaining members serving only a few years (thanks to the impact of "term limits")

they must see and hear from you!  Of the 34 Senators and House members (197 in all) only

a small fraction have ever seen a large organized group of Home Schoolers. 

 

In 2009 3,000 home schoolers packed out the Capitol,

but since then 80% of the General Assembly has

been replaced and only a few have seen more than

a tenth of these numbers at any given time.

 

Go to:

http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/biltxt/intro/HB0513I.htm

and check out HB 513, Sponsored by Representative Kurt Bahr, and

 

http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/biltxt/intro/HJR0026I.htm

to see HJR 26, Sponsored by Representative Todd Richardson

 

Come thank these men and the many co-sponsors of these important bills.

Come and visit with your Representative and Senator to ask for their support also!

 

Without your involvement Parental Rights will continue to be eroded until your grandchildren

and great-grandchildren will no longer have the home schooling rights you enjoy today.

 

 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Senate Budget Committee Minority Summary Of Murray Budget Proposal


March 13, 2013
For Immediate Release

Senate Democrats' Tax-And-Spend Plan Grows The Government—Not The Economy
After Four Years, Senate Democrats Stunningly Fail To Identify Reforms, Enriching The Bureaucracy At Workers' Expense

A Budget That Never Balances—Ever
Senate Democrats had four years to come up with a plan to balance the budget and grow the economy. Four years to develop a proposal to make government less wasteful and more productive, and to reform failing government programs that have trapped millions in poverty and joblessness. But after four years and $6 trillion in debt since a budget was last passed, their vague proposal leaves America with a budget that never balances and a government that never stops growing.

$7.3 Trillion In New Debt
The Senate Democrat plan offers $7.3 trillion in new debt in the first 10 years, with interest payments climbing to $791 billion in the tenth year and total debt rising to $24.4 trillion. Debt remains permanently elevated above the danger zone of 90 percent of GDP, resulting in slower growth and lost wages. Excluding war spending gimmicks, net deficit reduction is only $279 billion. In the Senate Democrat plan, the deficit in 2023 is $566 billion; the House Republican plan, in contrast, produces a surplus in the tenth year.

$1.5 Trillion In New Taxes
Chairman Murray and Senate Democrats have proposed a $1.5 trillion tax hike on the American people in order to subsidize wasteful spending and shield failing government programs—in the process sabotaging the principles of bipartisan tax reform that lowers rates and creates growth. This consists of the $923 billion advertised in their tables, plus $480 billion to eliminate the sequester, and $100 billion to offset stimulus in 2013.

Net Spending Increase Of $645 Billion Above Projected Growth
Today's budget is $3.6 trillion. Democrats propose raising that to $5.7 trillion by 2023—an increase of 62 percent. (As a reference point, the budget in 2007 was $2.7 trillion). Relative to CBO's current-law baseline (minus phony war savings and inflated disaster spending), the Democrat budget increases spending $645 billion above projected spending levels.

Four Years Of Waiting And No Reforms
Amazingly, after four years, the Democrats were unable to identify any real reforms—no tax reform and no entitlement reform. The budget also contains no welfare reform, resulting in a roughly 80 percent increase in means-tested support and poverty programs, growing the government instead of the economy. The Democrat plan reveals its supporters' apparent belief that our massive federal government—whose budget has increased 30 percent since 2007—is essentially perfect and, instead of reforms, simply needs ever-more taxpayer dollars.

Enriching The Bureaucracy At The Expense Of The People
The Democrat budget protects the stale federal bureaucracy while presenting millions of Americans with a future of poverty, dependency, and joblessness. Instead of empowering the individual spirit of human freedom, the majority plan empowers the bureaucracy. Instead of creating good-paying jobs for those who want them, the majority plan destroys those jobs and hires more people to staff the local welfare office. Republicans will fight for a more optimistic future—a future of strong families and thriving communities in which our society, and not our bureaucracy, is the center of American life.

NOTE: To view this document as a 1-page PDF, please click here.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

School Board Forum: Mehlville High School Library, March 18 at 7 PM

Mehlville High School Library, March 18 at 7 PM.  I've heard that Lori Trakas is a good candidate. If you go, leave comments in the comment section for others to read!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Senate Witness Form - Protect Private Property from Agenda 21

Good News!  Missouri Rep. Lyle Rowland and Sen. Brian Nieves have introduced companion bills that would protect Missourians from the onerous plan known as U.N. Agenda 21.  Rep. Rowland’s bill, HB42 has already passed out of committee.  (To see the text of HB 42, copy & paste t his link in your browser:  http://legiscan.com/MO/text/HB42/id/671594)
 
Sen. Brian Nieves’ legislation, SB265, will be heard in committee today Tuesday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 in the Capitol Building, Jefferson City, Missouri.  (The full text of SB265 can be found below.)
 
·          This legislation is important to protecting the rights of the citizens of Missouri, including…and most especially…property rights. 
·          Specifically, this legislation bars the takeover of private property without due process. 
·          This legislation would protect the citizens of Missouri from the encroachment of their rights by international institutions. 
·          This legislation provides a level of protection for local governments so they do not get drawn into Agenda 21 policy through Federal funding or a contractual arrangement with governmental and/or NGO (nongovernmental) organizations that are federally funded and indoctrinated to promote Agenda 21, which would ultimately compromise the autonomy of the political subdivisions of the State of Missouri.
·          Passage of this vital legislation is necessary as a sovereignty-preserving measure for the State of Missouri and its citizens against the intended globalization and loss of local control embodied in Agenda 21, as well as protect the sovereignty and integrity of the political subdivisions of the State of Missouri against loss of autonomy to globalization.
·          In conclusion…passage of this legislation would protect Missourians’ liberty and way of life. 
·          MOST IMPORTANTLY…passage of this law would put Missouri and U.S. Constitutional Law above International Law. 
 
 

ACTION ITEMS

Please show your support…

PLEASE COMPLETE THE WITNESS FORM at the link below…the greater the number of forms, the greater the impact!

·         PLEASE FORWARD this email and witness form to other Missourians on your contact lists, asking them to do the same. 

(Note:  We would recommend you add your own note/comments when forwarding in order to cut down on spam/deletions.  If too many with the same subject line goes through, it may mark it as “spam”.)

·         EDUCATE YOURSELF on U.N. Agenda 21.  Visit our website at http://eyesona21.org/Also…just google Agenda 21, sustainable development, ICLEI…do your own homework!

·         Know what’s going on in your community...attend your city hall, chamber of commerce, regional meetings, etc.  Agenda 21 is implemented, oftentimes “under the radar” via governmental and nongovernmental agencies. 

 

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

 

Witness Form for "Senate Bill No. 265"

 
To make the biggest impact possible, “Missourians Against Agenda 21” is collecting Witness Appearance forms from liberty-loving activists all across Missouri.  We will print and hand deliver each and every form to the committee!
 
 
 
 
 
How to complete the form:
--Simply fill in the boxes marked in red
--Enter your comments in favor of SB 265 in the box marked “testimony”
Note:  This step is not required, but is desirable)
--Click the “submit” button
 

After you've completed your witness form, please forward this email and encourage others to fill out the form also!

Defending freedom!
Missourians Against Agenda 21

The full text of the resolution is below.
 
 
FIRST REGULAR SESSION
SENATE BILL NO. 265
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY SENATOR NIEVES.
Read 1st time February 6, 2013, and ordered printed.
TERRY L. SPIELER, Secretary.
1330S.01I
AN ACT
To amend chapter 1, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to prohibition
on certain policies that infringe on private property rights.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 1, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new
2 section, to be known as section 1.370, to read as follows:
1.370. 1. As used in this section, "political subdivision" means any
2 state, county, incorporated city, unincorporated city, public local
3 entity, public-private partnership, and any other public entity of the
4 state, a county, or city.
5 2. Neither the state of Missouri nor any political subdivision
6 shall adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or
7 inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due
8 process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in,
9 or traceable to Agenda 21, adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its
10 Conference on Environment and Development or any other
11 international law or ancillary plan of action that contravenes the
12 Constitution of the United States or the Missouri Constitution.
13 3. Since the United Nations has accredited and enlisted
14 numerous nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations to
15 assist in the implementation of its policies relative to Agenda 21 around
16 the world, the state of Missouri and all political subdivisions are
17 prohibited from entering into any agreement with, expending any sum
18 of money for, receiving funds from, contracting services from, or giving
19 financial aid to those nongovernmental and intergovernmental
20 organizations as defined in Agenda 21.